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Coming soon: 17 restaurants and cafés in KAFD to watch out for

There are good things in store…

The dining scene in Saudi Arabia’s capital is ever-changing. One district that is becoming quite the culinary hotspot is KAFD.

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From creative neighbourhood haunts to bold international names, the excitement of discovering a new go-to is unparalleled. Here is a list of the ones in KAFD to look forward to in the coming months.



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Junglesque restaurant Amazonico is an exotic paradise filled with foliage and imagery of exotic animals that previously popped up in Riyadh in 2021. The food is based on Latin American cuisine and features a variety of tender steaks, fresh fish and delicious appetisers. It has restaurants already in Madrid, London and Dubai, so we can’t wait to see what’s to come at Amazonico in Riyadh when it opens in KAFD.




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There is no other place as bistrot-like and as Parisian as Benoit, a contemporary French bistro by Alain Ducasse. And we’ll soon be able to immerse ourselves in the vibe of a genuine Parisian bistro in KAFD. Expect to see traditional French bistro elements, such as the signature red velvet banquettes, a lighter colour palette, and delectable French cuisine that blends beloved classics with modern inspiration.


Café Bateel

Cafe Bateel

Bateel will soon unveil the opening of its luxury boutique and award-winning restaurant in KAFD later this year. The new launch provides more options for guests in Saudi Arabia to experience Bateel’s exceptional quality.


Chotto Matte

Those seeking a taste of the Japanese-Peruvian cuisine from Riyadh’s first location of chain Chotto Matte won’t have to wait much longer. Chotto Matte, which means “wait a minute” in Japanese, will soon welcome their first customers in the heart of KAFD. Expect to see bold street art on the walls and a myriad of authentic Nikkei dishes like the best-selling sashimi, shrimp gyoza, and lobster and wild prawn ceviche. The brand is also memorable for its diverse and vibrant atmosphere that suits all types for any occasion.




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Those who are familiar with Crème – yes, that dessert shop known for its colossal cookies – you’re in for a treat. You can choose from delicious flavours like miso white chocolate and banana dark chocolate in their mixed box of six soft-baked cookies.


Joe & The Juice

The cult-favourite, Danish-born juice bar is known and loved around the world for its zesty juices, fresh salads and organic ingredients. As Joe & The Juice continues to expand its presence in Saudi Arabia, hoarding has gone up for a brand-new Joe & The Juice in the city’s financial hub, KAFD. We can expect the same pretty pink branding and refreshing menu as the other Riyadh outposts when it opens later this year.


Jones The Grocer

The popular Australian cafe is known for its fresh produce, hearty breakfasts, and healthy, freshly pressed juices. It’s already open at Ramla Terraza, but we’re hoping the second outpost in KAFD will also feature a retail section showcasing dried and ambient products such as jams, chutneys, mustards, sauces, cereals, and chilled items like smoked salmon and charcuterie.




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A staple in the Jeddah dining scene, Kuuru is a Nikkei restaurant that is an ode to Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. Look forward to a unique Nikkei bar where you can catch the chefs in action producing inventive nigiri, hand-rolls, ceviche and more. We’re also expecting to see popular menu items like chicken panca truffle, black cod criollo and tiger shrimp anticuchero in the capital too.


La Rustica


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Proudly calling itself the first Napoletana pizzeria in Riyadh, La Rustica currently has two branches in Olaya and the Diplomatic Quarter respectively. And it looks like a third location is on its way to KAFD.


La Serre

Dubai-born La Serre entertained diners for a decade before closing its doors. It’s now found in Abu Dhabi, and now, the French restaurant and Boulangerie will head to the Kingdom’s KAFD area. The 500-seater restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor terrace seating, incorporating its popular Boulangerie, viennoiserie and pastries, as well as its finer bistro elements.


Mr Chow


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The first Mr Chow opened in London on Valentine’s Day 1968, with top chefs serving authentic Beijing cuisine and creative original recipes, such as chicken satay and Ma mignon. For half a century, diners have enjoyed watching the handmade noodle show at all of its locations, and on the menu is one of the best-prepared Beijing ducks. We can’t wait.


Pahli Hill

There is no end to the appetite for Indian cuisine in the capital. And to add to the list of Indian restaurants in Riyadh, London’s Pahli Hill is set to open its doors in KAFD. Named after one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Mumbai, the restaurant takes its cue from the melting pot of regional flavours found in India’s largest city.


This Greek-inspired bakery, known for its freshly baked goods, has always been a favourite amongst the Riyadh locals. And now, Pistrina will be opening its latest branch in KAFD. We’re excited to see what the new venue has in store for us.




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With an ethos that is all about giving back and being passionate about the environment, this healthy food concept will be serving delicious and innovative plant-based cuisine. Expect the menu to be 80 per cent plant-based and 20 per cent seafood, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. There will also be dairy-free and gluten-free dishes, loaded with colourful bowls packed with superfoods, vegan burgers served with crisps and dip, and plant-based desserts.



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Among the retail, hotel and restaurant plans for Riyadh’s landmark KAFD development is a slew of new restaurants, including the global concept, SushiSamba. With outlets already in Miami, Las Vegas, London, Dubai and Doha, the restaurant blends Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisines. Dishes on the menus in other cities include wagyu gyoza, samba salad, vegetable tempura, crispy lobster taquitos, tiradito, robata grills, and of course, plenty of sushi.


Toby’s Estate

A coffee lovers’ paradise, Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters from Australia will be opening its third Riyadh outlet at KAFD. If you are looking to discover new tastes and experiences, this will be the place for you, and you can bet your coffee will be nothing short of excellent.




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Following on from the arrival of sister restaurant Roka in 2021, Zuma will open a permanent restaurant in Riyadh. Joining Rainer Becker’s Zuma empire of 17 restaurants around the globe, Zuma Riyadh will serve up signature dishes such as marinated black cod, sliced yellowtail and robata skewers.