Fashion-forward diners can once again head to one of the trendiest eateries in Riyadh as Vogue Café reopens its doors in Saudi Arabia with newly instated precautionary measures in place due to Covid-19. Opening less than two years ago on the first floor of the Riyadh Park Mall, this all-day dining destination quickly became the go-to spot to grab a cup of coffee and browse through the latest Vogue editions. Although the eatery briefly closed to abide with government regulations in response to the pandemic, the region’s first Vogue Café is once again serving customers—but with a new set of health and safety guidelines in effect.
Both guests and staff must abide by these new protocols to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, which includes mandatory masks, temperature screenings, and online payment methods. While sampling a new menu of international fare, customers will be seated in a rearranged restaurant layout to meet the two-meter social distancing requirements. Sanitizers will be frequently distributed and tables, dining sets, and utensils will be disinfected after each visit.
Other reopening updates for dine-in gastronomists are that tables are limited to a maximum of four guests unless they’re all members of the same family as guided by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health and reservations are recommended to ensure a spot in the reduced capacity seating plan. However, takeaway options directly from Vogue Café are available as are home delivery services from local apps with the necessary clean packaging procedures being followed so people can still savor their favorite dishes from the comfort of their residence. From specially curated sandwiches and traditional Italian tagliatelles to delectable breakfast varieties and indulgent desserts influenced with regional flavors—the saffron cardamom cake and mafroukeh pistachio are must-trys—the offerings are endless, regardless of the dining experience.
While this is still the only Vogue Café in the Gulf, there is a steadily growing list of international locations including one in Istanbul, Moscow, Porto, and Kiev.