It’s no secret we love chocolate. If you’ve read any of our previous posts or follow us on instagram, you might note that we love chocolate a wee bit more than is healthy. Just a little bit. So when we first heard about Candylawa opening in Panorama Mall (it took forever), we were super excited! And kind of skeptical, we were afraid it’d turn out to be a very overpriced rip off of Candylicious
like CandyDays in Riyadh Gallery is.
We visited it yesterday, and alhamdillah, it’s nothing of a rip off. The same concept, perhaps, but Candylawa really worked on their branding and it shows. The fact that they had chocolate everywhere kind of helped bias this article the moment we walked in only just a smidge.
See those little dots under the shop’s name? Those are the different ‘corners’ available at Candylawa, each one dedicated to a certain kind of sweet or theme.
The store spans two floors and the little balcony that overlooks the food court in Panorama, and shares an opening with Hamley’s. (Parents, beware.) Most of the store’s products are on the second floor.
Nothing like creeping on the pastry chef to start a person’s day.
The first ‘corner’ to greet you as you get off the escalator is Popcolawa. They have a bunch of gourmet popcorn flavors but unfortunately were out of the spicy cheese so we couldn’t try that. We wish the oreo peanut butter popcorn we tried was a little more fresh, but it was enjoyable all the same.
Then Wrapolawa, which might get a little popularity once ramadan and eid rolls about.
Then Lollilawa, where we found giant personalized birthday lollipops that would be a better improvement to the traditional birthday cake.
And potentially my favorite place in the future (once I try it), Shakalawa. Not pictured is the art corner, where you can find (slightly overpriced) craft things (artylawa), and the cake display (cakelawa). They also have a cafe that currently begins business at 12pm.
We love the branding and the concept and the execution. Brilliant work, Candylawa people. We’re proud of this shop, and we hope you keep it up and sustain the quality (and maybe probably expand on the variety of candy you carry. And get hard to find cereal, like french toast crunch. actually, screw subtlety; CANDYLAWA PLEASE IMPORT FRENCH TOAST CRUNCH FROM CANADA). We also love the fact that you can get fresh lollipops in Riyadh now. It’s high time we moved away from opening franchises for everything and making our own individual businesses. Oh! And it looks like they’re organizing a summer camp of sorts? Sounds like something from my daydreams, a summer camp in a candy store. We need to find a way to be five again.
Speaking of variety… Any chance we could see the cookie dough oreo in Riyadh someday? No? Please? Yes?