Lebanese entrepreneur Nour Khoury’s idea of a virtual marketplace for emerging designers that were handpicked from all over the world began to come to life in 2013 when she launched a fashion blog documenting her style. Three years later, after touring fashion houses across Europe and the Middle East, her dream was realized with the launch of Bucolik, a digital platform of curated fashion, jewelry, and accessories labels with a mission to empower emerging designers from every corner of the globe.
Here, Savoir Flair taps Khoury for her tips on the coolest spots in her hometown of Beirut, relying on her savvy eye for where to eat, sleep, sip coffee, and shop the next time you find yourself in Lebanon’s capital.
“A remnant from Beirut’s golden age, the Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum recently reopened to international fanfare after a $15 million, seven-year renovation. This is one of my go-to cultural destinations as this breathtaking space is home to over 800 works of modern and contemporary art from Lebanon and beyond.”
Greek Orthodox Archbishopric Street, Ashrafieh
(+961) 1 202 001
“I send all of my out-of-town guests to this charming boutique hotel set in a 1930s mansion. Reminiscent of something out of a Wes Anderson movie, Hotel Albergo does quirky décor to perfection. The only thing that matches the beautifully eclectic interior is the hotel’s five-star service.”
137 Rue Abdel Wahab El Inglizi, Ashrafieh
(+961) 1 339 797
“Kalei Coffee is a great excuse to explore one of Beirut’s emerging neighborhoods, Mar Mikhael. This organic coffee shop is laid-back during the week, but things pick up on weekend nights. The green terrace is my go-to spot for avocado on toast and sipping freshly brewed coffee.”
Rue 54, off Qobayat Street, Mar Mikhael
(+961) 3 780 342
Macle Jewel Collective
“This new space, imagined by Selim Mouzannar, sits in the heart of Beirut. Its clean and simple design allows the specially curated selection of fine jewelry from around the world to speak for itself.”
82 Shehade Street, Ashrafieh
(+961) 1 333 204
Photographer Patrick Sawaya