Get a Sweet Start. Maison de Zaid in the Rawdah district offers savory traditional breakfast favorites shakshuka, foul, and falafel with halloumi cheese in its Arabic platter, while its Instagram-friendly sweet breakfast dishes are drawing raves: think banana caramel French toast, and stacks of mini pancakes topped with chocolate and pistachio sauces.
An Amusing Upgrade. Families visiting Al Shallal amusement park on the Corniche need not settle for typical theme-park food. On-site Aldaya restaurant offers Lebanese favorites, including grilled mashawi, pizza-style bel ajeen, and hot and mezze, while the menu at Hainan includes Chinese specialties such as Peking duck and Cantonese shrimp.
Tip the Scales. Cool down at Fakieh Aquarium with a “cocktail” from Blue Ocean. With these waterfront views and flavorful juice blends like the Pink Flamingo (guava, raspberry, peach and honey), you won’t even notice there’s no alcohol
Sugar Rush. Boulevard is home to some of the top designers from around the world, including Dolce & Gabbana (Italy), Loewe (Spain), Dunhill London (England) and Oscar de la Renta (New York). The luxury shopping center’s sole culinary boutique is Lebanese confectioner Patchi, whose exquisite chocolate creations and orange blossom mints would make welcome mid-spree treats for now, souvenirs for later.
Go for the Gold. Black truffles, caviar, foie gras and Kobe beef are some of the most treasured ingredients available today, and culinary adventurers will find them all in one course at Reyhana. The top layer of the Royal Burger is even more magnificent: The bun has been gilded with edible gold leaf. Owing to Saudi Arabia’s diverse visitors, the restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah caters to a variety of global palates with its mix of Arabic, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines.
Royally Refreshing. King Fahd’s Fountain, one of Jeddah’s modern landmarks, is illuminated by 500 high-intensity spotlights until midnight — the better to admire the plumes of seawater that shoot to more than 1,000 feet in the air, making it the world’s tallest. For a regally fitting liquid refreshment, sip the Royal Juice/Saudi Cocktail at nearby Al Nafoura.