Grand Café


Not a bar in the traditional sense (in that it doesn't serve alcohol) but it should be remembered that a large proportion of Lebanese are strictly Muslim. If you need a night off the sauce, then Grand Café is the place to head. Located on the famous Corniche and overlooking the spectacular Pigeon Rocks, this is one of the best places for shisha in town. Not just for the stunning sea views and that heady mix of balmy evening air, salt and seaweed but because they have a wonderful selection of flavours, from personal favourites such as mint and lemon, to the more traditional double apple. It's a place to see the other side of Lebanese culture as well: large families, the women often veiled, relax with a pipe in one hand and a cup of hot, sweet tea in the other. It's also open until five in the morning, so makes a great spot to relax after a few drinks or a late supper elsewhere.

Grand Café is a place you can come if you want reminding that you've actually come to the Middle East, rather than some strange parallel universe somewhere on the Mediterranean. 

 Written by Will Dobson



Beirut, Lebanon Tel: +961 (1) 99 59 95


Sunday 08:00 - 00:00
Monday 08:00 - 02:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 02:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 02:00
Thursday 08:00 - 02:00
Friday 08:00 - 02:00
Saturday 08:00 - 02:00


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