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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...  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...  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 »
  • Amazing place Family owned business so the owners are very friendly The man usually offers you candy from a bowl😊 Has many books for all your choices The shop is very beautifully designed and looks great (old vibes) Has a place upstairs to read your book (so I've heard but there is a staircase going up so check it out ) Has other products like socks with creative writing on them, soap bars (balade/بلدي), tea cans, pens and other stuff also.. Again verryyy friendly, welcoming and patient Even sells used books for a lower price..
  • Wonderfull place to grab a book and enjoy reading at the spot or finding a great book to purchase,very kind and helpful staff.
  • A gem! You cannot come to Lebanon or you are interested in books and not visit this place. Kids and adults alike will cherish the warm welcome of the founder and the amazing books.
  • This bookstore is a jewel of books. Family owned since the early 50s this place is warm and very welcoming.
  • Good but not too reachy place

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