Rue Gouraud

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Modern pub in a Colonial-era building
Typical night-scene in Gemmayze
Public event on the Escalier de l'Art
Modern and old architecture along the street

Rue Gouraud is a mixed residential and commercial street in Gemmayzeh, a neighborhood in the Achrafieh district of Beirut in Lebanon. It is named after French General Henri Gouraud. Gemmayze, and Rue Gouraud specifically, is Beirut's bohemian quarter, full of narrow streets and historic buildings from the French era. The neighborhood has been undergoing gentrification since the end of the civil war, and is well known today for its trendy bars and pubs, cafes, restaurants and lounges, most of which are directly located on Rue Gouraud. [1]
Rue Gouraud is known especially for its culinary scene that is popular with Beirut's fashionistas.[2] The street runs east of Beirut Central District and the Saifi Village, extending from Avenue Georges Haddad and reaching the Corniche du Fleuve. In 2004, Travel + Leisure magazine called the street "SoHo by the Sea," due to its colorful and chic cafés amid 1950's apartment buildings and hole-in-the-wall shops.[3]

Adjacent to Rue Gouraud are the Saint Nicolas Stairs, also known as Escalier de l'Art, where art festivals are held every year. The stairs lead to Rue Sursock further to the South. The area is also within walking distance from Rue Monnot and the Saifi Village.

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  1. ^ Malouf, Greg and Malouf, Lucy. Saha: A Chef's Journey Through Lebanon and Syria, page 31
  2. ^ Carter, Dunston, and Thomas. Syria and Lebanon, page 283
  3. ^ http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/back-in-action/2

Coordinates: 33°53′43″N 35°30′37″E / 33.89528°N 35.51028°E / 33.89528; 35.51028