Go local: here are 8 coffee shops you can head to instead of Starbucks

Sip on some top-tier coffee…

Riyadh runs on coffee, and there are so many local cafes in Riyadh you simply need to try out besides the more basic options out there. Check out the amazing cafes below for a fun, unique experience.

Brew Crew

Established in 2016, Brew Crew is a proudly local brand championing some of the best coffee in town. Sustainability is at the heart of the operation, as the coffee beans are always well-traced back to farmers. The venue provides an immaculate atmosphere for working, catching up with friends and more.

Brew Crew, 7514 Nahr Al Nile, 3276, Al Mughrizat, daily 6.30am to midnight. @brewcrew.sa

Brew 92


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Jeddah’s homegrown cafe, Brew 92, has been making a splash lately, winning awards, expanding to a couple of cities in the Kingdom, and more. The KSA-based speciality cafe was founded in 2016 and serves top-tier brews and blends.

Brew 92,  Uthman Ibn Affan Rd, Hai, Sat to Wed 6am to midnight, Thu 6am to 12.30am, Fri 8am to 12.30am. @brew92cafe

Camel Step

Speciality coffee seems to be all the rage in Saudi. And with all the speciality coffee shops popping up, we’re spoilt for choice. Camel Step was established in 2014 and serves hot or cold, sweetened or not coffee that you can try out.

Camel Step, Al Urubah Rd, Ar Rahmaniyyah, Mon to Thu 6.30am to 11pm, Fri 6.30am to 11.30am, 12.30pm to 11pm, Sat 6.30am to 11pm, Sun 6.30am to 3pm, 3.30pm to 11pm. @camelstep

Five Elephants

Another one of the speciality coffee shops in Riyadh, Five Elephants is a stylish coffee shop in Alyasmin. Whether you’re looking for a simple speciality cuppa, a vibrantly flavoured hot beverage or an iced caffeinated drink, Five Elephants is the way to go.

Five Elephants, King Abdulaziz Rd, Alyasmin, Sat to Wed 6am to midnight, Thu 6am to 2am, Fri 7am to 1am, @five_elephants



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Founded in 2018, COYARD Coffee Roasters offers high-quality blends of coffee, and they are particularly known for roasting and serving up consistently. The main feature of COYARD  is that they are unique in the way they brew their coffee.

COYARD Coffee Roasters, Laysen Valley, Sun to Thu 7am to 11.30pm, Fri 1pm to midnight, Sat 8am to 11pm. @coyardco


Contemporary cafe IDMI Coffee has one of the best cuppas in town. Think clean, minimalistic decor, and a productive atmosphere perfect for working and studying.

IDMI Coffee, Al Olaya, daily 6.30am to 12.30am. @idmicoffee

Moon Shell


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Originally from Jeddah, Moon Shell is a popular cafe with vegans that features breakfast and brunch fares in a relaxed, boho setting. Now also open in AlUla, you need to try their smoothie bowls served in coconut shells.

Moon Shell, King Abdullah Dt., Riyadh 12233, daily 7am to 11pm. Tel: 053 630 0962. @moonshell_sa

Sociale Cafe

Riyadh has its fair share of amazing cafes, but for us, one that always stands out has to be Sociale Cafe. Home to an amazing vibe, a cosy productive atmosphere, and tonnes of gorgeous artworks, the space is also moving into hosting a cool calendar of events every month too, the space is originally from Lebanon.

Sociale Cafe, Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, daily 8am to 12.45am. @sociale.cafe

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