9 amazing things to do in Riyadh this week: March 19 to March 22

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If you’re after ways to spend this week, how about 9 top-class choices? There are some incredible Riyadh things to do you can check out. And with it being the week right before Ramadan, you know there’s going to be so much happening.

Here are the best Riyadh things to do for this week.

Sunday March 19

Enjoy the last few days of Boulevard World

Boulevard World was one of Riyadh Season’s most sought-after locations this year. The venue combines 10 cultures, including popular zones like Italy, China, France, and so many more. Each zone also has dedicated live performances from the cultures. You can also go on boat rides in the largest manmade lake and go swimming with dolphins too.

Boulevard World, Hittin, daily 3pm to 11pm. @blvdworldsa

Recharge at Sociale Cafe

Feeling those weekend blues? You can forget all about them at Sociale Cafe. The spot is super cosy and rustic and feels a little like a home away from home. Sip on any one of the coffees and definitely try out one of the fresh salads or rice bowls too.

Sociale Cafe, Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, daily 8am to 1am. @sociale.cafe

Monday March 20

Check out the Brand New Ancients exhibition

Love yourself some art? So do we, and Misk Art Institute is one of the best places to check out for your next art fix. The latest exhibition to hit the space is the “Brand New Ancients.” Inspired by the famous poem by Kae Tempest, the exhibition zeroes in on the connections between our present and our history including cultural and ancestral. Participating artists include celebrated Saudi artist Ahmed Mater, Mexican visual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Palestinian artist Dana Awartani.

Brand New Ancients exhibition, until Thu 15 Misk Art Institute, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall, daily 4pm to 10pm. @miskartinst

Tuesday March 21

Treat yourself to the Mother’s Day brunch at Elemental

Lounges are super popular in Riyadh, and Elemental Lounge is one of the most recent openings the city has seen. For Mother’s Day, you can sip on mocktails and try out a unique limited-time menu at the high-end spot.

Elemental Lounge, Tue Mar 21, Al Olaya, 11am to 4pm. @elemental.ksa

Try out the Yauatcha set menu


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Yauatcha provides an accessible fine-dining experience in the heart of Riyadh. Set in one of Riyadh’s coolest malls, Mode Mall, the spot combines the experiences of dim sum, mixology, tea, and European patisserie. Try out the Mother’s Day exclusive set menu, which is available for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Yauatcha Riyadh, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, daily noon to midnight. @yauatchariyadh

Dig into Thai food at Long Chim


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If you’ve always wanted to give Thai food a try, ‘Come and Try’ it at Long Chim (translation: come and try) Diriyah. Sip on the special Mother’s Day Drink “Coco Pan,” the flavour profile features a mix of creamy and citrusy flavours. You can sway to the beats of a special DJ set on the terrace, and order up signature items like Green Beef Curry and Mussaman Chicken Curry.

Long Chim, Ad Diriyah, Bujairi Terrace, 7pm to 11pm. @longchimksa

Wednesday March 22

Grab your chopsticks for Hua.Lan’s set menu


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Chinese food is always done right at Hua.Lan. Throughout the month of March until March 22, the Midtown venue was serving a four-course set menu for SAR400. There’s still time to try it out though. Take bites out of items like crispy duck salad, or prawn oats, dim sum options like Szechuan dumplings and main courses like kung pao chicken and sweet & sour chicken.

Hua.Lan Restaurant, until March 22, Midtown Complex, Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, Sat to Wed noon to midnight, Thu to Fri noon to 1am. @hualan_restaurant

Catch the last of Very Public exhibition


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We already know Riyadh loves its art, so there can never be enough exhibitions to see. Very Public is an artist-run exhibition space in Riyadh’s Al Safarat (Diplomatic Quarter) district. Curated by Alaa Tarbzouni and Fahad Bin Naif, the Heartache exhibition features 19 artists that turned heartbreak into art.

Heartache Group Exhibition, Mar 16 to 22, 7pm to 10pm, Al Safarat, Diplomatic Quarter (Coordinates: MJRH+9P9). @very.public

Sing at the Karaoke night at Syrup Lounge


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Syrup Lounge is one of the pioneers when it comes to live entertainment in Riyadh. Every Wednesday, you can sing your heart out by belting out to all your favourite hits at the Karaoke Night. Don’t forget to practice you do-re-mis before you go to the venue.

Syrup Lounge, 9038 Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Road, An Narjis, daily 24-hours. Book your tickets from SAR50 here. @syrupllc

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