The Paquis neighbourhood is famous for its incredible regional diversity in terms of restaurants and snack-bars. One of my favourite places is Parfums de Beyrouth where you will find authentic Lebanese food in a very relaxed and calm ambiance. From the outside it may not look very inviting, but trust me: it is definitely worth a visit.
My friends and I usually meet there after long days studying at the library, working – or after a party. The owners and employees are very welcoming and seem to like it when I try to practice my poor Arabic with them. My favourite dish is the Shawarma sandwich (with either lamb or chicken), which is a great change to the common Kebab in Geneva and the rest of Switzerland. As a garlic-lover I am especially fond of the delicious garlic-mayonnaise, which is part of the Shawarma (maybe not the best choice if you want to kiss someone later though). I’ve tried other Shawarmas in the area but there is no place that tops Parfum de Beirut.
The sweet pastries and the tea are also a must try. The prices are very decent, which fortunately allows me to go there more often than only once a month! A final big plus are the long opening hours even during the week.