When you think of Saudi Arabia, its restaurant scene might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But Jeddah is one of the most exciting restaurant cities in the region. And it’s not all kebabs and falafels. From traditional classics to more experimental game-changers, Jeddah’s quickly expanding culinary scene is picking up pace.
Whether you’re looking for an authentic bite or something more refined and elegant, here are our five favourite restaurants in Jeddah.
The Social Kitchen
Launched by Basma Elkhereiji, a Saudi chef and influencer, the Social Kitchen’s is one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city. Along with the Wagyu beef Carpaccio and salmon tartar, you can find the tastiest pesto gnocchi and kale salad— its Mediterranean-inspired menu is simply delicious.
Locals like to eat Saudi food at home and look for something more exotic when they’re out. This is when they tend to head to Baco, where the menu is an experimental, fusion take on Mexican and Asian cuisine. Try the crispy chicken bao and the veggie tacos with truffle oil.
From New York to Jeddah, brunch has become an institution. Whether you’re after avocado toast, pancakes served with syrup and bananas or ultra-healthy acai bowls, Black Cardamom will be well worth it.
If you’re looking for a traditional seafood feast lasting several hours, head to Al Qalzam. Come hungry and try as many plates as possible.
One of the most sought-after spots in town, this Japanese restaurant is worth the hype. Perfect if you’re into sushi and chic décor.