We recommend that you add more fun to your trip, by trying the local drinks of Jeddah, where you will find an exquisite variety of drinks that will taste like nothing you’ve ever tried. It's the special way the locals in Hijaz developed to express their love of life and very friendly gatherings. These drinks vary in color, consistency and ingredients in an effort to match the diversity of cultures within this great city.
Subia is the most famous traditional beverage in Jeddah, which is made with malt and very special ingredients. It is a sweet, cold, summer drink that has a distinctive velvety texture. The way you prepare it extends for days, and it's served either in ruby red or faint white. It is considered the spirit drink of this city; it's irresistible and will be reason enough to repeat your visit to Jeddah. Come try it at Alkhudari Subia.
Milk here is treated as special as precious jewelry. It is added to hot drinks; and specifically, it's an essential ingredient in the warmest and most cozy drinks. Yes! That's certainly what you'll have when you try the famous Sahlab made with sugar, hot milk, cardamom, and crushed nuts. Don't miss trying it at Barnes cafe.
If your trip to Jeddah coincides with the Hijri New Year, you must be lucky enough to taste the amazing milk drink served at that time of year, called, "almond coffee". The drink is associated with an incredible legend that says when you drink a cup of this secret mixture, you will spend the best year of your life, a very “white” year with no tragedies ahead of you. It is served among Saudi families and it could be found at popular cafes scattered in Historical Jeddah, Al-Balad.
You should try this very sweet and very sour juice that is made with tamarind which tastes so tangy. Most people in Jeddah either like or hate it. You'll hesitate and wonder yourself. It is worth trying in all its contradictions, preferably with ice during a day stroll around Jeddah. You can try it as well as other local juice options at Juice World.