From celebrity chefs to luxury labels, here are the 48 venues opening in Via Riyadh.
Via Riyadh is the new luxury destination that keeps on giving. The venue boasts celebrity chefs, state-of-the-art cinemas, world-famous fashion brands, and a five-star hotel – The St. Regis Riyadh, no less. Translated: that’s 23 shops, 17 restaurants, 7 cinemas and one hotel.
Restaurants have flocked from Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and beyond to be a part of Via Riyadh. The streets of Via Riyadh will be lined with fine-dining experiences. So, pull up a seat to the legendary Wolfgang Puck’s Spago or rising stars Hisato Hamada’s Wagyumafia.
At Via Riyadh, you’ll be spoilt for choice and just plain spoilt. Shop in style and book yourself a porter or personal assistant. The shops sound like a Fashion Week line-up – Dolce and Gabbana, Elie Sab and Tom Ford, anyone? Plus, you’ll have stars in your eyes, thanks to the sparkling range of jewellery and watch brands.
Via Riyadh will also be home to cinemas that look like lounges, and a world-class hotel. Eating and shopping can be hard work, after all. Set to open in February, the design is inspired by the kingdom’s heritage, from Salmani architecture to Tuwaiq’s mountainous stones. The results are a marvellous combination of tradition and modernity.
Welcome to Via Riyadh.
Big up the grandmothers. Bianca gets its name from the chef’s grandmother Bianca, nicknamed Nonna Tina. When you step foot into the venue, you’ll be surrounded by comfort food. The beautiful bakery is home to breads and pastries. Plus, the restaurant fuses Argentinian, French and Italian food. If you try one thing, make it the Rigatoni all Bolognese, which is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes.
Fashion and food might not go together like Dolce and Gabbana, but café ELLE has flipped the switch. The casual café brings to life the world-famous magazine. The concept celebrates the French art de vivre, and has Insta-worthy, delicate dishes – obviously. The café can be found in Bangkok, Shanghai and Tokyo. Now you can strike a pose at the Via Riyadh branch.
It’s all about meat, glorious meat at chi SPACCA. Inspired by Italy, born in Los Angeles and landing in Via Riyadh, the new restaurant is famed for its succulent steaks. With a name that translates to “she or he who cleaves”, we’re expecting it to be all about the cuts. If the previous menus are anything to go by, we are hoping that there are burgers, pies and ribs.
Not many restaurants can secure a shot with models of the moment, but that’s the power of ferdi. Kendall Jenner, Bella and Gigi Hadid, to name a few, were snapped in the Parisian restaurant. With branches in Geneva and London, it’s now bringing its chic to Saudi. If the menus in the other restaurants are anything to go, expect dishes ranging from seafood to salads. Don’t be put off by the toys, this is for grown-ups. Well, chic ones.
At Gymkhana, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time to colonial India’s gymkhanas, which were once social clubs. The London venue is dripping in finesse, as it serves high-end Indian cuisine in a sophisticated setting. Plus, it boasts fans ranging from MICHELIN inspectors (it has one star) to celebrities (including Taylor Swift and the Beckhams). Oh, and FACT editors. So, we’re expecting big things at Via Riyadh.
Joan’s on Third
Come for the all-day breakfast, and stay for the coffee. This Californian born family business is branching out, 8,252 miles away, all the way to Via Riyadh. The café serves wholesome food, think sandwiches, salads and oh-so cute picnic hampers. Popular items from the original menu include the Breakfast Burrito, Chinese Chicken Salad and Turkey Club Sandwich. Don’t leave without trying dessert – a Nutella Loaf slice, anyone?
Les Deux Magots
Ernest Hemmingway, James Baldwin and Pablo Picasso walk into a restaurant. Nope, this isn’t the beginning of a joke, but what actually happened – albeit at different times – at Les Deux Magots. The Parisian restaurant opened in 1885, and has always been popular with the bohemian crowd. We’re hoping that the Via Riyadh venue has live jazz music à la its Parisian counterpart. So, tuck into French classics while discussing, well, French classics.
