What’s New In & Around Beirut
In light of the multiple financial and economic crises that continue to grip Lebanon, it always fascinates me when I see new places crop up, or living spaces being treated to a facelift. Revival in Lebanon is at the core of our fabric. Our entrepreneurial culture perpetually outweighs the lesser than ideal circumstances that beleaguer us. All this to say, it’s a heartwarming feeling when you see others around you continue to invest and not relinquish hope in this country.
Here’s the latest example of that!
Perched on high in the hills of Mar Roukoz, not far from Waves waterpark, Xpark is Lebanon’s first indoor jump park spread across an impressive 3,300 square meters. Find different areas to suit every age and expert level: (1) X Mini for ages up to 6 to explore trampoline style jumping, (2) Freestyle, (3) Xpertramps for elevated performance enthusiasts, (4) XDunk for bouncing and shooting hoops, (5) soft-play for toddlers, (6) edutainment zone catering to ages 4-12, and more. Upstairs discover a café serving drinks and snacks, multipurpose rooms to house birthday parties, and lockers. Xpark, exclusively employing Lebanese athletic youth, is perfect for adrenaline junkies interested in a novel way to stay trim and active.
|Xpark is Lebanon's first indoor jump park
Burger King - Jal el Dib
Burger King’s flagship branch has decorated the Jal el Dib highway for 24 years now. This location has always been preferred by my little ones, owing to a formidable four-tiered play place and an outdoor playground to boot. I was pleased to see a total renovation completed last month, encompassing new seating and benches, enhanced lighting, touchscreen kiosks for quick ordering, fresher bathrooms, and an expanded play zone outside. Jal el Dib’s BK also features a café, serving up coffee, pastries and soft serve ice cream. Be sure you download their mobile app to take advantage of frequent promos and discounts on food.
|The renovated space inside Burger King - Jal el Dib
I know what you’re thinking – yet another burger joint in Lebanon? Isn’t the scene pretty saturated as it is? Burger Basics is the brainchild of an experienced Lebanese family restaurateur whose identity remains anonymous for now. But if you can appreciate their longevity (over 40 years in business) and unwavering commitment to excellence, you’d be pretty keen on trying just about anything they put out there. And I was more than happy to wolf down Burger Basic’s Mighty Meat burger. It’s got all the ingredients of culinary goodness: soft, supple, brioche bun; juicy, smashed, beef patty; American cheese; tomato; lettuce; and thousand island dressing. At present, Burger Basics is available exclusively as delivery through Toters.
|The Mighty Meat at Burger Basics
“Rooms. Bar. Resto.” Don’t you love a slogan that adequately captures the offering in full? Kintsugi sits where Villa Clara once did, tucked inside the narrow, storied residential streets of Mar Mikhael, just off of Armenia Street. The Japanese word “kintsugi” refers to the art of mending broken pottery with gold – a metaphor for renewing one’s lease on life and embracing all flaws and imperfections as intrinsic to the process. French owner Olivier, a resident of Beirut for two decades and the man who counts “Behind the Green Door” as among his successful ventures, was just 600 meters from the Beirut port explosions of August 2020. Kintsugi Beirut houses seven unique guest rooms, each with its own flair and color scheme, in addition to a restaurant and glasshouse for dining under the stars even whilst it rains.
|The main entrance of Kintsugi in Mar Mikhael
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