Beirut will be heading up against the some of the culinary capitals of the world to be crowned Destination of the Year for 2013 in the UK’s Food and Travel magazine:

Vietnam and Beirut are among the nominees vying for the title of ‘destination of the year’ in the inaugural readers’ awards programme from Food and Travel magazine.

The south-east Asian nation and the Lebanese capital will be competing with more established tourist hotspots such as Paris, New York and Barcelona for the accolade, whileSingapore, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Sardinia and San Sebastian have also been nominated.

The winner will be announced on September 3 in London.

Lebanese food by vasile23 -- via flickr

Lebanese food by vasile23 — via flickr