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Beirut
Often called "Paris of the Middle East", Beirut is a thriving hotspot for shopping, socializing and sightseeing, despite many wars and unrest. The city has been rebuilt several times, with modern architecture sharing space with Ottoman and colonial French buildings. Bustling streets such as Hamra and Ashrafieh provide hopping nightlife while the National Museum and the Gibran Museum give visitors a taste of the city's history. The Corniche is the place for activities like jogging and biking.

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Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Owner description: mim is a private mineral museum in Beirut, Lebanon. It exhibits more than 1800 minerals, representing some 400 different species from over 70 countries. Created by nature itself... more Owner description: mim is a private mineral museum in Beirut, Lebanon. It exhibits more than 1800 minerals, representing some 400 different species from over 70 countries. Created by nature itself, those works of art with their breathtaking aesthetics were formed in earth’s crust millions of years ago. Mr. Salim Edde has built up this collection starting 1997. You can discover pieces originating from a number of renowned collections --both old and more recent-- as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era. The mim collection is now considered to be one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals. A didactic circuit, accompanied by screens displaying films and scientific applications of mineralogy, will reveal a world of unsuspected marvels--priceless both from an aesthetic and scientific point of view. Mimodactylus libanensis “mimo”, the fossil of a pterodactyl is featured in a special wing. This one-of-a-kind complete specimen in the Middle-East was found in Lebanon. It is promoted by means of state-of-the-art modern techniques: a hologram, an auto-stereoscopic movie, a full-scale reconstitution and a game “fly with mimo” – an entertainment that delights children and adults. Moreover, mim hosts a thematic exhibition of 200 marine fossils. “Fish’n’Stone” was organized with the collaboration of Mémoire du Temps. Known throughout the world, those fossils were quarried in the Lebanese mountains. The history of the fossil formation is shown through an animation that submerses you in the marine life – a time capsule that takes you in a journey to some 100 million of years ago. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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National Museum of Beirut
National Museum of Beirut
Attraction type: History Museums
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Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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American University of Beirut
American University of Beirut
Attraction type: Educational sites
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Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Ferdinand
Ferdinand
Ranked #1 of 972 Restaurants in Beirut
Price: $20 - $45
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Cru Wine Bar
Cru Wine Bar
Ranked #2 of 972 Restaurants in Beirut
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Wine Bar, French
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Em Sherif Restaurant
Em Sherif Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 972 Restaurants in Beirut
Price: $42 - $65
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Babel Bay
Babel Bay
Ranked #4 of 972 Restaurants in Beirut
Cuisines: Lebanese, Seafood, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cafe Em Nazih
Cafe Em Nazih
Ranked #5 of 972 Restaurants in Beirut
Price: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Lebanese, Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Bliss 3000
3.0 of 5
Bliss 3000
$48 - $87
Ranked #2 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Beirut
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The Grand Meshmosh Hotel
2.0 of 5
The Grand Meshmosh Hotel
$26 - $125
Ranked #3 of 49 Beirut B&B and Inns
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Hostel Beirut
1.0 of 5
Hostel Beirut
$24 - $52
Ranked #3 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Beirut
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Le Bristol Beyrouth
5.0 of 5
Le Bristol Beyrouth
$93 - $178
Ranked #7 of 114 Hotels in Beirut
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1866 Court & Suites
5.0 of 5
1866 Court & Suites
$83 - $137
Ranked #12 of 114 Hotels in Beirut
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The Smallville Hotel
5.0 of 5
The Smallville Hotel
$96 - $207
Ranked #13 of 114 Hotels in Beirut
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Le Gray Beirut
5.0 of 5
Le Gray Beirut
$292 - $675
Ranked #1 of 114 Hotels in Beirut
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Phoenicia Hotel
5.0 of 5
Phoenicia Hotel
$260 - $420
Ranked #2 of 114 Hotels in Beirut
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Warwick Stone 55 Hotel
4.0 of 5
Warwick Stone 55 Hotel
$111 - $146
Ranked #3 of 114 Hotels in Beirut
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