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Halabi Bookshop

  • books
  • vintage

Qasqas, Beirut district

Halabi Bookshop is a tri-lingual independent family-owned bookshop, renovated after being inaccessible for more than 15 years with old, used and new books; they also organize cultural activities. They aim to spread the culture of reading among youth and sustain a cultural space for everyone to read and meet like-minded people.

The place was founded as a grocery store by Hussein Halabi aka Abou Nazmi in 1958; where his son Abdallah Halabi used to help him as a kid. They used to have daily newspapers, weekly magazines and periodicals back then too. The son took over in the early 1990's, and started adding books gradually as a hobby and upon general request his collection started to grow. By early 2000's, the bookshop was already full; books, magazines, newspapers and many other collectibles were stacked on top of each other making the bookshop inaccessible.

By the end of 2014, Lana Halabi, Abdallah's daughter started helping her father to revive the bookshop, they created their social media pages and started participating in local book markets and street festivals. Since then, they have been organizing cultural activities, regular children readings and they launched their own book club in May 2017. 

Opening hours
Everyday 9:30am-6pm