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8 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: May 18 to May 20

Maximise your weekend…

The weekend is finally here and if you want to make the most of it, you’ve come to the right place. Riyadh’s weekend scene is always super lively, so get planning on what you’re going to be doing for the next three days. Here are all the things to do this weekend in Riyadh that you need to check out.

Thursday May 18

Catch the 10 out of 10 exhibition


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Featuring 13 incredibly talented artists, Ahlam Gallery will be hosting a brand-new cool exhibition in Al Olaya. The exhibition will be supporting local and global avant-garde, modern, and contemporary art.

10 out of 10 exhibition, Olaya St, Al Mousa Centre, daily 5pm to 10pm. @ahlamgallery.sa

Dig into Black Tap’s hot chicken sandwich


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If you love spicy food, you need to try out the new Black Tap hot chicken sandwich. The chicken is dunked in hot chilli oil, sprinkled with Asian chilis, Italian spices, and a fermented black garlic hot rub and topped off with pickles.

Black Tap Riyadh, 3.04, Al Aqiq, daily 12.300pm to 12.30am. @blacktapksa

Visit Phantom House

Coming in from Dubai, Phantom House is officially open in Boulevard Riyadh City. The concept aims to “redefine high-end experiences with pure creative flair.” The entertainment features back-to-back international and Arabic live musical acts. Get ready to sway to the beat. The Dubai spot is known to serve Arabic Cuisine. Are you ready to dig in?

Phantom House, QJ83+F7V, Hittin, daily 4pm to 3am. @phantomhouseriyadh

Friday May 19

Catch the Artist limelight at The Warehouse


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The Warehouse is one of the coolest venues in the city right now. The multipurpose venue hosts all sorts of musical events and gatherings and is the it hang out spot in the capital. Over the weekend, the space will be showcasing its first artist in the limelight night and shine a light on up-and-coming underground artists in the Saudi music scene.

The Warehouse, JAX District, daily 8.30pm to 1pm. SAR80.5. @twh_ksa

Enjoy the Talent Show at Syrup


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Have a talent to showcase? Why not join the Talent Show by Syrup Lounge? The event is free to attend, so don’t forget to sign up here. You can showcase everything from acting to circus performances.

PAC Talent Show, International T and H College, 7pm to 10.30pm. @syrupllc

Saturday May 20

Enjoy Latino Night at Elemental

Get ready to say Hola to a cool themed night happening at Elemental Lounge. You can dig Latino food and dance to Latino music at SAR120.

Latino Night, PM2R+JJX, Al Olaya, 1pm to 12am. @elemental.ksa

Try out Blanca’s new branch


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Pizza, pizza and more pizza. Yes, please. Blanca Riyadh just opened a new branch in Riyadh Front, and you can head over there this weekend. Don’t forget to order the brisket, Pasta fi Blanca and the tiramisu.

BLANCA Riyadh, Riyadh Front, King Khalid International Airport, Sat to Wed 12.30pm to 12.30am, Thu to Fri 12.30pm to 1.30am. @blanca_forno

Tuck into baked goods at Chestnut Bakery


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The popular London bakery has set up shop in Al Mohammadiyyah’s Pure Center. Step inside the cosy bakery and dig into warm treats straight from the oven. The decor in the indoor seating area revolves around muted colours, comfy chairs and dim lighting. It seems like the perfect spot to kick back and relax with a bunch of friends. There’s also an outdoor seating area to enjoy the cool weather too.

Chestnut Bakery, 3213 As Safarjal, Al Mohammadiyyah, daily 7am to 2pm. @chestnut.sa

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