A day at the Beirut Souks
No visit to Lebanon would be complete without a trip to the Beirut Souks for bargain-hunting, fine dining or just sight-seeing. Comprising over 200 separate shops, the souks have long been the commercial heart of Beirut. Unlike traditional souks, this area is dedicated to fashion, restaurants and architecturally stunning surroundings.
Shop through history
Though damaged during fighting in the 20th century, great care has been taken by developers to return the souks to their former glory. Walk through the ancient shopping grounds and see how the area has been shaped to portray both modern styles with glass paned shop fronts, while still keeping the historical streets. Keeping with the tradition of gold souks, you can also find a jewelry courtyard with an impressive selection of gold items.
Fashion forward in Lebanon
When heading to this shopping area, you can browse top designer labels and home-grown favorites while walking out in the sunshine. In addition to the latest styles and trends in fashion, you will find culinary delights and fun for the kids as well. The souks host a number of fine dining restaurants and families are welcome to bring the kids to the souks' playground for the afternoon.
There are also a number of interesting events throughout the year, such as the Beirut Jazz Festival, car shows, book fairs and more. Walk through a gallery and admire local art, see exhibitions and join Beirut Design Week when visiting in the summer.
With a just a short 1km walk between you and the souks, the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut makes a great choice when planning your stay in the Lebanese capital. Unwind in comfort after exploring the hustle and bustle of these cultural hubs and during busy seasons, enjoy the shuttle service from the hotel to the shopping areas.