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Amman was first mentioned as Rabbath Ammon in the Hebrew Bible around the 10th century BCE. Although the Jordanian capital has its fair share of ancient remnants, it is the way Amman experiences modernity that fascinates the most. Often listed among the most progressive cities in the Middle East, Amman is a flourishing capital growing by the hour, inhabited by a culturally diverse and rather liberal populace.

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Citadel Hill

The capital's most important historic landmark is an entire area known as the Citadel, perched on top of Amman's highest elevation — the Jabal al-Qal'a hill. Its story dates back to as early as the Bronze Age, with various epochs bringing cultures and peoples who have all left their mark here. The Citadel's two primary attractions are the ancient Temple of Hercules (162-166 AD) and the Ummayad Palace dating back to the 8th century.

Darat Al Funun

An art centre and architectural landmark in its own right, Darat Al Funun contains a frequently updated selection of exhibitions. Its serene setting making for a pleasant excursion, and hillside location affording panoramic city views. Archaeological remains of a 6th century Byzantine church can be observed at the entry.
Adresse: Nadim Al-Mallah Street 13, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 464 3251
Åpningstider: Sat–Thu 10am–7pm. Open until 3pm during Ramadan. Closed in August

Royal Automobile Museum

One of Amman's most entertaining attractions is the Royal Automobile Museum, mostly containing (nearly a hundred!) vehicles from the collection of late King Hussein of Jordan. Models spanning the second half of the 20th century make for an interesting look around, the latest hit addition being the very vehicle used in the filming of acclaimed "The Martian".
Adresse: King Hussein Park, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 541 1392
Åpningstider: Wed–Mon 10am–7pm, Tue closed

Roman Theatre

The spectacular Roman Theatre, although restored in the late 20th century, remains largely true to the way it was once conceptualised in as early as 2nd century AD. It's a highlight for most visitors to Amman, used as a venue to house open-air concerts and shows in the summer.
Adresse: Taha Al-Hashemi Street, Amman

King Abdullah I Mosque

The iconic blue-domed mosque is one of the country's most recognisable attractions, a place of worship as much as a national landmark and even somewhat of a museum: a few archaeological finds and personal items of King Abdullah, who inaugurated the mosque, are also displayed here. Unlike at most other mosques, non-Muslim visitors are welcome inside, provided they follow the rules of attendance.
Adresse: Suleiman Al Nabulsi St, Amman
Telefon: +962 7 9806 2939
Åpningstider: Daily 3:20am–10pm

Children's Museum

Amman's Children's Museum is surprisingly delightful. There are plenty of interactive exhibits allowing the young ones to get a hands-on approach to learning about the world, from the inner workings of the human digestive system to the mechanics of a car. Adults will enjoy continuing on to the Royal Automobile Museum next door.
Adresse: King Abdullah II St, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 541 1479

Qasr al-Abd

As opposed to the omnipresent in Jordan remains of Roman and Umayyad structures, Qasr al-Abd is a rare example of architecture pre-dating the Roman era. Its exact origins remain unknown, which only adds to the fascination. Qasr al-Abd is usually described as a large Hellenistic palace from the first quarter of the second century BCE. Not too far from here are the ancient caves dating back to roughly the same time period.

Jordan Museum

The country's largest museum containing some of its most important archaeological artefacts is certainly worth a visit. Exhibits are accompanied by both English- and Arabic-language explanations, making for an informative excursion into the country's ancient and recent past.
Adresse: Ali Ben Abi Taleb Street 10, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 462 9317

Rainbow Street

The Rainbow Street is in close proximity to some of the city’s must-see sites and acts as the tourist hub of Jordan. The sidewalks are wide enough for to accommodate long walks. It is an excellent destination for shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as delicious quick bites. The weekend starts Thursday night here, with slowly cruising cars and strolling pedestrians. The street runs east from the First Circle to Mango Street, opposite the neighbourhood of Lweibdeh. Friday during the summer, Fawzi Al Maalouf Street, just off Rainbow street, becomes the Souk Jara.
Adresse: Jebel Amman hill, Amman


This wildly popular local eatery gathers ravenous crowds no matter the time of day, but securing a seat is most likely to happen outside of peak hours of lunch and dinner. Hashem's absolute must is the falafel, accompanied by hummus, fava bean paste, and freshly baked bread. Prices are startlingly low.
Adresse: King Faisal Street, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 463 6440


Sufra is synonymous with fine, yet affordable, Jordanian dining. Apart from staples like fukharat (clay pots with slow-cooked meat and vegetables) and mansaf (a traditional dish of lamb cooked in yogurt on rice), there is a traditional special which varies by day.
Adresse: Al Rainbow Street 26, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 461 1468
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–midnight

Tawaheen al-Hawa

A word of advice: do not go all in with the scrumptious starters and home-baked bread, and leave some room for Tawaheen al-Hawa's Middle Eastern/Jordanian mains, including the mansaf and varied grilled meats. This one is popular with both visitors and locals, the latter often seen enjoying a leisurely shisha pipe in the evenings.
Adresse: Wasfi al-Tal Road, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 534 9986
Åpningstider: Daily noon–midnight


