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Gastronomy

Lebanese food is simply extraordinary. Between the sheer abundance and diversity of dishes of a traditional meal, Lebanese cuisine never fails to delight and satisfy. The Mediterranean diet is generally considered to be one of the healthiest in the world as it is extremely rich in fresh vegetables, legumes and grains, and not only does Lebanon grow an enormous variety of produce, it has evolved and perfected its cuisine from the influence of many regional culinary traditions.

 

Wherever your travels in Lebanon take you, you’ll never be but a stone’s throw from a restaurant that serves a classic mezze spread of meats, salads, fries, dips and flatbread. Every region (indeed every family) has variations on these themes, and part of the joy of eating here is discovering the myriad interpretations of the standards amid huge plates overflowing with peppers, pickles, cucumbers, onions, olives and herbs. Remember, too, that flatbread is always served with Lebanese cuisine, and pieces of bread in Lebanon are the forks and chopsticks of other continents. 

Things to do

Toum

Toum is essentially a garlic aioli. It’s made with garlic crushed into a super-fine paste with salt into which a large volume of olive oil is added...

Meat and Fish

Shish taouk is made with cubes of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and grilled with skewers. The marinade varies from place to place, but the...

Zouk Mikael

Zouk Mikael, located on the coast between Beirut and Byblos in Keserwan District, is named the City of Peace by UNESCO, and enjoys sweeping views...

Jounieh

Between Beirut and Byblos is the coastal town of Jounieh, which has a spectacular bay with mountains rising just behind it.   Jounieh is known for...

Terbol Museum

This eco-museum in the Bekaa is under the direction of the National Heritage Foundation. It is an old Levantine farmhouse that belongs to the Rami...

Lebanese Heritage House of Artist Samir Fahed Chamoun

This museum features a broad and distinguished collection of old weapons, ancient stones, pillars and crowns. The museum also exhibits wooden works...

Miraculous Lady Monastery Museum

This monastery contains a small museum exhibiting religious objects, old stones and pottery, crosses engraved on stone, agricultural tools and a nice...

Heritage Museum of Salim Araji

The Salim Araji Museum exhibits an extensive collection of ancient daggers, spears and swords. Visitors will also find an interesting variety of...

Bekaa

Terbol Museum

This eco-museum in the Bekaa is under the direction of the National Heritage Foundation. It is an old Levantine farmhouse that belongs to the Rami...

Lebanese Heritage House of Artist Samir Fahed Chamoun

This museum features a broad and distinguished collection of old weapons, ancient stones, pillars and crowns. The museum also exhibits wooden works...

Miraculous Lady Monastery Museum

This monastery contains a small museum exhibiting religious objects, old stones and pottery, crosses engraved on stone, agricultural tools and a nice...

Heritage Museum of Salim Araji

The Salim Araji Museum exhibits an extensive collection of ancient daggers, spears and swords. Visitors will also find an interesting variety of...

Fayrouz Chamoun Centre of Arts and Culture

This center includes a wide collection of ancient armaments; pistols, bows, arrows, spears, shields, swords, etc. Visitors can also view stone crowns...

Emile Hannouche Museum

The Emile Hannouche museum showcases Lebanese plastic arts and Melkite oriental icons. The site was built by a French family in 1918, at the...

Baalbek Museum

Inaugurated in 1998 to commemorate the centennial of Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Baalbek, the museum displays various archeological finds (statues...

Nabatieh

Mleeta Museum

The Mleeta Museum chronicles the resistance to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon starting in 1982. It’s a quite modern museum, well designed...

Beirut

AUB Archeological Museum

The AUB Archaeological Museum is the third-oldest museum in the Near East, after Cairo and Constantinople, opening in 1902.   Guided tours are...

Mim Museum

Even if you think you’re not interest in minerals, this collection will stun and transfix you. Housed in a gorgeous, ultra-modern underground space,...

Planet Discovery

Planet Discovery is a children's museum in Souk Ayyas in Beirut Souks. The museum is home to a variety of exhibitions on science and technology and...

AUB Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum at American University of Beirut exhibits an unprecedented collection of specimens of plants and animals from Lebanon and...

USJ Prehistoric Museum

With more than 500 prehistoric items carefully catalogued by Jesuit scholars since the 19th century, the Saint Joseph University prehistory museum...

National Museum

Inaugurated in 1942, the National Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of important archaeological objects. Reopened after extensive...

St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Beirut’s oldest extant church, the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral is also one of the city’s most beautiful, and it’s well worth a visit.   The...

North Lebanon

The Permanent Scientific Museum for Animals, Birds and Butterflies

The museum is housed in an old school building within the St. Doumit Monastery, which was built in 1852 by Camelite fathers in traditional Italian...

The Gibran Museum

As one of the best-selling poets in history, Gibran Khalil Gibran hardly needs an introduction. He spent much of his life in the United States,...

Qadisha Valley

The magnificent and storied Kadisha Valley, also known as Wadi Qadisha, lies within the Becharre and Zgharta Districts of the North Governorate of...

Basbous Family Art and Sculpture Exhibition

This unique sculpture garden houses an impressive and voluminous array of two generations’ worth of Basbous family artworks in a variety of materials...

Mount Lebanon

Wonders of the Sea

This 19th-century private residence houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the multifarious fauna of the sea. Large assortments of seashells are...

Nour Museum

Also known as Musee de Nour, it exhibits a collection of artistic crafts, a variety of currencies, statues, icons, ancient and modern paintings,...

Michel Abou Jaoudeh Museum

This museum exhibits some of the well-known journalist’s personal effects and documents, as well as original copies of over 10,000 articles he had...

Lebanese Heritage Museum

The museum reopened in 2013 and displays items from five different periods of Lebanon’s rich cultural history: the Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman,...

Cilicia Museum

A stunning collection of Armenian religious and cultural relics are on display at the Cilicia Museum, one of Lebanon’s best-kept secrets. And secrets...

Ameen Rihani Museum

Author, poet, and artist Amin Rihani is considered the founding father of Arab-American literature and a forerunner of Adab al-Mahjar, or Immigrant...

The Hall of Fame

Open since 2002, the Hall of Fame in Zouk Mosbeh is the only museum in the world with animatronic wax and silicone statues of world-famous cultural,...

Our Lady of Bzoummar Convent Museum

This convent includes a small museum that holds valuable Egyptian, Phoenician, and Armenian relics. The collection also includes ancient clothes and...

South Lebanon

Saida Soap Museum

Beautifully restored and expertly designed, the soap museum building dates back to the 13th century, though the soap factory per se was built in the...

Old Souks of Saida

Saida’s old town easily rivals its counterparts across the region. Extraordinarily well preserved, the cool, winding streets of the souk retain their...

Moussa Tiba Museum

A native of afflicted South Lebanon, Moussa Tiba was born in Qana in 1939. His studio was partially destroyed during the war in early 1975 and he was...

The Museum of Our Lady Monastery

This Christian museum features a wooden model of the church’s cupola, a collection of lanterns and old pots, big jars for oil and grain, a millstone...