Food lovers will not be disappointed by the wide range available: visitors can pause which recently hosted the Beirut Jazz Festival, and children are catered for at the Planet Discovery science museum.
Exotic goods have always been bought and sold at the Souks.
Over 3,000 years ago Phoenicians merchants sailed vast distances to trade here.
Today's visitors can reap the rewards of an extensive regeneration project which has seen major international traders move to the area, including Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Tommy Hilfiger, Massino Dutti and Stella Mc Cartney.
Beirut survived a decade and a half of conflict and so has earned the right to call itself "the City that would not die".
As if to demonstrate this resiliency, the Lebanese have launched rush of building activity, including the public service infrastructure.
In the ruined city center a huge reconstruction project is underway to create a new commercial and residential district for the 21st century. A banking center with free currency exchange, the chief employment here is in trade, banking, construction, in Lebanese food offer a chance to sample this well known cuisine at its most authentic.
A large selection of foreign restaurants serve dishes from around the world in surroundings as elegant or as cozy as you desire. Discos, dinner-dancing, bars and pubs of every variety invite to join the fun.
The ancient have been transformed into a metropolis of shopping, fine dining, history and culture to rival the best in the world.
Now known as Beirut Souks, the area is a network of shopping complexes, outside spaces and pathways should look like, integrating traditional features reminiscent of the old bazaars, says Carole Corm, Beirut correspondent for Monocle magazine. The surrounding streets built on the ancient Roman grid and and moat while restored Byzantine mosaics are integrated into Souk al Franj.