Riyadh Gallery aims to be a one-stop shop for its clientele, with leading department stores, beauty outlets, and wide open spaces for comfortable browsing. The coffee shops and food court stalls give guests somewhere to relax once they’ve shopped up a storm.
Located on the first five floors of the luxurious Kingdom Centre, the Kingdom Mall offers unique brands and a high-end shopping experience. Women can step out of their abayas and relax on the ladies floor.
Centria Mall specializes in women’s apparel and accessories from leading international designers including Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Balenciaga. These premium stores sit alongside fine-dining restaurants which serve gourmet delicacies from all corners of the globe.
More than 200 stores are spread over two floors of this 140,000 square shopping space. The Granada Center is one of Saudi Arabia’s most male-friendly malls, with plenty of men’s apparel retailers and a showroom of electronic goods.
This French hypermarket sells groceries, textiles, apparel, and electronics at competitive prices. The mall boasts an enormous food court, ice skating rink, and a huge entertainment center.
Wander the narrow lanes, exploring stores which sell authentic Saudi Arabian handicrafts. It’s the ideal place to find original silver goods, jewelry, carpets, and homewares.
This unique international restaurant is part brasserie, part coffeehouse, and part oxygen bar. Its Michelin-starred chef Alain Soliveres ensures the meals are world-class. Families can enjoy a buffet lunch on Fridays.
Enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of Riyadh while dining at The Globe, a restaurant enclosed in a golden orb at the top of Al Faisaliah Tower. Its contemporary European cuisine matches the superb panoramic city backdrop.
This American-inspired casual family restaurant specializes in steak, hamburgers, and salads. The open kitchen enhances the eatery’s relaxed atmosphere.
IL Terrazzo follows the 300 years of South American tradition to serve up Brazilian barbeque the way it’s meant to be. Generous appetizer and dessert buffets complement the succulent, slow-roasted barbeque meats.
Italian chef Marco Terranova serves up his bold take on the classics of his home country at Rosso Italian in the Four Seasons Hotel. Most nights service is a la carte, but you can enjoy a relaxed buffet meal every Wednesday and Thursday night. Women are welcomed but they must wear an abaya.
With two locations in Riyadh, Najd Village serves up authentic Saudi Arabian food in an ambient setting which feels like a traditional central-region village. It’s the perfect place to indulge in kasba, hashi, and other unique Saudi favorites.
This 19th century mud fortress sits at the heart of Riyadh’s historic Al-Bathaa. It was the site for King Abdulaziz’s famous 1902 raid, and a spearhead still sits in the main entrance door. Today it houses a collection of traditional crafts and garments, maps, and photographs from the turn of the 20th century.
King Abdulaziz built Murabba’ Palace in 1938 after conquering Masmak Fort. Its main diwan has been revamped as a living museum. For an extra dose of history, stop at the National Museum next door.
Old Diriyah was the capital city of the first Saudi dynasty and the original home of the Saudi royal family. It’s steeped in history, but modern building renovations are giving the area a new lease on life.
When this zoo opened in 1957, it was home to just a few animals presented to the kingdom’s first three kings as gifts. Today it features a range of exotic creatures including bears, hyenas, apes, elephants, lions, and tigers.
This lush, green, tree-filled park is the perfect place for a family picnic or game. There’s a playground for tiny tots, football fields for the big kids, and even restaurants for visitors that don’t feel like packing their own lunch.
Your children might not care for the colorful flowers in this inner-city oasis, but they’ll love its playgrounds, basketball courts, skating rinks, and football fields. The Diplomatic Quarter is an abaya-free zone, so the whole family can kick back and relax here.
Universal Bowling Center was established to meet the needs of local and visiting families. This relaxed establishment offers free WiFi, and a spacious family section with plenty of lanes and arcade games.
Older kids will appreciate the diverse range of artifacts and exhibits this comprehensive museum holds. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take smaller children. They’ll love the small amusement park and waterfalls near the building.