10 cool things to do in Riyadh this week: October 17 to 20

A whole new week with plenty of things to do…

Here are 10 cool things to do in Riyadh this week.

Check out our list below, where we have listed an art exhibition, a new menu, things to see and do at the launch of Riyadh Season, and much more.

Sunday October 17

1. Check out the Bienalsur Contemporary Art Exhibition in JAX, Diriyah

The International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South, organised by the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) in Argentina, returns to Saudi Arabia with the exhibition “Echoes: A World Between Analogue & Virtual”. The exhibition presents an interactive and poetic exhibition dedicated to new ways of experiencing reality, curated by Diana Wechsler and featuring more than 20 artists (including five Saudi artists) from 14 countries. You’ll enjoy analysing thoughts from memory, history, and the inclusion of past and present imaginaries in video installations and through photographs.

JAX, Diriyah, Riyadh 13732, Coordinates: 24°44’47.6  “N 46°32’08.0” E.JAX, Diriyah, Riyadh 13732, Coordinates: 24°44’47.6  “N 46°32’08.0  “E. Until November 15. @jaxdistrict

2. Have dinner at Mamo Michelangelo and get a chance to meet Mamo

Looking for one of the best Provençal and Italian cuisines in Riyadh? Mamo Michelangelo Restaurant in the Al-Faisaliah Tower is the place to go. Our favourites from the menu include the delicious Burrata, lamb shoulder perfectly cooked in the wood-fired oven, as well as signature dishes such as truffle focaccia and truffle ravioli. Don’t forget to order the decadent tiramisu for dessert, too. Oh, and if you’re in luck, you’ll also get the chance to say “Hi” to Mr Mamo himself – the restaurant’s creator who’s also a brilliant artist and chef. It’s his last night in town, so take this chance to meet him.

Mamo Michelangelo Restaurant, King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, daily 12.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: 9200 00874. @mamomichelangeloksa

Monday October 18

3. Get the best of Tom Hardy in “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as Venom’s lethal protector, one of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters. With tons of action, fun fight scenes, and plenty of comedy, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” gives fans everything you’ll be looking for – plus a can’t-miss post-credits surprise.

Book your tickets here.

4. Shop at the Tory Burch pop-up

Open at Riyadh Park through October 27, a Tory Burch pop-up shop puts the designer’s autumn/winter 2021-22 collection on display. The temporary space stocks ready-to-wear, handbags, footwear, and jewellery, including the iconic Lee Radziwill double bag. The shop also launches new items, including the Good Luck trainer and the best-selling T Monogram collection of shoes and handbags. We love that the pop-up comes with a unique digital experience, including access to exclusive products on the brand’s e-commerce site and an engaging game that allows players to customise their handbag silhouette and colourway.

Tory Burch Fall Pop-Up, Riyadh Park Mall, Ground Floor (near Gate 1), Until October 27. toryburch.sa

5. Go for a night walk in the Diplomatic Quarter

Join the ‘Riyadh Women Getting Fit’ walking group for a walk through the Diplomatic Quarter. The free guided walk includes a well-planned out route and an easy walking distance to suit all fitness levels.

Diplomatic Quarter, Meeting point: Oud Square, every Monday 8.15pm. @riyadh_women_gettingfit

Tuesday October 19

6. Try the new Winter Bao menu at Yauatcha


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The next time you hit up Yauatcha, be sure to snag the new bao menu. What’s a bao, you may ask? It’s not a taco nor a wrap. Instead, they’re soft, airy steamed buns. And Yauatcha is now serving up those pillowy white comforting buns filled with delectable proteins. Our pick is the spicy soft-shell crab bao, but the smoked wagyu beef, crispy aromatic duck, and crisp lemon chicken versions are also delish. So, why not fill yourself to the brim and order one of each?

Yauatcha Riyadh, Mode Al Faisaliah, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433, daily noon to 11.30pm. Tel: 9200 06555. @yauatchariyadh

7. Have a blast at the largest shooting range in the Middle East


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Experience live ammunition shooting in a safe environment and friendly atmosphere. Whether you’re new to shooting sports or are a seasoned shooter, you’ll feel the rush of lighting off hundreds of rounds at Top Gun. This place is massive, with 39 dedicated firing lanes. In addition, there are the indoor pistol shooting range, outdoor shotgun range, and the sniper range where you can test your skills with the 22LR Caliber Sniper. We also appreciate the luxurious lounges and restaurants and a horse sanctuary on the property.

Top Gun, Malham 11345, daily 4pm to 11pm. Price starts from SAR299. Book your experience via MyTable app. @topgunsaudi

Wednesday October 20

8. Learn the art of French cooking

In celebration of Goût de France, the Alliance Française in Riyadh has organised a cooking course in English that will be sure to please you lovers of French food and culture. In this cooking class, Chef Juli Lewa will teach you techniques to create recipes using high-quality ingredients. You’ll learn how to prepare seabass with Comté over the top for a crispy, caramelised cheesy crust, alongside vegetables such as mashed potatoes and steamed pechay (also known as bokchoy or Chinese cabbage).

Atelier de Cuisine, Residence of France Embassy, Diplomatic Quarter, Al Safarat, Riyadh 11693, 9am to noon. SAR500 per person. Register here. @alliancefrancaise_ksa

9. Get ready for the official launch of Riyadh Season 2

Riyadh Season is finally back, and it’s bigger than ever. The much-anticipated festival will open with the largest parade in the Kingdom, with more than 1,500 performers in their fabulous costumes. The parade features multiple shows like Harley-Davidson custom bikes display, fireworks, and a live performance by Pitbull. Also, look out for the stunning drone show, with more than 2,760 drones to capture every exciting moment.

Riyadh Season Opening Parade 2021, Boulevard Plus, 4pm. Get your tickets here. @riyadhseason

10. Indulge in your pizza cravings at the new Pizza Bar


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The newly opened pizzeria and bar concept at Al Ammariah Hills Resort features Neapolitan-style pizza, which is freshly made and comes with toppings such as buffalo mozzarella, lobster, fungi truffle and Arabica. Diners can also enjoy roca salad, burrata salad, lasagna and baked fusilli pasta. We recommend making a reservation on the MyTable app before coming down.

Pizza Bar by IOI, Al Ammariah Hills Resort, Riyadh 13725, daily 7pm to 2am. @pizzabar.ioi

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