Amman is the capital of Jordan.
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|Altitude||777-1 400 m|
|Surface||1 680 km²|
|Inhabitants||4 995 000 (2016)|
|Phone Prefix||+962 6|
Amman is an excellent basis for exploring the country and, despite common beliefs, has some attractions of interest to the traveler. The city is generally well equipped for tourism, reasonably well organized, and people are very friendly.
The luxury traveler could eat in the most exclusive restaurant, study at the American University of Jordan, stay in a five-star hotel, or shop in huge shopping centers just a few meters apart. Much less has been done to satisfy the traveler with a smaller budget, though urban beautification in the center of the city (old city) is making it pedestrian and more livable.
Amman is experiencing a huge change (some would say: From a quiet, sleepy village to a lively metropolis, some neighborhoods appear destined to want to imitate Dubai. The streets of Amman have a reputation of being very steep and narrow, especially in some underdeveloped parts of the city, but now they have highways and paved roads at the forefront. The steep terrain and heavy traffic remain difficult for pedestrians and even more difficult for cyclists. New resorts and hotels point the city and there are many things that the traveler can see and do. It uses Amman as a staging point for travel to neighboring cities and settlements in Jordan.
Despite the common assertion that most Jordanians understand English, this knowledge is rather limited. The most commonly known English phrase seems to be "Welcome to Jordan". The only non-Arabic language used in the signage is English, and you will also find the sign "Tourist Police" next to the main monuments. It never hurts to know some useful phrases and to be prepared with a phrase, or to have the names and addresses of places where you are going in Arabic to better communicate with a taxi driver.
Today, the western part of Amman is a lively and modern city. Whereas the eastern part, where most people live, is the working-class residential area, and it's much older than the western part.
Palestinians, Iraqis, Circassians, Armenians and many other ethnic groups live in Amman and for this reason it never ceases to grow.
When to go
If you travel during the holy month of Ramadan, you will find it very difficult to find food during daytime. Big shopping malls like City Mall do not allow fast food outlets inside them like McDonald's, Sunset and Starbucks to serve customers in the time from dawn to dusk.
Amman has seen steep growth since 1920, when it was proclaimed the capital of Transjordan and even more so since the 1948 and 1967 wars with Israel that forced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to seek refuge in Jordan. After the second Iraq war, Amman welcomed a large number of refugees, mostly of Iraqi nationality.
His story is, however, 100 years old. The settlement mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon was the capital of the Ammonites, which later fell under the Assyrians. It was briefly dominated by the Nabatei before it became a big Roman shopping center and was renamed Philadelphia. After the Islamic conquests, Amman became part of the Islamic empire, until the Ottomans were forced by the Allies, with the help of the Hashemites, to form a monarchy that continues to govern until today.
How to orient
The historic center and Amman's main reference is the hill on which the citadel stands with its monuments. At the foot of it is Ashemita Square where the Roman theater and Odeon are.
The eastern part of Amman is the oldest and most chaotic, while the western part has recently developed with new modern neighborhoods and different shopping centers.
The airport is south of Amman.
Amman is divided into 22 neighborhoods.
- Ras Al-Ein
- Kherbet Al-Souk
- Wadi Al-Seer
- Badr Al-Jadeedah
- Shafa Badran
- Abu Nseir
How to get
- 1 Regina Alia International Airport (IATA: AMM). This is the main airport in the country where most international flights land. The airport is provided with free and unlimited Wi-Fi.
For most Western visitors, entry visas to Jordan can be purchased at the airport, if not already obtained from a Jordanian consulate abroad. The visa fee is 40 JD (for a one - month single entry visa), payable in Jordanian dinars. At the immigration desk, the first door, you pay for your visa and then pass to the second door and receive your stamp. A sign informs you that the payment is also accepted by credit card, but some travelers say that in reality visitors are sent shortly afterwards to pay in cash to obtain the current currency. The exchange is before the passport control with a single automated door (which does not accept MasterCard); multiple ATMs are available after customs. However, this ATM may charge an additional charge for normal bank fees (up to 7 JD), so it is recommended that you have already exchanged 40 JDs (48 €) before arrival.
- If you purchased the Jordan Pass (70-80 JD) online before arrival, the 40 JDs are subscribed. For the Jordan Pass, you must stay at least 3 consecutive nights in the country.
- See also the article on Jordan for full visa details.
If you land in advance and do not want to pay a hotel for the entire day for only 4 or 5 hours of stay, you can wait in the baggage collection room at the airport. There are about 50 places available, not too comfortable but acceptable.
The taxi transfer from the airport to the city is expected to cost around 22 JD, but the figure may vary at night. Airport taxi fares are fixed but the taxi driver could try to get an inflated price. If the driver is trying to get you more, say no.
If you want to avoid deception, you can book a ride for 25 JD per car on this site. The driver will be waiting for you at the airport. The service is 24h and also provides for travel to other locations.
The Airport Express bus runs every 30-60 minutes between 6:30 and 24:00 and costs 2.5 JD. It starts at a stop that is visible at the exit to Terminal 2. The journey from the airport to the Tabarbor bus station in Amman, with a stop at the 7th Roundabout (after 20-30 minutes) usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. The path is: QAIA - 1 VII Rotatory - 2 VI Rotatory - 3 V Rotatory - 4 IV Rotatory - 5 Housing Bank Complex - Terminal Bus North (Tabarbor).
