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Insider Guide To Beirut With L'Atelier Nawbar

Beirut is a vibrant city. It’s had its fair share of shake ups, but never lacks soul, charm or the unbeatable desire to bounce back.

Lebanese jewellery duo and founders of L’Atelier Nawbar, Dima and Tania, are from a family of jewellers. They spent their childhood adorned in their father’s and grandfather’s designs, and are the first females in the Nawbar dynasty. With the launch of their brand in Harrods they are now bringing a slice of Lebanon to the UK.

We speak to the sisters about their magical hometown of Beirut, and they tell us where to eat the best Lebanese food, about cultural hot spots that have inspired their designs, and how to find calm amongst the city’s bustling urban scene.

The best time to visit:

December or June as this is when the city is full of life.

Our first pit-stop should be…

Our L’Atelier Nawbar showroom in Saifi Village. You can experience the workshop within our shop and have your jewellery remodelled, cleaned and repaired.

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

Albergo in Ashrafieh, it is one of the most beautiful hotels in Lebanon. The old world charm with old fashioned service assures an entrancing stay.


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Where should we go for breakfast?

Al Falamanki for an authentic Lebanese breakfast, where you can eat labneh, zaatar manouche and so much more.

For an early morning workout head to…

The Core in Saifi Village, the new modern space where fashion fitness and food go to play.

Where can we find the best coffee?

The Backburner in Saifi Village – the iced coffee will hit the spot.

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

Sporting Club Beach for good music and food.

Your favourite restaurant in town?

Le Petit Gris. They have the best pavlova, served with red fruits.


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And for dinner with friends?

Bazalt. You need to try the Tomahawk Black Angus.

The drink to order at the bar…

Tequila on the rocks.

The best place for people watching…

Em Sherif, it’s one of the best authentic Lebanese food spots in the city.

The culture spot to rave about…

Sursock Museum. We got inspired by their coloured see-through windows when creating our Sursock earrings, which became one of our best sellers.

Where can I go shopping?

Downtown Beirut for luxury stores and Saifi Village for local shops.

For the best views head to…

The mountains.

For a change of pace try…

Beit Trad, a hotel in the mountains. It’s so relaxing.


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Souvenir to take home?

Mouneh and spices.

In one word, Beirut is…


A must-try spot for date night?

Albergo Rooftop – it has one of the best views of the city.

Your favourite neighbourhood…

Saifi Village. You can shop, workout, have lunch, dinner and coffee all in the same neighbourhood.

Great day trips include…

Anything followed by a fun party afterwards. We have the best nightlife. From disco to authentic Arabic music, all will make you dance like there’s no tomorrow.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Discovering Batroun, a coastal city in the north of Lebanon.


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Essential items to pack?

L’Atelier Nawbar Jewellery Box for your jewels, our best stacking essential Flat Ray and Waves hoops, LOEWE + Paula’s Ibiza Anagram ombré raffia tote, and Hermès Chypre Sandals.

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