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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Beirut is complete without tasting the traditional Beirut food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Beirut to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Akkawi: (جبن عكاوي), white cheese salty or not depending on choice.
  • Arnabeet Mekleh: fried cauliflower.
  • Baba ghanoush: char-grilled aubergine (eggplant), tahina, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic puree—served as a dip.
  • Balila: (بليلة), is also the name of a dish, alternatively known as Cumin Chickpeas.
  • Fatayer Bil Sabanigh: mini spinach pies.
  • Fattet Hummus: (فتة حمص), chick peas in yoghurt.
  • Foul Moudammas: is a saucy bean dish, traditionally served for breakfast.
  • Kabees El Lift: (كبيس اللفت), pickled turnips.
  • Kabees mshakkal: (كبيس مشكل), mixed pickles.
  • Kibbi Nayeh: (كبة نية), raw kibbi.
  • Laban: Lebanese homemade plain yogurt.
  • Labneh makbouseh: strained yoghurt reserve.
  • Makdous: (المكدوس or sometimes المقدوس), are oil cured eggplants.
  • Muhammara: (محمرة), chili sauce.
  • Rakaek jibne: (رقائق بالجبن), cheese cigars.
  • Roasted Nuts: are a delicious snack, not to mention that almonds are a super food. Healthy and full of flavor.
  • Samboosak: is a stuffed pastry and a popular snack.
  • Sambousik Jibne: (سمبوسك جبنة), cheese pastries.
  • Shanklish: (شنكليش or شنغليش), aged cheese balls.
  • Toum: (توم), Lebanese garlic sauce.
  • Za'atar: (زَعْتَر), dried thyme and sumac that can differ from region to region and from family to family.



  • Fattoush: (فتوش), 'peasant' salad of toasted pita bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickweed, and mint.
  • Salata Hommos: chick peas salad.
  • Shanklish salad: goat cheese salad.
  • Tabbouleh: (تبولة), diced parsley salad with burghul, tomato and mint.

Main courses

  • Batata Harra: (بطاطا حارة), Lebanese spicy potatoes.
  • Dajaj Mahshi: (دجاج مشوي), stuffed chicken.
  • Dawood Basha: (داوود باشا), Daoud Bacha, meat balls with onion.
  • Garlic Lemon Chicken: slow cooked chicken with a lemon/garlic marinade.
  • Jawaneh: (جوانح), grilled chicken wings.
  • Kibbi bil sanieh: (كبة بالصينية), baked Kibbeh.
  • Lahm bil ajĩn: (صفيحة, لحم بعجين), also known as Sfiha, is a pastry covered with minced meat, onions, and nuts.
  • Lebanese Couscous: also known as Moghrabia.
  • Lebanese Rice: it is very similar to a Western packed rice dish "Rice-a-Roni", but without the spices.
  • Malfouf: Lebanese cabbage rolls.
  • Mujaddara: (مجدرة), made of onions, lentils, burghul and olive oil.
  • Samak meshwi: (سمك مشوي), grilled fish.
  • Samke Harra: (سمكة حرة), Lebanese garlic fish.
  • Sheik El Mahshi: eggplant with lamb, tomato and pine nuts.
  • Siyyadiyeh: Lebanese style fish over rice.


  • Awamat: Lebanese doughnuts.
  • Baklawa: assorted nuts-and-syrup-soaked Mediterranean pastry dessert.
  • Barazek: crunchy, nutty, lightly sweet sesame biscuits.
  • Bouza bi Haleeb: Lebanese milk ice cream.
  • Hallvë: flaky sweet confection based on crushed sesame seeds with pistachios.
  • Kanafeh: (كنافة), is an Arabic sweet made of very fine vermicelli-like pastry.
  • Kashta: homemade cream.
  • Lebanese Baklava: often contains pistachio nuts and is drizzled with a rose-water.
  • Ma'amoul: (معمول), are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts.
  • Meghli: is a traditional Lebanese dessert based on a floured rice pudding and spiced with anise, caraway and cinnamon.
  • Mouhalabieh: Lebanese milk flan.
  • Namoura: the famous Lebanese pastry made with semolina, soaked in sugar syrup and decorated with almonds.
  • Riz bi Haleeb: Lebanese rice pudding.
  • Sfouf: semolina turmeric cake.
  • Sugared Almonds: made with whole almonds, vanilla, sugar, and butter.
  • Znood Es-sett: (Lady's arms), filo pastry cigars with various fillings.

Fast food

Street food

  • Falafel: small deep-fried patties made of highly-spiced ground chick-peas.
  • Kofta: Lebanese spiced meatballs.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Ahweh: Arabic Coffee.
  • Ahweh Baida: white coffee.
  • Arabic Coffee: (قهوة عربية), is a general name that refers to the way coffee is prepared in many Arab countries throughout the Middle East.
  • Jallab: (جلاب), syrup made from carob, dates, grape molasses and rose water.
  • Sharab el Tout: is a thick juice concentrate that is used to make a refreshing drink by adding water.
  • Sharab El Ward: rosewater syrup.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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