8 splendid things to do in Riyadh this weekend: May 12 to 14

Cheers to the weekend…

The weekend’s here, and if you’re looking for things to do in Riyadh, we’ve got you covered. There’s a visit to the museum, a new burger joint to check out, and even an art workshop.

Here are eight splendid things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday May 12

1. Visit the National Museum of Saudi Arabia

Look forward to exciting interactive programmes at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. Get acquainted with Islamic decorations used in the old ages and use them to design your own congratulation or gratitude cards. You can also make bookmarks inspired by the various plants that grow in the Kingdom.

National Museum of Saudi Arabia, King Saud Rd, Al Murabba, Riyadh 12631, Sat to Wed 9am to 7pm, Thurs 9am to 10pm & Fri 2pm to 10pm. SAR10 per person. @SaudiMuseum

2. Book in a power lunch at Il Baretto


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Celebrated London-born restaurant Il Baretto introduces an authentic Italian business lunch dining experience. With a smart central location, it is the perfect spot for doing a bit of business over lunch. The business lunch offers a fabulous value for money at SAR150 for two courses, and guests can choose from a comprehensive range of starters, pasta, risottos and mains.

Il Baretto, King Abdullah Financial District, Al Malqa, Riyadh 13521. Il Baretto’s Business Lunch, SAR150 per person for two courses without drinks, Sun to Thurs 12.30pm to 4pm. @ilbarettosa

Friday May 13

3. Chow down on a classic cheeseburger


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You come to Abu Najm for one reason: the burger. Serving only three types of burgers, their burgers are classic and the perfect size without being overloaded with toppings. The Abu Najm Beef is excellent: juicy patty, tacky melted American cheese, lettuce and sauce. Throw in perfect fries, and this really is a place you will be coming back to regularly.

Abu Najm, Al Kindy Plaza, Diplomatic Quarter, Al Safarat, Shop #16, Riyadh 12512, daily noon to midnight. @abunajm.sa

4. Discover the art of mixology at LPM Riyadh

LPM drinks

No matter the time of year, everyone enjoys a good, refreshing drink that doesn’t skimp on flavour, even if it is non-alcoholic. In celebration of World Cocktail Day on May 13, LPM Riyadh introduces Frescoes. This artistic mocktail brings together light bursts of peach, almond, and clementine with the complexity of Juniper syrup for an irresistible touch of savoury umami. Topped off with a delightful garnish of Juniper berries, the combination is a match made in heaven. Other recommended drinks at LPM include the Menthe À L’Eau Fizz – Strawberry, an elevated take on the classic Mojito, and the classic Tomati-NO mocktail, a rendition of LPM’s global signature drink Tomatini.

LPM Riyadh, King Fahd Road, Street No. 38, Al Motassem Street, Al Olaya (behind Al Faisaliah Hotel), Sun to Thurs 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 6.30pm to 11pm, Fri & Sat 1pm to 4pm, 6.30pm to 11pm. @lpmriyadh

5. Shop for beautiful furniture for the home


Chances are, you’ve popped into Saudi homeware brand aura, and have been soothed by the warm, modernised 1960s style of its spring-summer collection. Suppose you’re looking for beautiful furniture for your home. In that case, some of its notable signature styles include the Sedia side chair with its faded green, unique dual-fabric effect or the Maltese coffee and side tables in dark marble finishes. Our favourite accent piece? The unique three-legged Croix side chair is complemented with pale pink accessories that lend a rich and luxurious accord. Designed with versatility in mind, products within the range can easily be mixed and matched for eye-catching aesthetics.

aura, Panorama Mall. @auraliving

Saturday May 14

6. Connect with other creatives

For anyone interested in visual design, 3D design, music and sounds, game design, comics, and motion and animation, share your passion and meet a group of digital artists with different fields and experiences. This second meetup, hosted by AlMashtal Creative Space and Bellawra Creative Studio, will discuss all aspects of the digital art industry.

Magnetic Meetup 2, May 14, 5pm to 9pm. SAR50 per person. AlMashtal Creative Space, Diplomatic Quarter, P St, Al Safarat, Riyadh 12523. Get your tickets here. @almashtal.space

7. Treat yourself to Scotch & Soda’s summer 2022 collection

Scotch & Soda

Scotch & Soda champions the power of self-expression through art and positivity as the Amsterdam-based label collaborates with American artist Abel Macias for a standout summer-feel collection. Showcasing Macias’ bright hand-painted prints and graphics, alongside his uplifting ‘The sun comes up’ mantra across a selection of beach-ready styles for women, men and kids, the Scotch & Soda x Abel Macius capsule is available at all stores.

Scotch & Soda, various locations, including Al Nakheel Mall & Riyadh Park Mall. @scotchsoda_me

8. Learn to perfect the art of texture using pencils

Want to learn how to capture the characteristics of various surfaces such as water, wood, hair, and glass? The Misk Art Institute is organising a workshop for beginners to create realistic drawings using pencil drawing techniques and methods. Do note that the workshop registration is done in person at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall, 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop.

Pencil Drawing Workshop: Create the Illusion of Texture, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall, May 14, 7pm to 9pm. @miskartinst

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