Al Salam Juice is part of everyone’s childhood if they live around the Mala’ab neighborhood in Beirut. Ever since I was a kid, my parents would bring juice from Al Salam Juice, as it is known for its natural high quality of juices and fruit cocktails.
Mr. Mohamad Al Lababidi opened Al Salam Juice in 1969 on the corner of a buzzing neighborhood that’s full of life. However, with the Lebanese Civil War starting in 1975, he traveled to Saudi Arabia and his passion and profession moved with him abroad. He opened his own store with 7 door outside facade that shines at night with its shiny neon colors! However, he closed it down and came back to Lebanon in 1994, after the war ended in 1990.
The owner, Mr. Mohamad visits the shop almost every day while his son, Ziad, takes care of it at the moment. Behind the high bar covered with fruits is where all the magic happens. Usually, the most ordered drinks are his fresh juice, whether mango or pomegranate juice, or his face cocktail juice bathed in avocado, honey, and topped with Ashta (cream) and LOTS of fruits. Yes, all caps lock, because he adds a lot of seasonal fruits.
Al Salam Juice is highly recommended for anyone visiting the city of Beirut – you’ll thank me later.