Beirut is the Portland of the Middle East. With a heavy saturation of Ray-Bans, skinny jeans, and one too many leather messenger bags, it's not that difficult to see just how hipster we are. Since saying "I'm not hipster" is the new hipster, wearing clothes other people have access to just won't do. So where can you go in Beirut to get trendy, but not-trendy clothes that are unique only to you?
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8 Places to Buy Vintage Clothes in Beirut
Probably the best-known vintage shop in central Beirut, Depot-Vente is like a candy store for vintage-lovers. Mounds of clothes, shoes, scarves, bags, books, and more make your shopping experience feel like hunting for a needle in a haystack. But, once you find what you're looking for, you'll leave with a new favorite that probably cost less than the price of a meal.
Address: Mar Mikhael | Tel: +961-3-200620 | Depot Vente Facebook Page
SOUK AL AHAD
Literally translated into "The Sunday Market", Souk al Ahad is, ironically, open both Saturday and Sunday. Stretching underneath the length of half the Jisr al Wati bridge, the massive, yet congested market literally has anything and everything you'd imagine available in a street market. Clothes, shoes, knock-off sunglasses, spices, monkeys – the sky's the limit. And buried deep, deep, beneath the plentiful supplies of trash-pickers, Souk al Ahad has one of the best selections of vintage clothes in Beirut. Bonus: You can bargain down your purchases from already tear-jerkingly low prices.
Address: Jisr Al Wati
Tucked away in Hamra, Vintage Story Boutique hosts a selective array of vintage-style clothing (meaning they are not really vintage but you will get that feel from them). They do however have selected vintage sunglasses, bags and accessories. If you're looking for kitschy clothes, handbags, sunglasses, or accessories without having to hunt, this is the place for you. Love the style, but want something more you? Fashion designer and owner Yasmeen Borro can custom-tailor you any dress at your request.
Address: Hamra | Tel: +961-1-377331 | Vintage Story's Facebook
Located in the main Sodeco building, Vintage Love sells second-hand designer clothing at discounted prices. Bring your own unwanted, good-quality clothing to sell or trade for pieces in-store.
Address: Sodeco | Tel: +961-1-422060
SECOND HAND BEIRUT
Second Hand Beirut is a Facebook group for buying and selling used items. Though its stock is limited to whoever is posting at the time, there are a lot of gems on the page, as long as you're lucky enough to be the first bidder. Used clothing is often posted on the group, but ask to see the item before committing to its purchase, so you don't get stuck with a Gucci dress that's been tailored two sizes too small.
Address: The Internet | Second Hand Beirut's Facebook group
Hidden down a pathway next to the Children's Cancer Center on Bliss is a treasure trove of second hand. Used books, clothes, bags, shoes, and even tools are found at Bargain Box, and the prices are so low, you'll almost feel like you're stealing. Pro tip: Be nice to the jolly old man behind the counter and he might even throw in a free book. A subsidy of AUB, all Bargain Box proceeds go towards supporting the Social Services Department at AUBMC, who donate that money to needy patients.
Address: Next to the Children's Cancer Center, Bliss St. | Tel: +961-1-350000 ext: 6156
Vintage Sale Events
METRO AL MADINA
Though normally a pub and venue for shows, music gigs, and movies, Metro Al Madina occasionally hosts bazaars and garage sales for people to come and sell their unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories, or just about anything else. Keep up to date with their Facebook page for the latest updates.
Address: Hamra Main Street | Tel: +961-76-309363 | Metro Al Madina's Facebook
FASHION FOR A CAUSE
Fashion For A Cause is a non-profit association that organizes vintage sale events in the Lebanese Red Cross, Gemmayzeh. The proceed of the sales are used to prepare food parcels for deprived families, and are distributed by the Lebanese Red Cross. Their garage-sale events sell used clothes, shoes, purses, and accessories at incredibly low costs. But if there was ever a time to splurge, it's for charity. Unfortunately, they don't organize regular sales, so you'll have to keep an eye out on their Facebook for any announcements.
Address: Lebanese Red Cross, Gemmayzeh | Tel: +961-3-701944 | Fashion For A Cause's Facebook
Did I miss one? Leave a comment to tell us where you get your vintage outfits in Beirut.