No visit to Beirut is complete without a stroll along the sea side corniche in Raouché neighborhood. Tourists tend to flock to this commercial center, intent on taking a compulsory photograph of the impressive Pigeon Rocks and surrounding seascapes. Should you feel like a rest, numerous cliff-side cafés and restaurants are always happy to welcome new diners. Here’s a guide to some of the more popular places to grab a bite, or simply relax with a drink while taking in the beautiful views.
Overlooking stunning sea views you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the city, Beit Ward specializes in both Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisines sitting all the way at the edge of Raouche. Meticulously decorated in a floral theme, and measured doses of pink adorning its white interior, this charming and spacious venue offers plenty of seating indoors and on its charming garden terrace. Open around the clock, it’s never too late, or too early, for a fine dining experience at Beit Ward.
Address: Ramlet el Baida, Raouche, Beirut, Lebanon. +9611812129
Nothing spells out Raouché as clear as the famous Pigeon Rocks, and there is arguably no better way to enjoy them than at a table at this restaurant and café situated high above the cliff facing these iconic rock formations. Open since 1986, Bay Rock is a family favorite serving traditional food from all over the Middle East and a number of international dishes, mainly steaks and fresh salads, for more Western palates. It’s well worth asking for the Plat du Jour and equally worth considering Italian ice-cream and an assortment of homemade cakes for dessert.
Address: General De Gaulle Street, Raouche, Beirut, Lebanon. +9611796700
Burj Al Hamam
Fayez (Fawzi) Elias Khoury founded the original Burj Al Hamam in 1958 and it quickly became one of the most reputable restaurants in the city. Today, another generation of the same family spreads its excellent culinary legacy across a number of venues within Lebanon and the wider region. This branch, located inside the Mövenpick Hotel, boasts an outdoor terrace overlooking Beirut’s Mediterranean coast and serves fresh fish, Lebanese grilled meat, and their signature speciality, a widely varied selection of Lebanese mezze.
Address: Mövenpick Hotel, Général de Gaulle Avenue, Raouche, Beirut, Lebanon. +961 1 869 666
Raouché’s sister restaurant to the popular Grand Café branch in Downtown is a safe bet. This family friendly locale tends to attract many tourists in search of a typical Lebanese meal, a game of backgammon, and enjoy some relaxing time with a traditional water pipe. The sea views do not hurt, either.
Address: Rafik Hariri Street, Raouche, Beirut, Lebanon. +961 1 792390
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