Artists have long flocked to Al Lweibdeh, which remains the preferred neighborhood of creative types, even as it admittedly gentrifies. My favorite lunch spot is Joz Hind. There’s no menu; Luca makes his creations from whatever seasonal, locally farmed products he’s in the mood for that day. Get your caffeine fix nearby at Rumi, a coffee shop that also serves a wide selection of tea (Yemeni, Moroccan, and beyond). Fairuz is a famous dessert shop across the street. It’s a casual set-up, and everyone you meet there has an interesting project in the works. Among the galleries, Darat Al Funun has earned a reputation as a leader in the national art scene. But you can’t really go wrong—between the cafés and street art, this is the perfect neighborhood to get lost in.
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