Hey guys, it’s time to continue my series of Instagrammable places all around the world, and now it’s Beirut’s turn (and Lebanon in general). I was honestly surprised by Beirut – it’s such a lovely city! In this post, I would love to share with you the most Instagrammable places in Beirut and the best photo locations in Lebanon in general.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Instagrammable hotels in Beirut
Beirut has a lot of amazing Instagrammable hotels, however, I must tell you that I didn’t stay in any of those, as they were above my budget. This was a whopping 9-day trip and we decided to book an affordable, but yet a modern and comfortable hotel called Urban City Suites. However, if your trip is shorter or/and you have a bigger budget, you can stay in some of these beautiful locations!
Check Intercontinental Phoenicia – it’s a gorgeous beachfront hotel.
and Four Seasons Beirut, which has an amazing rooftop terrace and a very trendy bar!
Okay, let’s get back to the Instagrammable spots in Beirut and the whole of Lebanon and let’s start with Beirut.
Most Instagrammable places in Beirut
If you’re coming to Beirut, chances are, you will like it! Beirut is a unique city, that has a fantastic atmosphere, delicious food and a lot of amazing places.
Raouche Rocks or Pigeon Rocks
The number one photography location in Beirut is undoubtedly Raouche Rocks or Pigeon Rocks how they are often called. The best time to see them is during the sunset time, as the sun sets on the same side as the rocks and it’s a wonderful thing to watch. You don’t have to go to any of the restaurants nearby to watch the sunset, but you could, if you want, however, in my opinion, the best view is on the left side from all the restaurants. It can be crowded sometimes, so make sure to arrive early or already after the sunset, when the sky is still pink, but most of the people have already left.
Angelina Cafe Beirut
One of my favourite places and one of the most Instagrammable places in Beirut is Angelina Cafe in Beirut downtown. It’s a lovely French cafe that serves delicious coffee and pretty unique deserts. We arrived at 11 am on Saturday and found the place completely empty. It was amazing for breakfast and some beautiful photos.
Beirut Downtown is the most prestigious and beautiful area of Beirut. It looks gorgeous and spotlessly clean, full of expensive boutiques and expensive cafes. If you didn’t know it’s in Beirut, where would you say it is? I asked this question on my Instagram @lizatripsget and most of the people agreed that it looks like the South of France.
One of my favourite bloggers @Polabur opened a restaurant (or better to say cafe), where you can get her signature coated strawberries that are extremely photogenic (and also delicious). She also has a store in Amsterdam and I featured it in my guide to the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam (read it here).
Mar Mikhael is a trendy district in Beirut famous for plenty of great restaurants (including some really photogenic ones) and it’s home to the Insta-famous colourful stairs. We had dinner in Mar Mikhael in a place called Loris. We initially planned to go to another place, however, everything seemed to be fully booked, so make sure to book in advance, unless you’re coming just for lunch!
Most Instagrammable places in Lebanon & the best photo locations outside Beirut
Now it’s time to share with you the best photo locations in Lebanon outside Beirut. Lebanon is a fantastic place and there are so many nature, architecture and food spots to visit there! If you’re looking for some Instagrammable spots in Lebanon that are not in Beirut, I will share with you my top.
The Roman Ruins of Baalbek (Jupiter and Bacchus temples)
My favourite place in Lebanon and the most impressive ruins I’ve seen in my entire life are located in Baalbek, 2 hours driving from Beirut. I’m not the biggest fan of ruins, but Baalbek honestly impressed me. The ruins are so well preserved that you can imagine how incredible did this place look a couple of thousands of years ago. Baalbek is also surrounded by mountains and we witnessed them covered by snow – such a surreal scenery.
Did you know that Lebanon produces wine? There are a couple of charming wineries in Lebanon, but the most famous one is perhaps Chateau Ksara. You can book a tasting session and you will get a tour through the winery for free. The storage of the winery is really impressive, it’s already worth visiting just for this storage!
In a city called Jounieh, just some 15 km away from Beirut, you can hop on an aerial cableway and get to the sanctuary of the Lady of Lebanon (Notre Dame du Lebanon). The journey is a bit scary, I must admit, but the views from the cable car were breathtaking!
Our Lady of Lebanon
Just as I mentioned before, you can get to Our Lady of Lebanon by taking the cable car in Jounieh. While the views in the cableway are amazing, the view from above is even better. Apart from that, you can discover a couple of churches and cathedrals overlooking the cities of Beirut and Jounieh.
One of the most photogenic towns in Lebanon is Byblos. Byblos is a small Unesco World Heritage village located 45 minutes driving from Beirut and it’s definitely worth paying a visit. Byblos is very photogenic and it’s a perfect place for a 3-hour getaway from the city. You can buy a lot of souvenirs, walk the narrow old streets of Byblos and enjoy the Seaview at the port.
Rif Grill on Jbeil Street in Byblos
For some reason, it was tough to find a Lebanese restaurant in Byblos and we literally checked every place before coming to Rif Grill in Byblos. This restaurant is gorgeous and the food was exquisite! The only thing I minded is a lot of birds in cages singing at the restaurant – the cages were so small and all I was thinking about is how to set the birds free or ask to relocate them to the bigger cages at least.
Chouwen Lake Nature Park
One of the best nature spots in Lebanon is undoubtedly Chouwen Lake. We couldn’t hike for 45 minutes to get to the lake (as we had to head to the airport already), however, even the views at the start of the hike are worth the drive. Please note that the drive is quite risky – it’s a very narrow 1-lane road in the mountains and you need to be very careful to drive there. On our way, we also discovered a gorgeous waterfall (you can’t miss it).
There are plenty of other places to visit in Lebanon, including Jeita Grotto, multiple Cedar Forests and even ski resorts. You can read this great post by Lonely planet about the best things to do in Lebanon.
Hope you enjoyed this post about the most Instagrammable places in Lebanon and Beirut. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!