Al Faisalia is one of the famous shopping mall here in Riyadh. They have a huge selection of designer shops like Nike, Zara, Mango etc.
The mall is connected to the high rise building (as shown in the photo) and it has a restaurant on top.
The good thing about the winter sale is that, they dont go for 10-30% off from the regular price but moreso they reduced the price upto 70% off. Mind you, that those are not off season clothes but the latest designs..
Saco: Home Needs
Saco is known for its home furnishing items...Smaller than home plaza but selection of goods is not far behind. Screws, Lamp Shades, heater, weighing scale, candles, mats, blinds, shower curtain etc..name it and most of the general items which u will need will be avaiblae here.
Tamimi Market: Grocery
Tamimi has almost 6 branches here in Riyadh and they operate 24 hrs a day but of course they closed during Salah or prayer time.
They have wide selction of vegetables, meat, and other grocery items. They sell several Asian items both for Filipinos and Indonesians.
This is where me and mu hubby usually go for grocery shopping :-)
Home Plaza: Home interiors and decorations
Home Plaza is one stop shop for home decorations, bedroom set, glassware,kitchenware etc. Their products have reasonable prices with good quality.
Not to mention that most of their items are updated with regards to the designs.
Big place to do your home shopping....
What to buy: A designer throw pillow : 25-20SR/ piece
A comforter set (pillow cases, comforter, fitted sheet, curtain and blanket) : 300-400 SR
Candle holder : 50-80SR
Picture frame: 10SR
Kingdom Tower: Almamlaka
It is one big shopping mall which has one floor exclusive for ladies :-)
Mostly designer and hig end shops like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Coach, Zara, Lacoste, Nine West, Ferregamo, Burberry etc..
They were on sale during the first time i was there..so most of the ladies went gahgah over the 50-70 percent sale.
The only drawback when shopping for clothes is that they dont have fitting rooms. So, you can only try on the clothes that you bought once you're home and if it doesnt fit or doesnt look good on you...you can bring it back to them within 3 days for the exchange of goods.
Pls check the labels that says where their product was made. Some of the high end shops for wallets,bags, shoes etc are made in China. Unlike LV and Hugo Boss....you really get the worth of your money....Its made in Italy and Germany..
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, cosmetics, perfume
What to pay: as low as 50 riyals and as high as 50,000 riyals
Computer Souk: Computer Souk
Olaya is also famous for electronics , computers and computer's accessories. The place is usually flocked by men and very seldom i see women in this area.
Check the price and bargain before buying. Also, check the warranty of the products.
Thumeiri Gold Souk: Gold! Gold!
Just within the area of Masmak fort, you can find one of the famous gold souk in Riyadh. The Thumeiri Gold Souk.
They have white gold, yellow gold, silver etc. They do engraving & re-setting of jewelry.
White gold per gram is 85SR while the price of yellow gold is less.
Also, the place is famous for selling wholesale items like carpets, thobe, undergarments etc.
Along the small alleys, insense, oud & spices like cardammon, saffron, etc are being sold.
saks 5th avenue: show me the faluss honey
Saks 5th Avenue is a showcase of lots of designer pret-a-port clothing.
You can get Prada FMB boots and Galliano balldresses, even Moschino suspenders and DKNY running shoes.
This is where anyone who's anyone in Riyadh buys their latest attire if they're trying for a 'Western' or 'European' look.
What to buy: Everything is pretty reasonably priced by designer standards, and taxfree of course.
What to pay: So ladies, stock up on some designer undies starting from SR1000 (US266) a set. Which would probably be the cheapest thing there.
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Jarir Bookstore: books and more
Jarir has quite a few locations around the Gulf States.
I bought a laptop from them almost 2 years ago, and have had it serviced and de-virused for free on a couple of occasions, in both Jeddah and Riyadh.
What to buy: Books are really cheap and they have a wide selection - light romance novels to autobiographical and biographical accounts of life in various Arab countries. All the latest topsellers also. Even Australian Women's Weekly cookbooks!!
There is also greeting cards, wrapping paper, school/writing stationery, diaries.
Foreign magazines (no FHM/Playboy/Sports Illustrated/Maxim though) are popular, but quite pricey (off the top of my head SR55/US15 for a Cosmopolitan).
What to pay: From SR2 for an HB pencil, up to SR10,00 for the latest laptop.
Once you've spent SR500, you can get a discount card which gives you 10% off books.
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Saudi National Products: Saudi National Products
Saudi National Products is one shop which caters to home needs like matress, Plastic containers, bathroom accessories.They even have a small shop for foods, grocery items and dates :-)
Centria mall- recently opened last year located at the intersection of two major roads in Riyadh – the Olaya and Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Road (Tahliya Street)
For shopping facility is on the ground, first and part of the second floor. The office floors occupy the top five floors of the building up to the eighth level and the rest of area of the mall has been allocated for four high-class restaurants.
What to buy: You can shop here more on International brand of clothing’s, bags, shoes, perfumes and lots more.
Panda is the first local supermarket in Riyadh a well known largest supermarket in KSA it has more than 20 branches all over the city not including in jedda and other parts of KSA they continue building more braches in the kingdom aim to have 100 supermarkets and 60 hypermarkets by year 2010.
Panda provides all your needs with talking about their products foods are great at affordable Prices and gives especial weekly promotion, good quality of electronics, home decors, tools and more…
What to buy: basic needs
Ikea: Home furnishing
One of my hobby is to decorate my house, and I love to shop for it, this store is very huge furnishing home, everything you need to furnish your home are here the store is also make a suggestions and solutions how to design your home.
What to buy: house furnitures
What to pay: a little bit expensive
Geant mall: Hypermarket
If you want to shop in one place that
everything is under one roof go to Geant mall.
What to buy: They are offer a complete range of your needs, like house hold, electronics,appliances,fresh foods, basic needs and everything.
What to pay: Best prices guaranteed!!!
Debenhams: uk department store chain
Debenhams takes up one end of Kingdom Towers 3-storey shopping mall. The top floor is ladies-only, you can try on clothes from this and the other two floors of the store.
A good tip for ladies is to try your cosmetics on in the ladies section (where the female salespeople know their stuff), but actually buy them on the second floor (where the male salespeople give out all the free samples!!).
What to buy: It is great for basics like strapless bras, sports socks, crockery, towels, bikinis.
It's good to stock up on 'designer' type stuff like John Roche cushions and vases and Jamie Oliver dinnerwear because it's all so cheap with the exchange rate.
What to pay: They are reasonably priced, and also have great sales 3-4 times a year 25%-75% off prices depending on the season. No bargaining though :-(
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