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Tripoli Lebanon: Food Culture, Citizens, and Temper

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Tripoli is famous for the variety in desserts and delicious food that needs long hours of preparation. This is in addition to the Oriental Sweets. Some of the famous Tripolitan dishes include:

  1. Shamite Sweets: Mafroukeh, Halawet Shmayseh, Mamdoudeh, Hariseh, ...
  2. Falafel
  3. Hommos Bethineh (Ground Chick Peas with lemon and garlic)
  4. Fool Moudammas (Fava Bean)
  5. Tasqiyyeh
  6. Moughrabiyyeh
  7. in addition to the major 'Lebanese' dishes as: Tabbouleh, Kebbeh, Mezze, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kousa Blaban, ... El-Mina, the port area, is a good place to find seafood restaurants and fish markets.

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Some of the Tripolitan sweets: (From top right to top left) Billawriye, Ish elBoulboul, Baqlawa stuffed with pine seeds, Asabe'e Snawbar, (from center right to center left) Barma stuffed with pine seeds, Barma stuffed with pistachio, Faysaliyyah, Laffet elQadee, (from bottom right to bottom left) Kol-we-Shkor stuffed with pine seeds, Kol-we-Shkor stuffed with pistachio, Basma stuffed with pine seeds, and Basma stuffed with pistachio.

Some of the Tripolitan sweets: (From top right to top left) Knafeh with cream, Ka'ak-be-Knafeh, Qatayef, Ward elSham, Faysaliyah with cream, (from center right to center left) Taj elMalek, Zonoud elSett, Halawet elJobn, Halawet AlJanneh, Ma'amoul with cream, (from bottom right to bottom left) Miramar, Koullaj, Mafroukeh, Basma, Halawet AlRozz stuffed with sweet cheese.

Piles of Burma
Piles of Burma.

Lebanese Bread
A main Tripolitan dish is Fava Bean, known in Arabic as Foul. The photo (top) shows Tripolitans at a popular Fool shop in old Tripoli. Of course, "Foul" can't be eaten without oriental bread (below).

A Sampler of Lebanese Mezze
As in many Lebanese cuisines Tripolitan cuisine includes a great number of tiny apetiser dishes named in Arabic "Meze". In the picture is a sampler of Lebanese Meze featuring (from top clockwise): Tabbouleh, yoghurt dip, kebbeh, Hommos, samosa, stuffed vine leaves, baba ghannouj, Lebanese green olives, garlic dip.

Cafes & Restaurants

In Tripoli, there are a lot of high-class restaurants that offer a variety of Lebanese food in interesting surroundings, decoration, colors, natural views of mountains and the sea. Many of the restaurants are found in Tripoli or the touristic places around. But cafes are spread in almost all quarters of the city. The most important of these are: City Complex, Pergolo, Andalous, Top, Pinky, Cup O Tea, Tea Garden, Negresco, etc.. These are considered as places for political, poetic, cultural, and artistic meetings.

Smoking narjile (Hubble-Bubble) is still a common practice in Tripoli.


Tripolitans, as all other Lebanese, are generally known for their love to travel and immigration for labor, education, and acquaintance with people in the world. Tripolitans are present in different places of the world achieving success and many of them got educational, political, economical, and social positions.


Tripolitans are known for their youth and liveliness. They are brave, respectful, welcoming the guest and having good temper. They love science, fiction, and art. They reserve their culture, social tradition, and family ties. Rarely in the world exists a country having an impressive sense of hospitality as Tripoli. This is not away of living, it is a vocation and its slogan. In direct opposition to the artificial merits of countries which are stressed upon in international guides, Tripoli remains always, as it has been, as natural as could be, the second home for all its visitors.

Tripolitans are brave, respectful, welcoming the guest and having good temper

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