Lebanon has some of the most diverse and delicious food
in the region. Western influences meet local food, resulting in amazing innovations and entrepreneurial advances in the food industry. Locals joke that the only businesses doing well in the country are restaurants, and the statement holds a lot of truth. Here are our picks for the best restaurants in Lebanon.
Cafe, Dessert, North American, Belgian, $$$
A local gem turned international franchise, dipndip is the best place for any foodie with a sweet tooth. The concept was created by two chocolate lovers, Firas Daker and Amer Haffar, and has been going strong for seven years. Dipndip’s focus is on providing a full experience for the customer, from open kitchens to food presentation and the taste of sweet Belgian chocolate. The menu offers a wide selection of pancakes, brownies, waffles and fruits, ready for you to dip into delicious chocolate creations.
Diner, North American, Fast Food, Barbeque, Street Food, $$$
Another local treasure turned international franchise, Classic Burger is taking the Arab world by storm. With joints spread across Lebanon, the UAE and Cyprus, Classic burger is raising the bar on what makes a delicious burger and perfect grill. There are branches of the classic yellow burger joint all over the place.
Diner, North American, Fast Food, none
Mimoz Tripoli is the place for hot dogs, burgers and other hearty meals. Enjoy the taste of beef or chicken grilled to perfection at this small diner in the heart of the city. It’s well-loved by locals as a take-out place.
Pizzaria, North American, $$$
If you’re looking for authentic deep dish pizza, stop by Pizza Pie in Mtayleb, Beirut. This is a must-try venue for foodies that uses home-made tomato sauce, quality cheese and a variety of toppings.
Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, $$$
If you’re looking for a healthy summer dessert, stop by Popcity or order a cart to your party. Only the freshest ingredients are used in Popcity’s delicious popsicles. These aren’t your normal supermarket ice pops, but a well thought-out mix of fruit and ice. The flavors range from healthy fruit pops to Nutella chocolate and even alcohol-infused pops.
Bakery, Healthy, none
If you’re a food lover seeking healthy meals, LoCal is a perfect choice. Enjoy local pastries like Man’uch (bread topped with thyme or cheese spread) or Ka’ak (sesame based bread). Their croissants, bread and cookies are all wheat free, as the bakery exclude all wheat and gluten-based products from their creations.
Abdul Rahman Hallab & Sons
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
If you want to eat like a local, try the Arabic Sweets at Abdula Rahman Hallab & Sons. Opened in 1881, this is one of the biggest names in Lebanon and the Arab world, and delivers sweets as far as the United States. Go along with tradition by ordering a plate of Lahm Bi Ajeen (thin bread covered with seasoned meat) or an ashta-based Lebanese sweet (ashta is a cream-like milk-based substance). Visit the Hallab Palace in Tripoli for the most authentic experience.