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City Shopping Guides

City Shopping Guides: Beirut

Mariana Wehbe is a public relations and media executive based between Dubai and Beirut.

Specialising in design, her ability to identify and harness talent as well as envision and produce world-class projects has earned her a glowing reputation in the Middle East. Here, Mariana shares the brands on her radar, where to find the best hummus in Lebanon and the hilltop spa to treat yourself at.

Best area or street for shopping…

Unlike European cities, Lebanon does not have a designated shopping street. However, you can find so many local and chic boutiques all over the Achrafieh area in Beirut. It’s also one of the oldest and most charming districts.

Where can we find the best vintage shops…

Nouvelle Vague is a destination for vintage fashion lovers in the Middle East. You’ll find everything from Christian Dior to Prada. Founder Tatiana Fayad is a passionate vintage collector who is continually hunting, sourcing and handpicking vintage finds across the world.


One place only locals know about…

For an out-of-this-world Lebanese breakfast or brunch with the best foul and hummus one can find, head to Abou Abdallah restaurant.

Your favourite local brands or boutiques?

Creative Space Beirut provides structures and resources for the development of progressive design practices in the region through its school of design, fashion label, and online retail platform, while established Lebanese designers Sarah’s Bag and Harithand are both empowering brands for women.



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Souvenir to take home?

Zaatar from Em Tarek – a must!

The best place to treat yourself is… 

Al Bustan Hotel & Spa occupies a hilltop location, with breathtaking views of Beirut and the Mediterranean.


Best overall shopping experience? 

The Malt Gallery is a one-of-a-kind liquid library dedicated to over 2,500 bottles of alcohol from around the world. A must-visit for wine enthusiasts.

Best store design?

The Random House is a homeware concept store that offers a distinctive blend of furniture, lighting, home accessories and gifts.



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Best pit stop for lunch or coffee?

The Backburner is a speciality coffee shop serving artisanal coffee and good eats.

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