Food & Drinks in Riyadh


Perhaps not the first company you'd think of in Arabia, Eataly opened its and only branch here in 2016. If you need a break from Middle Eastern fare, a meal here will transport you from Riyadh to Rome. Artisanal imp…
Mall in Tabuk

Jada Mall

Jada Mall is more or less a cluster of hundreds of shops on what can be loosely described as a pedestrian mall over several blocks. Closed to traffic, the mall teems with buyers on warm weekend nights. It offers vir…
Market in Jeddah


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…
Mall in Mecca

Abraj Al Beit Towers

They've been criticised for their modern architectural design overlooking the historic and holy Grand Mosque, but these 601m-tall, postmodern towers are perhaps Mecca’s most visited non-religious landmark. They feat…
Food in Jeddah

Khayyam Al Rabie Est

For dates, nuts and nibbles at discount prices, head straight for the famous Khayyam Al Rabie Est, off Al Qabel St. With its fairy lights and floor-to-ceiling rows of goodies (including more than 50 varieties of dat…
Arts & Crafts in Riyadh

Souq Al Thumairi

For authentic handicrafts, head to Souq Al Thumairi, immediately south of Masmak Fortress in the Al Diriyah area. The shops in the small lanes offer everything from carpets to coffee pots, silver daggers to silver j…
Mall in Mecca

Makkah Mall

This shopping centre has an extensive range of retail outlets, including designer and luxury brands. On Friday most shops don’t open until after asr (afternoon) prayers, which is about 5pm.
Mall in Riyadh

Kingdom Tower

With more designer outlets than you can shake a Gold Amex card at, Kingdom Tower even dedicated the entire 2nd floor ('Ladies' Kingdom') to women only, with more than 40 exclusive boutiques.
Market in Riyadh

Owais Souq

From gold jewellery and beautiful fabrics to great flea-market stalls, this souq is a traditional Arabic market and one of the most popular among locals. Bargaining is a must.
Books in Jeddah

Jarir Bookstore

Jeddah's best bookstore also has branches on Sary St and Jamea Plaza.