- From the VII Roundabout, the bus to the east and continues for another 100 meters to the center (usually to the IV Roundabout), descending when it heads back north. Here you can take a taxi (1-1.5 JD) to your hotel but watch for taxi drivers trying to take advantage of the traveler who has just arrived. Alternatively, you can walk the last 1-2 kilometers.
- For more information, see the website.
The post office is located in the arrivals hall at Terminal 1, near the Lost and Found counter. There are no letters potholes. If closed, you can put letters and postcards under the tent.
- 2 Amman Civil Airport (IATA: ADJ). This airport is used for internal flights and certain international flights.
The services of Hedjaz Jordan Railway, within Jordan and towards Damascus have been suspended and are unlikely to resume. Train excursions are occasional, as are local services for Zarqa. They might work maybe once a week or they might not work at all. The small and fascinating 3 Amman railway station (Mahatta) with its museum deserves a visit, even if you can't take any trains.
- 4 buses station in Tabarbor (northern Amman). Most of the buses for the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge and the various cities (Ajlun, Jerash, Irbid) in northern Jordan arrive here, serving all the destinations to the north and to the western border.
- Coming from the south (al-Kerak, Madaba, airport, etc.), non-tourist buses pass through the VII roundabout and go further. Check the timetables of the JETT company.
From the bus station, you can take a taxi to the city center. The route never costs more than 2 JD for short journeys from the bus station to most of the city's places. From Trabababour to the center, take Serviis (a bus-like sedan) #6 for Raghadan 5 tourist service, which is near the theater. There are two Raghadan stations in Amman, the one near the Roman Theater (which is relevant to most tourists): Raghadan Al Seyaha, make sure the taxi driver has understood exactly what the destination is between the two, or else you'll end up at the wrong station and have to get another service to come back! In the late afternoon, when everyone tries to get into the city, it may be difficult to take a taxi.
The tourist buses stop at the southern bus station. In addition, there are numerous buses connecting the city of Amman with the Jordan Express Tourist Transport (JETT) that operates from the Abdali terminal in the west of the city. The JETT bus from the Palestinian border bridge costs 7.5 JD and takes about 1 hour. JETT also operates several buses a week from Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Baghdad (Iraq).
The bus services from Damascus were canceled indefinitely because of the ongoing Syrian civil war.
A taxi from the Palestinian border crossing bridge can cost 25 JD and takes one hour, according to which of the three border crossing points passes.
How to move
Big municipal buses serve many parts of Amman. They are used by low-income workers, young workers and foreign workers, but they are safe. From January 2011, the tariff is 380 fils (1/1000 Jordanian dinar). When you go up, you have to pay the exact or extra charge because the bus drivers cannot give the rest! You can also use a rechargeable card with a few JDs and pass it under a player when you mount the bus, but the places where you buy and recharge it are rare. Most buses are numbered; some show their destination only in Arabic. The No 26 bus conveniently travels between the old city (Balad) and the 7th Roundabout along Zahran Street. The number 27 goes from the historic center to the neighborhood of Abdoun. No. 43 passes near Shmeisani (as number 46 does) and continues along Mecca Street towards Mecca Mall.
Many bus stops are marked by the shelters, although the drivers allow passengers to descend into unidentified locations wherever stopping is safe. Private minibuses are supported by municipal bus services. They don't show line numbers, but a conductor usually yells at their destination.
Yellow and gray taxis are readily available and can be found anywhere in Amman. Say hello to them on the street like Jordanians do. Amman taxis will have a green logo on the driver's and passenger's doors. The gray ones have an ad on top of the car. Avoid using another color logo because these taxis are based in other cities and it is illegal for them to take passengers in Amman. White taxis are shared and the driver can get more passengers on the way, which can lead to confusion and take longer.
Taxi drivers in Amman are legally obliged to use meters and most drivers will restore the meter as soon as a race is paid. Most journeys within Amman should be less than 2 JD, and even one race from one end of the city to the next should not cost more than 5 JDs. Taxi drivers are not required to use taximeters after midnight and drivers often charge twice the normal rate for late night travel.
Watch out for drivers who offer a short "free" run like "Welcome to Jordan," especially if you're walking between the Citadel and the Roman Theater. they'll offer to wait to take you to your next stop, and they'll use the "free" tour as an excuse not to start the meter. They will then pay an exorbitant sum to the next destination. Also, pay attention to private cars that claim to be taxis around bus stops and stations. They offer their services asking you to pay as much as you want, but then they insist on cashing more money. In case you take one, insist on paying the standard price, which should be no more than 2 JD, anything else is a catch.
The basic tax rate for the taximeter is 250 pounds, however, some taxis can use old meters loading 150 pounds, it is legitimate for the driver to ask you for 10 extra steps (100 fils) to add to the displayed tariff. However, make sure to enter the initial rate as soon as the driver turns on the tool to prevent the driver from asking you for "the 10 shots" even when he has a new taximeter. Normally, drivers do not miss out, but the fare is simply rounded to the nearest 5 or 10 shots. Many drivers don't give the rest, so you need to round as accurately as possible. If a driver pretends not to have smaller cuts, he's likely to use the situation to make you pay more. If you don't like this, ask the driver to find a store nearby and to change or get your change from a store or (if you don't want to be rude) look in their money box to find the coins yourself.
The negotiated fare for a taxi from Amman to the airport is 20 JD or more, even if some drivers can contract up to 15 JD or even 10 JD (which would be close to the standard fare). All taxis are allowed to take passengers to the airport; only special airport taxis can carry passengers from the airport to the city.
