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Eden Thè

Beirut, a dynamic cosmopolitan city with vibrant contrasts and surprising secrets. Nowhere does this ring more true than at Le Huitieme, tucked away in Clemenceau just a five-minute casual stroll from Hamra Street.

Le Huitieme could be described as a Zen-like tea boutique, an intimate clandestine spa, and a casual gourmet restaurant wrapped all in one. Its simplistic white and grey motif marries well with the transparent baccarat chandeliers and friendly bar to create a positive ambiance of living interaction.

The concept is the brainchild of Jamal (Jimmy) Sinno and his partner Vladimir who both recently moved from Paris, bringing with them a host of ingredients for body, mind and soul. Key among these is the largest selection of teas in Lebanon by Mariage Freres, the leading French tea company founded in 1854. Equally noteworthy are the spa products by Sodashi and the expert hands Le Huitieme's spa staff.

Imagine a Jasmine-Mandarin tea coupled perhaps with a Green (avocado) Bresaola sandwich, after a rose-oil spa treatment or bamboo massage. In this corner of Clemenceau, the grand teas of Indochina, the sophistication of Paris and the robustness of Beirut meld into one. Adding to the Parisian flair, the sublime tea escapade and/or sensual spa experience betray an exotic hint of the orient here and there - Thai massage, Lapsang Souchong tea from China and eastern hospitality. After all, the number 'eigh' is considered a lucky number of wealth in Chinese tradition and a holy number in ancient Japanese culture. Just think of Le Huitieme as a place for beautiful people, from the inside out...