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Food & Dining in Lebanon

In Beirut, the Achrafieh area is a good place to go for fashionable restaurants serving delicious Lebanese cuisine. A wide range of excellent and innovative restaurants serving international cuisine (ranging from European to Chinese to Indian) is also available in and around Beirut.

If you have a smaller appetite, head for a takeaway, delivery, or dine-in snackshop selling shawarma or falafel sandwiches, yogurts and salads (usually costs US$2 to US$5). Both the traditional Lebanese meal and the snackshop variety can be found all over Lebanon, with some regional differences and flair.

Lebanon's cafe scene rivals that of any major European city. You can spend a leisurely afternoon reading, people-watching, or enjoying the fresh air at countless sidewalk cafes in cities around the country. Be sure to sample the delicious fresh-squeezed juices or a cup of the strong traditional Lebanese coffee. In the evenings, the cafes in the recently restored Beirut Central District (Solidère area) are buzzing with activity, with families and children relaxing, socialising, and enjoying coffee, sweets, and ice cream.

Some new trendy places such as Zaatar w zeit experiment with new toppings, such as halloum and bacon. Zaatar w zeit stays open 24 hours a day and partygoers often go there for a bite at 4 in the morning.

Lebanon is also very famous for its arabic sweets which can be found at leading restaurants. The city of Tripoli, however, is the city for Lebanese sweets. Many critics refer to it as the 'Sweet Capital' of Lebanon.

It is customary to tip 10-15 % in restaurants in addition to any service charge incorporated in the bill.





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