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Souk el Akel: Lebanon's Street Food Market Kicks Its Summer Season
Jun 17, 2018

Eat, Meet, Greet and Treat yourself to the very best culinary experiences Lebanon has to offer! At Souk el Akel you'll find edible delights to suit all tastes and…

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Domaine de Taanayel: A Piece of Heaven in the Bekaa

Popular

June 17, 2018 | Popular | Lebanon

In 2009 the Domaine de Taanayel and arcenciel signed a long-term partnership deal of which the mission is to enhance the environment for social work services. The objective is to make the Domaine an agricultural center and the main tourist…

Souk el Akel at The Antonine University Ablah, Bekaa

Souk el Akel

June 03, 2018 | Souk el Akel | Lebanon

Joseph Attieh, Arnabeat and a handful of delicious street food ideas, Souk el Akel in partnership with Universite Antonine ended in style. Celebrating the University Spring Festival, thousands of people met to celebrate…

Antonine University Spring Festival 2018: Souk el Akel, Zahle!

Souk el Akel

May 16, 2018 | Souk el Akel | Bekaa

Zahle here we come... two days of endless fun, entertainment, great food ideas and the Universite Antonine Job Fair.

Ecolodge Taanayel: Plan Your Weekend Getaway in the Bekaa

News

May 13, 2018 | Lebanon

En 2006 arcenciel construit un Ecolodge à Taanayel (Békaa) pour promouvoir l’éco-tourisme dans la région. L’architecture de l’Ecolodge s’inspire des anciennes techniques de construction libanaises…

La Maison du Croissant, Zahle: French Croisants with Lebanese Influences!

Restaurants

April 27, 2018 | Breakfast & Coffee | Bekaa

Located on Zahle’s famous boulevard, La Maison Du Croissant prepares a wide selection of flaky French rolls prepared a la minute in the back kitchen. Chocolate, chocolate extra, chocolate and almonds, Knefeh, Knefeh and chocolate, zaatar,…

Karm el Joz: A Relaxing Green Space

Spotted Stories

April 24, 2018 | Lebanon

Karm elJoz is a space for celebrations. Located in Taanayel, at the entrance of the Bekaa, it is one of the largest walnut orchards in the country. It is trees and green for as far as the eye can see! In between the trees, you’ll find 3 white…

Chateau Kefraya: An Escape in West Bekaa

Restaurants

November 12, 2017 | Restaurants | Lebanon

The West Bekaa region has a rich cultural heritage and history. On your way from the Shouf region to Kefraya, don’t miss Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve and the 19th century Beit-Eddine Palace, together with the spectacular view over the Bekaa…

Contact Info: Kefraya Winery, Relais Dionysos

Phone Number: +961 8 645 888

Address: Kefraya winery, West Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 645 888

Address: Kefraya winery, West Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Al Rayess: Tasty Sandwiches in the Heart of Chtaura

Street Food

November 12, 2017 | Street Food | Lebanon

Last year while walking around Hamra, I discovered a funky place called Rayess. A red and yellow kiosk occupying the entrance of this historical street, Al Rayess from Chtaura is in fact an authentic sandwicheria with touches of modernism. Visiting…

Cascada: A New Giant Mall Opens in the Bekaa

News

November 11, 2017 | Lebanon

Cascada Mall is situated on a 220,000 sqm piece of land in the heart of the Bekaa valley featuring several synergistic hubs like the shopping center, Arcadia Wedding Venue, Medical center, Amphitheater, Hotel and the Cascada Park. Still at its…

Kaak B Semsom: Creative Kaak in Zahle

Restaurants

November 11, 2017 | Restaurants | Bekaa

When the Kaaka is passionately baked in-house, when this authentic creation is taken to another level, when the owner puts all his enthusiasm in to the business, you’ll get “Kaak b Semsom” creations. Been there, done that and still…

Contact Info: Kaak b Semsom

Phone Number: +9618801101

Address: Zahle [ view ]

Phone Number: +9618801101

Address: Zahle [ view ]

Babas a L’Arak: Love, Passion and Patriotism in a Jar

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November 06, 2017 | Recommended | Bekaa

