Discover the heart of Lebanon’s Armenian community on this adventure through the streets of Bourj Hammoud. This bustling neighbourhood is packed full of crafts workshops, artists’ studios and interesting shops, and we’ll discover the best of it all on this walk through its backstreets and alleyways.
Set off from Martyr’s Square, in the heart of downtown Beirut, and head towards the neighbourhood’s souqs that are famous in this busy suburb. It is here that you can find the city’s iconic craftspeople, known for their handiwork at everything from intricate leatherwork to carving and weaving.
Pay a visit to a backgammon maker to see this famous board game being created. Loved throughout the Middle East, backgammon is an important part of everyday life, and here you can marvel at the work that goes into making one of these beautiful sets.
Next, call by the coppersmiths to see them hard at work, turning this humble metal into beautiful pieces of artwork, before stopping to admire artists laying out thousands of pieces of tile to create intricate mosaics.
Join the locals in a traditional Armenian restaurant for lunch, and enjoy a variety of specialties from the garlicy kebabs to the highly-seasoned air-dried beef known as basturma. With full tummies bid ‘shnorhagallem’ – thank you – to the staff before continuing on to explore the many wonders that make up this energetic suburb.
End the adventure with a ride back to Martyr’s Square, leaving behind the heart of Armenian Lebanon to re-enter modern-day Beirut.
Inclusions: English speaking guide. Lunch (Armenian sandwiches: Kebab, Sejok, Basterma)
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, refreshments, drinks.
Dress standard: Casual
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: Please contact Beirut Urban Adventures to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure.
Child Policy: Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.