Where to eat
If you fancy a snack, there are plenty of bakeries in the village to choose from offering manoushe, saj and kaak such as Leba El Amrieh’s bakery (03 489904, opens from the end of May) and Georgette Badra’s bakery (71 190633). For delicious giant homemade pizzas, head to Charbel Touma’s pizzeria (71 006192). His brother Elie Touma’s snack Yakka 3ol 3ol (03 783438) is known for its grilled chicken sandwiches. On a sunny summer’s day there’s nothing like the ice-cream of Surgel (03 191539, surgellb.com/branches, opens in May). Jacqueline Helwanji, your host at Dar Qadisha (same details as above), prepares local dishes and generous breakfast spreads for her guests. Those with a sweet tooth must try her homemade jams and preserves, which she makes using fruits and vegetables from her garden.