I wish sometimes you could watch me scream when I eat a mouth-watering creation... This isn’t a normal Baba au rhum, this is happiness in a jar. From the same creator of Lebanon’s one-and-only “Baba in a jar” comes a new…

Contact Info: Clement, Chasseurs de Saveurs

Phone Number: +961 3 753 563

Address: Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 3 753 563

Address: Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Mechwar to Chmestar, Baalbeck

Travel

September 19, 2017 | Travel | Lebanon

Shmustar, also spelled Shmistar or Chmistar (Arabic: شمسطار‎‎) is a Lebanese town located in Baalbek-Hermel Governorate, Lebanon between Baalbeck and Zahleh, on the eastern…

Al Haush: A Piece of Heaven in the Heart of the Bekaa

Hotels

June 15, 2017 | Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Lebanon

We planned to spend the weekend in the heart of the Bekaa... A piece of heaven on earth, Al Haush is a place rich with history... It feels like a museum filled with amazing traditional things... I was happy from the minute I opened the small…

Contact Info: Al Haush Guesthouse

Phone Number: +961 3 911110

Address: Housh el Ghanam village, between Zahle and Baalbeck, Kaza of Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 3 911110

Address: Housh el Ghanam village, between Zahle and Baalbeck, Kaza of Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Raymond: Traditional and Delicious Lebanese Food in Rayak

Restaurants

June 12, 2017 | Restaurants | Lebanon

In Rayak, Baalbeck, right next to the Air Force base, you'll find Raymond, a restaurant that has been open for sixty years now. People come from all over the country to experience Raymond's cuisine, which includes Lebanese Mezze as well as their…

Contact Info: Raymond

Phone Number: +961 8 900 083

Address: Houch Hala, Rayak, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 900 083

Address: Houch Hala, Rayak, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Souk el Akel: For the First Time in the Bekaa; Celebrating Zahle

News

May 12, 2017 | News | Bekaa

Zahle here we come... two days of endless fun, entertainment, great food ideas and the Universite Antonine Job Fair.

Kaak b Semsom: A New Favorite Kaak Spot in Zahle

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April 24, 2017 | Breakfast & Coffee | Bekaa

Spending the day in Zahlé, a rich breakfast was needed so I thought why not enjoy a traditional kaak at "Kaak b Semsom". Open for the last eight months, this clean place sells kaak the "Abou el Arab" way... Kaak with cheese mix, labneh…

Contact Info: Kaak b Semsom

Phone Number: +9618801101

Address: Zahle [ view ]

Phone Number: +9618801101

Address: Zahle [ view ]

Rashaya: The Famous Fortress, The Longest Souk...

Mechwar Videos

February 12, 2017 | Lebanon

Rashaya, also known as Rashaya al-Wadi or Rachaya el-Wadi(and variations) is a town in Lebanon, situated in the Rashaya District and south of the Beqaa Governorate. It is situated at around 1,350 metres above…

Zahle: The Bride of the Bekaa

Mechwar Videos

February 06, 2017 | Bekaa

A red-roofed town set among the eastern foothills of Mount Sannine, Zahlé enjoys a prime location in the Beqaa valley. Snowcapped mountains tower above it in winter, while in summer its 945-meter elevation keeps the air light and dry.…

This Sunday... We're Going to Baalbeck!

News

September 22, 2016 | Popular | Lebanon

Driven by our love of Lebanon and her hidden corners, and inspired by NGNO, The Foodie’s Trail is a range of special tours around the country. Baalbeck is where we’re going this Sunday and every Sunday until December. Discover…

Casino Nmeir, Berdawni Zahle

Restaurants

August 28, 2016 | Restaurants | Bekaa

Opened since 1918, Casino Nmeir is one of the valley's most famous Lebanese restaurants. Come here for the sound of chirping birds, the musical tunes of running river water, Fayrouz singing in the background and authentic Lebanese specialities.…

Lebanon Foodie's Trail: Baalbeck!