Occupying the building once owned by Jordan's first prime minister, Fakhreldin is an upscale affair — a reputable Lebanese restaurant serving a variety of dishes developed from the Levantine cuisine. There is a spacious outdoor seating area, tables laid with crisp white table cloths and elaborate appointments.
Adresse: Taha Hussein Street 40, Amman
Telefon: +962 79 543 0055
Åpningstider: Daily 1pm–midnight

Chestnut Restaurant & Pub

One of the latest additions to Amman's dining and nightlife scenes, Chestnut is a well-liked pub run by an enthusiastic, warm team that brought in expertise from businesses local and international. Evening vibes are conducive to a great night, and food restaurant-worthy, not limited to pub grub alone. Happy hour (1-6pm daily at the time of writing) brings 50% discounts on selected menu items and drinks.
Adresse: Abu Salma Al-Khelal Street, Amman
Telefon: +962 7 7500 0075
Åpningstider: Daily noon–midnight

District Urban Rooftop

District belongs somewhere on the bar/restaurant spectrum, and, along with serving excellent international fusion cuisine, is also a pleasant place to spend the evening having drinks in good company. It's a conceptually one-of-a-kind establishment in Amman, with a welcoming outdoor terrace and views to die for.
Adresse: Zayd Bin Harethah Street, Amman
Telefon: +962 7 7001 7517
Åpningstider: Daily 1pm–1am

Habibah Sweets

Local tour guides consider a visit to Habibah a city tour essential, and for good reason: this legendary sweets shop, originating in 1947 Jerusalem, has made its way across to Jordan, where it continues to sell and serve some of the finest Palestinian Kunafa (cheese pastry drenched in sweet syrup) for miles around.
Adresse: Al Hazar Street 2, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 553 1555
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-12am

Pizza Roma Cafe

One of international visitors' hangout spots of choice, Pizza Roma is a rooftop space stylised to resemble a Bedouin tent, with a scenic breezy terrace and guest musical performances by talented local youths. The cafe serves far more than just pizza, extending its offerings to dishes likely to appear rather extraordinary to some, such as the lesser-consumed parts of a sheep: the head, stomach, and even testicles.
Adresse: Amman Pasha Hotel, Al Shabsugh Streeet 4, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 461 8262

Shams El Balad

The delightful hip cafe is a rare find in Amman. Set on a hilltop overlooking the downtown's cream-coloured buildings, Shams El Balad is much more than its scenic location — dishes served here are deliciously experimental twists on Middle Eastern classics, and quite possibly warrant a cook book of their own.
Adresse: Mu'ath Bin Jabal Street 69, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 465 1150


Rumi is as close as it gets to an Ammani take on a hipster coffee shop. This gem of a cafe attracts with-it locals, who thoroughly enjoy the shaded outdoor seating and Rumi's extensive selection of international teas. Snacks and breakfasts are also on offer; you can always opt for the excellent coffee.
Adresse: Al-Shariaah College Street 14, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 464 4131
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–late. Closed 12:30pm–1:30pm on Fridays


Books@cafe set out to create a space of intellectual enrichment (hence the concept of cafe cum bookshop) and mutual understanding, whether it be between cultures - of which there are many in Amman, permanent and visiting - or people of different sexual orientations (it's a welcoming gay cafe/bar known well to insiders).
Adresse: Omar Ibn Al Khattab, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 465 0457
Åpningstider: Sun–Thu 10am–midnight, Fri & Sat 9am–midnight

Carakale Brewing Company

It's worth finding your way to Jordan's own craft brewery hidden amidst the rolling hills west of the city. Visitors will get the chance to try several drafts (full glasses or samplers, varieties from IPA through porter) and peek at the factory floor below. The brewery doesn't serve food but bringing in your own is allowed. There are grilling facilities outside that guests are encouraged to make use of.
Adresse: Fuhays, Jordan
Telefon: +962 7 9667 7650
Åpningstider: Daily 2pm–9pm

Blue Fig

Although the trendy Blue Fig is a successful dining venue in its own right (their breakfasts are highly praised, and so is the eclectic international menu), what makes it especially appealing come sundown are the frequently held live music nights, which feature both live bands and DJs.
Adresse: Irbid Street 30, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 592 8800
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–11pm

Murphy's Pub - House of Rock

One of the city's most popular pubs can get a bit rowdy, which only adds to the good fun had here on a nightly basis. There is a pleasant beer garden outside; live rock bands play every Tuesday, and there is a pool table for further entertainment. Drinks come at rock-bottom prices, especially so during happy hour.
Adresse: The Conroy Boutique Hotel, Sahat Al 'Arab Street 17, Amman
Telefon: +962 7 7716 5008
Åpningstider: Daily noon–midnight


Sekrab is a creative hangout spot in every way out of the ordinary, with a VW hippy van perched on its top, and an interior dominated by recycled car parts and other creatively re-purposed pieces. The rooftop offers fantastic views, and three are a few things to choose from in terms of drinks.
Adresse: Rainbow Street, Amman
Telefon: +962 7 9173 5722
Åpningstider: Daily noon–1am