Hyperlocal cuisine is trending, so if you want a taste, book yourself a table at Madeo Ristorante. This is not just Italian cuisine or Tuscan cuisine, but Forte dei Marmi cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on its locally sourced ingredients and its family’s traditional dishes. The small town hit the big time, as it has been running in Los Angeles for more than 35 years and is now coming to Via Riyadh.
ManuH Cigar Lounge
ManuH Cigar Lounge has an air of exclusivity, thanks to the smell of these classy cigars. The brand boasts one of the largest collections of cigars in the kingdom – we’re talking 200 cigar lockers. So, puff your way through them, while settling in the luxurious lounge.
Saudi loves a good cup of coffee, so it comes as no surprise to find this London café is making its way to Via Riyadh. The concept was created by Ed Barry in London in 2017. When he lived in New York, he loved sipping his way around the city’s cafés. The brand has six cafés in London, and is now making its international debut. So, here’s your chance to get the perfect blend of the Big Apple and Big Smoke.
If it’s good enough for A-listers, from Al Pacino to Kate Moss, it’s good enough for us. Raoul’s is bringing the glam to Via Riyadh. The New York bistro has been serving Parisian cuisine since 1975. We’re hoping the menu includes its staples: Maine Lobster Vol au Vent, Prime Beef Short Rib, Roast Chicken and Steak Naturel au Poivre.
Seafood lovers will want to dive into Scott’s Mayfair. Drool alert: it has a dedicated shellfish, oyster and caviar menu. The London restaurant was born in 1851, and boasts legendary customers such as James Bond creator, Ian Fleming – he was a regular, apparently.
With a name like Sexy Fish, this restaurant is bound to turn heads. The restaurant strutted onto London’s dining scene back in 2015. It’s all about fine dining Japanese cuisine in a sultry setting. The dishes range from sushi to sashimi, tiradito to tempura.
Spago by Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck has probably been feeding more A-list celebrities than you’ve had hot dinners – he was the chef of choice for the Academy Awards for more than 20 years. Spago is his flagship restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. The name translates to string, and it’s about combining Italian cuisine with West Coast cuisine. With 40 years under its belt, it’s bound to be a hit.
Food markets aren’t just for picking up a bargain. Via Mercato turns the concept up a notch, as the classy space specialises in gourmet food. Whether you’re after fresh fruit, meat, pastries or seafood, there’s something for everyone – so long as you have the budget. We also know that this is where viral social media sensation, Chef Akayoshi Watanabe is opening his sushi spot.
The clue is in the name: it’s all about Wagyu and more Wagyu at WAGYUMAFIA. Created by Hisato Hamada, a self-confessed wagyu expert, it went from pop-up dinners to a fully-fledged restaurant Now, the Tokyo-born restaurant is making its Saudi debut. Come, celebrate Wagyu.
YAKINIKUMAFIA by WAGYUMAFIA
Roll up, roll up, as you’ll have a front-row seat to theatrical dining at YAKINIKUMAFIA by WAGYUMAFIA. The concept gives the old-age Japanese technique of grilling meat over a fire an upgrade. The cuts include sustainably raised single-breed Wagyu, and uses butchery techniques that minimise waste. Plus, it comes from the same team behind Wagyumafia – the squad just keeps expanding.
Aesop is making its way from Melbourne to Via Riyadh. The brand was born in 1987, and is making its debut in the kingdom. The range covers hair and body care products, plus fragrances and accessories.
Put your best foot forward with Aquazzura. Edgardo Osorio launched the Italian footwear company in 2012. Since then, it has been spotted on the feet of celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Taylor Swift. The designs look more like jewellery than shoes, as they are famous for stunning, sparkly embellishments.
Artfeena’s boutique is exclusively available at Via Riyadh. The gift shop is a great place to pick up top-notch souvenirs including bowls, cups and plates. Check out the thematic collections covering different regions in Saudi Arabia. There are scarves with an old map of Riyadh, silkscreen-printed notebooks with images of Al Balad, and umbrellas with images of Jeddah.
Ashi’s high-end, female fashion store is exclusively available at Via Riyadh. Whether you’re after made to measure pieces or bridal wear, it’s all about sleek, statement pieces. Visits are by appointment only.
