7 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this week: January 16 to 19

What’s on this week…

Whether you’re after a new coffee spot or ways to kickstart your week, we have got you covered. Here are seven brilliant things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday January 16

Score a strike at Saudi Arabia’s biggest bowling alley


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Bob’s Famous at Riyadh Season’s Boulevard Riyadh City offers so much more than bowling. As well as 16 swish lanes, you can play arcade games and watch sports. If you’re feeling peckish, food and drinks are available, too. This spot is cool, edgy, and filled with enough stuff to make for a pretty fun evening.

Bob’s Famous, Boulevard Riyadh City, Trocadero area, 6165 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Riyadh 13516. @bobsfamousksa

Monday January 17

Shop at the new Ikea branch

Swedish furniture giant Ikea opens a new outlet in Thumama. The new store features a children’s area, a restaurant and offers the full range of Ikea products. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the vending machine stocked with Swedish snacks.

IKEA, Al Thoumamah Rd, Al Munsiyah, Riyadh 13255, Sat to Thurs 9am to midnight & Fri 1.30pm to midnight. Tel: 9200 04532. @ikeasaudiarabia

Tuck into Myazu’s new winter specials


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Fans of contemporary Japanese restaurant Myazu (us, included) will be over the moon with its new winter menu. To start, enjoy smoked eel maki, and salmon tataki and aji Amarillo. Another exquisite dish? Short ribs with a crisp sunchoke. We love how the flavour combination can be so dynamic in its simplicity.

Myazu, Musad Bin Jalawi, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12244, daily 12.30pm to 12.30am. Tel: 9200 09686. @myazusaudi

Tuesday January 18

Get your caffeine fix at Boss.Co


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Set along the bustling street of Olaya, this all-new coffee shop has a sleek and minimalist touch, with an art mural featuring a woman against an orange backdrop. Boss.Co Roastery prides itself in quality coffee beans imported from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Colombia. It really hits the spot if you’re after a beautifully strong caffeine hit.

Boss.Co Roastery, Olaya St, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12222, Sat to Thurs 7am to midnight & Fri 1pm to midnight. @boss.co.sa

Reset, recharge and emerge a newer you

Nothing quite lifts the spirit like a cleansing session of outdoor yoga and meditation under the full moon. Breathe, stretch, and repeat with the folks from Exhale Yoga Studio. Instructors emphasise proper breathing techniques, so you’ll learn how to control your energy flow. What’s more, this mind-body class will be held at the scenic Al-Ammariah Hills. The refreshing and relaxing aura of this place makes it perfect for a tranquil escape.

Release, Reset, Renew & Recharge with Exhale Yoga Studio, Al-Ammariah Hills, Jan 18, 5pm to 7.30pm. SAR600 per person. To register, WhatsApp 055 541 7550. @exhaleyoga.sa

Wednesday January 19

Lunch escape at LPM


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With its lovely terrace and buzzy vibes, LPM is our go-to place for French Mediterranean and Niçoise fare. The restaurant might deliver on the food front, but its mocktails are worth a try, too.

LPM, Al Motassem Street, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, Sun to Thurs 12.30pm to 3.30pm & 6.30pm to 11pm, Fri & Sat 1pm to 3.30pm & 6.30pm to 11pm. Tel: 9200 11794. @lpmriyadh

Burn a few calories with a gruelling boot camp


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This one goes out to all them ladies. Wild Gym Studio not only provides Zumba, yoga and CrossFit training, but they also offer high-intensity interval training (HIIT) boot camps that can whip you up into great shape.

Wild Gym Studio, King Abdul Aziz Rd, Al Yasmin, Riyadh 13326, Sat to Thurs 1pm to 9pm. Tel: 055 143 7007. @wild.community

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