If you have a sweet tooth and find yourself constantly battling with your willpower not to delve into the jelly bean jar, you’re probably on the hunt for a healthy but tempting snack. Nothing is better in those circumstances than the delicious treats on offer at Beirut’s own L’Atelier du Miel.
Hidden away in the bustling and charming Achrafieh district, this nectar empire was founded by three young honey bunnies who share a passion for nature, beekeeping, and artisanal work.
L’Atelier du Miel is no bigger than 30 square meters, but it contains as much as three tons of honey in thirty different flavors—varieties such as eucalyptus, néflier, orange blossom, fig, blackberry, and oak. Oak is the most popular in Lebanon, for its light sweetness; it can be enjoyed on its own without bread, making it all the more healthy.
1000YearsOld, Lebanon’s up-and-coming architectural studio, was given the challenge of designing the store’s interior. Its choice of galvanized metal grating for shelving creates light, reflecting the natural amber glow of the honey.
To make this bee kingdom even more special, the store’s design is finely executed to tell the story of the cycle of nature and the seasonal work of bees. In fact, since each type of honey is exquisitely packaged in a different color as the seasons roll by and new forms of honey become available in the store, the overall color scheme organically changes. For spring, the dominant color of the jars in the shop is red, bringing to mind the hues of cherry blossoms and the blossom honey harvested at that time of year. And in the summer, L’Atelier du Miel is stacked full of green jars, echoing the palette of the much-loved oak tree and the oak honey harvest.
A visit to L’Atelier du Miel is well worth it, a foodie experience for the twenty-first century. I left with a new life motto: “Bee happier, bee healthier, and bee more energetic.” Good-bye, jelly beans!
For more information, visit http://www.atelierdumiel.com.
Photos: Courtesy of 1000YearsOld