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At home in Beirut
It’s official, we’re having a bit of a Beirut moment at Push HQ. Our love of Lebanon (it’s been coined the Paris of the East for very good reason) is rooted in its beautiful landscape - the mountains, the Mediterranean coastline - architecture steeped in history, buzzy nightlife, fine cuisine and serious luxury on the fashion and jewellery front.
Our fabulous friend and PR woman on the ground, Mariana Wehbe of MW Communications, has shared her tips on getting the very best out of Beirut so note these down before you jet-set.
Hub: discover the wonders of Beirut
The Middle East is fast establishing itself as a global hub for creativity and Beirut is one of the Mediterranean's most fashionable destinations for luxury.
Here are Mariana’s top things to see and do…
Al Halabi. A family owned restaurant so good that you’ll be lucky to get reservation.
Fadel Restaurant. This is a must, if not for the fabulous traditional Lebanese dishes then for the beautiful mountain views. And it’s located just 25 minutes away from Beirut.
Tawlet. Also known as the farmers’ kitchen of Souk el Tayeb, Tawlet brings together different cooks from surrounding villages to cook homemade dishes every day. It came in eighth place in Monocle’s Restaurant Awards.
Mayrig. Tucked away in Beirut's Gemayzeh quarter, this Armenian restaurant serves amazing cuisine prepared by mothers according to ancestral recipes.
Plum. A multi brand store that literally has it all. Yes fashion, beauty, health and music.
Piaff Boutique. Your go-to for fashion, accessories and jewellery with all the wow factor.
Maison Rabih Kayrouz. For beautiful style inspiration and dreamy designer dresses.
Karoline Lang Designs by Karine Tawil. Think smart, sleek, contemporary womenswear.
Sporting Beach Club. One of the coolest and oldest beaches located right on the Pigeon Rock – it’s where all the artists go to hang out.
Lazy B. Check out the Instagram feed – it’s your own private paradise.
Damour Beach Resort. Sunbeds, sea breeze and ridiculously good cocktails? Yes please.
Edde Sands. Hotel & Wellness Resort is located in Byblos, 35km north of Beirut. You will never want to leave.
Le Gray. A contemporary, luxury hotel Located in Beirut's downtown, 15 minutes drive from the airport.
The Four Seasons Beirut. Think landmark luxury hotel with stunning Mediterranean views.
Byouti. A breathtaking family-run hideaway in the heart of Chouf, complete with 10 guesthouses surrounding a stunning pool.
Museums and galleries
The Nicolas Sursock Museum. Officially known as the Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum of modern and contemporary art.
The Musical Instrument Museum. Think more than 6,000 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories.
The National Museum of Beirut. The principal museum of archaeology in Lebanon.
Gabriel et Guillaume. A single pop-up store traveling around the world bringing you an eclectic mix of interior design rooms 20th century.
Fadi Mogabgab Contemporary Art Gallery. A renowned residence that prides itself on contemporary art.
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House of Aziz & Walid Mouzannar has been a pioneering fine jeweller in the Middle East since the 18th century and is now spearheaded by cousins Dori and Alia Mouzannar.
For something truly empowering, the 18 carat yellow gold Meteor Cuff by Dori Mouzannar, encrusted in diamonds, captures the inherent glamour of Beirut and the unexpected beauty of the natural world.
When it comes to contemporary, fine jewellery design Alia Mouzannar draws on architectural influences, best seen in her unique Cache Ring; a modest design that reveals a hidden extravagance. You can find the collection in London’s Dover Street Market.
Where would you?
Get your hair done… at Kan Le Salon, so good there’s one on every corner in Beirut.
Get your make up done… by Christian Abou Haidar. Best makeup artist EVER.