One of the most famous American series is “Sex and the City”. Starred by fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie and her friends lived full of drama, boyfriends and fashion. From some of the most famous spots in Manhattan to the go-to everyday diner, the location was second, almost to the juicy conversations. But what if Carrie Bradshaw lived somewhere else instead of Manhattan? Somewhere fabulous, fun and trendy that is off the beaten European path. Somewhere where culture and fashion explode and the gossip is as juicy? Where would Carrie and the girls go if they lived in Beirut?
If Carrie Bradshaw Lived in Beirut
By Carla Issa
From New York City to Copenhagen to Beirut, you can find Balthazar. This is not a chain, but the various locations all speak of something worldly and inviting. Balthazar in Beirut is located downtown in the Souks. With the sumptuous red velvet chairs and black marble tables, this spot is surely one where Carrie and the girls would sit and gossip for hours.
With a New York atmosphere, albeit in a smaller space, Gilt in Saifi Village is a trendy spot for a cocktail and an elegant meal with a DJ to boot. Saifi Village is within walking distance of downtown, near the chicest shops and hangouts. If Carrie lived in Beirut, you would surely see her at Gilt’s bar with one of the special cocktails crafted by the bartender, perhaps something with passion fruit!
One of the most special moments in Sex and the City was the dinner hosted for Carrie and Big’s engagement party. The spot was Buddakhan in the Chelsea neighborhood. Dark, dreamy and culturally inspired, the Beirut equivalent would have to be Liza. Famous for their modern twist on traditional Lebanese dishes, Liza is as delicious as it is enchanting. Adorned with candles and accent lighting, Liza is a place the girls would host a fabulous dinner party or a special event, such as a 35th birthday or surely an engagement party!
Carrie made one brand in particular famous—ultra famous. Manolo Blahnik’s are revered for being the star’s staple stiletto. For those who have been to Beirut, you know the shopping is far more limited than it is in New York City. However, Aishti is the destination, not only for a fabulous blow dry in the penthouse salon by Ghassan, but also for the latest season’s stilettos. From Manolo to Dior, Aishti would be the girl’s go-to shopping destination.
Carrie is famous for being a writer and no city would be complete without the ultimate writer’s paradise, a bookstore. Lebanon is famous worldwide for being a longtime publishing hub. Unfortunately war and instability has detracted from its appeal internationally, but it is still a mainstay as far as the Middle East is concerned. With shelves full of books, in three languages nonetheless, Antoine boasts at least ten locations across Lebanon. If Antoine does not have what you are looking for, they will order it: a copy of “Sex and the City” by Candace Bushnell please!