Top left and right: She’s wearing Etro pants, a Joie blouse and Burberry heels. He’s wearing a Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket, a Dior Homme shirt, Diesel jeans and PF Flyers sneakers. His glasses are by Gucci, and hers are by Oliver Peoples. Top center: Her dress is by Alexis, her earrings are by Dolce & Gabbana, her clutch is by Charlotte Olympia and her glasses are by Oliver Peoples. His shirt is by Napapijri, and his sunglasses are by Marc Jacobs.
Bottom left: She’s wearing David Lerner leggings, a Vince sweater, Alice & Olivia shoes and Jimmy Choo sunglasses. He’s wearing an Armani Jeans shirt, a Dsquared vest and Diesel jeans. His helmet is by La Martina. Bottom center and right: Her jumpsuit is by Alice McCall, her shoes are by Joie and her sunglasses are by Marc Jacobs. His jacket is McQ by Alexander McQueen, his shirt is by Vintage, his pants are by Diesel and his belt is by Schott.
Where to shop: In Downtown Beirut, the tree-lined streets are virtually made for cruising on a Vespa. Park between flower beds and head on foot to Aïzone, where Italian brands like Armani jeans, Aeronautica Militare and Diesel just launched their fall collections. Look to Vespa’s most famous fans when adding to your wardrobe; Audrey Hepburn’s Capri pants and Jean Paul Belmondo’s rolled sleeves look perfectly in place on a scooter.
Where to eat: The sunny terrace at Aïshti’s People restaurant (pictured) is the ideal place to tuck into a plate of Capellini with crushed tomatoes and Buffalo mozzarella. If you’re eager to get back on the Vespa, set your sites on Toto in nearby Mar Mikhael. The authentic trattoria serves fresh salads, pizza and a must-try black truffle risotto. No self-respecting Italian would skip dessert, and Downtown Beirut’s Chocolat Milano offers the creamiest gelato around. A generous scoop of nocciola is like a taste of Sicily.
Where to sip: After an afternoon spent cruising around town, an espresso is in order. Internazionale, rumored to be named after Italy’s Inter Milan football club, serves porcelain cups of the strong stuff at sidewalk picnic tables. Consider it the spirit of a Europe in an undeniably Lebanese setting.
What to do: You’ve strolled Downtown Beirut’s cobblestone streets, filled up on Italian fare and felt the breeze through your hair on the seat of a Vespa: now it’s time to kick back and watch someone else’s wild ride. Through October, Metropolis is showing a series of road movies during “Night Riders,” a cycle of open-air film screenings at The Gärten by Überhaus in Downtown Beirut. The next two flicks are Wild at Heart, on September 21, and The Motorcycle Diaries, on October 12. Both films are the perfect inspiration to get back on that Vespa and ride off into the sunset.
Photography: Raya Farhat
To see how you can win a brand new Vespa 946 by shopping at Aïzone, read here.