The Badaro district is a well-known, largely residential district in the heart of Beirut. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by the Damascus street on the north, the Hippodrome on the west, Sami el Solh avenue on the east, Beirut's pine forest on the south east and the Tayyouné roundabout on the south.
This is one of Beirut’s most appealing neighborhoods, a lovely place to stroll during daytime and a destination for going out in the evening. Some say Badaro is like NYC’s east village without the beatniks. It is more comparable Greenwich Village. Badaro is within Beirut’s green district with as a 75 acres public park (The Beirut Pine forest) and a 50 acres hippodrome. It is a neighborhood on a very human scale with small groceries around every corner. The neighborhood residents, a mix of old impoverished Christian bourgeoisie, bohemian style people in their 30’s and well-established urban professionals, are loyal to local bakery and pastry shops. Because of the blossoming café and bar scene it has become lately a hip destination for Beirut’s young and restless but old Beirutis remember that Badaro was already Beirut’s version of the Village in the swinging sixties.
Groceries and eateries can be found on almost every street of the area. You'll find dozens of restaurants, pubs and sidewalk cafés of virtually every style. At many spots you'll find affordable eats with the chance to enjoy your meal on the sidewalk. There are also some well-known upscale restaurants in the neighborhood. Badaro is also home to one of Beirut's best hotels, The Smallville Hotel, with its unique location next to the Beirut Museum and its stylish (design) interior.
In addition to its animated cafes, bars and restaurants, the main attractions of the Vilage of Badaro are its two outstanding museum: the Beirut National Museum and the Mineral Museum (MIM).
Jogging or walking in the 75 acres pine forest is a must.
The Village thrives on local residents, day-trippers from all over Beirut, office employees and many expatriates (Badaro is within the French district surrounded by French facilities such the université Saint Joseph, the French embassy and consulate, the French Lycée and the French ambassador residence an outstanding palace known as "La residence des pins") . Having lots of people around day and night makes it feel safer, and the residents appreciate that. At the same time, Badaro isn't an amusement park. The people who live there are generally rather sedate, and they cannot be on perpetual holiday. Most need a good night's sleep so they can get up for work in the morning. Thankfully, and contrary to areas such as Gemmayzé or Mar Mikhael, despite being very lively, pubs and cafes are keen on avoiding to make a lot of noise, and people are respectful and do not do things in public that they wouldn't want someone to do in front of their house.