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“Beware, American Cafe Culture” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hamra Street

Hamra Street
Beirut, Lebanon
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Ranked #9 of 46 Attractions in Beirut
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Beware, American Cafe Culture”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed in the Hamra district for four nights in March 2013 so we spent quite a bit of time on Rue Hamra. Apparently, the show Homeland portrayed Hamra as a hotbed of terrorism in 2012. If you consider Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Gloria Jeans Coffee, a Marriott hotel, and American diner food as terrorism, then I guess Rue Hamra fits Homeland's portrayal.

We found Rue Hamra to be lively with lots of people out in the evening and bumper to bumper traffic. My favorite aspect of the street were the cozy bookshops (again another sign of terrorism?)

If you venture down here, make sure you stop at the toy store Teddy Land, just off of Hamra on Sadat Street. The friendly proprietor with talk your ear off about every subject imaginable.

Visited March 2013
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Jordan
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“a must visit when in Beirut”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

some of the most famous coffee shops, restaurants, Pubs, hotels are situated in this renovated old street of Beirut... Over crowded and noisy at night.. but a must visit

Visited March 2013
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“Good for restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is a good street to amble down in the evening and choose your venue for food and drink. There are various coffee shops and fast food outlets as well as more established restaurants and a few tucked away bars. Try Cafe Hamra, it is like a Lebanese Hard Rock!

Visited March 2013
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“Street with character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

A good selection of stores, a much more refreshing way of shopping than being in malls. There are a number of stores here, from the local ones to the large names, the local ones are the most fun

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Beirut, Lebanon
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“chaotic and crowded and full of thugs and militia men”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

nothing to see here . crowded streets and full of thugs and armed militia men . and chaotic creatures roaming the streets. traffic all day long. and noise pollution and the people are just disgusting

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