The bustling capital city of Amman is diverse, combining old and new and continuously evolving its identity. Amman is the biggest city in Jordan and has the most “western” feel compared to other Jordanian cities. Amman has a more urban feel, filled with a young population and a large expat community there is a lot to see, eat, and do in Amman. Here are a few ideas of things to do in Amman.
Visit the Amman Citadel
Hard to miss, the Amman Citadel is a true gem of the city and a must-see for visitors to Amman. Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the Amman Citadel is a well-known historical site that dates back to the Bronze Age. A visit to the Amman Citadel includes the Umayyad Palace as well as the Temple of Hercules, both offer a glimpse into the past. It is easy to spend time exploring the many meaningful ancient attractions found at the Amman Citadel.
Eat Falafel and Hummus
No visit to Amman can be complete without enjoying some authentic Jordanian food. Falafel and hummus are a must with many places to choose from scattered throughout the city. Creamy, hearty and filling, hummus is served with a mezze of salads, warm pita bread and is very affordable. For those that have time, eating Jordanian hummus from a few joints in the city is one of the best ways to enjoy, sampling the slight differences and nuanced flavors a relatively simple dish. Additionally, crispy, hot and flavorful falafel tastes different across the city, spiced with fresh parsley, cumin, and other spices, each falafel ball has its own unique bite. Eating Falafel and hummus is a right of passage and definitely, a must thing to do in Amman.
The young, artsy and innovative neighborhood in Amman, Jabal al-Weibdeh is worth checking out. Filled with quaint shops, galleries, coffee shops and young locals it is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon exploring the neighborhood.
Check out the best markets in Amman
From farmers markets to artist fairs, shopping on markets in Amman is endless. There are small lesser known markets filled with antique and small knick-knacks or the large Friday markets filled with energy and endless options to buy. For those looking for things to buy in Amman for gifts or just looking to make the most of a day in Amman, the markets are one of the best things to do in Amman.
Amman is filled with coffee shops both modern, filled with youngsters and students, and more traditional establishments serving traditional Arabic coffee. To learn about coffee check out Jordanian customs or where to get the best coffee in Amman.
The famed Rainbow Street is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike filled with many cafes, shops, and restaurants. Best to visit hungry as there are many places to choose from and some of the best food in the city. Rainbow Street in Amman is a promenade of restaurants and shops that are popular with both locals and tourists alike. From cafes to luxury restaurants, Rainbow Street has a large number of places to eat. The food here has a good reputation and it is a great place to meet fellow travelers and share stories with the locals.