Popular

August 02, 2016 | Popular | Lebanon

Driven by our love of Lebanon and her hidden corners, and inspired by NGNO, The Foodie’s Trail is a range of special tours around the country. Unlike anything on the market these tours allow foodies to discover Lebanon through the eyes of…

The Foodie's Trail Goes to Baalbeck: Book Your Next Tour!

News

July 20, 2016 | Popular | Lebanon

Driven by our love of Lebanon and her hidden corners, and inspired by NGNO, The Foodie’s Trail is a range of special tours around the country. Unlike anything on the market these tours allow foodies to discover Lebanon through the eyes of…

Maison Du Croissant: Baked a la Minute for Your Pleasure

Breakfast & Coffee

July 11, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

Open on Zahle's boulevard, Maison du Croissant is where you should go to and enjoy the French croissant with a Lebanese touch experience. Nothing is left on display. Order and wait to be served straight from the oven. You will find three sizes and…

Contact Info: Maison du Croissant

Phone Number: +961 8 810 108

Address: Boulevard Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 810 108

Address: Boulevard Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

The Box of Arsal: The Video!

News

June 19, 2016 | The Box | Lebanon

This Box is special because it has been entirely produced and packed in Arsal. Nestled on the foothills of the North Eastern Lebanese mountain range, Arsal is one of the largest border villages in the Bekaa…

My Heart Goes to Baalbek...

Travel

May 11, 2016 | Travel | Lebanon

I've been here two times already shooting some of the best Mechwar episodes we've done to date, happiness couldn't leave my body, a smile I couldn't even control... I enjoy Baalbeck so much that we at NoGarlicNoOnions decided to start our tours…

Ersal: A Lebanese Village! Have a Look Inside...

Mechwar Videos

May 09, 2016 | Lebanon

'This is a view from inside Ersal" Arsal (also spelled Aarsal, Ersal or 'Irsal; Arabic: عرسال‎), is a town and municipality situated east of Labweh, 124 kilometres north east of Beirut, in the Baalbek District of theBeqaa Governorate in…

Al Jawhari Sweets Baalbeck: Nammoura bel Kashta

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March 13, 2016 | Recommended | Lebanon

Up in Baalbeck is a shop famous for their sweets, some specialities nobody else does in Lebanon. Nammoura bel Kashta, ghraybeh bel Kashta, warbet bel Kashta are unique of Baalbeck. Open in 1960, Al Jawahri has been offering a selection of sweets…

Mechwar Baalbeck: A Day I'll Remember for a Long Time

Travel

July 02, 2015 | Travel | Lebanon

One can't mention Lebanon without  thinking of Baalbeck, the great temple. The Roman temple of Baalbeck is considered one of the world's biggest, if not the biggest, and is famous to everyone interested in Roman civilization or simply…

Al Ajami: A Historical Restaurant Oozing History up in Baalbek (Restaurant Closed)

Restaurants

April 18, 2015 | Popular | Lebanon

Old, authentic and full of life, the walls tell stories of the past, this restaurant that opened in 1924, managed by two brothers, Ahmad and Behzad, is a reference up in Baalbek. My parents and relatives suggested that I pass by this…

Contact Info: Al Ajami Baalbek

Phone Number: +961 8 370051

Address: Ras el Ain street, Behind the Baalbek temple, Baalbeck, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 370051

Address: Ras el Ain street, Behind the Baalbek temple, Baalbeck, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Mountain House: High Standards and Beautiful Decor up in Baalbeck

Restaurants

April 17, 2015 | Recommended | Lebanon

Stunning, this place is really amazing. I came to Baalbeck expecting to see a village in distress, exactly like you see on the news... Stunning is the word, the kind of place I rarely visit, a marvel, an architectural wonder, up in…

Contact Info: Mountain House

Phone Number: +961 3 278 926

Address: قرب مسجد الامام علي عليه السلام مقابل المدرسة الاهلية بعلبك, Baalbeck, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 3 278 926

Address: قرب مسجد الامام علي عليه السلام مقابل المدرسة الاهلية بعلبك, Baalbeck, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Zahle, Lebanon is Proudly an Unesco City of Gastronomy

