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. Using our online itinerary creator, Byblos attractions like Old Souk can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We had a splendid Sunday in Byblos and this Lebanese town he loved. The old souk is well kept, neat and tidy and maybe we were favorites that we went through a period of low season but we were really good. The sellers were never pushy and we were able to visit several stores even without buying expensive things
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  • The Old Souk market is right next to the castle, so one should definitely pass by when visiting Byblos.  more »
  • Old shopping arcade pass which is impossible if you go into the main attraction of the town-fortress. Everything is quite clean and tidy, many souvenir shops and cafes. And that's if feel the spirit of the old town, the coloring of Oriental bazaar, depends only on you and your mood: you can see the old pavement and stone walls of the market with many years of trade marks. And you can see the cheap quality souvenirs very iine any fully in any tourist place in the world. Note the local scented soap and spices, they are really good.
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  • Amazing food, great location
  • Underwhelmed. Meh.
  • 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.
  • The food tastes really good and the portions are generous. The staff is friendly and the service is prompt
  • Good food fair prices

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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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