Spotter in the spotlight: Rayan from Beirut!

Rayan Ezzeddine is a Lebanese raised in Zimbabwe. She currently works with UNICEF in Beirut and considers herself a traveler, humanitarian, poet, writer, human rights activist and a global citizen.

I love Beirut for its simplicity, diversity and historical marks. Beirut is a small city where you can go anywhere any day and any time. You can feel like you are in different cities just a small distance away from each other.”

Here are some of Rayan’s favorite spots:

Kahwet Laure Beirut

Kahwet Laure Beirut (by Kahwet Laure)

Kahwet Laure Beirut (by Kahwet Laure)

“Kahwet Laure is a really interesting spot located on Badaro main street near a variety of other great restaurants and cafes. Why did I mention that this spot is interesting? Because Kahwet Laure is an authentic oriental restaurant that revives the golden age of our beloved country Lebanon, 1950-1960. People also ask about the name “Laure” and its origin. Laure was inspired from the famous song of the great Lebanese singer and legend Fayrouz “Ya Laure Houbouki”, which is a love song.”

Full article: Kahwet Laure – Oriental taste of food

Ecosouk Beirut

Ecosouk Beirut (by Rayan Ezzeddine)

Ecosouk Beirut (by Rayan Ezzeddine)

“Why is this spot my favourite? Because basically it is Lebanon’s as well as the Middle East’s first zero- waste store that has opened recently as a tiny shop of local and recycled products in Hamra. Ecosouk has products from 35 eco-producers, locally made in Lebanon.”

Full article: Ecosouk – Zero-waste store

Holiday Inn Beirut

Holiday Inn Beirut

Holiday Inn Beirut

“This abandoned Holiday Inn Hotel is one of Beirut’s war landmarks. It was basically built around 1971 and 1974 and designed by both Lebanese and French architects. This hotel is a 26-story building that used to have 400 rooms for guests. It officially opened in 1974 when Beirut’s economy was booming and when Beirut was one of the most visited touristic centers of the Middle East.”

Full article: Holiday Inn Beirut – War-abandoned hotel


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