Karim Jaber, Managing Partner of the Addmind Group, skips the tourist traps and shows us around his hometown.
Librairie Antoine is one of the oldest bookstores in Beirut and it has some of the best selections of books, comic books and DVDs included. You can also find your choices in multiple languages all under one room, in Arabic, English or French which is also very helpful.
In the heart of Gemmeyze you can find our secret breakfast, Urbanista. It’s the perfect breakfast spot with a varied flavoursome menu. My wife and I take our magazines and just enjoy spending some time catching up on what’s going on in the world.
Bar du Port which is a French fusion restaurant in Port Area in Beirut is one the city’s best kept secrets. It has opened recently and the food is honestly some of the best I have ever had.
Taking a stroll
Zaitunay Bay is amazing for a leisurely walk – the views are always stunning and there is a great selection of outlets to chill out at. In the summer, the boardwalk really comes to life with everyone out and about enjoying the weather.
Beirut Souks is the hub of shopping in Beirut city. You can find an eclectic selection of both women and men’s brands. A unique shopping outdoor experience, all the boutiques are located in one quarter making shopping easily accessible.
Where to rest
The Byblos Sur Mer is a phenomenal hotel. From the décor to the rooms to location and the way the property overlooks the sea, everything is so superbly planned out. The hotel is a short walk away from the Byblos Castle and the Old Souk which is super convenient and the selection of food, presentations of dishes and the cocktail menu is really outstanding.
Steeped in history
Beirut is a beautiful city and each corner of it is filled with history. The two areas I love in particular are the Byblos area and Jeita Grottos. Both locations are beyond stunning, sights I love visiting whenever I am able to.