If you're visiting the Citadel, call her at Aqal. The driver might try to convince you that the Roman theater is more beautiful, so that he can leave you there at the bottom of the hill. It's better to be left at the Citadel and walk down the hill to the Roman theater.
There are several car rental companies in Jordan, some even give you a free driver if you hire a car with them. Some of them are Hertz, Sixt Rental Cars and National.
It is not easy to drive to Amman, but it may be necessary, as the car is the most convenient way to move when you are in a decentralized area. Driving in Amman can be very stressful for those who are not familiar with the driving and the lack of regulation of these areas around the world.
In the center, finding a parking lot is not easy, but it is not impossible.
- Six parking lot, Muddraj Street. This parking lot is particularly useful to leave the car in the center, but it is easily and often filled with parked cars without a proper pre-arranged order. If you want more hope, move to the parking lot outside the mosque, because it is a little further away, it is less attacked by the car drivers.
What to see
Although Amman is the capital of a kingdom, it's not what you might call "full" of things to see, making it a great starting point for exploration that's farthest away. However, the city is home to elements of historical and cultural interest (which require a maximum of 2 days to be seen).
- 1 Citadel of Amman (ج ب ل ا ل ل ق, Jabal al-Qal'a), K. Ali Ben Al-Hussein St. 146 (South end, near parking), +962 6 463 8795. 3 JD. 8:00-18:00. A national historical site in downtown Amman. Its history represents significant civilizations that stretched across the continents and thrived for centuries, and then gave rise to subsequent domination. The settlement at the Citadella is expected to last more than 7,000 years.
- 2 Archeological Museum of Jordan (at the citadel). The museum is home to a small but interesting collection of antiques from all over Jordan. The fragments of the Dead Sea Rolls that were hosted here are now being transferred to the new Jordan National Museum along with other artifacts (see below).
- 3 Hercules temple (at the citadel). The remains of a temple of Roman times and a hand of the colossal statue of God.
- 4 Umayyad Palace (at the Citadel). Situated in the northern part of the Citadel. It's a great view of Amman.
- 5 Byzantine church. The remains of a church dating back to the V-VI centuries.
The Byzantine Church
From this square, located in the center of the city, you can access some of the main monuments of Amman.
- 6 Amman Theater (ا ل م د ر ا ج ل ر و م), Al-Hashemi Street. 2 JD. Built during the reign of Antonino Pio, 138-161 AD, this massive theater could house up to 6,000 people. Next to it there is a museum of folklore and a museum of popular culture which are included in the entrance ticket. Alongside it is the Odeon Theater, a smaller theater built at the same time. Especially at night with night lighting.
- 7 Folklore Museum (next to Roman theater), ☎ . 8:00-17:00. A small museum with several windows displaying dresses and objects of Jordanian tradition.
- 8 Odeon Amman. In addition to the great theater, the Romans built this small 500 - seat theater at the same time.
- 9 Amman Ninfeo (س ب ي ل ا ح ل و ر ي), Al-Hashemi Street. ا ل ا ش ي ه م ،). Sab-Gio 08:00-15:00. Roman monumental fountain.
- 10 Circular Tower ammonia (ر ج م ا ل ل م ف و ف Al-Malfouf), +962 7 7919 0037. A circular sighting tower built by the Kingdom of Ammonita between 500 and 1000 BC.
- 11 Darat al Funun (The Khalid Shoman Foundation), ش ا ر ع ن د ي م ا ل م ل 13, . Sab-Gio 08:00-19:00. The "small house of the arts" in Jabal el Weibdeh, facing in the heart of Amman, is housed in three adjacent villas in the 1920s (and the remains of a 6th century Byzantine church built on top of a Roman temple), has a permanent collection and also hosts temporary exhibitions. In the same area are other small art galleries and Jordan's National Gallery of Fine Arts and a lovely garden. The renovation work is under way, so the building is closed but not the garden.
- 12 Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Hosni Fareez Street (near King Abdullah's mosque), ☎ . 5 JD. Mer, Gio, Sab-Lun 09:00-17:00/19:00 (winter/summer). Located in two separate buildings and in the middle of a public (outdoor) sculpture park, it exhibits contemporary international art with a focus on regional work.
- 13 Museum of Jordan, Ali Ben Abi Taleb Street 10 (right next to Palm Square), ☎ , @ [email protected] 5 JD (local 1 JD). Mer, Gio, 10:00-14:00 Sab-Lun. As mentioned earlier, many of the citadel's artifacts were moved here. A great summary of Jordan's history with good construction and good reconstruction of old buildings.
- 14 King Abdullah I Mosque (م س ج د ا م ل ل ك ع ب د ا ل ل ه ا ل أ و ل ☎), +962 7 9806 2939. 5 JD. Impressive new mosque, with a church in front of it. The building is interesting to visit.
- 15 Abu Darwish Mosque (م س ج د أ و ب د ر), Abu Darwish Street, Jabal. Built in the 1920s by a private donor called Hasan Mustafa Sharkas and located on a hill, this mosque hits through its walls with black and white stripes.
- 16 Royal Car Museum , King Hussein Park, @[email protected]. 3 JD (Jul, 2018). 10:00-19:00 Mer-Lun. A collection of cars, from the 100-year-old royal dynasty vehicles, to modern sports cars, to the Martian film Rover.
- 17 People's Mosque in the Grotto (م س ج د أ ل ه ا ل).
- 18 Church Our Lady of the Annunciation (Catholic Church).
- 19 King Hussein Mosque, Al-Sha'b St (Near the Car Museum). This large Ottoman-style mosque is located in a park area surrounded by a beautiful garden.
