The great urban outdoors
Beirut’s café culture has strong roots, from the high society Downtown gatherings of Ottoman times to late night cof fee and conversation in Hamra’s legendar y sidewalk cafés of the ‘60s… And the tradition lives on. LT rounds up some of the best cafés in
Al Rawda Café and Restaurant
Said to be a favorite haunt of the city’s intellectual crowd, this bastion of the café scene is old school in style – think waiters in formal attire, traditional Lebanese cuisine and groups of men playing backgammon. The spectacular seafront location and vast leafy terrace also make Café al Rawda the perfect place to while away the hours.
Located in the thick of Downtown, a tarboush wearing waiter, narguileh smokers galore, and traditional Lebanese cuisine make for a crowded café around the clock. Enjoy a Lebanese breakfast in the shadow of Ottoman-era architecture while soaking up Beirut’s history and watch firsthand as the city goes about its daily business.
Kickback on one of the many large terraces of the 17+ cafés and restaurants at Beirut’s latest enter tainment of fer ing. Watch f ashionistas strut their stuf f along the boardwalk where the occupants of milliondollar cruise yachts sail in to dine. But more impor t antly, don’t forget to “dress to impress.”