12 amazing things to do in Riyadh this week: May 26 to May 29

Here’s to a new week…

There’s definitely no lack of things to do in Riyadh. This vibrant capital is often buzzy with pop-up events and exhibitions that engage locals and tourists alike. From dining at popular cafes and restaurants to art exhibitions, you’ll definitely find activities to do for the week.

Here are 12 amazing things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday May 26

Visit the first Lavazza coffee concept in Saudi Arabia

Lavazza Coffee Design

Coffee lovers and enthusiasts, the first Saudi Arabian branch of the renowned family-owned Italian coffee company Lavazza has landed in Laysen Valley. With its chic, contemporary interiors, an iconic chandelier made up of more than 300 illuminated coffee beans, and the innovative counter made of exhausted coffee powder and resin, Lavazza Coffee Design brings something a little different to the city’s coffee scene. While Lavazza Coffee Design introduces an exclusive Lavazza’s premium 1895 coffee collection to the Kingdom, their offering also includes a diverse selection of speciality breakfasts, savoury dishes, and irresistible desserts.

Lavazza Coffee Design, Laysen Valley, Salem Bin Abi Baker Shikhan St., Building 30, Riyadh. @lavazzasaudi

Experience true zen at this new Thai spa

No one would know that hidden all the way out at the InterContinental Durrat Al Riyadh Resort & Spa lies luxe Thai wellness brand, HARNN Heritage Spa, a calm haven to totally unwind in. Escape Riyadh’s frantic energy and crowds and head down to Banban to fully immerse yourself in the state-of-the-art spa.

HARNN Heritage Spa, InterContinental Durrat Al Riyadh Resort & Spa, District Durrat Arriyadh Area, Banban, Riyadh 11566. Tel: 011 411 8800. @intercontinentaldurratalriyadh

Monday May 27

Enjoy business lunch at LPM

LPM Business Lunch

If you and your co-workers are after a top-tier restaurant to stop by for a quick lunch break, you don’t need to scour the web anymore. You can now tuck into LPM Riyadh’s Business Lunch menu. There will be two options when it comes to the Business Lunch menu. If you’re out for a quick bite, the two-course Le Petit Menu is the one for you. Priced at SAR180, the menu includes a starter and main. If you have a little more time on your hands, the three-course Le Grand Menu (SAR230) allows for a more traditional, and calm French experience, with a starter, main and a delectable dessert.

LPM Riyadh’s Business Lunch, Sun to Thurs 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Al Motassem Street, Al Olaya. @lpmriyadh

Enjoy an evening of learning, fun, and creativity

Looking for a fun activity to enjoy with your besties after work? Spice up your Monday night with a fun, therapeutic evening where you will be provided instruction and supplies to paint and decorate your own jar. Get ready to explore your creativity and unleash your inner artist with this amazing experience.

Paint on a Jar, May 27, 8pm to 10pm, Sociale Café, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12223. @sociale.cafe

Watch the Al-Nassr vs Al-Ittihad

Football fans, top-flight games are on this week, with Al-Nassr Club going head-to-head against Al-Ittihad Club in Round 34 of the Roshn Saudi League at the Alawwal Park Stadium. As two of Saudi Arabia’s top teams collide, expect nothing less than an unforgettable spectacle that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final whistle blows.

Al-Nassr vs Al-Ittihad – Roshn Saudi League Round 34, May 27, Kickoff at 9pm (Gates open at 6pm), Alawwal Park Stadium. Tickets start from SAR35 and can be purchased here.

Tuesday May 28

Treat your senses to the captivating sights of cherry blossom

Step into a virtual reality reverie of Japan’s most magical nightscapes at Rituals ‘Garden of Happiness’ at Riyadh Park. This immersive experience will let you explore the fascinating elements of cherry blossom and its fragrance right here in Riyadh. And whilst you’re there, be sure to take home the Rituals limited edition products to enhance your living spaces.

Rituals ‘Garden of Happiness’ Pop-Up Experience, until June 1, Sat to Thurs 10am to 11pm & Fri 2pm to 11pm, Riyadh Park, Main Atrium (near Gate 2). @ritualscosmeticsgcc

Stop and eat the roses?

Taif Rose promo Obaya Lounge

Yes, you can – with Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh’s Taif Rose promotion. If you’re looking for a menu with a level of flair like no other, make a trip to Obaya Lounge for an exploration of floral flavours. Think warm goat cheese and Taif rose salad, and the tantalising Taif rose-infused beetroot velouté to start. For main courses, the enticing selection includes pan-fried tiger prawn and the Taif Rose and pistachio-crusted lamb loin, each infused with the delicate fragrance of Taif roses.

Taif Rose Promotion, until May 31, Obaya Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. Tel: 011 211 5500. @fsriyadh

Get trippy at House of Hype


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Housed within the popular Boulevard City zone, this entertainment park offers immersive experiences and places to explore. You can play games, discover surprises, shop exclusive products, and win prizes, including 46 creator experiences, 29 immersive attractions, and 32 gaming experiences. Inspired by video games, fashion, music, and social media trends, House of Hype is a mind-bending whirl of experiences you will never forget. There’s also a ladies’ night special every Wednesday from 4pm to 10pm.

House of Hype, Boulevard City, Tues, Wed & Sat 4pm to 1am, Thurs & Fri 5pm to 2am. Tickets start from SAR99 and can be purchased here. @houseofhype____

Tuck into a burger


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May 28 is International Burger Day. So, if you’ve got a hankering for beef that needs to be scratched, hit up House of Grill at Fairmont Riyadh. It has an unexpected ace up its sleeve in the shape of the 8oz Wagyu Beef Burger. Add some truffle fries on the side and you’ll be set for the next week. Oh, and the dishes here that aren’t the burger are very good, too.

House of Grill, Fairmont Riyadh, Business Gate, Qurtubah, Riyadh 13244, Sun to Fri 12.30pm to 11pm. @houseofgrillksa

Wednesday May 29

Your go-to spot for laser treatment


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Are you ready to unlock your skin’s full potential? Book in now at the newly opened Skin Laundry to try the signature laser facial, duo laser facial, BBL (broadband and light) hero facial, hydra facial, and more.

Skin Laundry, Cenomi U Walk, King Saud University, Riyadh 12373, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: 055 597 3665. @skinlaundry.ksa

Swifties, this one’s for you

It will be a spectacular tribute night celebrating Taylor Swift’s latest masterpiece, “The Tortured Poets Department”. But it’s more than a listening party. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable evening filled with a captivating visual journey that reflects the essence of Taylor’s artistry. Engage in various activities designed to delight every Swiftie, from interactive art installations to engaging experiences. You’ll also get the chance to meet fellow Swifties and make friendships that last forever and always.

Swifties Night in Riyadh by Anghami, May 29, 6pm to 11pm, Anghami Lab, BLVD Riyadh City. SAR299 for regular standing tickets and SAR500 for VIP tickets. Get your tickets here. @anghamilabriyadh

Visit the ‘Perfumes of the East’ exhibition

Perfumes of the East

The ‘Perfumes of the East’ exhibition has made its first international stop in Riyadh. Unfolding through three distinct spaces at the National Museum – from the raw beauty of nature to bustling town streets and the setting of a private home, the exhibition enables visitors to experience the evolution of perfume-making through a blend of historical treasures and modern artistic expressions.

Perfumes of the East, until Sept 14, Mon to Wed & Sat 9am to 6pm, Thurs 9am to 9pm & Fri 2pm to 9pm, National Museum. Tickets are priced at SAR29 and can be purchased here.

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