Insider’s Guide to Beirut | Journal Concierge ✔️ A1 Appliance Repair

 Insider’s Guide to Beirut | Journal Concierge ✔️ A1 Appliance Repair

LONG FÊTED as the Middle East’s party capital, Beirut has more to offer than nightclubs and beautiful women (though some tourism promos might suggest otherwise). This ancient, complex metropolis, where any conversation might blend French, English and Arabic, has been on a rebuilding tear after years of turmoil. (Things can get dicey again quickly, so consider travel advisories before visiting.) Courtesy of its cozy constellation of tastemakers, Beirut has a spate of fresh options for culture, dining and shopping.

The city’s geography—mountains on one side, the Mediterranean on the other—and high rents mean hotspots have sprung up in unlikely neighborhoods. Downtown, which was ravaged by the 15-year civil war, is now home to the Beirut Souks, a shiny collection of shops on posh streets with names like Park Avenue and Avenue Foch. In the grimy port, new boutiques occupy a 1950s building. One is home to fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz, whose hand-sewn clothes come close to couture. Next door, Karen Chekerdjian’s boutique celebrates the handmade in all forms, from tables made by local artisans to pastas from Italy.

Since 2009, when Beirut farmers’ market founder Kamal Mouzawak opened Tawlet, a locavore refectory in quiet Mar Mikhael, appliance repair shops have given way to chic spots like Plan BEY, a book, art and music store owned by Tony Sfeir, founder of La CD-thèque, formerly the center of the local music scene. In largely industrial Karantina, the…

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