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Top Choice Souq in Jeddah

Souq Al Alawi

This souq runs off Al Dahab St and is the most extensive in the Kingdom. The market stalls cut into the heart of the old city and buzz with the activity of traders and pilgrims. Search long enough and you will find …
Top Choice Aquarium in Jeddah

Fakieh Aquarium

This aquarium offers a wide range of fish species, including sharks, as well as turtles and other marine life. Ladies'-only night is Wednesday. The complex also features an ice-skating rink and an arcade for the chi…
Top Choice Museum in Jeddah

Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilisation

This privately owned four-floor collection ranges from pre-Islamic artefacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to stunning furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dress. Replicas of home interi…
Top Choice Turkish in Jeddah

Yildizlar

With appealing decor and a comfortable atmosphere, Yildizar is a local institution serving a splendid mix of Turkish and Lebanese food. Dishes range from grilled quail and boneless pigeon to caviar, fabulous fish di…
Seafood in Jeddah

Green Island

Spread across the water in the form of little chalets on stilts – complete with glass floor panels that reveal the fish below – Green Island is a little worn around the edges but remains the place to come if you’re …
Historic Building in Jeddah

Naseef House

Jeddah’s old coral houses are in a sorry state. Unique among the sea of dilapidation is the restored Naseef House, which belonged to one of Jeddah’s most powerful trading families. It’s set back from Souq Al Alawi –…
Market in Jeddah

Fish Market

The colourful and frenetic fish market – west of the Corniche – has at least 50 species of sea creature on display, ranging from hammerhead sharks to grouper, parrotfish and squid. Don’t miss the daily sale of the m…
Middle Eastern in Jeddah

Reem Al Bawadi

In the heart of North Jeddah, opposite King Faisal Hospital, this two-level Lebanese eatery with outdoor dining offers a sweets counter on the ground floor and family dining upstairs. Appetisers start at about SR15,…
Cultural in Taif

Souq Okaz Festival

About 40km northeast of the city, Souq Okaz stands on the same site as its ancient predecessor and features the annual Souq Okaz Festival. The location was once the cultural and economic centre of the Kingdom. The f…
Market in Jeddah

Souq

Jeddah's souq immediately south of Al Amir Fahd St and Al Balad is well worth seeking out. It's subdivided into sections, some populated by different immigrant groups, such as Yemenis selling Yemeni coffee and jambi…