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West Beirut, Hamra Area

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Evidence of the war still visible

The Hamra area of west Beirut still shows evidence of the war in buildings that are just shells. While the shopping strip of Hamra Street is great the area is awash with beggars... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 4, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a superb area for bars and restaurants. It is a cosmopolitan, multi faith district that has a great atmosphere

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

The Hamra area of west Beirut still shows evidence of the war in buildings that are just shells. While the shopping strip of Hamra Street is great the area is awash with beggars and this does lower the tone of the area.

Thank Tony W
Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Previously the coolest boulevard in the Middle East, now rather run down with questionable shops and a lot of beggars and some Syrian shops.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Great place to walk around and get a flavour of the city. Something for everyone and at all price points. Try walking as that's the way to find the hidden spots and the charm.

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Ballenita Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Lots of history and full of culture and educational buildings/schools and shopping. A very trendy and busy place...but it's the historical aspect that really moves you here.

Thank fairie1960
Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

To me Hamra is an overview of Lebanon in terms of everything, you can find Muslims, Christians, atheist, burger, hummus and even of course sushi. the bars, the pubs, the best universities in the regional AUB and LAU. shopping, banks, business, churches and mosques: this is Lebanon. enjoy Hamra and make sure you eat a manoushe from Faisal (bliss street)... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Hamra street still had a character, but anyone can feel that it is depressed like the whole country. Some me stores have opened, but many are shutdown. The bustling of Hamra is not there. Led people roam the area, and all the cultural landmarks are gone from the street. The only thing left from the old days is Antoine Library.... More 

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Carcassonne, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

Oddly, there are few visitors at the moment, frightened off unfairly by what is still tearing Syria apart but London or Paris for example are just as open to random attacks. Beirut has a heart, a soul, a living pulse that makes it one of the liveliest of destinations. Hamra is an interesting mix of Lebanese and Western culture with... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

I would call is the Hamra neighborhood, authentic part of Beirut. great location for restaurants bar, proximity to the beach.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Hamra st is a very life street with many nightlife options. I will dedicate this post to Firnando bar which is at the end of Hamra st right in front of Plaza Hotel (terrible hotel btw). Firnando bar offers the best cocktails in Beirut. There you will enjoy the fine art of mixing drinks while enjoying a very vibrant atmosphere.

Thank Baher R

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