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Magnolia Bakery


Delicious, creamy and worth every calorie are what comes to mind when I think of the savory desserts we discovered yesterday at Magnolia Bakery at ABC Dbayeh. Not to mention mouthwatering and utterly delightful to look at. Staring at the display of cookies, cupcakes, pies and cakes was like going through a museum where you are in utter awe of how something can look so good!  We ended up settling for the Chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream which was a generous portion of fluffy chocolate cake with the creamiest frosting I have ever tasted.

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For all you sweets lovers, DO NOT miss this spot!  And if you aren’t really a sweets person, they have delicious menu for lunch and dinner as well.  But good luck passing up the sweets they have on display!  Prices range from 2,000LL for a cookie to 12,000LL for a miniature pie but portions are quite generous.


A Day in Hamra

For the last few weeks, I’ve been reaquainting myself with Hamra, the magical context of my university days.  Every year, my university friends from all around the world return to Beirut and it’s back to the basics from there.  We ditch our cars, we dress according to comfort and not what anyone else thinks, we make coffee runs like every hour (mainly for the AC) and we just enjoy the good old treasures that Hamra and it’s parallel streets have to offer… good prices, variety, international items and kind down to earth people. 

Everyone knows that Hamra is a shopper’s bliss if you have the right pair of shoes and you choose a day that’s cooler in temperature.  Retail outlets include clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics, music and hairdressers.  Hospitality venues include hotels, restaurants, cafes and internet and gaming stations.  If you get tired of the hustle and bustle of Hamra, a tour of AUB will put you in a different world of green, trees, amazing architecture and students that think they are the coolest students to have ever entered the “Main Gate” 😉

Although the adage “out with the old and in with the new” is a key factor for most cities, Hamra still holds its oldstyle charm and the cozy little places that made Hamra our second home.  The places that are 10 years old and going strong that keep me coming back to Hamra are two restaurants:  one for breakfast and one for lunch or dinner.  Those two places are Flying Pizza and Ristretto.

  • Ristretto:  This little spot is probably as small as a master bathroom but it never fails to pack up at all hours of the day especially during Breakfast hours.  They serve up some of the tastiest breakfasts from regular croissants to full on pancakes, egg and hashbrown.  Located on Mahatma Gandhi street.
  • Flying Pizza:  One of the best pizza joints in all of Beirut.  It’s something about the cheese and the specially made hot sauce that you put on top of your pizza.  Opened since 1982 on the street parallel to Bliss, this cozy little joint will always be on my agenda whenever I visit Hamra.

If you enjoy festivals, the Hamra Street Festival will be happening on September 10 until September 12 including competitions, parades and alot of entertainment. 



Al Mandaloun Cafe

Believe it or not, yesterday was the first time I go to or even notice Al Mandaloun Cafe located on Charles Malek Avenue – Achrafieh.  My family and I went there for a light dinner and ended up watching the Germany – Australia game.  The unique beauty about this cafe is that it has around 4 different types of settings from terrasse to indoor living room style to restaurant to cafe style with different types of furniture for each.  The decor is very lively with special sections for fruit bar, salad bar and Mandaloun Boutique where you can buy tasty homemade products.

 Just walk in for coffee, breakfast, dinner or a fruit cocktail.   The food menu consists of your basic sandwiches, pasta, pizza and salad bar for an average of 25,000LL per entree. The place is very large, there are no reservations needed unless you have a large group.  Contact Al Mandaloun Cafe on 01-321600.

Cafe Younes – Hamra

Cafe Younes, a cozy little cafe/bakery right off of Hamra street, is an ideal place for coffee and snacks.  What I liked about Cafe Younes was the trees surrounding the cafe and the homey two floor interior providing a change of scenery from the noise and traffic of Hamra.   The cafe seems to be a popular stop for students and residents of Hamra.  I wouldn’t be surprised with the great prices, free wifi, books to enjoy and comfortable couches. 

For more information, check out their website on


Met Cafe in Beirut Souks

The first cafe to open in Beirut Souks, Met Cafe is an ideal meeting place for shoppers and people working in downtown to enjoy coffee and international cuisine.  The decor is trendy and modern with colorful books, graffiti and specific stations for the pizzeria and salad bar.

Reservations are not needed. 

  • Location:   Beirut Souks
  • Telephone: 01984444

Beirut Souks

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you haven’t yet visited the Beirut Souks, now’s the time to do it!  Aside from the beautiful architecture and outdoor / indoor scheme, the Souks have almost every brand name from medium priced like Zara, H&M and Mango to high priced designers like D&G, Chloe, Jimmy Choo, Burberry and the soon to be open Louis Vuitton.  The Souks still have a way to go with many shops still set to open which are to include watch & jewelry and Cafes but the available variety currently open will give you atleast a good few hours worth of shopping. 

Martine and I spent the afternoon shopping.  With such a variety, we both found what we were looking for.  I focused on the beauty shops such as L’Occitane, Faces and C&F and Martine focused on the designer shops such as Cavalli, Fendi and D&G.  We finished the afternoon with a caffeine stop at Met Cafe before calling it a day.    But what a great day 🙂

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