Recog­nised by Ar­chi­tec­tural Di­gest as one of the top 100 in­te­rior de­sign­ers in the world, Gre­gory Gat­sere­lia and his award-win­ning team at Gat­sere­lia De­sign are re­spon­si­ble for some of Beirut’s most beau­ti­ful spaces. He shares a few lo­cal hotspots that ar

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Cre­ative scene

“Saleh Barakat Gallery has its fin­ger on the pulse of the lo­cal art scene, so I drop by reg­u­larly to keep up to date with the best es­tab­lished and up-and­com­ing Le­banese artists.”

Seafood and sun­sets

A 45-minute drive north from Beirut, in the coastal town of Ba­troun, is Chez Maguy, a won­der­fully rus­tic wa­ter­front restau­rant over­look­ing the Mediter­ranean and serv­ing freshly caught fish. Gre­gory says “the sun­sets here are like nowhere else in the world.”

farm to ta­ble

Founded by so­cial ac­tivist and en­tre­pre­neur Ka­mal Mouza­wak—who also launched Beirut’s first farm­ers mar­ket, Souk el Tayeb— Tawlet is one of Le­banon’s most remarkable restau­rants. Dif­fer­ent chefs (am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional) cook each day us­ing sea­sonal, farm-fresh in­gre­di­ents to show­case dishes from their home re­gion. “The lunch buf­fet is su­perb and changes daily. I’ve never been dis­ap­pointed.”

take a dip

Very lit­tle has changed at Sport­ing Beach Club since it opened in the 1960s and its shabby-chic charm con­tin­ues to at­tract new generations keen to sun­bathe, swim in the sea­wa­ter pool, play backgam­mon un­der blue para­sols or feast in its famed seafood restau­rant. “I love it be­cause it’s sim­ple,” says Gre­gory.

Life’s A Beach

“When I need to es­cape the city I head south for around 25 min­utes to my favourite pri­vate beach, Lazy B. The sandy beach is clean, there’s a nat­u­ral sea pool and it’s very peace­ful. Like many of the best beaches in Le­banon, you need to pay but it’s worth it.”

Slice of Life

From top: Gre­gory Gat­sere­lia at his favourite restau­rant, Tawlet; Saleh Barakat Gallery; Lazy B pri­vate beach

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