Paris of the Middle East
Beirut is the prime destination in the Middle East for shopping and you’ll have no problem picking up whatever it is you want to buy. If you're looking for the latest trends, the clothes shopping in Lebanon is an excellent choice. Good designer clothes shopping can be found in the boutiques of Downtown Beirut, which also has many department stores and shopping malls in the Rue Verdun. Or, if you’re looking for some shopping bargains in Beirut, then make your way to Hamra Street or Mar-Elias: the shops here tend to stock Beiruti or Lebanese brands which are cheaper.
If you fancy picking up some knick-knacks and shopping in Beirut’s markets, then check out the Souk El Tayeb in Beirut’s Saifi village. There’s also an early morning Sunday market next to the Beirut’s river, where you can go shopping for some unique crafts, jewellery and clothing.