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Ask The Locals

Beirut by Haig Papazian of Mashrou’ Leila

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JDEED asked Haig Papazian, the lead violonist of Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila to give us his 3 favourite spots around Beirut.

 

Words by Haig Papazian

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Jai is an asian delivery kitchen in Clemenceau with a single indoor table, and few tables on the sidewalk at night. I’m a sucker for Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian cuisine, and Jai’s menu doesn’t disappoint. Also, the chef is amazing and happens to be my flatmate.

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PAPERCUP
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Papercup is the only book store in Beirut where you’ll find a massive collection of magazines, journals, books, and publications on art, architecture, film, design, photography.  It’s pretty small and tucked in one of the side streets of Mar Mikhael. I’m often there to get coffee and spend an hour or so just looking through their stuff.
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DALIEH OF RAOUCHE
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Dalieh of Raouche is one of the few natural communal spaces surviving on the city’s coastline, right next to the iconic Pigeon Rocks. Beirut as a city turns its back to the sea, so it’s easy to forget it’s even there. Every time I go back there for a swim or a boat ride, I’m like an excited little kid all over again. The site is under threat of being developed into a private resort. You can read more about the campaign to protect it by clicking here
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Catch Mashrou’Leila live this summer
London July 15th
NYC July 18th
Toronto July 20th
Brooklyn July 22nd

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