News

February 16, 2015 | Bekaa

This morning, Raymond Hanna, a NoGarlicNoOnions reader and supporter sent me a story that put a smile on my face. Yes, out of only 5 cities around the world, Zahle, our local Lebanese Zahle is part of the UNESCO cities of Gastronomy. With that,…

Al Tanbakji: Plunge into the Lebanese Culinary Heritage

Restaurants

February 12, 2015 | Restaurants | Lebanon

Our discovery tour around Zahle ended at Al Tanbakji, this famous restaurant facing the Ksara winery. Al Tanbakji is a revival of our traditions within a restaurant. Enter a reconstructed Lebanese village, with decorative items taking you back…

Contact Info: Al Tanbakji

Phone Number: +961 8 808 208

Address: Ksara main road, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 808 208

Address: Ksara main road, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Visiting Zahle: A Delicious Journey Around the Bekaa Capital

Travel

January 05, 2015 | Travel | Bekaa

Zahle is one of Lebanon’s gems. Although a long drive away from Beirut city, Zahle is not at all far, especially if you’re looking for something delicious to eat… Zahle has so much delicious food to offer and that’s not all…

Tasty Discovery: Homemade Kaak bi Halib from Kherbet Anafar

Tasty Discoveries

January 04, 2015 | Lebanon

One of my absolutely favorite bites is Kaak bi Halib or what are also known as soft milk buns or milk cakes. I love them and my preferred to date has been the ones sold at Salon des Familles in Zahle. But, recently I came across some really good…

Zahle: The Famous Tabliyet Chicken Tawouk

Restaurants

January 03, 2015 | Restaurants | Bekaa

If you’re from Zahle or know someone living in Zahle, they will tell you about Massaad, the famous sandwich restaurant in Zahle. “Tabliyet Massaad!” It’s what the locals tell you when you ask where you can find the best…

Fouad Massaad: The Authentic Breakfast of Zahle

Restaurants

January 03, 2015 | Restaurants | Bekaa

In Zahle, when you say Foul and Hummos for breakfast, Georges Massaad is the only place to visit. Georges Massaad is located on the main Zahle highway, few meters after the Saraya. Pass the Saraya and land in front of a shop that serves breakfast,…

Contact Info: Fouad Georges Massaad

Phone Number: +961 8 801037

Address: Near al Saraya, Zahleh Boulevard, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 801037

Address: Near al Saraya, Zahleh Boulevard, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Salon des Famille' Extravagant Milk Cookies

Tasty Discoveries

January 03, 2015 | Lebanon

When I think Zahle, the first thing that comes to mind is “Kaak bi 7alib”… I love those cookies so much that I always ask my friends to get me some whenever they’re going up t the capital of the Bekaa. Today, visiting Zahle…

Chez Charles: The European Flavors of Zahle

Restaurants

January 03, 2015 | Restaurants | Bekaa

Chez Charles, one of Zahle popular restaurant is truly something special. Back in 1975, Henry Saydé was the first to introduce the Bekaa to a sophisticated French and European cuisine. Located in the heart of Zahle, Chez…

Contact Info: Snack Chez Charles

Phone Number: +961 8 801165

Address: Main road after the Saraya, El Berbara, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 801165

Address: Main road after the Saraya, El Berbara, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Tawlet Ammik: A Unique Experience from Start to End

Restaurants

September 19, 2014 | Recommended | Lebanon

We tend to take some things in life for granted. We always want to get away, travel far to somewhere surrounded by nature, to escape and enjoy some peace and quiet. Although it may sound like a cliche, we can escape reality just an hour away from…

Contact Info: Tawlet Ammik

Phone Number: + 961 3 00 44 81

Address: Ammiq old village – West Bekaa – Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: + 961 3 00 44 81

Address: Ammiq old village – West Bekaa – Lebanon [ view ]

Le Petit Déjeuner du Vigneron at Le Relais Dionysos, Kefraya

Restaurants

September 15, 2014 | International Cuisine | Lebanon

While the season for harvesting grapes is upon us, Chateau Kefraya is organizing tours for every wine enthusiast who wants to live the experience from end to start. Come to Kefraya, one of Lebanon’s finest wine producers, to understand…

Contact Info: Kefraya Winery, Relais Dionysos

Phone Number: +961 8 645 888

Address: Kefraya winery, West Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 645 888

Address: Kefraya winery, West Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

CNN: Taking Lebanese Wine and Beer Abroad

News

August 27, 2014 | News | Lebanon

Marketplace Middle East|Added on August 22, 2014 CNN's Leone Lakhani explores how local wine makers are getting their bottles on shelves abroad.

