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On the Periphery but with Plenty of Zing: Zanjabeel
Situated in a part of Hamra where one does not expect café culture to reach anymore, is Zanjabeel. It’s a perfect spot to work, to meet a friend for coffee or a game of “tawlet”, to people watch, read – or knit and attracts a nice mix of people. The AUB Secular Club holds their movie screenings followed by discussions on the upstairs mezzanine level.
Most of the interior is made of upcycled materials, wood from recycled pallets and there is a cosy two-storey library at the left of the entrance. There also is a piano for anyone who knows how to “play it again”. The atmosphere is laid-back and welcoming, food and drinks are reasonably priced and portions generous and the music is eclectic but good.
One of the drinks to have in summer – inside or on the seats outside – is the Zenjabeel smoothie - not surprisingly with ginger for extra zing. In winter, this is a perfect spot to have hot ginger lemon tree, while enjoying a good book or catching up with a friend.
Lebanese and Italian dishes dominate the menu – a rather accomplished match. White wine drinkers will enjoy pairing the food with a glass of white from Karam, a winery near Jezzine.
While seemingly on the periphery of Hamra, it is worthwhile going the extra bit to reach Zanjabeel.