In the suburbs
- 20 Wadi al-Seer (Towards the Minibus station on Al-Quds Street, just south of the al-Husseini mosque.). A region west of Amman, is a small valley going down to the Dead Sea. The source of the river of the valley, al-Lower, is nearby. Above the source is the monastery of al-Deir. It's a 20-minute climb to the monastery.
Events & Holidays
- Amman Jazz Festival. April. Weekend with jazz music, Latin music and more.
- Jordan Short Film Festival (م ه ر ج ا ا ن ل أ ر د ن ل ل ف ي ل م ا ل). September. Founded in 2004 by Palestinian filmmaker M. Bitar, the Jordan Short Film Festival (JSFF) offers film fans in Jordan the opportunity to watch Jordanian short films produced by Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC) and other independent Jordanian and Palestinian filmakers.
- Hakaya. September. A project bringing together artists, storytellers and educators in laboratories and conferences where the "story" is presented in its various forms.
What to do
- 1 Rainbow Street (ش ا ر ع ا ر ل ي ن ب) (Near the First Round). This is an interesting area to visit and explore, and it's named after the old Rainbow Cinema, which is now closed, but the area has recently seen a renaissance, many of the old houses have been renovated and reused, and there are a few cafes and bars in the area, including [email protected] and the Wild Jordan, both with a beautiful view, a Hammam, the Royal Film Commission that sometimes organizes. Outdoor screenings in his patio and some interesting small shops. On the other side of the British Council road on Rainbow Street, there's the refreshing Turtle Green Tea Bar where everything is in English and you can borrow a laptop computer to access the Internet while enjoying the snack.
- It is highly advisable to go to the sunset at the landmark near the Citadel. Here you can also hear the call of the muezzin with the view of the city in front of you. It's definitely an unforgettable feeling.
- Due to the accelerating growth of recent decades, lifestyles differ considerably when traveling from east to west of Amman. Visitors looking for a more exotic and traditional experience should explore "the old Amman," the city center, or 2 Balad, which houses many surfs, shops and street vendors. It is also known as Suq with traditional attractions and smells in the market for spices, where it can buy authentic souvenirs. Take a walk through narrow alleys and narrow corners and negotiate the price with the most friendly vendors. A maze of streets where everything is sold, from the market for fruit, spices, souvenirs, clothes to hardware. Drink a nice glass of sugar cane juice, watch the talented young people make artistic drawings with sand inside the glass bottles, go and smoke a shisha in one of the many outdoor cafés. He tastes some tasty falafels in the famous Hashem coffee, tastes a mansaf dish at the Jerusalem restaurant or a nice slice of Habibeh candy kanafe. Crowded streets with the true taste of Jordan.
- 3 Abdali, is a part of the Amman center that is becoming a modern tourist and local center. The plan includes a large pedestrian avenue where visitors can buy, eat or do many other activities. New office and residential buildings are under construction. "New Abdali" was supposed to be completed by 2010, but it was still a big construction site in early 2011.
- The cultural scene in Amman has seen some of the increasing activities, particularly cultural centers and clubs such as Makan House, Al Balad Theater, Amman Filmmakers Cooperative, Remall and Zara Gallery. The Jordan Short Film Festival is taking place around 1 September.
- 4 Amman Waves Aqua Park and Resort (12 km from VII circle along the road to the airport), ☎ . 10:00-18:00. Jordan's largest water park (80,000 M ²), inaugurated in 2004.
- 5 Al Hussein Public Park, Al Hussein Gardens, King Abdullah II St A208 (near the Royal Car Museum), ☎ 6:00-23:00. This public park can be visited immediately after the visit to the nearby mosque of King Hussein and the car museum. The park also has several children's games and is suitable for families. Access through a manned gate along the main street.
Cyclotourism is a good way to admire scenarios and meet local cyclists. There are a couple of companies that organize bicycle rides in Amman and the country.
- 6 Tareef Cycling Club , ☎ +962 797253641 (Montaser), (Baraa), @ [email protected] It was set up in 1982 and turned into a group active in August 2007 by a former cyclist on the Jordanian national team. They offer fun weekend rides and bicycle rides across Jordan. Suitable for all levels of physical preparation.
- 7 Cycling Jordan , ☎ , @[email protected]. It offers weekly tours to the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.
In the center of the town, the visit to the 1 central fruit and vegetable market between Ninfeo and the Grand Husseini mosque cannot be missed. This market that develops in some ways is the most authentic part of Amman, where people who live in simplicity meet their daily lives. The beauty of the market lies in the great similarity with those of Naples or Palermo.
If you want to shop, the pedestrian road 2 Sharia'a Al Wakalat offers a wide selection of shops selling international brands.
Amman has many antiquarians scattered throughout the city. Those in the west will probably be served by those who have a knowledge of English, and the risk of overloading the price.
Some interesting and original souvenir objects that can be considered are:
- A keffiyeh, the traditional man-made chess cap.
- An ancient brass teapot or cafeteria with a curved beak, with an artistic etching.
- An olive wood sculpture of various objects or figures can be purchased almost anywhere.
- Jordanian hand-made sticks.
- Hand-made Bedouin-style embroidered clothes.
Rainbow Street is also populated by small antiques, clothing, restaurants, sheesha tea shops and the well-known Falafel al-Quds, presumably the "best" Falafel in the Middle East (some Saudis even financed the opening in Saudi Arabia). Further down the road you will find a small park facing the city. Moreover, there is still a flea market on the side road during the warmer months. At the end of this road and down the stairs is the Wild Jordan.
