Riyadh for Dummies! Where To go for everyday essentials


It's been quite a generous four years for me here in this bustling city with a splendor of rich heritage and culturally diverse strata. Stories of success and failures echo throughout the city through the eyes of an expatriate. I am writing a rough guide for newbies coming to Riyadh to prepare them for an indefinite stay.

If you miss home already, do not fret. There is no shortage of Filipinos and the Filipino community here in the kingdom, Specially here in Riyadh. If you're on the prowl for a place to get your everyday staples, look no further because you can find most Filipino foods and other essentials in Batha, locally known for Filipinos as the Divisoria or Quiapo of Riyadh. 

"Supermarkets/Groceries/Pinoy Fast Food"

Villagio Mall

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Batha Open Market

If you want to get groceries or miss Filipino foods, Batha is the place. Filipino fast-food staples like Jollibee and Chowking are conveniently located in Villagio Mall.

Saj Supermarket

Pinoy Supermarket Batha

For cheap and convenient Filipino groceries you can visit Saj supermarket or Pinoy Supermarket.

For a lot of things, Batha is conveniently your one-stop shop.

- Scrub Suits (Villagio Mall)
- Filipino Bakery (Villagio Mall food court)
- Cellphone Accessories (Villagio Mall)
- Bargain Perfumes. Known Brands and lesser known brands (Villagio Mall)
- Philippine Sim Cards and E-Loads (Villagio Mall)
- Tailoring (Villagio Mall)