The Best Places To Shop In Riyadh
The Best Places To Shop In Riyadh

The Best Places To Shop In Riyadh

Covering cutting-edge concept stores to high-end malls – plus the local brands to know – this is your complete guide to retail in Riyadh…

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STORES

MWAZ

MWAZ is a recent opening in the VIA Riyadh mall that hints at the future of retail. It draws customers in with an immersive experience that could never be matched online. At ground level, womenswear and shoes are displayed around statement art installations and big screens showing eye-catching animations and the latest campaigns. Cutting-edge digital illusions enchant and seduce on the floor above, while another level is given over to ever-changing pop-ups and activations. Throughout, there’s a well-curated mix of contemporary local and international labels to explore. 

Follow @MWAZ.co

Harvey Nichols

When Harvey Nichols started to look overseas, Riyadh was the first place the iconic department store turned to. It has been a presence in the Saudi capital since the turn of the millennium. Today, high-end British, international and local brands all feature at its outpost within Al Faisaliah Mall.

Visit HarveyNichols.com

APOA | Recherchesa

Recherché Fashion Gallery

This stylish space in the King Salman neighbourhood isn’t just a concept store of Saudi and international designers. It’s got its own 30m runway and regular hosts fashion shows, as well as talks, styling sessions, photo shoots and workshops. Recent pop-ups have included one by AMPM, a label inspired by the idea of effortless luxury.  

Follow @Recherche_SA

GalleryBLU

From coffee-table books and limited-run wall art to leather goods and retro audio devices, this playful art gallery and store probably has the cool, thoughtful gift you’ve been looking for. Careful, though – among its eclectic collection of international brands, you’ll probably find something for yourself too. Pro tip: the Chestnut Bakery just around the corner is great for a croissant when you’re done.

Follow @GalleryBLU.sa

SUM+Things

Close to the World Heritage Site of At-Turaif, SUM+Things is many things. Homewares store, chocolate boutique, coffee shop, restaurant, library… We could go on. Start with coffee, then wander its carefully chosen selection of porcelain vases, handmade table décor, candles and diffusers. We’d finish with some food too – the person behind the whole concept is Dubai-based celeb chef Izu Ani.

Follow @SumPlusThings

 

Elie Saab At VIA Riyadh
Elie Saab At VIA Riyadh
MWAZ
MWAZ

O-100

Luxe fragrance specialist O-100 has two stores in the city: one close to the Four Seasons in Al Olaya, the other a few miles north in the cool Hittin district. These are not only places to get your fix of international perfume houses like Byredo and Kilian, as well as home scents from the likes of Diptyque. They also have some exclusives you won’t find elsewhere, like Parisian house Memo’s Marfa scent in a Saudi green bottle.

Visit O-100.com

WE CRE8

This men’s and women’s streetwear specialist has made it its business to support Saudi designers. Since opening a few years back, it has showcased clothing, footwear, perfume and accessories from more than 200 of them – alongside staple pieces from big names like Nike and adidas. We’d start with the Boulevard City outpost.

Visit WeCre8.com 

Pattern Concept Store

At its outposts in As Sulimaniyah and Laysen Valley, Pattern shines a light on local design talent. In contemporary, faintly industrial settings, visitors can explore the finest Saudi fashion, accessories, stationery and homewares alongside well-chosen pieces from elsewhere in the Middle East and beyond.

Follow @Pattern_Saud

Leem
Leem

MALLS

VIA Riyadh

In Riyadh’s desirable Diplomatic Quarter, this mall is not just a home for the impressive MWAZ (see above). Its roster of tenants includes fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Italian shoemaker Sergio Rossi and Lebanese designer Elie Saab, alongside big names from other categories like Aussie skincare favourite Aesop and perfumer Maria Tash. Be prepared to lose a day exploring VIA in full.

Visit VIARiyadh.com

Riyadh Park Mall

Riyadh Park stands out among the city’s many malls for its accessible range of brands. Tucked among international high-street favourites like H&M and Sephora, restorative food options to look for include Magnolia Bakery and Urth Caffe.  

Visit Riyadh-Park.com

Centria Mall

Every brand in Centria has earned its place there. Boutiques at this luxe-only mall include Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Miu Miu and Tiffany & Co. When you’re ready for a break, head to the second floor and try Yokari for Japanese or Lusin for more unusual Armenian – or there’s Brau (see the Pamper section of our guide).

Visit Centria.com.sa

Kingdom Centre

Since it opened in the late 90s, the Kingdom Centre has become an architectural icon of Riyadh. A lot of it is given over to the Four Seasons (more of that in the Stay section) but sitting next to the hotel is one of the city’s best malls. Everyone from Chopard and Chanel to Zara and H&M has a presence here, but it’s not just a shopping destination – the Al Mamlaka food hall and The Spa | Nail Shop also deserve your attention.

Visit KingdomCentre.com.sa

Abadia | O-100
Abadia | O-100

LABELS

APOA

APOA stands for ‘a piece of art’ – and that’s exactly what this Riyadh-based brand wants every item of jewellery it creates to be. United by a love of couture accessories, founders Noura, Sarah and Mashael have established a business that designs in Saudi and manufactures in Italy. Collections are inspired by local heritage, such as the culture of pearl diving. Look out for a collab with Saudi fashion house Leem.

Visit APOA.com

Abadia

Abadia was the first Saudi brand to make it onto NET-A-PORTER. With a name that hints towards the Arabic words for desert and timeliness, it partners with local artisans to extend some of the traditional crafts of the Arabian peninsula. The result is well-made contemporary collections that combine feminine ease with masculine structure.

Visit Abadia.me

Asteri

This Saudi make-up brand knows which way the world is going. With all of its products being cruelty free, vegan and microplastic free, and all packaging made from 80% preloved plastic, it’s on a pathway to B Corp certification. Inspired while travelling in the south of France, Riyadh-born Sara Al Rashed returned wanting to create a collection that could withstand Saudi’s summer heat. Every Asteri product has been designed to sit lightly on skin while standing up to the desert sun.

Visit AsteriBeauty.com

Leem

Leem offers modest fashion but with a modern twist. Known for its smart separates, you’ll find everything here from tailored trousers and jackets to knits and tops, as well as kaftans and contemporary dresses. It’s also pretty affordable. With stores across the region – including Riyadh Park Mall – Leem is also stocked in Selfridges in London.

Visit Leem.com

Razan Alazzouni

Saudi-born Razan’s namesake brand offers beautifully made kaftans and ready-to-wear pieces. Already an A-list favourite, her collections have been scooped up by the likes of Kendall Jenner. With a focus on femininity, everything is crafted from the best quality silk and chiffons – plus, the refined colour palette (think black, white, pink and earthy tones) ensures the pieces all work together.

Visit RazanAlazzouni.com

Asteri
Asteri
Abadia
Abadia

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