“Finally” was the first word to come out of my mouth upon picking up this new guide to Lebanon by ultra-chic lifestyle writer Shirine Saad. Finally a guide to my beloved city that throws out the cliches most guides to Lebanon have lazily promoted for as long as I remember. Finally a book that reflects the essence of Beirut’s future just as much as celebrating its past through the creative change-makers of our time. And no, I don’t mean the politicians.
“In recent years, the generation that had grown up in Lebanon or abroad during the war is determined to contribute to their country’s future” explains Shirine on the back of her refreshing book that is also very adequately photographed by one of my favorite Lebanese photographers Tanya Traboulsi.
Boho Beirut is divided into sections that focus on the art, culture, architecture, design, culinary, shopping and other scenes developing in the capital. The guide is brimming with character and the choice of photographs compliment the different venues beautifully. I don’t know how “boho” in the literal sense the guide really is, but to our Lebanese society, it might as well be as the things covered are off the beaten track of what one expects to see or do in the capital. Even as local, Boho Beirut is beautiful keepsake as it contains the addresses of niche-like places I love or plan to visit soon.
Buy it, keep it and/or share it. It’ll quickly become your favorite guide to Beirut too.
You can grab a copy of it from most bookstores in Lebanon, including Cafe Younes, Cream, Kitsch, L’Artisan du Liban, Librairie Antoine, Malik’s Bookshop, Papercup, Tawlet and Virgin Megastore.