Let Beirut's sobriquets do the talking! Whose curiosity wouldn't be piqued by a city that has been referred to as "the Paris of the Middle East," "the pearl of the Mediterranean," and "the place where East meets West"? Although this city has had its share of hardships, Beirut is a cultured and flourishing capital strewn with museums, parks, and universities. Lebanon is just the right size to take day trips to almost any point outside of the city; you can tour it all without checking out from your choice of phenomenal hotels in Beirut.
Prepare to be awed by the National Museum of Beirut, which hosts a leading collection of archaeological finds from the Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Stand in the historical Martyr's Square, or admire the beauty of Mohammad al-Amin Mosque. Catch the sunset along the Corniche, a seaside esplanade where you can enjoy a walk or a bike ride, or buy a snack from one of the local vendors. If you're looking for dancing, the boisterous neighborhoods of Gemmayze and Achrafieh are considered among the best for nightlife.
Hamra Street is chock full of shopping, nightlife, restaurants, and just about anything you'd want to do in the evening, so it's best to stay in one of the Beirut hotels here. Get excited to experience mezze, an array of small dishes that can range from tabbouleh to hummus to stuffed grape leaves. Mezze is often served to accompany alcoholic beverages such as the anise-flavored arak, which is a national drink. Don't forget some sticky, sweet baklava for dessert, or try a few bites of delicious Lebanese ice cream.