Shopping in Riyadh

Shopping malls

Riyadh's main roads are nothing but one shopping mall after another.

  • Al FaisaliahOlaya Rd (Situated at King Fahad Rd). At the foot of the Al Faisaliah skyscraper, this is one of Riyadh's swankiest malls, anchored by a Harvey Nichols department store. The food court on the third floor is among the best in the Kingdom; the one in the basement, on the other hand, is deserted. There is a fun park in the basement near the entrance on Olaya road. Families only Wed-Fri
  • Al MamlakaOlaya Rd (Kingdom Centre). One of the swankiest malls in the Kingdom, with the third floor Ladies Kingdom reserved exclusively for women. Good food court on the lower level and even a Planet Hollywood restaurant.
  • Jarir Bookstore (Makatba Jarir), Olaya Rd (south of Musa ibn Nosayr St). The two-level flagship store of Saudi Arabia's largest bookshop, although most of the shop is taken up by a wide range of computer gear, stationary, music and DVDs. The best English-language magazine and book selection in Saudi — which isn't saying all that much.
  • Sahara MallIntersection of King Abdul Aziz Rd and Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Rd. Enormous mall on the northern side of the city. The mall has 180 shops anchored by a Tamimi supermarket and features what may be the largest food court in the city — and if you can't find what you want here, the adjacent Sahara Plaza annex has more.
  • Localizer MallTahlia St. A great place to visit if you are in Tahlia. They have a number of clothes shops as well as restaurant such as Outback.
  • Granada MallNear Exit 9, Eastern Ring RoadIt has Carrefour supermarket, H&M and the sports store Sun and Sands.
  • Panorama MallTahlia St and Takhassusi St intersectionAn amazing looking Mall. It has a play place along with a rather small food court. The mall also has a Danube Supermarket It has many shops and a variety of brands including Marks And Spencer's. It also has Jarir Bookstore joined to it.

Hypermarkets

Hyperpanda in approx all parts of city

Carrefour Hypermarket

Othaim Hypermarket (mostly their larger stores exists as Othaim Malls)

Lulu Hypermarket in Al Bathaa St. and Al Murraba and Al Nahda

Nesto Hypermarket in Al Bathaa

G-Mart in Al Bathaa near Wasir st. and Khazan st. intersection

Traditional markets (souqs)

  • Souq al-Thumairi (شارع الثميري), Deira (next to Masmak Fortress). Also known as Antique Souq, this is Riyadh's most touristy souq, which isn't saying all that much. It specializes in Arabic goods cheap and expensive, authentic and fake, with carpets, coffee pots, daggers, jewellery and more. English is generally spoken, and haggling is obligatory.

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