Sophisticated Breakfast. Elegant, simple and lovely, breakfast at Café Bateel consists usually of a traditional omelet, a pastry and fresh juice. But should you choose to liven things up a bit, you’ll also be treated to smoked salmon, detoxifying juices and shakshouka. Regardless of what you order, Café Bateel is breakfast dining at its finest.
Tales As Old as Time. Although the Antiquities Museum at King Saud University was established as the best means of educating university students about the history of Saudi Arabia, the National Museum accomplishes the same for visitors to this ancient kingdom. In fact, many consider it a must-visit attraction, thanks to its depiction of ancient excavations and its multimedia presentations that reveal the history of the Arabic peninsula.
Kingdom Come. With 99 stories and a height of 992 feet, Kingdom Centre is the third-highest building in Saudi Arabia. But the best part? The skyscraper houses a shopping mall that features some of the world’s most fashionable brands, from Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels. After you shop, visit the tower’s sky bridge. The 300-ton walkway traverses the length of the tower and overlooks the vibrant city below.
Fast Food. Don’t worry — Mama Noura doesn’t serve fast food in the traditional sense (soggy cheeseburgers and wilted salads). Instead, it quickly dishes up fresh juices, decadent shawarmas, warm pita and more. Stop in for a quick bite before moving on to your next adventure.
Fortitude. With four watchtowers, thick mud and clay walls and a location in the old quarters at the center of Riyadh, Al Masmak Fort’s role in Saudi Arabia’s history is significant and worth a visit. In January 1902, the forces of Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud gathered outside the fort in an effort to regain control of Riyadh from its Kuwaiti captors. It worked. Al Saud ultimately conquered and reunited the kingdoms that make up present day Saudi Arabia.
Fit For a Sultan. Elegant oak accents, excellent service and a menu fit for a king make Sultan’s Steakhouse a perfect choice for your evening meal. Salads, meatballs, lamb and, of course, fine cuts of beef, make the menu read like a feast. For dessert, try the grilled pineapple. It’s fresh, simple and perfectly sweet.
Cigar Aficionado. A walk-in humidor, resident mixologist and beautiful atmosphere. You’ll find these and more in the Turquoise Cigar Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. Unwind with a cigar and your favorite beverage and toast a day well spent.