Food in Syria
Falafel, deep-fried chickpea patties, are priced between SYP15 and SYP30. Foul is another famous vegetarian dish. Don’t be thrown off by the name. This fava bean paste, topped with cumin, paprika, and olive oil and served with flatbread, fresh mint, and onion, is not only delicious but also fulfilling and full.
You may also be able to order a Fatoush salad with your soup. Chopped tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and herbs are combined in a dressing and topped with a dusting of croutons-like fried bread. Top with grated cheese if desired.
Shwarma and other meat wrappers cost SYP35-50. To take away, a half-chicken with bread and mayonnaise dip costs SYP175.
A meal at a decent restaurant costs SYP450 for lunch or supper. A high-end restaurant lunch or supper will set you back about SYP1,000.
Drinks in Syria
Water from the tap is generally safe to drink, but if you’re uncertain, ask the locals first. When compared to bottled water, which costs SYP15-25 for 1.5 L, this water is free.
Most towns have street vendors selling fresh fruit juices. SYP40-50 for a big glass of mixed juice (typically banana, orange juice, and a few exotic fruits like pomegranate).
Beer is inexpensive, with a half-litre bottle or can costing as little as SYP35 in a store and as much as SYP50-100 at most budget accommodations and local pubs. Syrian wine may be purchased for about SYP150, but Lebanese and French wines are available in a higher price range, beginning at SYP350-400.
Tea is given in a small glass with no milk and is sweetened with sugar. You’ll have to add the sugar manually since Syrians have a collective sweet tooth and will pour it on.