Mark Mikael is the new Gemmayzeh!

Valérie

July 17, 2019

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Mar Mikhael, the new Gemayzeh

Beirut and its lively neighbourhoods are no longer to be presented. Tourists, locals and expatriates alike now know all the best spots for day and night outings in the capital.

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Among the most popular, Mar Mikhael stands out for its high density of restaurants, bars, snack bars, cafes and pubs. The street of Armenia welcomes people day and night.

Following the golden age that the Gemmayzeh district experienced in the early 2000s, Mar Mikhael quickly became after 2010 the favourite place for all the great restaurateurs of the capital. It is in this district that you will find the best brands of the city such as DIVVY, Enab, Frosty Palace, Tavolina or Internazionale. More than 50 establishments have chosen to develop their business in the remaining square meters that litter the Cour St-Michel.

During the day, gastronomy, shopping and strolling are available to give a particularly lively atmosphere to the district. Mar Mikhael is popular for the wide variety of food it offers. Arriving on an empty stomach in this neighborhood is no problem for anyone, there is so much to see and eat. From one bar/pub to another, locals and foreigners alike enjoy browsing through different places to taste a Lebanese breakfast (labne, zaatar and jibneh), with tea and vegetables. All this in a friendly atmosphere, ideal to start a nice day.

With a full belly, it's time for a walk and shopping. The old pre-war buildings, the colourful old houses, the old railway station and the countless churches of Mar Mikhael offer an idyllic route for those interested in cultural tourism.

A little further on, shops of Lebanese and foreign designers line up to form the Mar Mikhael designers' district. Diane Ferjane, Vanina and Rosa Maria Concept Store for fashion fans; Mellow and Liwan for purchases of decorative furniture; and Aurora by Carolina and Ralph Masri to appreciate Lebanese jewelry.

For art lovers, Mar Mikhael also has important galleries such as the Tanit gallery, the Papercup bookshop, Nanou, Zawal or Plan Bey. So many shops that offer, in an artistic atmosphere, handcrafted objects, art books, photography and posters.

At the end of the day, and after a tasty dinner in one of the biggest restaurants in the neighbourhood, a festive and colourful atmosphere is added to the bill, for the most tenacious.

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