Add some sparkle to your trip, and visit the jewellery store, Bellucci. Exclusively available at Via Riyadh, it is home to a high-end collection of jewellery and timepieces. Created in 2002, it prides itself on combining artistry with high-quality jewels. The latest collection is inspired by Bedouin heritage.
You’ll stand out from the crowd in these bright, bold ready-to-wear pieces. The former stylist for Lady Gaga launched his female fashion label in 2015. The collection’s current gorgeous gowns range from embroidered lace dresses to ruffled lace dresses. The range also covers dresses, jackets, coats, trousers, tops, skirts and accessories.
Brunello Cucinelli, also known as the King of Cashmere, is famous for his luxury knits. The range covers clothing for men, women and children, and prides itself on creating sustainable items. Plus, items include bags, belts, glasses and hats. The shop is opening exclusively at Via Riyadh.
Chaps & Co
You’ll enter a boy and leave a man at the FACT Award-winning Chaps & Co. The grooming services include a traditional shave, beard styling and haircuts. Plus, thanks to the dark décor, with wood panels and brown leather chairs, it feels more like a gentlemen’s club than a barbershop.
Take some time out for yourself and visit the luxury watchmaker, Charles Oudin. The brand began all the way back in 1797, and is famous for its elegant watches for women. The range includes colourful satin straps and jewel-encrusted faces, which will brighten any wrist.
Saudi Arabia’s homegrown jewellery and watch brand, Clé, is coming to Via Riyadh. The company has more than 10 years in the industry, and is proud to open this store that showcases its collection. The new store aims to attract brands, collectors and designers.
American David Webb has been dressing celebrities, from Lizzo to Mary J Blige. The luxury collections turn jewellery into a work of art. The designer is famous for his geometric-shaped pieces, which come in eye-catching colours. Go on, add some colour into your life.
Dolce and Gabbana
Domenico and Stefano, better known as Dolce and Gabbana, created the brand back in 1985. Since then, it has dominated the runways, fashion magazines and the red carpet. The women’s wear collection will be available at the Via Riyadh store, and includes the latest ready-to-wear pieces, accessories and shoes.
What could be more glamorous than haute couture? Lebanese Elie Saab is famous for his grand gowns, which look like something out of a fairy tale. The boutique is opening exclusively at Via Riyadh, and includes dazzling dresses fit for an A-lister and a beautiful bridalwear collection.
Fleurs de Vie
Via Riyadh will be blooming marvellous, thanks to Fleurs de Vie. The florist will be home to beautiful bouquets, which look like dramatic displays of art. Plus, the brand has created a niche, working with growers and nurseries.
Indulge in Luxury
Indulge in Luxury sounds like a title that we can get behind. The women’s fashion, jewellery and watch store is opening at Via Riyadh. Customers can also take advantage of the personal shopping and stylist experience, which will make you feel like a celeb.
Isaia is bringing its Naples style to Via Riyadh for the first time. The brand’s motto is “Made in Napoli”, as it specialises in traditional Neapolitan tailoring. The clothes and accessories are made to measure with exclusive fabrics. If you’re not after bespoke – or can’t afford the price tag – there is a ready-to-wear collection.
Jacques La Coupe
Jacques La Coupe has been showing off its skills across the world, and is now making its debut in the kingdom. Running for more than 20 years, it has salons in Beirut, Cairo and Dubai. The Via Riyadh venue will provide cuts, colour and extensions.
When only the finest jewellery will do, head to L’atelier Nawbar. The concept is now opening exclusively in Via Riyadh, and is run by the sisters Dima and Tania Nawbar. The pair are the fourth generation of jewellers in their family, and the business dates back to 1891. So, if you’re after a modern-day heirloom, this is the place.
Whether you want your ears or nose pierced, Maria Tash are the experts at all things piercing. The luxury piercing and fine jewellery company is opening exclusively at Via Riyadh. The 2,700 square feet space will include four piercing rooms and stylists. Plus, the collection combines craftmanship with on-trend designs.
