Beirut's creative bohemian district, Gemmayzeh is located in the Achrafieh suburb. It is a historic area with winding lanes and stunning French-era architecture.
The district is well renowned for its hip cafes, eateries, and lounges, the majority of which are situated right on Rue Gouraud, the main street that runs through its center. The route leads to the Escalier de l'Art, popularly known as the Saint Nicolas Stairs, where annual art festivals are held.
Rue Sursock is also accessible through the stairs. Additionally, Saifi Village and Rue Monnot are both accessible by foot from the street. L'Escalier de L'Art:
In Gemmayzeh, between Rue Sursock and Rue Gouraud, there is a public stairway that is also called the L'Escalier de Saint-Nicolas.
Due to its close vicinity to the Greek Orthodox Archbishopric and the Sursock Museum of Beirut on Rue Sursock, the 125-step staircase—which has a span of 500 meters and is thought to be the longest in the area—is a top tourist attraction for visitors to Beirut. Because of the various Gemmayzeh art shows that have taken place on the stairs since 1973, the stairs are also known as L'Escalier de L'Art. Shop in the Souqs:
Pop-up markets appear all through the year, selling everything from organic soap to antique clothing.
While you're in town, check out the social media pages of nearby businesses to see what they have to offer. Dine here:
Try Enab or grape if you're seeking traditional cuisine that evokes urban Lebanese village life. Together, eat a few tiny mezze plates and an argileh on the patio after dinner.
Visit the morning restaurant Em Ali for a gluten-free version of the classic Lebanese saj sandwich. Small hangout Mashawish is ideal for a kebab and a beer if you want some cheap and quick BBQ. Ottoman-style decor, in particular, the manti dumplings made of beef or spinach and served with yogurt and tomato sauce is a signature dish of Mayrig's Amerikan cuisine. Sip's patio is one of the many cafés in the region and is a fantastic choice. Also, look for the Kalei that is hidden and the Bn that is simple to overlook.
Gemmayzeh Street, Beirut, Lebanon