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Halabi Bookshop, Beirut

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The place was founded as a grocery store by my grandfather Hussein Halabi aka Abou Nazmi in 1958; where my father Abdallah Halabi used to help him as a kid. We used to have daily newspapers, weekly magazines and periodicals back then too.

My father took over in the early 1990's, and started adding books gradually as a hobby and upon general request his collection started to grow. By early 2000's, the bookshop was already full; books, magazines, newspapers and many other collectibles were stacked on top of each other making the bookshop inaccessible.

By the end of 2014, I, Lana Halabi, started helping my father to revive the bookshop, we created our social media pages and started participating in local book markets and street festivals.

In April 2nd, 2016, we started the physical store renovation process which took around 8 months. By the end of December 2016, with the help of my mother and two brothers, we were ready and open to public.

Since then, we have been organizing cultural activities, regular children readings and we launched our own book club in May 2017. we still participate in book markets and events across Lebanon.

We are a tri-lingual bookshop, with old, used and new books. We supply books locally and from abroad.

We aim to spread the culture of reading among youth and sustain a cultural space for everyone to read and meet like-minded people.
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  • The place is so nice and full of history. IT is a combination of history and contemporary place to spend time between books. Selecting and wondering. They also hold events at the bookstore like... 
    The place is so nice and full of history. IT is a combination of history and contemporary place to spend time between books. Selecting and wondering. They also hold events at the bookstore like...  more »
  • In a time where bookshops are getting rare, Halabi bookshop has proved the opposite, Lana, daughter of the original owner, has been fighting for years and she has turned this cultural corner into a... 
    In a time where bookshops are getting rare, Halabi bookshop has proved the opposite, Lana, daughter of the original owner, has been fighting for years and she has turned this cultural corner into a...  more »
  • Had a lovely chat with Mr Halabi. Purchased lots of kid's books and looking forward to visit again to get other genre. It's not everyday you get to experience such ambience. So much soul and spirit....  more
    Had a lovely chat with Mr Halabi. Purchased lots of kid's books and looking forward to visit again to get other genre. It's not everyday you get to experience such ambience. So much soul and spirit....  more »
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  • A lovely and quante bookstore. Well worth a visit. The service was very good and lived up to expectations.
  • One of the most fulfilling places in Beirut where you can shop very old books to the newest ones. Very good prices and very nice ambiance. Small business but a very important place to visit. Very affordable prices.
  • good prices, cozy
  • Truly a gem. Diverse collection, very friendly owner, and currently the only place where I'm not afraid to look at the price tag.
  • A beautiful little vintage-style bookshop in the south of Beirut. The owner - and granddaughter of the founder - is very welcoming and interesting to chat to. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in Beirut!

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