What to do in Beirut in one day

09:00 – The Smallville Hotel

09:30 – National Museum of Beirut

10:30 – Lavazza Espression Lebanon

11:00 – American University of Beirut

12:30 – Lunch at Dar Bistro & Books

14:00 – Pigeon Rocks at Raouche

16:00 – Bay Rock Café

17:00 – Roman Baths

18:30 – Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque

19:30 – Dinner at Em Sherif

21:00 – Enjoy a show at the Music Hall

22:30 – Buddha Bar

23:59 – White Beirut

 

We mapped out your day trip in Beirut

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Beirut

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

On a day trip to the robust and culturally-rich city of Beirut, make sure to visit the gorgeous Zaitouna Bay and watch the sunrise and sunset over the waterfront. Explore Beirut’s many districts, including the posh district of Rawcheh and its famous Pigeon Rocks. Do some major shopping at the Beirut Souks, look at architecture as you walk along Hamra Street, or hang out at Gemmaayzeh Street, where you can find a restaurant for even the pickiest eater. During your Beirut day trips, check out the Solidere, Parliament building, and Nijeh Square. No matter what you choose to do, learn to embrace the city’s vibe and its noisiness

The Mineral Museum is really a must-see attraction, as is the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George. Visit the National Museum of Beirut and the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque before strolling down the popular Corniche and its breathtaking promenade and unique views of the water

If you leave Beirut without snacking on hummus, believe me, you did something wrong. Also, try any lamb dish, especially lamb chops, and Shiitake mushrooms. For a quick meal, eat spicy falafel sandwiches or stop for a excellent mankouche flatbread covered in sauce

Most locals speak both Arabic and French or English. In Arabic, “naäam” means “Yes”, laa” means “No”, “min faDlik” is “Please” and “shukran” is “Thank you”.  If you want to practice your French, “Oui” is for “Yes” and “Non” means “No”, “S’il vous plaît“  is “Please“ and “Merci“ is “Thank you“

In the mountains, temperatures range from 50-70 degrees and the coast temperatures get up to 90 degrees. In fall, the mountains cool to 50 degrees and the coast fall to a great 70 degrees. Winters are usually cold, around 40 degrees and spring temperatures get to a warmer 60-70 degrees

The only way to get directly from the airport in Beirut to the city center is by taxi (25 Dollars). If you want to take a bus, you will have to walk about a mile from the airport and try to hail a bus. It will cost you around 3 Dollars

Beirut has no metros (subways) or trams and their bus transportation is a bit chaotic. The buses operate on a “hail and ride” system, with no official stops. Most locals would suggest hailing a cab to zip around the city or renting a bicycle

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