11 COOL CAFÉS

Beirut does unique like nowhere else, especially when it comes to the outdoor café culture. Here are the most out-there places to spend an afternoon from our trusty friends at zomato

AL MANDALOUN CAFÉ

“A bistro for a wide range of beverages and food, and you will enjoy the stay, for a coffee or a drink or even a nice meal. Not to mention the lovely atmosphere for a brunch. Go there and you won’t regret it.”

Reviewer: Tastes & Sights
Rating on Zomato 4.1/5
Known for Warm home-like ambience, friendly service, cappuccino

Average price: 80,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 8:30 a.m. to midnight (Mon-Sun)
Old Road, Dbayeh

CAFÉ EM NAZIH

“Discovered Em Nazih a long time ago. It’s a nice chill place where you can work, grab a nice coffee or eat a good Arabic dinner. Self-service, (I’m not sure it’s still the case but anyway). Food was good, nice ambiance.”

Reviewer: Van B
Rating on Zomato 3.9/5
Known for Hookah, decor, live music, coziness

Average price: 30,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. (Mon-Sun)
Saifi Urban Gardens, Pasteur Street, Gemmayze

CANTINA SOCIALE

“It is the perfect hang out with friends or casual meetings. Working there is also very enjoyable with a great outdoor space. The indoor is nicely decorated and we love their wine selection. The concept of self service is very well managed and the cashier was very welcoming and helpful. As for the food you really have quality food with fresh ingredients and daily specials. The portions are generous and the prices affordable. Their lemonade is also fresh and tasty!”

Reviewer: Doublethatfood
Rating on Zomato 4.2/5
Known for Coziness, calm décor, friendly service, bruschetta, coffee, apple salad, turkey sandwich, Sangria, avocado toast, brownie

Average price: 60,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Mon-Sun)
Independence Street, Facing Librairie Antoine, Near Sassine Square, Achrafieh

DAR BISTRO & BOOKS

“Aside from the quality of the food and the overall rating of the restaurant, Dar Bistro is one of the few restaurants that gives you a nostalgic vibe, and never eases to boost your mood with their amazing atmosphere. I tried several things here, all are good, but one thing i always order is the chicken avocado sandwich, it comes with homemade french fries. I love everything with avocado in it, and if you are a fan of avocados you have to try this sandwich. If you are looking for a cozy place yet full of pure jazz music and enjoy the nice village setting, Dar Bistro is the place to visit.”

Reviewer: Sana’s Review
Rating on Zomato 4.0/5
Known for A space that includes a bistro, a bookshop, and a garden

Average price: 75,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 8 a.m. to midnight (Mon-Sun)
Wardieh Street, Hamra

FLEUR THÉ

“Very cozy place in Kaslik. I tried it on a Saturday afternoon for coffee. Not a lot of hot drinks variety however the food menu seems interesting. Would go back to try a dinner meal but would definitely recommend it since it’s a very nice and homey place.”

Reviewer: Antoine Hanna
Rating on Zomato 4.1/5
Known for Coffee, chocolat chaud, decor, cozy, romantic ambiance

Average price: 75,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: Mon & Tue 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Wed to Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | 8 p.m. to midnight | Sun Closed
Tadros Building, Kaslik, Kesserwein

HAVEN – THE CABIN

“If you want to escape the city, and enjoy a charming calm destination, Haven The Cabin is the right place where you can watch over an amazing view of Byblos. You can also enjoy the bonfire and the perfect night atmosphere.”

Reviewer: Eli
Rating on Zomato 3.7/5
Known for Coziness, panoramic view, board games, coffee, hot chocolate, friendly staff

Average price: 20,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 9 a.m. to midnight (Mon-Sun)
Blat, near the Lebanese American University, Jbeil

KALEI COFFEE CO.

“A true hidden gem to definitely try. I loved the place! It is really calm due to the fact it’s not on the main street. You can sit outside, inside or on the rooftop. The decoration is urban. I tried the carrot cake and the strawberry one – I officially love their cake. As for the tea, I tasted the minted tea and the lemon one. We sat on the rooftop – you feel at peace and you can stay there for hours without feeling it.”

Reviewer: Oh My Foodie
Rating on Zomato 4.1/5
Known for Rooftop ambience, decor, coziness, friendly staff, coffee, brownie, carrot cake, hot chocolate, ginger tea, cappuccino, carrot salad

Average price: 30,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Mon-Sun)
Street 54, Impasse 18, Facing Old Laziza Beer Factory, Mar Mikhael

NEW YORKER CUP

“The cafe is a semi replica of the ‘Friends’ TV show. As a major fan of the series this restaurant definitely gives me a happy vibe and I always love to come back and visit. I recommend a person to go grab a good cup a’ coffee and catch up on studies/work or go enjoy a nice chat with friends there. The atmosphere is so pleasant with the TV series on at all times and the music just right not too loud, and the waiters being so friendly.”

Reviewer: Krystel
Rating on Zomato 3.6/5
Known for Central Perk style coffee shop, coffee, comfortable seating, calm atmosphere

Average price: 20,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 7 a.m. to midnight (Mon-Sun)
Centre Zogheib, Facing Jbeil Park, Jbeil

PRANA – CHILLING SPACE

“I loved the mood, I loved the ambiance, I loved the atmosphere – the simple menu and the service. After a long day at work, you can relieve your stress by coloring a mandala or playing games with your fellows. Moreover, Dori was super friendly; he made us feel as we are at home – a place not to miss.”

Reviewer: Eli
Rating on Zomato 4.3/5
Known for A cozy, relaxing and comfortable space for everyone seeking peace of mind

Average price: 10,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: Mon to Thu & Sun 5 p.m. to midnight | Sat & Sun 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Assaad Al Assaad Street, Zalka

RIWAQ BEIRUT

“Love this place. My new hangout. Good coffee, chilled atmosphere, eclectic with a mixed artsy crowd. The food is great and cheap and in a nice location. Very hip and cool. The breakfast is yummy and cheap. They have free Wi-Fi.”

Reviewer: Theartisanwithmarzipan
Rating on Zomato 3.7/5
Known for Coziness, calm atmosphere, friendly service

Average price: 50,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: Mon to Thu & Sun 8:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. | Fri & Sat 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Assaad Rustom Street, Near Bachir Gemayel Statue, Mar Mikhael

SIP BEIRUT

“Been there to catch up with my friend and drink some good coffee. The place is so chill and the seating is so comfortable. I had the mocha and it was really good, both chocolate and coffee flavors were vivid. The iced mocha was good as well and don’t forget the friendly staff!”

Reviewer: Salwa
Rating on Zomato 3.7/5
Known for Coziness, calm atmosphere, friendly service

Average price: 25,000 L.L. (Cost for two)
Opening: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon-Sun)
Gouraud Street, Gemmayze

 

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