Have you ever heard of the Al Masaa Café in Riyadh? This Saudi Arabia establishment is just the largest coffee shop in the world. Open since 2014. The café has a breathtaking view of the city and can seat more than 1,000 people. The food is delicious and, of course, Instagrammable. The coffee and tea are simply great. Here is everything you need to know about this huge, delighting café.
A short distance from Al Olaya District in Riyadh, one can find the highest and most luxurious skyscrapers in the city. This is the place where all the luxurious hotels and famous financial companies are headquartered. It is also the place where one can find some unique coffee shops and artisanal cafes.
Even though coffee has been an integral part of life in the Saudi kingdom, cafes have become so popular only in the last couple of years. And it’s not just because of the coffee either. It’s because of the culture around them.
And among all these coffee shops and cafes sits the largest one in the world: Al Masaa. However, do not make the mistake of comparing this café to the rest. Yes, it has the same energy as the rest of the places, but you will find a lot more opulence there.
So, what’s it like?
The café can seat 1,050 people and has one of the best views in Riyadh. Of course, it’s one of the most popular attractions of the city. The café is well designed and patrons can be seated both indoor and outdoor. The interior is elegant, decadent, but not pretentious at all.
The seating is not about the comfort, so it’s not a great place if you want to spend more than one or two hours there.
When it comes to beverages and food, Al Masaa has a more extravagant menu than most other cafes. One can order anything from sliders and burgers to shrimp cocktails and mocktails. Pasta and club sandwiches are also available. The menu has both Arab and international influences, and there are certainly options that combine the two. You can choose one of the many coffees and teas. There are both classics and exotic teas and specialty coffees. Also, cold blends and even flavored lattes should satisfy anyone’s tastes. But most interestingly, most people are at Al Masaa for the views, not for the coffee.