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Beirut.com 02 May 2023

6 Amazing Things To Do In Baakline

Those who have visited Baakline know that it will forever hold a special place in your heart, leaving a mark with its sightly views, rich history, and kind locals. A visit to this tremendous haven located in the heart of Chouf will be one for the books, so we’ve compiled a list of must-have experiences.

Here are 6 amazing things you can do in the beloved Baakline.

1. Enjoy a delicious lunch with unmatched views at Shallalat Al Zarka

A Baakline gem that we all know and love, a visit to the region is not complete without a stop at Shallalat Al Zarka. This unique restaurant will immerse you in the Baakline experience with its strategic location, traditional Lebanese dishes, and relaxing atmosphere.

Floating above the Baakline river with a clear view of the waterfall, Shallalat Al Zarka is a slice of heaven in every sense of the word. Sample their fresh salads, dip perfectly golden fries in flavorful hummus, and feast on a generous platter of raw meat with a glass of arak – an exceptional experience that is made even more magical with the sound of running water.

The delectable flavors of their Lebanese menu are carefully crafted using only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients. The expertly trained staff members will also attend to your every need, ensuring that your experience is one that will be remembered for years to come.

Nestled in a serene and tranquil setting, this gem is best enjoyed during this time of year, when the breeze is cool and the water is running strongly following weeks of rainy days. Shallalat Al Zarka is divided into three zones, each with its own unique experience and view of the waterfall, so you can never go wrong with your seating choice!

Spacious and kid-friendly, this spot is the perfect family destination. And if you’re roadtripping with your friends in this wonderful region, then Shallalat Al Zarka is a good place to recharge after a long day of adventure.

For reservations, call 03 560 301.

2. Visit the historical Al-Hamadeh Palace

The corridors of the magnificent Al-Hamadeh Palace will give you goosebumps as you learn about its beautiful architecture and history during the rule of the Prince Fakhreddine in the 16th century. Much like Baakline, every corner of this historic destination tells a story that will remain engrained in your memory. A must-add to your bucket list of heritage tourism, Al-Hamadeh Palace will leave a mark on all history geeks and architecture fanatics.

3. Drive through the village and marvel at the beautiful architecture

The streets of Baakline will blow you away with their beauty. With a bunch of traditional Lebanese homes scattered across the region, a stroll through the village will teach you more about its local history than any book you can find. Go on an adventure and uncover the stories of their architecture, the villages of Baakline will charm you to no end.

4. Chat up the friendly locals in the old souk

If you have any questions about the area or you need a little help finding your way around the souk, the locals will be more than happy to help (and even have you over for a cup of Arabic coffee). The old souk is a must-visit for a hands-on cultural experience, where you can meet new faces, make friends, and have meaningful conversations.

5. Take a breather at Qahwet El Souq

After a long day of uncovering Baakline, you may want to make a stop at the adorable Qahwet El Souq, where you can refuel with either freshly brewed coffee or yummy bakes. Colorful and bursting with life, this café is one of Baakline’s most loved gems because of its cheerful atmosphere.

6. Book a stay at Maison de la Vallee

Since you’ll find it hard to leave this marvelous region after a long day of adventuring, Maison de la Valle is ready to welcome you with open arms. This guesthouse enjoys a spectacular view, which you can marvel at from the comfort of their cute terrace. Now that the weather is getting warmer, you can soak up the sun on a peaceful morning with the company of the Chouf mountains.