- 3 Mlip , م ل س, Rainbow St, ☎ +962 6 464 6473. 9:30-23:00. Store very original trendy T-shirts with Middle Eastern themes.
- 4 City Mall (س ي ت ي م ل), King Abdulla II Street, . 10:00-22:00. Jordan's largest shopping center.
- 5 Mecca Mall (م ك ه و ل), Abdullah in Dawud (just a few steps from City Mall), +962 6 552 7948. To women.
- 6 Park Plaza (ا ل ب ا ر ب ك ل ا ز ا), Salah As Suhaymat, +962 6 552 0617.
- 7 Baraka Mall , ☎ +962 6 580 8888. For those who can spend a lot.
- 8 The Mall Gallery (م و ج ا ل ي ل ر), Abd Ar-Rahim Al-Hajj Muhammad Street, . 9:00-24:00. A large multi - story shopping mall with Western brand stores and various restaurants.
Alcohol (beer, wine, liqueurs, etc.) can be bought in liquor shops throughout the city. Most of them can be distinguished from Amstel advertising or some with a beverage on the outside. There are also bars up and down Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman and Abdoun. The legal age for drinking is 18, but some cafes and cafes could only admit customers over 21.
Jordan's national beer is rightly called Petra beer, and there are many liquor and kiosk shops around Amman where you can find them. There are two types: "black" and "red", containing 8% and 10% respectively of alcohol. The red is usually slightly more expensive than black, but in a shop it should cost around 2-2,5 JD for a 500 ml bottle. You'll find that bars prefer Amstel and other international brands and don't have the Petra beer available.
How to have fun
For nightclubs and bars, visit the cosmopolitan West Amman, where many Western and American franchises operate. Night life in Amman is not as lively as other Middle Eastern cities like Beirut or Tel Aviv, however, there are some clubs and bars.
- 1 Piccadilly Pub, Complex No 165, King Al Hussein Street 165 (at the bus station of Abdali), ☎ A welcoming place where you need free alcohol, food and snacks, 3 JD for beer and wine.
- 2 Calle, Canyon Boutique Hotel, Shakib Abu Hamdan Street 32, ☎ . This multi-level bar is known for its special half-price happy hour offers.
- 3 Jafra Café, Complex No 15, Prince Mohammad Street 15 (Right in front of King Faisal Street Post Office (near Hashems). It's upstairs in the DVD store with the same name.), ☎ +962 6 462 2551. 10 JD. It's a good place right in the middle of town. It looks old and rustic with more locals than tourists. They have a very good selection of nargileh and the entire menu is at reasonable prices. Wait till you have dinner with an aperitif, kebab, fresh juice and shisha. Live music starts at 9:00 almost every evening. There's another one near the Paris roundabout in Jebel Al Webdeh.
- 4 Master Pub, Al-Baouneyah Street 52, ☎ . Jazz and pub. There have been complaints about their entry policy.
- 5 Al-Mawardi Coffee Shop (Coffee Al-Mawardi and Cafe Hooka), 15, Siqilya Street (South of Al-Rabia Roundabout), ☎ +962 6 553 2010. 5 JD for coffee and hookah. Coffee with traditional shisha, a wide selection of coffee and drinks. It's a backgammon table, but it's not a card game.
Where to eat
Amman offers many different kinds of restaurants, from traditional Middle Eastern cuisine to fast food outlets and familiar Western franchises. Prices range from ultra-cheap to moderate, depending on your preferences. For those with a limited budget, Arab food is very convenient and can be found anywhere.
Arabic food usually consists of several basic groups. Meat dishes are usually lamb or chicken; beef is rarer and the pig is never offered. Shwarma, which is lamb cooked with a special sauce wrapped in a piece of flat bread, is a favorite local dish. Rice and bread are typical for each meal. Jordan's specialty, mansaf, is a delicious dish of lamb and rice, usually eaten with their hands. Arabs need many cucumbers and tomatoes, often accompanied by a simple white yogurt seasoning. Another favorite food is chick based on falafel, hummus and fuul.
For coffee lovers, you can find the terrible Starbucks in various shopping centers (Swefieh, Abdoun, Taj Mall, City Mall, Mecca Mall). Those who want good coffee have a different choice along Rainbow Street, along First Circle in Jabal Amman, and several shops around the city.
- 1 [email protected] , 'Umar Ibn Al Khattab, ☎ +962 6 465 0457. Lun-Dom 09:00-00:00. It's a beautiful old-fashioned home turned into a bookstore/Internet/coffee. Opened in 2000 and has since been a reference point. This coffee shop is near Rainbow str. and dominates the whole old city (Balad) and has two beautiful terraces with the best views on Amman. With a very original interior in contrast to the classical exterior, it offers light dishes, water pipes (nargheeleh), wine, beer and the best pizza in Amman. Free Wi-Fi internet connection and three Internet terminals. Absolutely to see.
- 2 Habibah Sweets (ح ل و ا ي ت ا ح ب ي ب ة), King Fayçal Street, . 8:00-23:00. It serves traditional cakes in the eastern Mediterranean like baklava, but is more famous for serving a traditional dessert known as knafeh nabelseyye in reference to its origin from the Palestinian city of Nablus. The original store is easy to locate and will probably have a long queue at the entrance stretching out on the street: If you're there just for food instead of for the atmosphere, you can try the new building that opened 100 meters higher on King Hussein Street.
