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West Beirut, Hamra Area

Beirut, Lebanon
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Ranked #10 of 48 attractions in Beirut
Type: Neighborhoods
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Doha, Qatar
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A perfect place if you love to shop, people watch, grab a coffee and eat! Hamra has loads of different stores, places to eat, and people to watch. Loved this area so much.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

long walk yes but worth it, the local textile industry in Lebanon is a very good quality, don't go for branded exports, it is a bit expensive so you will have to bargain in many shops, don't worry they know it and don't mind it.

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Cairo, Egypt
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Older are in Beirut but lively, has shops, restaurants, currency exchange and grocery, but not safe to walk at night.

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New York City, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Consider this stroll on Hamra Street, well...something like a catch all of mediocre stores. There are plenty of American cafes (gloria jeans, dunkin donuts, coffee bean and tea, starbucks). The clothing stores were nothing out of the ordinary. We were desperately looking to see something handmade, original in design, perhaps even made in Lebanon. What we found was American Eagle,... More

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Canberra, Australia
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180 reviews 180 reviews
92 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We think this is very worth a visit but really more for the 60s and 70s flavour than the here and now. You can also get some nice shopping in the clothes and shoe shops. Just has a nice atmosphere, good coffee shops, architecture

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Victoria, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

good for shopping and much less expensive that the big brand name stores of the Beirut Souks. Also, just off Hamra street are some great bars. Try "Februarys".

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

With the demise of downtown Beirut, Hamra has picked up great momentum. It's lively and covers everything you may need including reputable hospitals AUH and CMC and AUB University not to forget lots of moms and pops shopping and some nice cafes and dining venues. At least it feels real and unpretentious compared to the new developments recently sprouting all... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

More non-muslim, more westernized and richer people are living here. You can hear Arabic people speaking English among themselves. Many global chains (Fastfood and Starbucks) are locating around here. The university (UAB) is also there which leads youngster and good eating-drinking places as well.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Hamra area is very crowded during the day and heavy traffic is always there especially if you are aiming to do some shopping then you better walk. On the other hand, at night it is very calm in most areas and you can have access to plenty of pubs, cafes, or some nice restaurants where you can spend a... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

From many years ago, this street still the best ever.. a lot of shops, restaurants & coffee-shops.. it has its charm, elegance, simplicity..

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