8 Best Cafes In Riyadh To Relax And Unwind

These cafes stand out for their inviting ambience, quality coffee offerings, and pleasing atmospheres

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Best Cafes In Riyadh To Relax And Unwind

Riyadh is the bustling capital of Saudi Arabia and has a growing café culture catering to locals and tourists seeking tranquillity. From serene garden settings to stylish urban retreats, the city’s cafés provide a relaxing sanctuary. These establishments stand out for their inviting ambience, quality coffee offerings, and pleasing atmospheres. Here are eight cafes perfect for reading, socializing with friends, or enjoying a peaceful coffee.

1. Sociale Cafe

Riyadh is home to many captivating cafes, and Sociale Cafe is one of them. The café exudes an incredible vibe and offers a wonderfully cosy and inviting atmosphere adorned with stunning artworks. Moreover, the space now features a diverse lineup of monthly engaging events. Originally hailing from Lebanon, Sociale Cafe is a gem in Riyadh’s vibrant cafe scene.

Where: Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh
When: 8 am to 12:45 am daily

2. Vittoria’s Italian Bakery & Café

Indulge in the delightful array of Italian-style baked goods at Vittoria’s Italian Bakery & Café located in the Qurtubah area. Step into a cosy atmosphere filled with the enticing aroma of freshly baked croissants, irresistible bambolini, authentic cannoli, crunchy biscotti, and mouthwatering delicious sandwiches. Treat yourself to a tasty pastry or confection while sipping a perfectly brewed coffee cup.

Where: An Nakheel, Riyadh 12382
When: Sunday to Thursday from 7 am to 5 pm

3. Capri Cafe

Savour the delightful atmosphere of Capri Cafe, nestled in Riyadh, offering a lovely escape reminiscent of the enchanting island of Capri. This charming outdoor café is renowned for its meticulously crafted V60 coffee, known for its rich and nuanced flavours, and famous cheesecake, which is a decadent treat for your taste buds. It provides the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy your evening coffee against beauty and tranquillity.

Where: Al Thoumamah Rd, As Sahafah, Riyadh 13315
When: Saturday to Thursday from 6:30 am to 12:30 am

4 . Laduree


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In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée opened a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. After a fire in 1871, it became a pastry shop decorated by Jules Cheret. Cheret’s “Pastry Angel, inspired by the Sistine Chapel and Garnier Opera House, is now central to Ladurée’s identity. Experience vintage Paris chic at Ladurée, now in Riyadh. Famous for its colourful macarons like lemon, raspberry, pistachio, and chocolate, the café also offers breakfast and brunch options, including mushroom omelettes, eggs Benedict with salmon and spinach, shakshouka, vol-au-vents, croissants, and a full English breakfast.

Where: Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, Riyadh 12329
When: 12 pm to 1 am daily

5. Cavida Cafe

Cavida is an exciting new café in Riyadh that caters to all your daily needs. In the morning, you can bask in the peaceful ambience as you find a cosy nook to settle down for some focused studying or work. As the evening rolls around, it transforms into the perfect setting for indulging in delectable sweet treats while enjoying the company of friends. The menu features tempting desserts like tiramisu cake and saffron mousse. Don’t miss the unique spicy chocolate and the spicy Italiano for a delightful twist.

Where: Qurtubah, Riyadh 13248, Saudi Arabia
When: Saturday to Thursday from 6 am to 2 am and Friday from 7 am to 11:45 am, 12:30 pm to 2 am

6. Bohemia Cafe

Bohemia Cafe & Records store has recently arrived in Riyadh, blending the ambience of a retro vinyl record store with the warmth of a welcoming cafe. This establishment creates a vibrant music community with food and an extensive vinyl collection. Initially hailing from Khobar, Bohemia has joined forces with Riyadh’s famous venue, The Warehouse, to contribute to and promote the growing indie music scene across the Middle East.

Where: Jax, Diriyah 13732, Saudi Arabia
When: Sunday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 12 am and Friday to Saturday from 1:30 pm to 12 am

7. Urth Caffé


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Since 1989, Urth Caffé has dedicated itself to providing exceptional culinary experiences, featuring organic heirloom coffees, fine teas, and a diverse selection of global cuisine. Its cafes in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al Khobar are known for their relaxed atmosphere, contemporary design, and a menu featuring all-day breakfasts, freshly baked treats, and speciality teas, perfect for casual dining.

Where: Boulevard Riyadh City
When: Sunday to Saturday from 4 pm to 2 am

8. EL&N London – The Zone Riyadh


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This iconic brand, originating in London, is renowned for being one of the most Instagram-worthy cafes globally. Step into a mesmerizing space adorned with vibrant neon signs bearing catchy phrases, promising a delightful ambience. Indulge in a lovely culinary journey and savour exceptional coffee at this extraordinary establishment.

Where: Khalifah Ibn Badi, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12362
When: Saturday to Wednesday from 9 am to 12 am and Thursday to Friday from 9 am to 2 am

From the vintage charm of Ladurée to the vibrant music community at Bohemia Cafe, each café brings its unique flair to the city’s social fabric. Whether you’re craving a peaceful spot for studying, indulging in sweet treats with friends, or exploring global culinary delights, these eight cafés provide the perfect retreats for relaxation and enjoyment in Riyadh.

Cover Image Courtesy: EL&N London – The Zone Riyadh and Vittoria’s Italian Bakery & Café

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