5 things to do in Riyadh this week: February 28 to March 3

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Plan your week with this handy guide for the Saudi capital. From a relaxing manicure and pedicure to a free art exhibition, we’ve rounded up a list of five things to do in Riyadh.

Sunday February 28

1. Sit back and relax while you get your nails done


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Enjoy a pampering sesh like no other at the newly opened Pure. This cosy nail salon resembles a chic living room, with minimalist décor, pendant lights and comfortable armchairs. We also adore its top-notch service.

Pure Nail Salon, Imam Saud Bin Faisal Rd, Al Aqiq, QJP7+CG, Mon to Sat 1pm to 9pm. Tel: 011 244 2222. @purenailspa.sa

Monday March 1

2. Shop at a concept store


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Minimalistic and striking, Pattern makes the most of its large and bright space. The store offers a curated selection of art, fashion, home accessories and lifestyle products from both up-and-coming Saudi artists and established international names. Spread over two levels, the boutique also has a café for grabbing a coffee. A visit here is as much about enjoying the store design as it is the products.

Pattern Concept Store, 8563 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, Al Sulimanya, PP45+J4, Sat to Thurs 11am to 11pm, Fri 4pm to 11pm. Tel: 053 865 6989. @pattern_saudi

3. Visit the nursery

This gem in Wadi Hanifa is a truly incredible nursery. They have a large selection of flowers, fruits, trees, succulents and herbs. The staff is helpful, the plants are well-organised, and they have reasonable prices. It’s also just a great place to spend an afternoon.

Beautiful Garden Nursery, 2658 Wadi Hanifa, Al Khuzama, PJ33+MJ, Sat to Thurs 6am to 6pm. Tel: 050 520 8830. @gardensofriyadh

Tuesday March 2

4. Check out an art exhibition


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Art & Things by local artist Ahlam Alshedouky celebrates her belief in art by creating pieces that speak to the audience. Alshedouky’s style is an unexpected combination of realism and abstract, with a minimalistic approach to both. She also touches upon many issues, such as gender balance and the complicated man/woman relationship in Saudi Arabia. The exhibition runs until March 4.

Ahlam Studio Gallery, 1st Floor, Office No. 6, Exit 7, Anas Ibn Malik Road, Al Narjis, 4pm to 10pm. Tel: 055 914 4488. @ahlam_studio_gallery

Wednesday March 3

5. Treat yourself to the finest chocolate treats


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After a long wait, Hanoverian has finally opened its first branch in Riyadh. Known for its chocolate truffles, Hanoverian has something for the purist as well as the hedonist. Try the caramel slice, or perhaps the crunchy hazelnut. We’ll take any of the varieties, to be honest. Plus, we love that each box comes in understated, luxurious packaging.

Hanoverian, Takhassusi St, An Nakheel, QJ3Q+6Q, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: 055 114 7620. @hanoverian.ksa

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