Sip away the day at these superb spots.
Riyadh’s coffee scene is causing a stir. The capital is brimming with new cafés, which range from the relaxed to refined. Whether you’re looking to catch up with friends, family or work remotely, there’s a coffee shop to suit your needs. Here are the best new cafés in Riyadh.
Batala Café is a cosy coffee shop offering speciality coffee and baked goods. When you enter the curved green door, it feels like you’re in a local’s home – there’s even a doormat saying “welcome”. The interior spans cream and teal shades, and the décor is oh-so relaxed. The space includes traditional carpets, potted plants, leather sofas, soft cushions and a striking painting on the wall. Take a seat on the banquettes by the window, or nab one of the few spots outside. Located in Al Uraija, it is open daily from 5pm to 11pm.
GO: Follow @batlacafe on Instagram for more information.
CHō has a cute tagline: “The smile of nature”. The staff aim to put on a smile on your face with the coffees and cakes. The menu includes a Flat White, Matcha CHō and Spanish Latte. The cakes include a Carrot Cake, Honey Cake and Tiramisu Bites. CHō has gorgeous greenery, as the walls are lined with plants. Look out for the eye-catching art and books between pots. CHō is open daily from 4pm to midnight.
GO: Follow @chosaudi on Instagram for more information.
Cup To Go
A name like Cup To Go lets you know this brand’s mission. When you want a pick-me-up, the venue serves coffee and cakes. The menu may be limited on drinks with only one hot and cold coffee option, but it prides itself on its swift service. Snacks include Brownies, Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies and Lemon Cake. Located in North Al Maather, it is open daily from 6am to 10pm.
GO: Follow @cuptogo1 on Instagram for more information.
Enekas has mastered sleek. The décor spans white and grey shades and includes metallic tables and long sofas. Even the cups are white with a silver embossed logo. Look out for the counter with funnels and jars, which feel like a science experiment. We’d recommend trying the Tirimasu, which is served in a giant slab and already popping up on social media accounts across the Kingdom. Located in Olaya, it is open from Saturday to Thursday from midday to 2am, and on Friday from 1.30pm to 2am.
GO: Follow @.sa on Instagram for more information.
If you love being first, then put Hawkwah on your coffee shop list. The new café in Riyadh has not yet opened, but will be coming to As Sahafah. So far, we know that it will serve a range of coffees and cookies. Plus, the tagline, “another coffee, another experience”, is something we are sure that Riyadh will love.
GO: Follow @hakwah_cafe on Instagram for more information.
When you want your coffee with a shot of chic, then head to Heather. Located in Al Aqiq, it boasts a minimalist aesthetic with beige, cream and white, and indoor as well as outdoor seats. The hot drinks include an Americano, Espresso and Spanish Latte, and cold drinks include Iced Hibiscus, Iced Matcha and Iced Tea Passion Fruit. The bakery serves a range of croissants and cakes in flavours including coconut, chocolate and honey. Heather is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 4pm to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 1am.
GO: Follow @heather.ksa on Instagram for more information.
Locais is all about the coffee and baked goods. Located in Al Nakheel, it is a sophisticated spot. The floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of light, and it has a stone-washed look. Take your pick from seats inside, outside, upstairs and downstairs. The interior includes cute slogans like “live for the moment”. The café serves a range of hot drinks, and pastries include croissants, cakes and cookies. Locais is open daily from 7am to midnight.
GO: Follow @locais.sa on Instagram for more information.
O2 Café’s team are bringing a breath of fresh air to Riyadh’s coffee scene. So much so, the tagline states, “when oxygen meets coffee”. The concept brings the outdoors indoors – the design feels like a marketplace with green grass-like floor, baskets full of fruit and a white tree. The classic drinks include an Americano, Cortado and Flat White, and creative drinks range from a Saffron Latte to White Mocha. The drinks also include iced coffees and mojitos. Desserts cover Baklava Cheesecake, Kunafa Cheesecake and Target Tart. Located in Alwadi, it is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 2pm to 2am, Thursday from 2pm to 4am and Friday from 3pm to 4am.
GO: Follow @o2caffe.sa on Instagram for more information.
Riyd is a cute yet classy coffee shop. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in its selection of coffees. We’re fans of the pastries with a local twist – date toppings, anyone? Located in Al Aqiq, you’ll spot the palm tree logo outside. The venue has a clean, contemporary look with floor-to-ceiling windows and a bright, airy feel. Take your pick from white seats and sofas. Riyd is open daily from 4pm to midnight.
GO: Follow @riyd.coffee on Instagram for more information.
Sada’s motto “coffee and life” is something we can get behind. The venue has a coffee community vibe – lookout for Insta-friendly slogans on the walls, and the Polaroid picture display of the staff. The venue has an industrial chic feel with exposed pipes and a skylight window. The white décor is punctuated by plants and lime green long table. Sada is open from Saturday to Thursday from 8am to midnight, and on Friday from 12.30pm to 1am.
GO: Follow @sada_pot on Instagram for more information.
If you have a sweet tooth, then put Sajiah on your cafés in Riyadh radar. The drinks menu includes a special sweet section with an Affogato, Hibiscus Iced Tea and Sajiah Signature. The menu also includes classic hots drinks, from a Cortado to Cappucino. The venue combines casual with chic with black and white tiled floors, white shelves with potted plants and sculptures and red and white walls. Located in King Fadh, it is open daily from 4pm to 1am.
GO: Follow @sajiah.coffee on Instagram for more information.
So many cafés in Riyadh are casual spots, but Tellus aims to elevate your coffee experience. The team label themselves as coffee roasters, and the menu features a wide selection of hot drinks. The venue has African touches, from colourful artwork to decorative cushions. The interiors feel so spacious, thanks to the cream aesthetic and floor-to-ceiling windows. Choose from wicker seats or long banquettes, and sip the day away. Located in Al Yasmin, it is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 6am to midnight, Thursday from 6am to 2am, Friday from 1pm to 2am and Saturday from 6am to midnight.
GO: Follow @tullus.sa on Instagram for more information.
Tlado is adding some hip to Hittin. This pit stop is mixing things up with its iced tea. The design is bright blue and the drinks are served in equally bright cups, which locals love to share on social. The venue is easy to spot, thanks to its neon sign. Tlado is open on Sunday from 8pm to 1.30am, from Monday to Saturday from 8pm to 2am.
GO: Follow @tlado__ on Instagram for more information.