It’s hard to find delicious food at a good price point in Beirut
. The city is oversaturated with high-end restaurants and low-quality snacks. If you’re not into the traditional Lebanese grill and tabbouleh, it can be hard to navigate through the endless possibilities. However, if you’re looking to combine great quality and amazing value, then check out our list of the best cheap eats in the city
Bakery, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Street Food, $$$
A local favorite, Fern Ghattas
(Ghattas Bakery) in Beirut is the place for Manou’ch
and wraps. Manou’ch
is a local flatbread topped with cheese, thyme or just about anything else—the possibilities are endless. The dough is baked and folded in half for you to carry and eat on the go. The average purchase for two will cost no more than $10, making Fern Ghattas a perfect venue for an inexpensive local experience.
The Lebanese Bakery
Bakery, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, $$$
Another favorite bakery, The Lebanese Bakery
has quickly made a franchise out of local bites. The average meal for two can be as little as $5 if you order two thyme Manou’ch
and two sodas. Take advantage of this delicious budget-friendly meal during your next trek through Beirut’s streets.
Middle Eastern,North American,Mediterranean, $$$
place in Beirut for Lebanese street food. Recommended by any local, Barbar has become an iconic venue for many city dwellers and tourists. It is open 24/7 and will cater to your every street food sandwich need. Sandwiches in Lebanon feature pita bread wrapped around an abundance of fillings. The most famous type is the shawarma or falafel with pickles, tahini
and any other toppings of your choosing. Customize your delicious sandwich for $8 per person (for an average sandwich and soft drink).
At $13 for a full burrito and $9 for only half, Sushi Burrito
is an excellent place to get your sushi fill. Choose from a variety of fillings at this local favorite eatery or pop into Souk El Akel
to grab one as well. For sushi, the price places Sushi Burrito in the bargain category.
Pizzaria, North American, Mediterranean, $$$
More on the higher end of the financial spectrum, Tomatomatic
is good value for money. It’s an ideal option for tasty, affordable and on-the-go pizza. For Lebanon, a delicious pizza, complete with a variety of toppings, and soft drink at $10 per person is a great deal.
Classic Burger Joint
Diner, Restaurant, North American, $$$
The first local authentic burger, Classic Burger Joint
is a great budget-friendly option. If you are craving a juicy burger and ask any local for a recommendation, they are sure to send you CBJ’s way. At around $17 per person, including fries and a beverage, the franchise’s delicious burger is an excellent value when you take into account its amazing quality and taste.