Fantastic foodie treats to try this Founding Day

No celebration is ever complete without food…

We’d be lying if we said that good food isn’t at the core of every holiday. So, when celebrating something as big as the day the Kingdom came to be what it is today some 300 years ago, eating Founding Day foods are definitely in order.

Whether you’re after the sweetest of treats or in the market for a more savoury menu, we’ve got your back (and your plates).

Here are the top Saudi Founding Day foods to try.

Diriyah-inspired cake at The Bakery & Company

Founding Day is all about celebrating Diriyah’s establishment as the first-ever Saudi state in 1727. So, don’t forget to get a slice (or eight) of the Diriyah-inspired The Bakery & Company cake. You can take your pick between the red velvet or black forest flavours for the signature Founding Day Cake for SAR220.

Bakery & Company, SAR220. Order online here. @bakeryandcoksa

Date cake at Magnolia Bakery

After Founding Day treats from a top tier international bakery? Head on over to Magnolia Bakery for a three layer date flavoured cake. Standing at a tall six inches, the cake topper stands out too for this SAR213 dessert. It reads: “From the beginning to this bright present.” Dig in and celebrate.

Magnolia Bakery, Sat to Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight, Takhassusi Branch Rd, Al Mohammadiyyah. SAR213, Order online through the Lavender app. @magnoliabakeryksa

Founding Day menu at Suhail


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Suhail is an award-winning favourite restaurant in the capital. The restaurant is known to serve traditional and authentic Saudi cuisine with a modern twist. For Saudi Founding Day foods, you can try out the set menu serving up items like manto almadeena and saleeg, you can also try out the hanini cheesecake (unconventional, we know, but dont knock it till you try it’).

Suhail, Wed Feb 22, noon to 1am. MEFIC Centre. Tel: 9200 02690. @suhail_saudi

Founding day-themed cake at Patisserie Jareer

Founded way back in 1953, Patisserie Jareer is one of the most popular bakeries in Riyadh. Their special Founding Day cake is flag-coloured chocolate black forest cake. The bakery is focused on taste, quality and customer satisfaction. Sounds sweet.

Patisserie Jareer, Sat to Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 1pm to 11pm. @jareersweets

Founding Day cake at Aani and Dani

After a cake from a luxury chocolatier? Take bites out of layers of chocolate sponge filled with chocolate almonds and hazelnut nougat. The cake decoration is inspired by the sandy town of Diriyah. You can get the cake online for SAR150. Not a cake person (gasp)? You can try out the special gift boxes with wafers and chocolate, too.

Aani and Dani, Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu to Fri 1am to midnight, Makkah Al Mukarramah Br Rd, Al Olaya. @aanidani

Founding Day box at Glaze Craze

Glaze Craze is one of the most popular doughnut shops in Riyadh. For Founding Day foods you can enjoy five cupcakes, ten doughnuts, and a cake decorated in Founders Day garb are included in the box. Plus, you can get 15 per cent off the breakfast menu and dine for SAR99 for lunch and dinner.

Glaze Craze, Sun 4pm to midnight, Mon to Sat 6.3oam to 12.30am, Thu to Fri 6.30am to 1.30am. Shop No. 14, 7089 Abi Bakr As Siddiq Rd, An Nada. @glazecrazedonuts

Special dessert and mocktail at Yauatcha


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Riyadh’s favourite Chinese concept Yauatcha has unveiled a special dessert and mocktail for Founding Day. Sip on the green empire (cool name, right?) which has contains fresh ginger, peeled fresh kiwi, and lime leaf, and grab a fork and try the pistachio strawberry delice. As a bonus, on Wednesday February 22 until Friday February 24, you can also enjoy performances by a live DJ.

Yauatcha Riyadh, until Fri Feb 24, 8pm (DJ performance), Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya. @yauatchariyadh

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