Food in Libya
It’s amazing how difficult it is to locate a genuine Libyan restaurant in Tripoli. The majority of the restaurants offer western food, with a few Moroccan and Lebanese eateries tossed in for good measure. There are also many excellent Turkish restaurants, as well as some of the finest coffee and gelato outside of Italy. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a Libyan dinner party or wedding, you should try some of the delicious Libyan delicacies (be prepared to get overfed!). The seafood restaurant in the souq is a popular hangout for the local expat population. A delicious seafood couscous may be had for the equivalent of a few US dollars. The stuffed calamari is a local specialty.
Also recommended is Al-Saraya: the food is OK, but the location, located in Martyr’s Square, is appealing (Gaddafi name: Green Square). Al-Morgan, on 1st of September Street and close to the Algiers Mosque, is another excellent seafood restaurant. Excellent cuisine, live entertainment, and a rustic environment await you at Al-Sakhra restaurant on Gargaresh Road. The bright, large fast-food restaurants are a new addition to Tripoli’s landscape. These aren’t exact replicas of global corporations, but they’re close! They’re sprouting up in the Gargaresh Road region, a major retail district in Tripoli’s western suburbs.
Try one of the finest local catch fish, “werata,” on the grill or baked with local herbs and spices, and you will not be disappointed.
Drinks in Libya
In Libya, tea is the most popular beverage. Green and “red” tea are offered in tiny glasses nearly everywhere, typically sweetened. Mint is sometimes added to tea, particularly after a meal.
Turkish coffee is usually served strong, in tiny cups, with no cream. In the bigger cities, most coffee shops feature espresso machines that can create espresso, cappuccino, and other drinks. Quality varies, so ask around for recommendations.
Although alcohol is legally prohibited in Libya, it is easily accessible on the local illicit market (anything from whiskey to beer to wine). It should be reminded that the consequences of making an illegal purchase may be severe. Travellers should always use caution while dealing with local laws, cultural sensitivities, and customs.