Beirut is known as the ''fashion capital'' of the Middle East -
and visitors to Lebanon who''re looking to augment their wardrobes
with some stylish additions would do well to spend some time
looking around the nation''s capital. Local brands specialising in
haute couture include Basil Soda, Elie Saab and Pierre Katra. The
best places to shop for fashion and accessories in Beirut are Hamra
Street and Rue Verdun; although Mar-Elias Street is lined with
stores stocked with Lebanese brands, which are generally cheaper.
Organised markets in Beirut include the wonderful Souk El Tayeb,
held in Saifi Village (itself a shopping hot-spot); and the Sunday
Market, which operates between 7am and 1pm next to Beirut River in
the east of the city. At these markets, you can expect to find
everything from fresh produce to antiques, clothing and keepsakes -
just be prepared to bargain vociferously for a good price.