Beirut, Lebanon

View the travel diary of the seaside city of Beirut, by our friend and director of MCMPR, Marie-Claude Mallat.

Pigeon Rocks off Raouche, Beirut
Beit Douma Villa – a large stone villa with pastel yellow doors, windows and finishings
A five-component meal served in a gold dish at restaurant, Liza Beirut
The modern interior of restaurant, Liza Beirut, features marble tables, hanging lights and a tiled ceiling
Traditional Lebanese desserts: Lebanese Rice Pudding, Kanafeh and Pistachio Mafroukeh
The bright blue exterior of Villa Clara Boutique Hotel
 The Old Souk of Byblos
Down by the water, surrounded by boats and stone buildings in Jbeil
Beirut, Lebanon 2019 - By Marie-Claude Mallat
Street art in Beirut consists of a painting of a woman’s face surrounded by urban abstract line work
On the beach in Batroun with a stone shoreline and bright blue water
Where to Eat in Beirut: Liza Beirut - For modern Lebanese culture; Chez Maguy - Casual dining overlooking the Mediterranean; Tawlet - Experience local Lebanese specialties
The interior of Beit Douma Villa sees large fauna arrangements as table centerpieces  and framed images gridded on the wall
The view of hilltop village, Ehden
A wooden bar painted in blues and white in Chez Maguy Batroun. The perfect place for a drink overlooking the Mediterranean
Sunset over the harbour in Jbeil, an ancient beachside town
A table set with strawberries, peaches, bananas and decorative flowers for breakfast
Where to Stay in Beirut: Le Gray - Contemporary hotel, close to nightlife; Villa Clara - Vibrant boutique hotel in great location; Hotel Albergo - Luxury in the ancient Achrafieh quarter
Baalbek Ruins
An outdoor lunch setting surrounded by bushland at Beit Douma Villa
Where to Shop in Beirut: Aishti - Downtown Beirut for international luxury; Orient 499 - Middle Eastern made homeware and gifts
 Mohammad Al Amin Mosque
The harbour of Jbeil is filled with docked boats and lined with slim palm trees
The picture-perfect streets of Saifi Village are lined with cobblestone pavements and buildings in pastel pink, blue and orange
An outdoor market with various stands of homemade items
The entrance of Hotel Albergo Beirut boasts a stone staircase, yellow exterior, an arched door and blue finishes on the windows and arch
A colourful display of vibrant pots and urns along the coast of Batroun
A stone building connected to archways with a dome roof in Byblos
A tall cream building with balconies off each window