Gemmayze is one of Beirut’s trendiest, contemporary areas with a vibrant nightlife scene. However its allure isn’t limited to just its great pub crawl: the neighborhood is home to a wide array of diverse, delicious eateries and cafes.
Here are 10 under the radar restaurants, ranging from Mediterranean to Asian, you should definitely check out in Gemmayze if you haven’t already.
#1 Avocado Beirut
One of Mar Mikhael’s trendiest new restaurants, Avocado’s name speaks for itself.
The restaurant boasts tasty dishes with more variations of the fruit than you thought possible and served in a polished ambiance. You guessed it- the restaurant’s color scheme is green.
A true hole-in-the-wall, Wokbox is great for a quick, delicious Chinese noodle stop. The fun part is that you can customize your wok-box by selecting from a choice of noodles, proteins, sauces, and add-ons.
#3 Aaliya’s Books
Aaliya’s Books is a delight for readers and foodies alike, doubling as a comfy café and a bookstore.
It’s the perfect place for a rainy day when all you want is to cozy up in a big chair with a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other- and maybe a finger-licking main course off their food menu.
A delicious Armenian selection, Mayrig puts a special twist on all the classics while also incorporating Lebanese and Mediterranean influences.
That’s where you can head in Gemmayze for your mante, tonir bread, and dolma.
#5 Sip Beirut
With a cozy interior fit for millennials and an outdoor area surrounded by foliage, Sip is the perfect place to catch up with friends over coffee.
Sip offers a wide selection of coffee and teas from all around the world along with an all-day menu compiled of quick snacks and desserts.
Try it as your next morning stop for a Costa Rican brew accompanied by a halloumi bagel.
With something savory on the menu for everyone, Salud is a haven for all the Mexican-cuisine lovers in Lebanon.
This is the delectable destination to finally get your hands on some quesadillas, tacos, chili con carne, and – yum! – churros.
#7 Koho Vegan Eatery
We know how difficult it can be for all the vegans out there suffering from a lack of choice when it comes to dining. Look no further!
Koho has a wide-ranging menu offering choices from the AM to the PM, and the restaurant has a trendy, warm ambiance.
#8 Rays of Sunshine
An uber-healthy breakfast/lunch café, Rays of Sunshine offers a yummy, balanced way to start your day (and also serves as a yoga studio!)
If you’re looking for healthy smoothies, super bowls, and vegan sandwiches, that’s your destination. And get some good pictures for your Insta stories while you’re at it!
If you love ramen, you’ll love Ramen-ya. The restaurant offers many flavorful variations and choices of the classic Japanese dish.
On top of ramen, there are a variety of rice dishes and appetizers, such as gyoza, wonton, and pan-fried mixed vegetables.
Sometimes, all you want is a taste of home. Loris is the ultimate destination within Gemmayze for Lebanese cuisine, with a 7-page menu offering everything your teta ever made for you and more:
Hummus, fatouch, batata harra, fetet betenjen, knefeh, and much more.
On top of its large-scale choice of dish, Loris has a beautiful ambiance with classic Lebanese arches spanning the restaurant and tastefully decorated interior and outdoor seating areas.