Top things to do in Jeddah

Top Choice Mosque in Jeddah

Al Shafee Mosque

Beautifully restored and maintained, this historic mosque, one of the finest in Jeddah, is named after one of the four great imams of classical Sunni Islam. Most of the building dates from the 16th century and is Ot…
Top Choice Museum in Jeddah

Matbouli House Museum

With so many traditional houses closed in Al Balad, this privately owned museum in a beautiful three-storey property with stunning Hejazi mashrabiyya (wooden lattice balconies) is a real find. The home has been mini…
Top Choice Indonesian in Jeddah

Wong Solo

'The man from Solo' (a city in Java Island, Indonesia) is an excellent budget Indonesian restaurant close to the start of Al Balad. It's been wholly claimed by visiting Indonesian pilgrims who arrive in hordes and w…
Top Choice Waterfront in Jeddah

Corniche

Once a smelly, unpleasant stretch of coastline, the corniche in northern Jeddah has been transformed into a pleasant walkway and leisure space. There are artificial swimming bays, lush green landscaping, children's …
Top Choice Pakistani in Jeddah

Makkah Restaurant

The secret's out with this no-frills Pakistani restaurant, once frequented only by Little India's South Asian community. Now you'll be rubbing shoulders with Saudis and Western expats digging into delicious spicy di…
Top Choice Brazilian in Jeddah

Spears

Jeddah's introduction to the Brazilian churrascaria is an excellent dining choice. Keep your wooden indicator in the upright green position and the delicately spiced choice cuts of grilled meat will just keep coming…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Jeddah

Al Nakheel Restaurant

Styled like a traditional tent, with open sides to let the sea breezes in, the huge courtyard with large traditional couches is popular, especially on weekends, when groups of friends dine from the excellent traditi…
Top Choice Market 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'll find ge…
Top Choice Museum in Jeddah

Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilisation

This privately owned four-floor collection has displays ranging from pre-Islamic artefacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to stunning furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dress. Replicas …
Top Choice Books in Jeddah

Jarir Bookstore

Jeddah's best bookstore, with the city's widest selection of English books including guidebooks, maps and excellent titles on local and national history and heritage.