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Old Souk, Byblos

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Browse the varied souvenirs and antiques of Old Souk, the restored, pedestrian-only area of Byblos’ historic market district. Wandering the narrow, cobblestone paths situated in the walled historic center, you’ll encounter a plethora of small local shops and restaurants. Hunt for bargains on gifts and keepsakes, or check out the variety of cafes and bars that make the quaint, medieval buildings come to life in the evenings, with live music and a busy atmosphere. Before you head to Byblos, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Byblos itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Byblos has to offer, including Old Souk.
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  • Byblos is a lovely village definitely worth a visit. Lots of independent craft shops, nice bars and restaurants.  more »
  • I live in Byblos, so old souk is a place I frequently cross almost on daily basis when going to jog, shop or attend a mass in the ancient and historic Jean-Marc cathedral, among other churches. A mosq...  more »
  • Part of the old town. After you visit the Castle, you can walk through these ancient streets and shopping of souvenirs of your trip. There are some restaurants that open only at the end of the day is a point where the local population uses nightly to your happy hour.
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  • The food tastes really good and the portions are generous. The staff is friendly and the service is prompt
  • When you order a salty crepe called Raclot for 22000 that contains "mixed cheese melt, swiss raclette, turkey and fresh mushroom" and you get this piece of crepe (see attached pic) you know this is a deceitful restaurant not worth than 1/5 rating. In addition we had to wait 40 minutes for the crepe to be served. Do I need to mention the waitress who doesn't know the brands of whiskey they have, or the nuts we ordered but were never served and the uncomfortable setting where noisy people pass next to you all the time wherever you sit? The welcoming waiter was friendly but otherwise a bad experience. Not recommended.
  • Good food fair prices
  • The lebanese food could be better. Go for international...

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Where to stay in Byblos

Most visitors choose to explore Byblos on a day trip from Beirut. Most of the accommodations in Byblos itself cater to upmarket travelers, with comfortable hotels and luxury resorts offering all the creature comforts you'd expect. A handful of these lie close to the beach, while others can be found nestled within the walls of the old town. Larger, more modern options sit just outside the historic center, so as not to clash with the old aesthetic.
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