28m - Located on the rooftop of a bank in the trendy Gemmayzeh district,...
Hidden on the second floor of an office building in a side alley, Dawawine knows what it is and knows what it is not.
Not a library, not just a bistro, not a theatre, not a cultural space. So, what the hell is it? Dawawine is a magnificent fusion of documentation space and bistro. In the finely decorated minimalist space real work thrives on long tables and Lebanese daily dishes appear on a sunny rooftop terrace.
The free flowing space greets customers with book-lined walls. Choose to lounge on velvet sofas by tall glass windows with a book from a well-curated selection on dance, music, and theatre. Or join freelancers, students and artists talking over projects and hiding behind computer screens at communal worktables. The mysterious red curtain between bookshelves hides the entrance to a small film screening room complete with red cushioned seats.
The sound of the espresso machine and food preparation from the bistro’s open air kitchen entices the nearby working crowds from the workspace but also those looking for a good meal. The daily dishes change often with an international and Lebanese option. The menu written on a wall-long chalkboard includes salads, sandwiches, soups and some heartier main dishes. The brie and blueberry jam on baguette or beet, feta and quinoa salad are sure to please vegetarian tastes. While the goat cheese stuffed burgers and the chicken parpadalle are not to be missed if you don’t mind a little meat on your plate!
Evenings at Dawawine can be laid back or filled with music and dancing with visiting DJs. Call ahead to check or sign up for Dawawine’s weekly programs via their Facebook, website or in-person.
Private workrooms and dinner reservations for large groups can be made by phone.