Raphael Debbane’s tips

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“Saida Rest House (07 722469) is a good restau­rant in a nice lo­ca­tion, fac­ing the sea cas­tle of Sidon. It’s the best place to have fish. Sidon is known his­tor­i­cally to have very good sweets and halawa made from se­same paste and pis­ta­chios are very nice here too.” “There is an old khan – a huge 80m-wide square – owned by the French govern­ment, but re­stored by the Har ir i Foun­da­tion. It’s an in­ter­est­ing place with a lot of charm. There are also ham­mams – some of the big ones need restor ing, but there are a few that are still open such as the 18th Cen­tur y, Al Ward Ham­mam. Also in Souk al Na­j­jar ine (mar­ket of the car­pen­ters) craf ts­men still work with wood in small work­shops.”

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