6 brilliant things to do in Jeddah this weekend: Jan 26 to 28

Time to start planning your fun-filled weekend… 

From London’s popular pink café to a mesmerising opera recital, here’s our list of the best things to do, see, and eat in Jeddah this weekend.

Thursday, January 26

Enjoy breakfast somewhere new

Known for its perfectly pink walls, stunning floral designs, and colourful latte art, London’s popular EL&N café has bloomed in Jeddah. The glamorous new spot, which officially opened its doors Monday, January 23, is located at Atelier La Vie. Guests can expect a variety of delicious plates including eggs benedict (SAR65), shakshuka (SAR67), and chicken and lotus pancakes (SAR72).

EL&N Atelier La Vie, King Abdulaziz Branch Road, Jeddah. Nearest parking Atelier P2. Saturday to Wednesday 9am to 12am, Thursday and Friday 9am to 1am. Tel:(0)53 673 5330. sa.elnlondon.com

Check out this cool new bowling and billiards centre

From ten-pin bowling to billiards, there’s fun for all the family at this new bowling and arcade centre. The Round, located inside Jump Up adventure park, officially opens its doors on Thursday at 3pm, and is set to become the coolest new hangout spot.

Jump Up, An Nahdah, Jeddah 23523. Opening January 26. Daily from 3pm. @theroundsa

Friday, January 27

Explore Saudi Arabia’s first Islamic Arts Biennale

The inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale 2023 (IAB) is taking place at the iconic Aga Khan award-winning Western Hajj Terminal at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, from January 23 to April 23. The biennale will highlight the beauty and diversity of the Muslim experience, featuring carefully curated artworks about daily rituals and the Hajj, as well as treasures from The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque (Haramain Authority). Tickets for the IAB are free, but online registration is required. Registration can be done online here: iab2023.org

Western Hajj Terminal, King Abdulaziz International Airport, JeddahJanuary 23 to April 23. Sunday to Thursday and Saturdays 11am to 11pm, Fridays 2pm to 11pm. iab2023.org

Indulge in contemporary Japanese cuisine at Myazū

Memorable dining in a chic atmosphere, this fine dining Japanese restaurant ought to be on top of your date night list. Located in Al Basateen Mall, Myazū creates modern dishes using traditional Japanese techniques. To start the meal in style, order a flaming Hinohana mocktail (lavender infused hibiscus tea). What to eat? Try their wagyu gunkan sushi and salmon katsu. Sweet highlights include frozen mango mousse and Myazu magnums.

Myazū Restaurant, Al Basateen Mall, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street, Al Rawdah District, Jeddah 23431. Daily 1pm to 1am. @myazusaudi/myazu.com

Saturday, January 28

Watch a mesmerising opera recital

Egyptian soprano Laura Mekhail takes the stage at Hayy Jameel for an opera recital on the back of her performance with Andrea Bocelli at his concert in Al-Ula. Laura will perform classics by the likes of Puccini, Handel and Mozart, Arabic songs by famed artists from the region and popular hits such as I Could Have Danced All Night and Pure Imagination. The concert is free on a first-come-first-serve basis so make sure you register your attendance via the link below.

Hayy Jameel. Saturday, January 28. 8pm. hayyjameel.org

Tick off a bucket list adventure with a Red Sea snorkelling tour

Discover the stunning marine life and colourful coral reefs of the Red Sea with a snorkelling tour just off the coast of Jeddah.  The one-day itinerary includes an underwater tour guided by an instructor, snacks and refreshments, and all the snorkelling gear.

Deira Tours, SAR250 per person, Prince Abdullah AlFiasal Street, Jeddah, deira.com.sa/online-store/Snorkeling-From-The-Reef-p471692354

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