Hamra Street – where it’s happening
Beirut’s famous Hamra Street is fast becoming the place to go – again. Teeming with traffic, cars and pedestrians alike around the clock, Hamra Street is a pulsating center of the city. Walk up towards the seafront and you reach Manara and the Corniche.
Walk down and you are in downtown Beirut in about 45 minutes at a leisurely stroll.
In between people choose Hamra Street to shop and indulge in the favorite Lebanese pastime: café hop. The latest in place is the beautiful Café Hamra. Once a townhouse, the garden has been preserved and walled in and makes for a lovely place to have a meal, a drink or meet with friends. The interior offers soft and comfy sofas, wifi and free books in several languages to while the day away. You will also find a Starbucks, a Costa Coffee and several other brand name cafes along with smaller ‘holes in the wall’ which offer every kind of freshly squeezed fruit juice and snacks like the ever present manouche.
Shop follows shop, from a newly opened H&M to the El Dorado Shopping Center to fabulous shoe and bag shops to boutiques.
Across the road from Café Hamra is the modern and elegant Crown Plaza Hotel with a state of the art gym right next to it.
Come nightfall, traffic increases if that is possible and the many bars in Hamra Street and its side roads offer music, entertainment and drinks galore until 4am or even later.