Unlike most travel stories about Syria, Seth Sherwood has clearly got under the skin of Damascus, and provides some useful nuggets even for those of us who know and love the Syrian capital.
He picks out Naranj as the best restaurant in town (correct!) and visits the beautiful, year-old, Khan, behind Villa Moda. Cham Mahal Art Cafe and Grape Leaves are also on his list. And he finds cherry kebab at Luluat Ash-Sharq (never heard of it!).
And for nightlife, as well as the staple Z-Bar, he heads up the hill to the Dome.
This man has the insight of someone who’s lived in Damascus for a while, but in reality Seth was only in town for a couple of days. Impressive.