Shopping Souks / Areas

For travelers whose motto is “to live is to shop,” Lebanon is the destination in the Middle East. The Lebanese have an eye for style and design, and this flare is seen in the wide range of products available in Lebanon.

You can find all the famous, cutting-edge designers in both clothing and furniture from all over the world. There is also a very trendy, home-grown echelon of Lebanese fashion and furniture designers, artists, and photographers whose work should be checked out at the many galleries and shops throughout Beirut and other cities. For clothes lovers, trying on the latest outfits and accessories in Beirut is very much like doing so in New York, London, Paris, or Rome.

 

While visiting the country, you can live your shopping experience in the fancy shops of Downtown Beirut, Beirut Souks, Ashrafieh (Beirut), Verdun (Beirut), Jounieh and Zalka, or in the middle budget shops of Hamra Street (Beirut), Mar Elias Street (Beirut), and Forn el Shebak Street (Beirut), or at the more popular stores and shops of Borj Hammoud Street (Beirut), Tripoli, Saida and Tyr.

 

Downtown Beirut:

Shopping is a quintessential leisure activity in downtown Beirut. Lebanese track the European fashion trends closely in both interior design and clothing. Designer garments, jewelry, and accessories are introduced in Beirut first before they spread to the other Arab markets.

 

Achrafiyeh:

Achrafiyeh is located to the east of Beirut, it is a residential neighborhood and a prosperous commercial area par excellence, and its location allows it to be an administrative zone that is the banks' and maritime companies' choice, as it neighbors downtown Beirut and the Beirut port. However, this doesn't mean that Achrafiyeh and its “Sassine square” don't enjoy a bustling nightlife, without forgetting the shops, the commercial centers, the movie theaters, the restaurants, and the nightclubs.

 

Jounieh and Kaslik

Jounieh and her adjoining sister city, Kaslik are considered a must-do destination for shopping lovers in Lebanon. You can find plenty of fancy shops offering the best international brands as well as Lebanese designers creations.

 

Verdun

Situated a little further than Hamra, this neighborhood witnessed considerable economic growth in the late 90's. The neighborhood is home to several designer shops, prominent Lebanese designers, several companies, banks, and hotels.

 

Hamra:

Situated to the west of Beirut, Hamra is a fascinating street that boasts several shops, businesses, hotels, cinemas, theaters, and residential neighborhoods. It offers sundry points of attraction, and is home to many designer shops and small businesses and offers a wide array of choices for strollers and tourists with a shopping whim. 

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Lebanese time is G.M.T. +2 hours in winter (October to March) and +3 hours in summer (April to September)
While Arabic is Lebanon's official language, English and French are widely spoken.
All foreigners must have a valid passport and visa to enter Lebanon.
The official Lebanese currency is the Lebanese pound or lira (LL).
All personal belongings are exempt from ordinary customs duties.
Lebanon is a developed country with relatively good health facilities.
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