Riyadh has been experiencing the lovely weather of winter; it’s cold during the morning, just enough to wake us up from our deep slumber and it’s comfy warm during noontime when the sun is high in the sky. I love this weather. I hope you’re not suffering from flu though. The change of weather often downs some of us because of colds and cough. It’s amazing how I haven’t caught the virus yet; I usually catch it during the first week of December. Ooops, I might need to erase that statement for the fear of reminding the flu to visit me. Haha. Erase! Erase! Anyway, lovely weather to have coffee don’t you think? I just love my mornings with coffee! It has that sense of nostalgia and peace, when Riyadh hasn’t woken up fully and it’s not yet too busy.
While no coffee shop opens too early… except maybe for Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, here are two coffee shops that you can visit in Riyadh. One is perfect for the morning while the other one is good for after-dinner coffee and desserts.
Hayat Mall is again on top of our list of favorite malls to visit because of the opening of the first ever Forever 21 in Riyadh. And it’s so convenient that just a few steps away is Marks & Spencer’s Food Hall and Cafe. It’s a quick escape from all that shopping. Recently, I made the M&S Cafe as a pick-up point for The Riyadhizen 2015 Planner. It’s more convenient for me to go here because it’s quite near our house and I love the bright airy space of this M&S. I also like how they personalize the foam of my coffee. Look!
Adorable bear in this cup. I was a bit disappointed when my friend finally had to stir her coffee and ruined the bear. Haha! Their coffee has a light flavor but with enough caffeine to cut through a sleepy morning. Their mocha has the right amount of chocolate providing a sweetness that is not coying but pleasant. We tried their cookie and it’s just okay. I’m disappointed with their donuts though. It’s more like a stale bread than anything else.
If you need something light and pleasing to the eyes and palate, zone in on the couches that overlooks the clothing store below. It has a great view of the glass walls covered with an intricate lace-like pattern. marks and Spencer provides adequate calmness amidst a shopping storm.
Marks & Spencer Cafe
Hayat Mall, King Abdulaziz Road
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
I remember this cafe from my first trip to Jeddah with Shoegarfreeruby. We are their pale carbonara and had their dark chocolate frappe. This time, we tried the branch in Panorama Mall in Takhasussi. The red and black theme is evident here. Ewan ko na lang kung hindi n’yo pa mapansin, haha! It’s actually a bit irritating to the eyes. Inside is a dark space where you can grab a quick meal or enjoy desserts and coffee. The ambiance though is a bit mysterious with the lights all dimmed. I don’t know if that’s meant to be romantic.
Anyway, I tried their Iced Coffee and it came in a tall glass. It’s nowhere near awesome but the coffee taste hangs around in my mouth and I guess that’s enough to cap the night. Their chocolate fondant has a hard cake and a thick fudge at the center. It’s not the best we’ve tried; I like the little ice cream scoops though.
Again, if you’re done with shopping and you want to take refuge somewhere that takes your eyes off the stuff and goods, then try Tonino Lamborghini Caffe.
Tonino Lamborghini Caffe
Panorama Mall, Takhasussi Street
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
I hope you enjoy the wintry days ahead, Riyadhizens! It’ll be the new year soon and I can’t wait for the better changes that will happen for The Pink Tarha. Cheers to 2015! (And I mean let’s raise our cups of coffee in the air. Or maybe just a little above the table.) Happy new year!