(CNN) — CNNGo explores Beirut, a city once dubbed the "Paris of the Middle East."
Twenty-five years after the end of Lebanon's civil war, many of Beirut's buildings still bear pockmarks and scars from the conflict.
The city is rebuilding itself and its resilient residents are more determined than ever to look to the future.
We begin in the heart of downtown Beirut's revitalized souk, which hosts a bustling farmer's market every weekend.
We explore the city's up-and-coming art and music scenes.
As the sun sets, we end our journey on a high note, sharing a drink with one of the region's most well-known indie-pop bands.
Here are some of the top places we visited:
Mar Mikhael: A sleepy residential district-turned-creative neighborhood.
What used to be an industrial and residential neighborhood is now one of Beirut's most dynamic districts with new restaurants, art galleries, cafes and creative workshops opening up.
American University of Beirut
The American University of Beirut is a pocket of calm in the capital city.
Founded in 1866, the university's philosophy and standards are based on the liberal model of education in the U.S.
It's an oasis of calm in an otherwise chaotic city with large green spaces and panoramic views of the coast.
It's also conveniently located near Hamra Street, one of the best places in Beirut to go shopping or grab a cup of coffee.
Kissproof, Badero District
Beerpong isn't the de facto bar game here -- chess is.
This small bar is one of the many new additions to Beirut's nightlife.
It's located in the Badero district, once a sleepy residential area and now a buzzing favorite among those in the know with a wave of new openings.
Not only a place for a cocktail but also a chess battleground among locals.
Ghazar Bakery, Bourj Hammoud District
Ghazar Bakery serves traditional Armenian breads.
Beirut is multicultural and the Bourj Hammoud district is a clear reflection of that.
The vibrant neighborhood is home to many of Beirut's Armenian residents with eateries, like Ghazar Bakery, serving up traditional Armenian fare.
Place Des Martyrs
In the heart of Beirut city lies the historic reminder of the country's war-torn past.
Right in the middle of central Beirut city is a poignant reminder of the country's past conflict.
It's been the centerpiece for historically significant milestones in Lebanon's history.
Today, the statues still bear bullet holes and other scars from the civil war.
The Place des Martyrs is also close to the recently renovated downtown district.
Rosalynn Ghubril, urban explorer
"Into the Void"
"The Gobble Wobble"
"House of Forbidden Colours"
"Where The Wild Ones"
"Farmers' Dining Tables"
"Don't Be Afraid"