Bab Idris (Prince Sultan Street Intersection with Sari Road Elkhayyat Center، Jeddah 23445) – this is both a hookah bar and restaurant that serves mainly Lebanese dishes. In fact, patrons come here specifically for the Lebanese food. The restaurant itself is brightly lit with an inviting modernized décor.
Ariba Lounge (Park Hyatt Jeddah, Al Kurnaysh Branch Rd, Al-Hamra’a, Jeddah 23212) – in a country where alcohol is forbidden, many locals congregate at lounges like Ariba to smoke flavored tobacco from hookah (or shisha) pipes (a popular social activity that goes back centuries in the Middle East). Along with the option to smoke hookah, […]
Al Shallal Café (Dammam Branch Rd, Al Munsiyah, Riyadh) – this is the largest hookah lounge that exists in Riyadh. It’s an exotic complex of indoor & outdoor venues, where locals socialize with hot tea, Middle East snacks, and traditional water pipes.
Al Comedy Club (3238 Al Kurnaysh Rd, Ash Shati District، Jeddah 23412 7520) – in recent years, this comedy club has attracted locals looking for entertainment in a country where such options are limited. Comics booked here are both local Arabians and foreigners from nearby Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Lebanon. Most shows are […]
Zodiac Cuisine (Al Kurnaysh Road, Abhur Al Junoobiyah, Jeddah 23732) — located a stone’s throw from the Jeddah Corniche, fine-dining restaurant Zodiac Cuisine is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, as it offers a mellow atmosphere lit by candlelight and views of the seaside city. From Italian risotto to Spanish gambas al ajo […]
Toki Restaurant (Al Khalidiyyah, Jeddah 23422) — from the ornate pillars and glass-topped tables to the exquisite chandeliers and ceilings, it’s easy to understand why Toki is among Jeddah’s most impressive fine-dining experiences. However, the food is the star of the show. Specialty chefs from China, Malaysia and Thailand create Toki’s fusion of East Asian […]
The Restaurant at Alaan Artspace (280 Ourouba Road, Riyadh) — Alāan Artspace (alāan means “now” in Arabic and reflects the energy of Saudi Arabia’s thriving art scene) is a multi-functional contemporary gallery, educational hub, library, restaurant, shop, and coffee house located in Riyadh. The restaurant has been developed under the leadership of an award-winning French […]
The Globe Restaurant (Al Faisaliah Hotel, King Fahd Road, Riyadh) — the signature restaurant at Al Faisaliah Hotel, The Globe is one of the most unique in Riyadh. Located in the spectacular golden sphere that tops Al Faisaliah Tower, this destination dining sensation offers unique 360-degree views of the Kingdom’s first city. Within this dramatic […]
Taste of India Restaurant (Batha Main Street, Riyadh) – this is a distinctive restaurant that specializes in Indian dishes, from biryanis and tandoors to lesser-known traditional specialties from around the Indian nation. With a strong reputation earned thanks to its homey ambience and high-quality food, TOI (as this restaurant is known locally) is a word-of-mouth favorite in […]
Set Al-Sham Restaurant (Thalateen Street, Olya, Riyadh) — famous for its innovative design, Set al Sham is a well-known restaurant in Riyadh. Its Syrian, Egyptian and Lebanese inspired decoration has proved popular with diners, who can make use of the private rooms decorated with lanterns, wood and a Syrian style fountain. Set Al Sham […]