Zahlé name origins is a direct indication from the Arabic meaning of "moving" due to its geological sliding nature.
The nearby town to Zahlé named "Mouallaka" is carrying the opposite Arabic meaning due to its geological stable nature where the direct Arabic word means "fixed"
From Beirut buses to Zahlé leave at Cola and drop you off at the highway as they usually go further north to Ba'albek. From there a 20 minutes walk to your left / the north takes you to the city center. You might also be able to catch service taxi for LL 2000.
Casino Green House, Ain El Dawouk, Zahle, ☎ 00961(08)805868/806867. A nice place to eat Lebanese cuisine, which offers views of the whole city.edit
Monte Alberto Hotel, ☎ (08) 810912 / 3 / 4. A nice place to eat Lebanese cuisine, which offers views of the whole city. This restaurant has the only rotating platform in Zahle. edit
Sea Sweet, Zahle Boulevard, ☎ (08)822379. A pastry shop that is part of a well known chain that originated in Zahle. edit
Wadi el-Aarayesh (Grape Vine Valley), popularly known as Al Wadi, is a well known area for strolling, eating and arcade activities. Restaurants in this area typically offer a traditional mezze and mechoui menu. Dining is primarily outdoors in a pleasant setting next to the river. The area is typically more comfortable, even on hot days, due to the cooling effect of the river and the shade in the valley. In addition to typical restaurants, there are ice-cream cafes.