Shop my city: Riyadh

Mashael Al Rushaid, founder of fine art gallery Heist, shares the shopping secrets of her home city


It’s an exciting time for Saudi Arabia, with creativity and homegrown talent at the forefront. The all-new hotspot The Boulevard  has an outdoor avenue reminiscent of shopping experiences in Los Angeles, with an arabesque twist. As well as having all the international fashion houses, you’ll discover labels you can’t find anywhere else. The highlights of which are: Ashi , a couture designer who has an international following; Re Reem AlKanhal , who collaborates with local artists and offers a collection that can be dressed-up or down; and  Razan Alazzouni, who produces beautiful collections with intricate beading and embroidery.

The Boulevard

As far as concept stores go, Pattern has a great selection of curated art, fashion and lifestyle, which is all laid out for you under one roof, while Number Nine  is a great destination for gifts, gadgets and clothes.

Number Nine

No trip to Riyadh would be complete without a visit to the gold souks; the city is one of the few places in the world where you can get 21-karat gold.


Discover labels you can’t find anywhere else


For traditional, locally-produced products, make a beeline for  Art Heritage Centre  Art Heritage Centre, where you are guaranteed to find a vast array of beautifully-embroidered jalabiya  (kaftans) and  farwa (Saudi’s answer to the winter coat) handmade and designed by Saudi women. 

Another thing you must do is add to your  fragrance  wardrobe with essential oils, incense or perfume. You’ll find scents in their purest form – particularly those from Taif, one of the oldest cities in the world – and traditional glass blown perfume bottles called tolla, which are works of art in themselves. 

For gourmands, sukkari dates  sukkari dates from the date market are world-class, and don’t leave without stocking-up on the date syrup from Bateel.


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