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Under $100: Beirut

by Andrew Melnick

Nov 3, 2019

Beirut performing at Exit Festival, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia © Bogdan Carstina | Dreamstime

Destinations / Middle East

Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world; it has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years. It’s an East meets West city in Lebanon, and the energy, soul, diversity and intoxicating atmosphere make it an addictive one. Here’s how to explore the city without breaking the bank.


Start your morning with a healthy breakfast at Breakfast Barn. It doesn’t have many tables, so it allows people to enjoy their breakfast without a loud buzz. All of the portions are fulfilling and tasty. You can expect to spend around $10–15 here.


Check out the Roman Baths in downtown Beirut after breakfast. This historical landmark makes it easy to imagine what life in the Roman Empire might have looked like.


For lunch, head over to the Hamra neighborhood for delicious street food. Beirut is known for traditional street food like falafel, shawarma and man’ouch. Prices will range $1–7.


After lunch, learn more about Beirut’s history at Grand Serail. It is known as the Government Palace and is the Prime Minister’s main base. The building is a marvel from the Ottoman era, making it rich in history.


SUD Restobar is a great spot for dinner. They serve Italian, Mediterranean and European food, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. There is an inside and rooftop area. Prices for a meal here will be around $25.


Dany’s Beach Bar is a great spot to go to after dinner. Here you’ll experience the real beach scene in Lebanon. They have different happy hour deals every night, all with great prices on drinks.


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