Fuel up on caffeine…

This city has many tried-and-true industry veterans, solid neighbourhood cafes, and a growing crop of newcomers pushing the scene forward when it comes to coffee.

From cosy spaces to outdoor shops, here are eight new places to grab a great cup of coffee in Riyadh.

Andarena Café

 

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This new neighbourhood coffee shop is sure to become a staple in Ghirnatah. With cosy leather couches, wooden benches, and exposed brick wall, this coffee-infused space is perfect for anyone looking for creative inspiration – writers of the city rejoice.

Andarena Café, Abi Jafar Al Mansour St, Ghirnatah, Riyadh 11564, Sat to Wed 6am to 11.30pm, Thurs 6am to 1am & Fri 1pm to 2am. Tel: 056 636 7009. @andarena_coffee

Gonia

 

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Beautiful interiors, delicious coffee, and scrumptious pastry options – Gonia does it all exceptionally well. With a pop of bright blue and yellow against the white-washed walls, the café emanates a light and warm atmosphere. It’s the kind of setting that makes you sigh and go, “Ain’t life wonderful…” We heard that they’re serving a breakfast menu soon, so stay tuned.

Gonia, Takhassusi St, An Nakheel, Riyadh 11564, daily 4pm to 1am. Tel: 050 031 7537. @goniaksa

Inner Circle

An Nakheel recently landed another slick-looking cafe, serving up flat whites, white mocha, drip coffees, cold brew, and pastries. Inner Circle is inspired by AlUla, which comes through in pieces adorned with Thamudic inscriptions and attention-to-design detail. This gem is perfect for a coffee date with your pals, grabbing a quick snack, or mid-week work-sesh.

Inner Circle, Takhassusi St, An Nakheel, Riyadh 12383, Sun to Wed 7am to 1am, Thurs & Sat 7am to 2am, Fri 12.30pm to 2am. @innercircle.saudi

Mid-Sajj

 

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It’s a relatively small space, but this laid-back café is the perfect spot to chat with friends or simply read a good book while sneaking in some people watching (because, honestly, we all do it). The café currently serves up coffee with a robust and smoky flavour and small treats such as lemon cakes and tarts.

Mid-Sajj, Olaya St, Al Ghadir, Riyadh 13311, daily 4pm to midnight. @midsajj

Namq Café

 

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Upon your arrival, you’ll be instantly captivated by the cosy and beautiful design of Namq. Not only is the coffee top-notch, but the service is exceptional.

Namq Café, Anas Ibn Malik Rd, Al Malqa, Riyadh 11564, Sat to Thurs 7am to midnight & Fri 4pm to midnight. Tel: 056 737 9250. @namq_cafe

Rosabella Café

 

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While it’s only a little over a month old, Rosabella Café has quickly become a favourite. It offers signatures like iced pistachio Rosa latte and red rose latte and beverages such as Americano, cortado, macchiato, and smoothies. Perfect for when you need more sustenance than just a cup of coffee, Rosabella also brings tasty bakery options such as croissants, cookies, and cakes. It’s excellent for a mid-afternoon-treat-yourself pastry.

Rosabella Café, Dammam Rd, Qurtubah, Riyadh 13244, Sun to Thurs 7.30am to 1am, Fri 1pm to 1am & Sat 9am to 1am. Tel: 055 477 4045. @inf.rosabellasa

Some Coffee

 

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Fresh and refined is the name of the game at this new spot. The inviting space is picture perfect and makes drinks to match. So, come and have Some Coffee.

Some Coffee Bar, Al Ladhqiyyah, Al Muruj, Riyadh 12282, Sat to Thurs 7am to midnight & Fri 1pm to midnight. Tel: 059 519 9663. @somecoffee.sa

Vida Art Café

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Do you like good coffee and outdoor seating? Of course, you do. Housed in the parking space in front of Gate 3 of Al Nakheel Mall, Vida Art Café serves coffee, ice cream and more tasty things in its bright pink set-up. Plus, it has a roof terrace, which will elevate any casual coffee date, literally. This one’s a charmer.

Vida Art Café, 3076-3013 Imam Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Rd, Al Mughrizat, Riyadh 12485, Sat to Thurs 8.30am to 1am & Fri 1pm to 1am. Tel: @vidaartcafe.sa

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