• WHERE TO EAT 

Tawlet Ammiq
Tawlet Ammiq is the eco-restaurant of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve located in the Ammiq Park House overlooking the Bekaa valley. The restaurant was built to be environmentally friendly, to showcase the culinary traditions of the region, and to support the small farmers of the Bekaa. It has become a must for those wishing to enjoy the best of Lebanese cooking.

Tawlet Ammiq offers:
A producers’ festive buffet on weekends, where cooks from the region share the best produce from their land (Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Private functions, events, and conference facilities (upon booking)
Wines of the Bekaa” boutique and events
Cooking classes and “Wines of the Bekaa” appreciation sessions (upon booking)
Dekenet Ammiq for a selection of regional foods “mouneh”, handcrafts, and publications
Information on environmental and eco-tourisim activities in and around the Reserve
Contact: +961 3 004481

Diarna Al Khadra ديارنا الخضراء
Located on the main road of Nabeh El Safa – Ain Zhalta village.
Contact: +961 3 309756 +961 5 230333

Al Jazira الجزيرة
Located on the main road of Nabeh el Safa – Ain Zhalta village.
Contact: +961 3 498845

Pinacea Café بيناسيا كافيه
Located near the Barouk cedar forest entrance.
Contact: +961 3 596764

El Yammine
Located on the main road in Nabeh El Safa – Ain Zhalta village. Savour traditional Lebanese mezze, fresh fish, grilled “halal” meats, and much more – or have a coffee and a Lebanese narguile while seated outdoors surrounded by waterfalls.
Contact: +961 5 230033 +961 3 746073 – +961 3 218216

 

Challalat Nabeh al Safa الشلالات
Located on the main road of Nabeh El Safa – Ain Zhalta village.
Contact: +961 5 230030 +961 3 786180

Chateau Kefraya – Le Relais Dionysos
The Chateau is located near the intersection of the Qab Elias – Saghbine highway and the Kefraya – Maasser el Shouf road. Chateau Kefraya produces fine wines with grapes grown in Kefraya and all the stages of the wine making process take place on the estate.

Le Relais Dionysos
A fine restaurant adjacent to the Chateau Kefraya showroom where you can lunch or dine. It offers a subtle cuisine combining traditional Lebanese mezze and western delicacies accompanied with chateau Kefraya wines.
Contact: +961 8 645333 /444

Baytna
Baytna, a charming family restaurant overlooking the Barouk river, is located on the main road of the Barouk – Batloun highway. This restaurant is distinguished by the vaulted arches of its indoor dining area that date back two hundred years. Baytna provides an excellent mezze and barbequed meat in a calm atmosphere.
Contact: +961 5 240540

Al-Challalat الشلالات
Located on the main road in the Barouk village with an amazing view of the waterfalls. In addition to delicious Lebanese food the restaurant is equipped for large groups and events.
Contact: +961 3 387228

Tourist Rest السائح
Located near the Barouk cedar forest entrance (500 m) it features Lebanese and western menus prepared by professional chefs. There are also rooms where you can spend the night in comfort.
Contact: +961 5 240587

Al Midyaf Parks & Restaurants المضياف
Located on the main road in the Barouk village with an amazing view of the waterfalls. In addition to delicious Lebanese food and international cuisine.
Contact: +961 5 240578 +961 70 443318

Local food products

The Al-Shouf Cedar Society (ACS) launched its Rural Development Program in 1999, to support local communities by providing training and marketing outlets for their food products.
There are currently 70 food products carrying the Shouf Biosphere Reserve label that are produced in a traditional manner by local community households. Production is currently being centralized in three workshops located in Mrosti, Baadarane, and Jebaa. Products are sold at all the Reserve entrances (Barouk, Maasser el Shouf, Ain Zhalta/Bmohray, Niha and Tawlet Ammiq, Mir Amine Hotel, Château Kefraya, Kasr el Sultan Hotel- Aley, Bristol Hotel- Hamra, etc.).

Selected list of products include:

-Jams (apricot, bitter orange, grape+almond, fig, fig+almond, rose, fig, mulberry, walnut)
-Honey (cedar honey, oak honey, honey with bees wax, honey in pottery)
-Syrups (mulberry, rose)
-Distilled water (orange blossom, rose)
-Vinegar (apple) Herbs (pollen seeds, sumac, thyme with sesame, thyme + wild pine, coriander and garlic)
-Dairy & olive products (labneh – baladi – cow, labneh – baladi – goat, olives with labneh)
-Others (carob molasses, pomegranate molasses