Food markets are probably the best place visit in order to immerse yourself in the culture of the land, and there’s no better place to do this while you’re in Beirut than at the Souk-el-Tayeb farmers’ market. As was discovered by Joy of the Independant, “there’s a growing movement towards organic food in Lebanon, but the real mission of the Souk-el-Tayeb is to reconnect the land to the city”
“For many, the first glimpse of Lebanon is Beirut, a city of Starbucks, late-night bars and hyper-preened women. It hums with a mix of Eurotrash style and Middle Eastern traffic chaos: loud, brash and ostentatiously wealthy. As with many capital cities, it offers a façade behind which lies quite a different country.”
But far from the frenzied nightlife and glitterati that is all too apparent in this city, the market offers home-produced goods such as olive oils, fruits, jams, pickles, as well as homemade crafts.
And the best part in my opinion? By signing up on their website, you can venture out into the country and visit the various producers on their land to see where the food is grown. Way better than lounging by the pool all day in my opnion.
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