- 3 Shawarma Reem (ش ا و ر م ر ا), Al-Madina Al-Monawara Street 168 (near the 2nd Roundabout). It is said that Amman's best shawarma is produced in this kiosk on the side of the road. It's very popular and there are even queues at 2:00 p.m. It's very cheap.
- 4 Lebnani Snack, Amman Mall, Mohammad Al Fayyad Al Assaf Street C50 (Near Waha Roundabout), ☎ This is a great place to eat Middle Eastern sandwiches, delicious ice cream and cocktails.
- 5 Popeyes, TAJ Lifestyle Center, Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein Street 72, ☎ . The best fast food restaurant in Amman. We need the best cajun fried chicken in our own way. But what makes him different from other fried chicken restaurants is his delicious mashed potatoes served with hot sauce. Also, we need a creamy of baked cookies.
- 6 Jafra Cafe (ج ف ر ا), Complex No 15, Prince Mohammad Street 15 (opposite the main post office), ☎ +962 6 462 2551. A picturesque Lebanese restaurant that also offers pizza and shisha.
- 7 Bashka (ش ا و ر م ب ا ا ش) (Next to The Mall Gallery), .
- 8 Hashem Restaurant (م ط ع م ه ش), King Faisal Street (Near the King Faisal Street post office, where most inexpensive hotels are located. You can ask for most of the directions for this cheap and famous local restaurant.), ☎ +962 6 463 6440. 1,5 JD per person (falafel, hummus, bread and tea). One of the most famous restaurants in downtown Amman can have lunch or dinner here for no more than 2 JDs, which is very low compared to other restaurants. During meals, the place is crawling with local people to eat cheap and good falafels, hummus and bread. This is one of the favorite of the royal family, and there are many photographs hanging on the walls to testify to it.
- 9 Levant Restaurant (Jabal Amman,III round behind the Royal Hotel), ☎ +962 6 46 28 948. A very comfortable restaurant with excellent service, and excellent English cooking. They need Arabic gourmet food, which means local fresh ingredients in amazing and delicious combinations. You can view the Web site for more information.
- 10 Noodasia, Abdoun Cir (found on the abdoun roundabout, opposite the Big Fellow.), ☎ +962 6 593 6999. Nothing to do with Arab food, since the menu manages the entire map of Asia, from Thailand to China, passing through Japan (good sushi) and Indonesia. Nice place, excellent service, good food and good value for money, but you don't need alcohol.
- 11 Health Restaurant (Abd Al Qader Koshak St26) (around the corner from Fakhr Al Din, near the 2nd Roundabout), ☎ 10 JD. Restaurant and lounge bars with good steaks and good wine.
- 12 La Maison Verte, Abd Al Hameed Badees Street 59, ☎ +962 6 568 5746. An incredible French restaurant with excellent food and beautiful surroundings. Moderate to dear, the atmosphere alone is worth it, it is quite luxurious but very welcoming. The house's specialties include Entrecote, various steaks and a variety of seafood.
- 13 Cantaloupe Gastro Pub , 10 Rainbow Street, 1 Juqa Street, ☎ +962 7 7000 0717. A restaurant and a pretty fashionable cocktail bar with a terrace on the city. Salads and fish are good, steaks are excellent. Regional and local wines are extraordinarily good. The service is excellent and not intrusive. It gets a little noisy as the evening moves on.
- 14 Fakhreldin Restaurant (م ط ع م ف ر خ ا ل د ي), 40 Taha Hussein, Street Jabal (When you move from I to II round, turn right after the Iraqi embassy. Then, it turns right at the end of this street, goes over the lot on the left, and then turns left again. "Fakhr al Din" is written in Arabic on the wall of the last building on the block), ☎ . 15-30 JD. A classic Lebanese restaurant in Amman. Pretty expensive, but it's worth it, especially if you're on the terrace in a hot evening. For the local wine, try their red wine "Gerasa." Highly recommended reservation. Good place, but watch out for the waiters who offer unordered food to your table. Don't accept anything that hasn't been ordered.
- 15 Kan Zaman (م ط ع م ك ن ا ز م ا ن) (It's a little hard to get there because it's about 10 kilometers south of Amman. On the highway to the airport, there's a sign. You leave the highway, and you walk under the bridge and follow the road.), ☎ . Impressive medieval castle on a hill turned into a beautiful restaurant. The place deserves the visit. The food is quite simple but good. It is recommended that you accompany the meal with their local red wine "Kan Zaman". It is hoped that prices will not be proportional to the size of the room.
Where to stay
- 1 Cliff Hostel, Opp Hashem Resturant Prince Mohamed Street 11115 (In one of the souk's alleyways near the central post office There is a small and old sign.), +962 6 462 4273. 2 JD for mattresses on the terrace, 4 JD dormitory, 0,5 JD for shower. An option for travelers with little money. It can get very cold in the winter, and we recommend asking for more blankets. Sometimes they heat up the room if you ask.
- 2 Farah Hotel (Center Cinema on Al Hussein Street, behind Arab Bank), ☎ +962 64651 443, @ 4 JD. A good option for travelers on the back of the pack, a common area with satellite TV and film, visits and very friendly English speakers.
- 3 Jordan Tower Hotel (ف د ق ب ج ن ر ا ل), 48 Hashemi Street (near the Roman amphitheater), @@[email protected]. 9 JD including breakfast and free WiFi. Shared journeys at reasonable prices for all tourist sites. Men's and women's chambers - 2, 3 and 4 beds, some with private baths and air conditioning and satellite TV. cordial staff who speak English. Cheap lightweight shots and airport services.
