A must-visit for any foodie in Beirut on a Saturday morning, Souk el Tayeb is a market that showcases local food and drink, as well as natural cosmetics products and handicrafts. Started in 2004, this was the first farmers’ market in Lebanon and producers from across the country come here to promote what this humble country is capable of. You’ll not only find travellers here but also locals doing their weekly shop from the fruit and veg stands that have produce piled high, leaves spilling over the sides of crates and endless bags of herbs and spices.
If we have one piece of advice for visiting Souk el Tayeb it’s this: come hungry. There are lots of stands here cooking up simple bites to eat, from cakes and pastries to manoushe, thin and crispy flatbreads slathered in fragrant za’atar, all perfect for grazing on while you peruse the other goodies on offer.