5 Of Jeddah’s Finest Hijazi Food Spots


There is hands-down no better place to indulge in the flavours of the Hijaz than right here in Jeddah. The food in this region draws on a tantalising fusion of flavours influenced by the region’s rich history and culture.

Several restaurants have sprung up in the city now that seek to bring Hijaz’s cultural legacy to the forefront, and here are the best of the best.

1. Maqadeer

Don’t be fooled by the cool, modern vibes here; the food’s as traditional as it gets. Think of lip-smacking dishes like eash bil laham, saleeg, and kebab mero. The rich tapestry of Hijazi culinary goodness awaits hungry souls here.


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2. Tayebat Al-Hijaz

Open from breakfast till midnight, order a hijazi meal combo that the place is known for, and know that you’re in for a treat. You’ll get to sample the best of what Hijazi cuisine has to offer without emptying your wallet.


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3. Naji Al Harbi

Naji Al Harbi is the OG of kebabs in Jeddah. Established in 1951, they’ve been perfecting the melt-in-your-mouth kebab game. Pair those kebabs with local Hijazi bread and sauces, and you’ve got a match that’s hard to match!

4. Ba’eshan Seafood

How can you talk about hijazi cuisine and not talk about the seafood delicacies of the region? This OG restaurant has been serving fresh seafood delicacies since the 1950s. Pick your fish, choose how you want it grilled, baked, or fried, and then choose the rice that you want to pair it with. Oh, and don’t forget to order fried prawns as an appetizer—your taste buds are gonna thank you for it.

5. Abu Zaid

If you’re looking for some seriously good Hijazi grub in Jeddah, then Abu Zaid is the spot you need to head to. From breakfast to dinner, you can just walk into any Abu Zaid outlet and know that you’re in for a culinary delight. Try the mutabak, areekah, and masoub—they’re hearty, satisfying, and budget-friendly.


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