- 4 Sun Rise Hotel (King Hussein Street Station), ☎ +962 6 462 1428, @[email protected] 3.50 JD dormitory, several available 8-20 JD rooms (depending on operator's mood, then be careful). A star hotel with good location near Abdali station. Safe area, near Capitol Police Center. TV, free Internet connection, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning or ventilator in the room; the chambers are very simple, the ones on the back are colder.
- 5 Sydney Hotel, Sha'aban 9 Street, ☎ +962 7 7823 4715, @[email protected] 10 JDs for a single, 14 JDs for a double. Breakfast is 2 JD. Nice people, clean and safe.
- 6 Normas Hotel, King Faisal Street (opposite the Hashem restaurant in the center of town), +962 6 465 1 465, @ [email protected] 10 JDs for a single, 12 JDs for a double. Very friendly and available, clean and safe staff.
- 7 Canary Hotel (on Jebel Amman near Jett bus station), ☎ . 30 JD for a double.
- 8 Jeddah Palace Hotel Suites Hotel, Jabal Al Hussein - Beer Al Sabe Street, ☎ . €57 (Jul 2018).
- 9 Al Haramain Furnished Apartments, Abu Nusayr Street, ☎ . €42 (Jul 2018).
- 10 At the Fanar Palace Hotel, Queen Rania Al Abdullah Street (North of the city center and west of the sports city), ☎ . 60 JD. Standard hotels with appropriate services. Wi-Fi in reception (3 JD / hour). Covered pool, restaurant (without bar). You can easily take a taxi along the way to Regency Palace, if you want to find a bar, the taxi cost is less than 1 JD. Hot water can be a problem.
- 11 Beirut International, King Hussein Street (near the bus station of Abdil), ☎ 70 JD. Good position, nice big rooms, including Middle Eastern breakfast.
- 12 Beity Rose Suites Hotel , 50, Jaber Bin Hayyan Street (Near the specialist hospital), ☎ , Fax: , @[email protected]. €46 (Jul 2018). Check In: 2:00, check out: 12:00. In the progressive district of Shmeisani, near the Royal Cultural Center and the Amman stock market. A welcoming hotel in an attractive environment.
- 13 Crystal Suites Hotel, Kindi Street (Round V), ☎ , @ [email protected] Check out: 12:00. Nice hotel in a prestigious area in front of the Four Seasons and the Sheraton, comfortable for short, long stays. It has mostly one or two bedrooms, some monolocals with 50 JD and breakfast included.
- 14 Gardenia Hotel, Abdulhameed Sharaf Street (near Safeway), ☎ . 45 JOD. Check out: 12:00. Cool, nice, quiet hotel with breakfast included.
- 15 New Park Hotel, K. Hussein Street 45 (in front of the old court), @[email protected] €31 (Jul 2018). Two - star hotels offering rooms with private bath, satellite TV, air conditioning and central heating.
- 16 Olive Hotel, Jabal Amman, 3-rd Circle, Dr. Ibrahim Al Khalidi, 57, ☎ , fax: , @[email protected]. €55 (October 2018). A decentralized location provides comfortable rooms and a good view of the city from the wide terrace over breakfast.
- 17 Naylover Hotel Suites , Tabasheer 4 - Street ، (Place on a crossroad near the Mall Gallery), ☎ , @ [email protected] €60 (October 2018). A beautiful hotel recently opened with a four-star quality of service. They're not equipped for breakfast right now. It is near the crowded commercial streets.
- 18 Bristol Hotel (ف ن د ق ب ي ر س ت و) (near round V), . €103 (Jul 2018). Very good hotel if you can stand the constant smell of cigarette smoke (even in non-smoking rooms). The wireless Internet connection works well.
- 19 Four Seasons Amman , V Circle, Al-Kindi Street, ☎ +962 6 550 5555, fax: . €270 (Jul 2018). A wonderful luxury hotel.
- 20 Grand Hyatt Amman (ف ن د ق ج ا ر ن د ح ي ا ة ع م ا), Hussein Bin Ali Street, Jabal Amman (in the business district, Round III), @[email protected]. €144 (Jul 2018). Check In: 12:00, check out: 3:00. The environment favored by Western immigrants for its relaxed environment, seen on the terrace and quality restaurants.
- 21 Intercontinental Amman (ف ن د ق إ ت ن ر ك و ن ت ن ن ت ا ل ع), Islamic College Street (located between II and Round III), +962 6 464 1361. 134 (Jul 2018). Another hotel frequented by foreign professionals.
- 22 Kempinski Amman (ف ن د ق ك ب م ن س ك), Abdul Hameed Shouman Street, . All the luxury of a five star with interesting modern art decorations in the design building.
- 23 Amman Marriott Hotel (ف ن د ق م ر ا ي و ت ع م ا ن ☎), Issam Al-Ajlouni Street, Shmeissani (Shmeisani Area Issam Ajluni Street), +962 6 5607 607, fax: .
- 24 Meridien Amman (ف ن د ق ل م و ي ر ي د), Q. Nour Street (Shmeisani district, not far from the fourth round), ☎ +962 6 569 6511. €128 (Jul 2018).
- 25 Regency Palace Hotel, Queen Alia Street,, ☎ +962 6 560 7000. 131 (Jul 2018). Four-star hotel very popular. Some areas should be refurbished, but the rooms are comfortable. There's a great breakfast for buffet. Internet access is available in rooms.
- 26 The Royal Hotel Amman, Zahran Street (Round III), ☎ , fax: .
