OVERVIEW

With its spectacular coastline dotted with sandy beaches, and proximity to two of the holiest sites in Islam – Mecca and Medina – Jeddah has always been a city of contrasts. Its distinct cosmopolitan vibe can be traced back to the ancient city’s heritage as the first port of call for pilgrims and traders who visited from faraway lands, leaving their indelible mark on Jeddah’s rich history. Al Balad, the UNESCO-listed historical centre, dates back to the 7th century, and is best explored on foot through narrow alleyways that give way to beautiful coral-stone houses, quirky cafes and art galleries.

In the modern part of town, the city buzzes with locals and visitors drawn to the glittering waterfront hotels and smart seafood restaurants on the Cornice. Watching the sunset over the Red Sea with the iconic King Fahd’s Fountain as a backdrop is not to be missed. Shoppers are similarly spoiled for choice with prestigious brands congregating on Tahaliyah Street, while those looking for a more authentic experience should head to the city’s bustling souqs, such as Bado, Qabel, Khaskiah and Bab Shareef.

CULTURE

View of the ornate facade of the Nasseef Nassif coral town house, Souk al Alawi Street in the historic district of Al Balad, Jeddah

Nassif House Museum

The 150-year-old house has been restored and turned into a fascinating museum.

View of a narrow street with old coral town houses at the historic district Al Balad in Jeddah

Al-Balad

The oldest souk in Jeddah can be found in this Unesco-listed historical district.

FAMILY

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Reem Al-Rifaie Studio

Professional photography studio specialising in fashion shoots - book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Baby photography / Shutterstock

Babyzoo

Beautiful, high-quality newborn and family photography from Zaynab Odunsi.

FOOD

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Cocoon Tree

Café but also a co-working space, with room to study, hold meetings and use printers.

Cappuccino being poured / Shutterstock

60 Degrees Cafe

Quiet, spacious coffee shop designed for people to sit and read or work with a cup of good coffee.

Bana Pate coffee shop / Jeddah

Bana Pâté

Chic but casual lofty coffee shop and café with a white piano and regular pianists! Keto menu available.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HOME & GARDEN

MAB Decoration

MAB Wooden Industrial

MAB makes miracles happen with wood, from kitchens to designer wardrobes to fit any space.

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Bliss Design Studio

Bliss Design Studio has a wide selection of fabric and wallpapers to make your project unique.

HOTELS

Indigo Beach Resort Jeddah

Indigo Beach Resort

A families-only private beach resort with accommodation including thatched villas.

Oia Beach Resort / Jeddah

Oia Beach Resort

This private beach resort is inspired by the architecture of Greek coastal towns.

SHOPPING

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Toys Kids

An online toy retailer selling larger items for stores, nurseries and playgroups, plus decorations.

Leem / Jeddah

Leem

Leem sells 'modest clothing redefined' at affordable prices - also available online.

CULTURE

View of the ornate facade of the Nasseef Nassif coral town house, Souk al Alawi Street in the historic district of Al Balad, Jeddah

Nassif House Museum

The 150-year-old house has been restored and turned into a fascinating museum.

View of a narrow street with old coral town houses at the historic district Al Balad in Jeddah

Al-Balad

The oldest souk in Jeddah can be found in this Unesco-listed historical district.

FAMILY

Fashion photography / Shutterstock

Reem Al-Rifaie Studio

Professional photography studio specialising in fashion shoots - book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Baby photography / Shutterstock

Babyzoo

Beautiful, high-quality newborn and family photography from Zaynab Odunsi.

FOOD

Coffee and laptop / Shutterstock

Cocoon Tree

Café but also a co-working space, with room to study, hold meetings and use printers.

Cappuccino being poured / Shutterstock

60 Degrees Cafe

Quiet, spacious coffee shop designed for people to sit and read or work with a cup of good coffee.

Bana Pate coffee shop / Jeddah

Bana Pâté

Chic but casual lofty coffee shop and café with a white piano and regular pianists! Keto menu available.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HOME & GARDEN

MAB Decoration

MAB Wooden Industrial

MAB makes miracles happen with wood, from kitchens to designer wardrobes to fit any space.

Tins of paint / Shutterstock

Bliss Design Studio

Bliss Design Studio has a wide selection of fabric and wallpapers to make your project unique.

HOTELS

Indigo Beach Resort Jeddah

Indigo Beach Resort

A families-only private beach resort with accommodation including thatched villas.

Oia Beach Resort / Jeddah

Oia Beach Resort

This private beach resort is inspired by the architecture of Greek coastal towns.

SHOPPING

Shopping icon

Toys Kids

An online toy retailer selling larger items for stores, nurseries and playgroups, plus decorations.

Leem / Jeddah

Leem

Leem sells 'modest clothing redefined' at affordable prices - also available online.