Top things to do

Top Choice Turkish in Jeddah


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…
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 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…
Fast Food in Jeddah


A kind of Saudi equivalent of KFC (but considered far superior by its fans) that comes complete with its own secret recipe. Well-heeled young Saudis are said to fly in from Riyadh and back especially for a chicken f…
Mall in Jeddah

Al Mahmal Centre

Designer brands and luxury watches.
Middle Eastern in Jeddah

Al Nakheel Restaurant

Styled like a traditional tent (with open sides to let in the sea breezes), this is the place to come for a taste of Jeddah. It’s wildly popular. The food is good, with seafood a speciality.
Fillipino in Jeddah

Al-Shawly Corner

This Filipino-run restaurant remains wildly popular with Jeddah's Asian community. Though simple and unpretentious, it's clean, the food is fresh, and the service is fast and efficient. There's also a family section…
Lebanese in Jeddah


Much loved locally, this Lebanese restaurant serves everything from great grilled chicken and succulent shwarma to chocolate baklava and fresh fruit juices. For something different, try the fried lamb's testicles.
Asian in Jeddah

Asia Restaurant

A longstanding favourite locally (particularly among Jeddah's expats), the Asia's Thai food is much sought after, particularly the Tom Yum Kum soup and its fish seafood such as deep-fried grouper with tasty chilli s…