Seven Unmissable Foodie Experiences in Riyadh This December

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December in Riyadh is not just about the cool, comfortable weather; it celebrates flavours and culinary delights. The city transforms into a gastronomic paradise, offering a range of unique dining experiences that cater to every palate. 

Whether you’re a local rediscovering the city’s culinary offerings or a newcomer eager to explore, Riyadh’s food scene in December is a treasure trove of tastes and aromas. 

MOJEH has curated a list of seven can’t-miss foodie experiences that will make your December in Riyadh unforgettable.

African Lounge in Riyadh

African Lounge in Riyadh

1. Dine with an African Twist at the African Lounge

Located in the picturesque Bujairi Terrace, the African Lounge stands out with its African-inspired interiors and eclectic menu. This culinary gem offers a journey of flavours against the historical backdrop of At-Turaif, ensuring a dining experience that’s as visually stunning as delicious.

Carbone Reastaurant.

2. Carbone: The Authentic New York Italian Experience

Carbone, New York’s celebrated culinary gem, marked its grand opening in Riyadh on November 1st. This esteemed restaurant pays homage to the quintessential charm of mid-20th-century Italian-American dining experiences in New York, bringing a slice of that iconic era to the heart of Riyadh. This Michelin star establishment is the brainchild of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick and has garnered acclaim and had clients like Adele, Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashian clan. Carbone is located at Mansard Riyadh part of Radisson Collection Hotels.

Almond cheesecake at Ashjar Café

3. Relax at Ashjar Cafe

Known for its beautiful outdoor seating, Ashjar Cafe is the epitome of laid-back luxury. It’s the perfect spot to unwind, offering a great mix of drinks and a relaxed atmosphere, making it a must-visit for those seeking a laid-back coffee experience.

Coffee beans beside coffee powder on brown wooden board

Image Nathan Dumlao.

4. Indulge at the 9th International Coffee and Chocolate Exhibition 

The Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center hosts a haven for chocolate and coffee lovers. This exhibition taking place from the 5-9th of December combines art, culture, and gourmet flavours, promising an indulgent experience for your taste buds. The event aims to engage industry players and enthusiasts interested in exploring the sector’s prospects. But the event is not only for industry insideers, Visitors can take barista workshops, enjoy cafes and shops and an array of coffee and chocolate-related experiences.

Sushi Rolls and Chopsticks

JOA Sushi at Riyadh

5. Savor Japanese Delicacies at JOA.

For the finest sushi and poke bowls in the city, head to JOA’s new branch in Hittin. Imported straight from Kuwait, JOA brings fresh, authentic Japanese flavours to Riyadh, ensuring a memorable dining experience for lovers of Japanese cuisine.

Hellenika at the Water Tower

6. Experience Mediterranean Flavors at Hellenika at the Water Tower. There’s no need to travel to the Greek islands to enjoy coastal Mediterranean flavors at Hellenika. Located at the Water Tower, this restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Saudi capital alongside delicious Greek cuisine. It’s a culinary journey that’s both visually and gastronomically pleasing.

Table and chairs at Roka Restaurant in Riyadh

Roka Restaurant in Riyadh

7. Enjoy a Terrace Dinner at ROKA. Embrace the pleasant weather with a dinner on ROKA’s terrace in Riyadh’s Sulimaniyah district. Named Time Out Riyadh’s restaurant of the year, ROKA is the place to be for a unique dining experience. Enjoy an array of dishes as you dine under the stars in this elegant setting.

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