- 27 Sheraton Amman (ش ي ر ا ت و ن ع م), 5th Circle (Round V), +962 6 593 4111. €169 (Jul 2018). Another five-star hotel.
Compared to other capitals, Amman is a very safe place to visit. The Jordanian police and army maintain a tight grip on law and order. Personal safety is high in Amman: It is safe to walk anywhere in the city at any time of day or night. Serious crime is extremely rare. In 2005, some of the main hotels were targeted by terrorists (linked to the conflict in Iraq). As a result, security measures in all major hotels have increased.
The full list of embassies in Amman can be found here.
- 7 Embassy of the Italian Republic. , Jabal Al-Weibdeh, Hafiz Ibrahim 5, ☎ +9626463 8185, fax: , @[email protected].
- 8 Swiss Embassy, Abdul Jabbar Al-Rawi Street No 4 South Abdoun, ☎ +962 6 593 14 16.
How to stay in touch
There are several mail buildings in the city, you can search the internet or ask a Jordanian to point the nearest one.
As always, using your sim abroad can be quite expensive. One solution may be to buy a local sim, either directly at the airport or at one of the downtown stores, if you don't know where to go, go to the City Mall or the gallery Mall. Major companies include Zain, Orange Jordan and Umniah.
The Internet is available in some Western-style spaces or in chains like McDonald and Starbucks.
Many inexpensive hotels like Palace or Farah organize daily excursions for about 16-18 JD, which sounds like a reasonable price, but they don't include entry tickets that might be important. These tours are open to people who don't sleep in hotels. The usual visits are Jerash, Ajlun, Um Qais, Madaba, Monte Nebo, baptism site, Mar Dead and the Castels.
- Madaba - Just 45 minutes later, known as the "City of Mosaics" for its Byzantine and Omayyadi mosaics, in particular a large mosaic map of the Byzantine era Palestine and the Nile Delta in the Church of St George. 0,75 JD by bus from the 7th roundabout.
- Jerash - (and Ajlun with his castle) - an ancient Roman city. In addition to Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan's most popular site. 1 hour away at 0.75 JD from Trababour bus station. Get off before the Hippodrom, 1 km before the bus station, and take the side road through the museum. A private taxi from Amman can be rented for 8-10 JD one way. Wait for up to 40 JDs to pay for a return trip while the taxi driver will remain on site. Ajlun Castle is just a short journey from Jerash, by bus from the crossroads to the south of the racetrack or by taxi.
- Gadara (Umm Qais) - A city north, near the ruins of ancient Gadara. Better achieved by car or taxi.
- Mar Dead - Monte Nebo (1 JD) and the site of the Baptism of Jesus (Al-Maghtas) on the Jordan River are essentially on the road, so consider them even if you have your car or your taxi. The Amman City Resort Dead Sea costs about 20 JD with free showers and swimming pools, but without cabinets, towels or sludge. Taxi services for journeys to the Dead Sea can be purchased for the day at 20 JD if you leave the taxi from the center, downtown hotels pay 35 JD for the same service. There's a handful of bus lines starting from Amman every day. The bus from Mujaharin bus station in Rame costs 1 JD. A cab from Rame to Amman Tourist Beach 4 JD or less. JETT offers a daily shuttle from Amman (7th Roundabout) to the Dead Sea and return for 7 JD one way.
- Petra - Jordan's most famous website. JETT buses, both ordinary and all-inclusive, travel through the fast (but boring) Desert Highway. You leave at 6:30 from the JETT bus office near Abdali station and in 3.5 hours you will arrive at the bus station not even 5 minutes from Petra's entrance. At 5:00 p.m., the JETT bus leaves to return to Amman. The price is 8-10 JD per route. Check the JETT Bus times. In addition, from the bus station to the south, Petra can be reached with tourist buses: They tend to start when they're full, from 8:30 onwards (3½ hours, 4-5 JD). Another option is to leave Ma'an (7 JD) in Wadi Musa (0.5 JD) (Petra). In addition, for 75 JDs or less (depending on your contract), you can be able to take a private taxi from Amman to Petra and return, including the driver waiting six hours.
- Allenby Bridge and Border - JETT bus to bridge the Palestinian border costs 7.5 JD and takes about 1 hour. A taxi to the Palestinian border crossing bridge can cost 25 JD and takes one hour, depending on which of the three border crossing points is used. Although the Allenby Bridge crosses Jordan to the West Bank, the Western checkpoint is managed by Israel, so plans travel documents accordingly. Once at the border crossing, you have to pass to another bus to cross the bridge, pass through the checkpoint, and then hire a shared taxi from the border. Wait for a journey from Amman to the old city of Jerusalem for at least three hours.
- Syria - There were two operators (called Challenge) who each provided two daily services to Damascus (Sumariya Terminal) from Amman for SYP500 (SYP50 student discount). The journey lasts from 4 to 5 hours, depending on the border formalities. However, given the current situation in Syria, it is not advisable to move in this direction.
- 21 Iraq Al-Amir (5 km from Wadi al-Seer district). The 9 Prince's Caves can be visited here, and 10 Qasr al-Abd a rare Greek building in Jordan. Both are in the southwest of Amman and are perfect for a one-day trip.
- 22 Sleeping seven cave, Ahl al-Kahf (in the southeastern outskirts of Amman). 9:00-17:00. A cave in which it is said to set an episode of the Koran. The site is inside a mosque.
One-day trips can be made at desert castles in Amra, Kharaneh and Azraq east, about 30-50 km from Amman around the nearby city of Azraq.