Going Back in Time with Domaine des Tourelles

Spotted Stories

July 11, 2014 | Spotted Stories | Lebanon

Domain des Tourelles, the oldest commercial winery in Lebanon, is better known around town as the brand behind Arak Brun; the firm has been producing alcohol for the last 150 years. After my visit to Ixsir, and as part of my quest to visit all…

Massaad Barbecue Zahle: Tales of Taouk

Restaurants

July 08, 2014 | Recommended | Bekaa

If you’re from Zahle or know someone living in Zahle, Massaad barbecue is a popular place there. “Tabliyet Massaad!” It’s what the locals tell you when you ask where you can find the best sandwich in the Bekaa.…

Bouzat el Berdawni: Zahle's Living Tradition

Tasty Discoveries

July 04, 2014 | Tasty Discoveries | Bekaa

Berdawni isn't only about Casino Arabi and Casino Mhanna, it’s also about the tastiest ice cream in Zahle and the famous Semsmieh. Visiting Zahle for a food discovery, specifically some sweet treats.   Located in the heart of Zahle's…

Mechtah Bou Elias: Zahle's Famous Bread

Street Food

July 03, 2014 | Street Food | Bekaa

I've been to Zahle before, but I only had time to have breakfast at Massaad and buy some milk cookies. Coming back was a must. My second visit started with Furn Mar Elias, a well-known place in Zahle that produces something called the "Moshtah".…

Salameh's Sticky Treats on the Berdawni, Zahle

Street Food

June 30, 2014 | Street Food | Bekaa

Semsmiyeh, what else? Coming to Zahle and going back home with some Semsmieh is like visiting Batroun and enjoying their lemonade. Heading to Salameh Salameh was a must, where the third generation of artisans are making and selling these sweet…

A Visit to Tanmia's Chicken Factory

Spotted Stories

June 25, 2014 | Lebanon

I love visiting factories, something I used to organize on a monthly basis for my scouts. I used to love introducing them to how things were produced, showing them how hard and sophisticated the process can be when it comes to innovative products,…

Salon el 3a2ilat, Zahle: Lebanon's Finest Kaak b 7alib

Recommended

May 21, 2014 | Popular | Bekaa

I’d last been to Zahle more than two years ago and the flavors of their Kaak b Halib hadn’t left my memory. I can still remember their texture, their smell, their aroma and rich content. The morning I decided to head down to Bekaa, the…

Georges Massaad Zahle: Foul, Hommos, Balila and Fried Eggs

Street Food

May 21, 2014 | Street Food | Bekaa

I know, I should have been working on a Monday morning instead of touring around... Driven by passion, on this beautiful Monday morning I decided to give Zahle a visit. I'm new to the area so following some friends recommendations I landed at…

Contact Info: Fouad Georges Massaad

Phone Number: +961 8 801037

Address: Near al Saraya, Zahleh Boulevard, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 8 801037

Address: Near al Saraya, Zahleh Boulevard, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon [ view ]

Tawlet Ammiq: A Breath of Fresh Air and Good Food

Restaurants

November 02, 2012 | Recommended | Lebanon

We tend to take some things in life for granted. We always wish to get away, travel far somewhere in nature, to escape and enjoy some peace and quiet. Although it may sound like a cliche, we can escape reality just an hour away from Beirut! I got…

Contact Info: Tawlet Ammik

Phone Number: + 961 3 00 44 81

Address: Ammiq old village – West Bekaa – Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: + 961 3 00 44 81

Address: Ammiq old village – West Bekaa – Lebanon [ view ]

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