Much of Beirut's city center is best seen on foot. Archaeological excavation sites have unearthed finds from the Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman, Persian and Phoenician periods. They include the Roman baths behind Bank Street and the Roman columns west of St. George's Cathedral. Major banks, hotels, restaurants and cafes, post and telephone offices are located in the city center area known as "Solidere". The seaside Raouche district features the landmark Pigeon Rocks and is the site of numerous cafes overlooking the Mediterranean. The corniche road runs along Beirut's shores and is popular for walks.
The best shopping can be found in the city center area called "Solidere". Other popular shopping is available at Bourj Hamoud (also known as the Armenian Bazaar) and at the ABC store in Achrafieh, both about a 10-minute drive from the port. Buys such as jewelry, carpets, electronic items and mixed nuts may be of interest. Bargaining is a common practice in shops, stalls and markets.
The local currency is the Lebanese pound.