The Jabal al-Weibdeh neighborhood is a bohemian, hipster area found in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Amman. It is filled with a variety of quaint cafes, painted murals, little shops and has quickly become a must-see part of town for both locals and tourists. Jabal al-Weibdeh is a thriving artist haven with rich historical roots, with one foot in the past and the other in the future.
Location of Jabal al-Weibdeh
Geographically speaking, Jabal al-Weibdeh is found between two important and contrasting areas of the city which contribute to the charm and uniqueness of the area. On one side there is Jabal Amman where you will find many historic sites and buildings along with a variety of art galleries. On the other side, there is downtown Amman, also known as “the Balad” which is the oldest part of the capital, one that dates back as far as the Neolithic period. Downtown Amman also serves as the mid-point between East and West Amman which each have their own set of attributes which are drastically opposing as the west side of the city is gentrified and affluent, the Eastside is less abundant and depleted in terms of resources.
These contradictory characteristics of the surrounding areas all feed into the Jabal al-Weibdeh neighborhood which is situated between them and all contribute to the appeal of the area which serves to blend these complexities.
It seems the entire area is in the process of redefining itself through its own gentrification while maintaining its charming past and preservation of original buildings and integrity. Jabal al-Weibdeh is home to many locals, expats, and tourists as it is an intriguing and inviting district of the city.
Visiting Jabal al-Weibdeh
A hidden gem perfect for grabbing a coffee and exploring the galleries and street murals, Jabal al-Weibdeh carries the richness of the culture with quiet modesty and calmness. There is an elegance found in the old buildings and structures in the area however it is slowly moving in a modern direction which can be felt in the cool and hip vibe and young feeling in the area. The area is particularly enjoyable to walk and explore on foot as it is very safe and the unique quietness that is found in Jabal al-Weibdeh is a welcome change from the noise and bustle of traffic found throughout Amman.
The Jabal al-Weibdeh neighborhood attracts aspiring artists and forward-thinkers and invites a diverse mix of people from divergent surrounding areas. If you looking for a place to spend a morning or afternoon, be sure to visit Jabal al-Weibdeh, although it is also enjoyable and safe to visit at night and offers a unique view of the Amman Citadel. Filled with an array of restaurants, cafes, and shops as well as historical buildings, Jabal al-Weibdeh neighborhood is an up and coming part of Amman that is continuing to evolve and grow culturally and definitely worth a visit.
How to get to Jabal al-Weibdeh
From the Amman Citadel, it about an 8-minute drive or 20 minutes walk to the neighborhood. Check out the best galleries and creative spaces in Amman many found in the Jabal al-Weibdeh neighborhood.