Your visual guide to the hidden gems of the Saudi capital
Let's see what the city has to offer...
DAY 1 2pm
Four Seasons Hotel
Super sophisticated and tasteful, the world-renowned hotel is situated in the famous Kingdom Tower and boasts a glorious outdoor pool (from Dhs1,077 pn during low season of May-Sept, fourseasons.com).
DAY 1 4pm
National Museum of Saudi Arabia
This state-of-the-art space is only 20 minutes by car from the hotel. Here, you can embark on a cultural journey reflecting the past of the Kingdom for Dhs9 pp, tel +966 11 402 9500.
DAY 1 6.30pm
The historical clay and mud-made fort houses a museum inside, but it’s perfect for a pit-stop to absorb its exterior in the old quarters of Riyadh.
DAY 1 7pm
Thumairi Gold Souq
Just within the area of Masmak fort you can find one of the famous gold souks. They sell white gold, yellow gold and silver items as well as offer jewellery engraving.
DAY 1 8.30pm
Located in one of the capital’s most prestigious districts, Cipriani only opened eight weeks ago – but has already made its mark on Riyadh’s restaurant scene thanks to its impeccable Spaghetti Vongole (tell +966 1 1277 6700 or visit cipriani.com).
DAY 2 9:30am
Fuel for the day ahead at this cute eaterie that serves delicious French toast and eggs Benedict…What’s not to love? (Tel +966 11 812 2420)
DAY 2 Midday
Housed in a 44-story commercial skyscraper and designed to resemble a ballpoint pen, the mall boasts plenty of high-end stores. Plus, many observation areas provide a sweeping view of the city.
DAY 2 3pm
Anything that doesn’t succumb to conventionality gets a tick in Grazia’s book. Not only is KAPSARC Mosque modern and super striking, it was designed to be sustainable and sets a great example to the 4,000 others in the city thanks to its energy efficient design.
DAY 2 5.30pm
4Twins Coffee & Sweet
From food truck to in-demand coffee shop, this authentic Saudi stop is family-run and serves incredible mini pancakes with pistachio sauce.
DAY 2 6pm
King Abdullah Park
We may be in the Arabian Desert, but this beautifully green space is home to huge date trees and a large lake. At night the park – which costs Dhs9 to enter - holds a dancing light show with their water fountains at 6.15pm. So pretty.
DAY 3 10am
Take the lift (obvs) to the 99th floor of Riyadh’s tallest building and take in the views from up high. The 56-meter sky bridge across the tower’s two peaks boasts a panoramic view of the city for Dhs58 per person.
DAY 3 Midday
Lake Kharrarah National Park
Grazia has a confession: Lake Kharrarah is a one-hour car ride from the city centre – but it’s worth making time for, we promise. Climb the dunes by foot and take in the views of endless red sand. Rolling back down and devouring a picnic after is optional.
DAY 3 7pm
The Globe Lounge
Enjoy a fine-dining experience in the Globe-shaped eatery, based in the Al Faisaliyah Centre skyscraper. Enjoy, and take in the last of the stunning views of the city (Tel +966 11 273 2222).