10 incredible things to do in Riyadh this weekend: November 9 to 11

Hello, weekend…

Yes, the weekend is finally here. If you still haven’t made plans yet, we’ve rounded up a few options for you. Gear up and grab your crew for a day of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh. But just a note of advise if you’re out and about this weekend, be mindful of the road closures in light of the Arab League Emergency Summit.

Here are ten incredible things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday November 9

Sit outdoors in II Baretto’s Secret Garden


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One of Riyadh’s most beloved Italian restaurants, II Baretto, has one of the prettiest outdoor terraces. The venue offers a menu of dishes authentic to the region, including popular options like eggplant parmigiana, truffle pizza, and truffle rigatoni. Enjoy your food and admire views of the glittering skyscrapers of King Abdullah Financial District.

II Barretto, KAFD 5.08 KAFD, 2822 – 6591,  daily 12.30pm to 11.30pm. @ilbarettosa

Shop Namshi’s Black November offer and get 100% back on everything


Ready to do some online shopping? Avid shoppers will be pleased to know that you can get a mind-blowing 100% back on all your purchases when you shop Namshi’s Black November offer. From fashion-forward clothing, shoes, and accessories to beauty products and home décor items, there’s something for everyone this Black November. Make any purchase from Namshi’s website or mobile app until November 30, and use code “NAMSHI” at checkout. Once the purchase is complete, customers will receive 100% back in coupons, which they will find in the coupon centre of their Namshi account. Carts must have at least SAR500 to activate the offer; plus, the coupons can be used to shop for future purchases.

Experience a fusion of flavours at The Hidden Table

Brace yourself for an exciting culinary escapade where every bite is an adventure. Enter The Hidden Table, a premium dining experience showcasing a variety of Saudi fusion ingredients by renowned international and Saudi chefs. This weekend, you can experience the artistry of fusion dining and the vibrancy of Saudi cuisine with a set menu curated by Chef Abdul Rahman Enani (the man behind Caliente foodtruck in Jeddah) and Dutch Chef Martjin Kajuiter, who’s at the helm of the one-Michelin-starred The House Restaurant at The Cliff House Hotel in Ireland. Look forward to unexpected flavour combinations, delightful surprises, and a whirlwind of taste sensations that will make your taste buds do a happy dance.

The Hidden Table, Nov 9 to 11, 8pm to midnight, JAX District, Al Diriyah, Riyadh. SAR1,500 per person. Book your spot here. @mocculinary

Party high in the sky


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Did someone say rooftop party in Riyadh? For all you party folks, this gig is about to elevate your nightlife experience – literally. MDLBeast presents FOWG, part of its rooftop series in Riyadh. If you’ve ever wanted to dance under the stars with the city’s skyline as your backdrop, you’re in for a treat. Level up your dance game with straight-up bangers from DJs AJ Christou, K.Led, and Dabbous.

FOWG: Rooftop Experience in Riyadh, Nov 9, 10pm to 2am, 4.04 KAFD, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519. The ticket price starts from SAR499 and can be purchased here. @mdlbeast

Friday November 10

Start your weekend with breakfast at A.O.K Kitchen

AOK Kitchen pancakes

For one of the most stylish places to enjoy breakfast in the capital, head to A.O.K Kitchen. Enjoy homemade bakes, black truffle rumbled eggs, baked omelettes, French toast using homemade brioche, shakshuka, and AOK pancakes with coconut Chantilly, organic maple syrup and fresh berries. There’s also açai bowl, organic granola, and Bircher muesli.

A.O.K Kitchen, daily 7am to 10.30pm, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519, King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh. Tel: 9200 25304. @aokkitchensaudi

Check out the Food Culture Festival

Get ready to embark on a journey through the flavours and cultures of more than 35 countries. From tasting experiences of global cuisines and musical performances from various countries to culinary arts workshops and an area dedicated to children’s activities, there is something for everyone at the Food Culture Festival.

Food Culture Festival, Nov 8 to 12, 5pm to midnight, Grassy Park, Diplomatic Quarters. The tickets are priced at SAR30 and can be purchased here. @mocculinary

Celebrate the Philippines Week at Al-Suwaidi Park

Look forward to performances by Cabuyao Acrobats, the Philippines’ local dance group and other local talents. Visitors can also enjoy shopping in the bazaar and carnival areas, as well as have a taste of some of the Philippines’ most popular dishes in the “food experience” zone. There will also be a special performance by one of the Philippines’ best female vocalists, Bituin Escalante, on November 10 and 11. The best part? It’s free entry. But you’re still required to book your visit on Webook.com

Al-Suwaidi Park, 4pm to midnight, 2485 Al Hadeeqa, 7288, As Suwaidi, 7288, Riyadh 12791. @riyadhseason

Saturday November 11

Enjoy the revamped Boulevard City

Boulevard Riyadh City has been completely revamped and is introducing a whopping sixty per cent all-new experiences, including a Barbie world, a Disney Castle hosting shows inspired by popular Disney movies for its 100-year anniversary, and a House of Hype VR experience. The new season will also see the opening of Cats n’Cups by Mocha Japan, bringing cats from all over the world for you to enjoy, an educational Blippi Wonders experience, a Zero Latency 3D experience, and a thrilling Five Nights at Freddy’s experience. With so many things coming to the zone, it’s safe to say you have likely never experienced Boulevard Riyadh City like this, so head over now.

Boulevard Riyadh City, Hittin, daily 4pm to 2am. webook.com @riyadhseason

Attend the first European Music Week

If you’ve always wanted to learn more about the richness of the European musical scene, Saudi Music Hub is bringing you concerts by eight amazing European artists from Portugal, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Estonia, Greece and the Netherlands. The music ranges from jazz and pop to folk and classical. On Saturday, November 11, Almanata, a group of Portuguese friends living in Riyadh, will showcase Portuguese contemporary music through traditional mandolin or Portuguese guitar.

European Music Week in Riyadh, Nov 11 to 20, 8pm, Saudi Music Hub. Free entry but prior registration is required at www.eumusicweek.com

Shop noon’s biggest 11.11 Sale


noon’s biggest 11.11 Sale yet is now live with up to 70 per cent off all categories. Daily flash sales, coupon savings, exclusive offers for Al Bilad cardholders, and additional savings incentives for noon One members will be available to shoppers. Keep an eye out for crazy savings on makeup and beauty tools starting from SAR11, and daily essentials starting at SAR5. Planning to get the latest smartphone? Save up to 50 per cent on smartphones from Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Huawei, and other top brands, with deals starting at SAR259 and accessory deals starting at SAR19.

noon’s 11.11 Sale, Nov 8 to 12.

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