Mwaz, the women’s fashion and footwear brand is opening exclusively at Via Riyadh. Take your pick from over 70 brands, plus limited edition items. Plus, the range includes international artist collaborations. This isn’t your average concept store – MWAZ is a fusion of fashion, art, technology, and entertainment, all under one roof. Spread over 2,750 square-metres and three floors, it promises to take shoppers on an immersive journey through ever-changing spaces, brand pop-ups, and activations.
Phoenix Ancient Art
Add a little culture to your Via Riyadh Trip. Phoenix Ancient Art brings together objects from the Byzantine and Mesopotamia world, plus Egypt, Greek and Rome. The works are more than 7,000 years old and go as far back as the Neolithic period.
If you’re looking to spruce up your space, head to Richard Orlinski’s commercial gallery in Via Riyadh. The French artist started his career in 2004, and has a reputation for his playful approach and big, bold pieces. We’re talking gold animal sculptures, and Greek-style sculptures blowing bubbles.
Sergio Rossi went from a sandal stall on the beach to a red carpet regular. The Italian footwear brand was founded in Italy in 1951, and gained a firm following for its sleek and stylish shoes. The heels have graced the feet of Kim Kardashian, Olivia Palermo and Rita Ora. Now you can pick up a pair at Via Riyadh.
Do you know your Aston Martin from a Rolls Royce? Well, petrolheads will be excited by Seven, which showcases vintage cars from across history. The impressive selection includes popular manufacturers from across the globe.
Tom Ford is the darling of fashion (and now film). The Via Riyadh shop showcases his men’s and women’s collections, both ready to wear and made to measure. Plus, the range includes accessories, bags and footwear.
Zimmermann is bringing the laidback Aussie vibes to Via Riyadh. The female fashion brand was founded by the sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann in Sydney in 1991. It’s all about a delicate, feminine aesthetic, from boho chic dresses to silk wrap-around dresses.
Are you sitting comfortably? Well, you will be at Avant Garde in Via Riyadh. In fact, you may well be lying down, as it has double beds with side tables. With four double beds to choose from, it provides an intimate experience. Note: pyjamas are optional.
Interstellar is a 22-seat theatre, which provides a more traditional cinema experience. The cinema boasts state-of-the-art technology, from Dolby Atmos to Onyx screens. The spacious layout means that you’re likely to be sat in pairs. Plus, thanks to the tables, there’s no need to balance your popcorn on your lap.
Is it a ballpit, cinema or lounge? It’s all of those things and more. Oasis has a chilled vibe, thanks to the sofas and beds. Plus, the Dolby Atmos to Onyx screen is enough to remind you that you came for the movie, right?
If you call a cinema Orient Express, you expect to be taken on a journey. Drawing inspiration from one of the world’s most famous trains, it combines a vintage design with cutting-edge technology. Settle into one of the train carriage-like seats or chesterfield sofas, and sit back and watch the movie.
Secret Garden is a gem of a venue. Immerse yourself into the jungle chic vibes, as there is a living wall, potted plants and leafy patterned wallpaper. Take your pick from sofas and seats – reclining, no less. The seats have arm and leg rests, plus foldable trays and lights.
Since the cinema is named Tuwaiq, which is one of Saudi Arabia’s popular mountain ranges, it comes as no surprise to find it’s filled with Arabic influences. The space looks like a cross between a cinema and a majlis. There are low beige sofas, which are decorated with red patterned cushions. Plus, the traditional ornate carpets and artworks give it an old-school feel.
Wall Street feels like the most corporate of the cinema screens. The space is decorated with grey walls, brown cushions and long blue sofas, which are deep enough for you to stretch out. Plus, there are tables dotted around, so you may well find yourself sharing with someone.
The St. Regis Riyadh
The St. Regis is a brand that oozes opulence, and we expect nothing less from the new hotel in Via Riyadh. The St. Regis Riyadh is opening in autumn, and spans 83 rooms including 23 suites, an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre and the trademark butler service. Plus, there are two restaurants: St. Ella Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Jackie Restaurant boasts a statement staircase and high ceilings.
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