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Shopping in Lebanon

In Beirut, 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 the city. 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. Visit the large trendy shopping centres in the Verdun area, check out the designer stores in the Solidère area, or take a stroll along Hamra Street – a shopping paradise. Bargain hunters should head to Bourj Hammoud and Basta-Tahta.

Lebanon boasts an eclectic blend of traditional handicrafts, including beautiful hammered trays with arabesque designs, serving cutlery with handles made from animal horn, engraved wooden boxes and furniture, jewellery, pure olive oil soaps, and many other items. In Beirut, do visit artisant shops, such as L'Artisan du Liban (on Clemenceau Street, near the Gefinor Centre) or La Maison de l'Artisan (at the eastern end of the Corniche in Aain el Mraisse), for a wide array of beautiful handicrafts. The traditional souks (covered markets) in the ancient cities of Tripoli, Saida (Sidon), and Sour (Tyre) are also excellent places to hunt for unique traditional crafts.

When visiting the different regions of Lebanon, be sure to inquire what the local handicraft specialty is: blown glass, gold and silver jewellery, cutlery, pottery, embroidered clothing and linen, ornate trays, engraved boxes, olive oil soap, and so on. Each region is usually known for one or more traditional crafts that have been carefully handed down from generation to generation.





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