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West Beirut, Hamra Area

Beirut, Lebanon
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Ranked #9 of 45 attractions in Beirut
Type: Neighborhoods
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Cairo, Egypt
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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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173 reviews 173 reviews
91 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
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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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61 reviews 61 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 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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Khobar
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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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63 reviews 63 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 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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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

The side streets come alive at night with music and bars. There are some good eat outs, try the Bread Republic store in a side alley.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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114 reviews 114 reviews
87 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

it is the heart of Beirut, really overcrowded, so many shops, restaurants and malls, nice for a night out either alone or with friends

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