Souk El Bazerkan - Beirut
Beirut is the most populous city in Lebanon and its capital. An interesting point of trivia about the city is that it was home to the first law school in the world, dating back to the Phoenician Era. It is hard though to see how the formality and order of a legal system was dreamt up amongst the chaos of such terrifying and charming public areas as the Souk El Bazerkan. Beirut is a tourist attraction to all visitors from around the world for many many reasons but this place is one of the foremost among them.
The classic small stalls, frantic bartering and heavily laden women make up this archetypal market scene, but alongside this there is plenty of development which softens the edges and makes the souk a lot more accessible for travellers. Every day hundreds of tourists pass by and enjoy a delightful meal, or even a cup of coffee at the enjoyable outdoor cafes available, and enjoy the sights of by passers walking and mixing in with the Lebanese public.
One good restaurant in the area is Karam Beirut which specialises in traditional Arabic cuisine, their extensive menu is one of the largest in the business!