After a good gallery hop, swing by Tawlet for lunch. The bright, airy restaurant’s tagline “Shou tabkha el mama lyom?” translates to “What’s cooking, Mom?” and announces the farm-fresh meals, often crafted by locals (not trained chefs), which have garnered a cult following.
Circle back to Armenia Street for a visit to 98Weeks, a cultural research project that manifests in exhibitions, workshops, and screenings. In July, a seminar titled “Labour. Capital. Institution: A Forum on Feminisms” brought together over 15 artists, writers, curators, and sociologists. Just around the corner, stop for a strong coffee and a good read at Paper Cup, a bright coffee-cum-bookshop lined floor to ceiling with art, architecture, and design tomes. End your day with a craft beer at Internazionale, or head to Anise for a sampling of local arak, a traditional Lebanese anise-flavored sipping liquor.
Galerie Tanit is located at East Village Building, Armenia Street, Mar Mikhaël; Carwan Gallery is located at 5545 Mar Mikhaël; SMO Gallery is located at 77 Senegal Street, Quarantine; Art Factum is located at Bldg 13, Rehban Street, Quarantine; Sfeir-Semler is located at Tannous Building, Street 56, Quarantine; Tawlet is located at 12 Naher Street, Chalhoub Building # 22, Mar Mikhaël; 98Weeks is located at Armenia Street, Mar Mikhaël; Paper Cup is located at Agopian Building, Pharaon Street, Mar Mikhaël; Internazionale is located at Tiyyan Building, Alexander Fleming Street, Mar Mikhaël; Anise is located at Alexander Fleming Street, Mar Mikhaël.