If you’re an avid fan of Hamra street, or if you’ve heard a lot about it, then you’ve definitely heard or should hear about Mezyan – a local Lebanese restaurant that also serves Armenian food and some other regional dishes. The place has been around since 2010 and has survived all that Lebanon has had to offer since.
The place is located at the beginning of Hamra’s main street, though it is tricky to find as it’s tucked away in a building entrance. But don’t let the entrance fool you. Once you’re in, you’re taken back in time through its lovely Arabic ambiance. On the walls of Mezyan are images of famous Arab singers, and the music is usually Arabic-centered. Mezyan’s main mission is to serve good food, good vibes, and prices for everyone. Though on Friday nights, the place turns from a restaurant to a full-fledged party mode with loud music and dancing everywhere, even on table tops!
Mezyan is known for its delicious menu and great ambiance but it’s also sometimes used as a cultural space to host readings, meet-ups, screenings, and other cultural activities. On the menu, don’t miss out on their cherry kebab, batata harra (spicy potatoes), or cheese rolls, though I’ve heard they also serve some great manti! While you’re around Hamra, don’t miss out on checking out the diverse street art and a coffee at Barzakh.