Riyadh is no stranger to designer brands, but look past the city’s sprawling shopping malls and you’ll find an enticing undercurrent of concept stores to explore. With creative collections and offbeat décor, these carefully edited boutiques offer more than a traditional shopping experience. Read on for our roundup of the retail spaces that stand out from the crowd.
Named after the founder’s favourite number, Number Nine is part store and part art gallery. This concept shop should be at the top of your list if you’re hunting for quirky gifts for family and friends, niche brands, or cult accessories. Stocking curated merchandise by both Saudi and international designers – think unique abayas, bespoke leather brands and offbeat artworks – expect to find things you never knew you needed.
Softly lit and inviting, Pattern has garnered a reputation for its creatively edited shelves, exclusive collaborations and stylized collections. The boutique features a select range of art, fashion, home accessories and lifestyle products, gathered from both up-and-coming Saudi artists and established international names. If you need a caffeine hit mid-shop, onsite coffee house Alchemy is a destination in itself, housing an impressive book collection and selling speciality coffee beans to go.
Personage is not so much a shop as an experience. Fusing luxury, ambience and entertainment into one warehouse-style destination, the outlet wants to rethink retail with its three-floor concept. The store’s first level, Vim, houses specially curated apparel, accessories, perfumes, jewellery and shoes, while the second, named Ooze, opens out into an exclusive lounge where shoppers can relax with food and drinks. The third floor, named Scheme, is an open-plan space available for a diverse array of meetings, shows or private events. With constantly rotating stock, expect to see something new every time you visit.
If you’re looking to furnish your home, you’ve come to the right place. Sum+Things is a trove of original décor and household accessories, ranging from edgy statement pieces to small items of furniture, and all designed to uplift your living space. In addition to being a concept store, it’s also a restaurant, offering a range of delicious dishes, plus a well-stocked library, meaning you can read about your ideal home while you eat.