Cantaloupe Gastro Pub

Cantaloupe's swanky rooftop is one of the city's finest vantage points, affording views of the entire city and the environs, including the Jabal al-Qal'a with the Citadel perched on its top. The first floor is given over to an Italian-leaning restaurant, while the open-air second floor is arguably the location of Amman's best open-air bar.
Adresse: Rainbow Street, Amman
Telefon: +962 7 7000 0717
Åpningstider: Daily 5pm–1am

Al Balad

The downtown, or Al Balad, is one's best bet for finding great bargains in Amman. The area is abundantly dotted with all manner of shops and stores, selling clothing, accessories, intricate jewellery, herbs, and various edibles. Haggling is expected — count on bringing the original price down by at least its half, unless the specific locale has a fixed-price policy.

Wild Jordan Centre

The Centre sets out to support communities of Jordan's 8 natural reserves, protected areas inhabited by families who produce the merchandise sold at the on-site shop. Profits from crafts, jewellery, herbs, and jams (and all other pieces) constitute the communities' incomes. Wild Jordan Centre also houses an esteemed cafe with splendid city panoramas.
Adresse: Othman Ben Affan Street 36, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 463 3542
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–11pm

Jordan River Designs Showroom

The Jordan River Foundatiun Design showroom stocks exquisite home decor pieces, rugs, accessories and Dead Sea cosmetics, along with a plethora of other pieces, all of the highest quality. Prices here are steep for good reason: the foundation supports women and youths from local communities, and all profits made are put towards development projects.
Adresse: Mawloud Mukhles Street, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 461 2169

Souk Jara

The weekly Souk Jara is an open-air market with food, live music, and an abundance of wares produced predominantly by local craftsmen. It's a weekly affair organised by the Jebal Amman Residents' Association, and profits go to support the community.
Åpningstider: Fri 10am–10pm

Al Afghani Bazaar

This longstanding souvenir store's roots go back to late 19th century Palestine, where the owning family first established shop. It's packed to capacity with ceramics, jewellery, lamps, and all manner of tinkles born to make excellent gifts; a trip out of downtown to come here is certainly in order.
Adresse: Princess Rahmah Bint Al-Hasan Street, Amman
Åpningstider: Sat–Thu 10am–10pm, Fri 5pm–10pm

Soap House Trinitae

Trinitae's cosmetics offering extends beyond soaps to include a few other skincare products, all made with organic local ingredients, from plants and oils to salts of the Dead Sea. It's a heaven of luxurious organic goods of the highest quality. Gift sets are available.
Adresse: Al Rainbow Street B8, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 463 3953
Åpningstider: Sat–Thu 9am–7:30pm, Fri 10am–7:30pm

Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)

The Queen Alia International Airport is Jordan's primary international air hub. Passengers can take the Airport Express Bus connecting the airport to Tabarbour Bus Station via the Seventh Circle. These busses run every half hour from 6am to 6pm and every hour from 6pm to midnight; journey time is normally somewhere between 45 and 60 minutes. Taxis operate on a 24/7 basis and may be easily hired at the airport. Fares are fixed and current prices displayed at the taxi park. Car hire is also available at the airport.
Telefon: +962 6 500 2777

Passport / Visa

Nationals of most countries are eligible for a single-entry visa upon arrival. The visa process is normally quick and uncomplicated, with no paperwork involved. The upon-arrival visas are not issued at King Hussein Bridge or Wadi Araba land border crossing points. Having Israeli border crossing stamps can possibly complicate coming into or leaving Jordan. The Jordan Pass is recognised universally, and entitles the holder to a waiving of the visa fee. For multiple-entry visas, travellers will need to apply in advance prior to travel. Consult the link below to find out whether a visa is required for you.

Best Time to Visit

The summer months of July and August tend to get quite hot and heavy, so if avoiding extreme heat is something you're interested in, we recommend planning your visit for some time during the spring (March–May) or autumn (October–November).

Public Transport

The public transportation system of Amman comprises busses, mini-busses, and service taxis. The service taxis are the most efficient means of transportation of the three; they stick to fixed routes (and are therefore numbered) and only run within the city. There is a fixed ride price regardless of journey duration. There often aren't clear indications of stops, but these tend to be located at the bottoms of hills. Lines may form during rush hour.


There are plenty of yellow cabs circulating around the city. You can easily flag them down, and they are generally inexpensive. That said, it is important that you take note of the cab meter being reset and functioning when you get in. There have been reports of drivers trying to avoid turning the meter on for reasons of heavy traffic or bad weather, so do insist the meter be used regardless of any possible circumstance. Uber is widely used in Amman, and so is its Middle Eastern counterpart Careem.


Pharmacy One is a drug store chain with several branches across the city, which all operate on a round-the-clock basis.
Adresse: Pharmacy One, Muta Complex, Suliman Al Nabulsi Street 53, Amman
Telefon: +962 7 9125 9567
Åpningstider: Sat–Thu 8am–11pm, Fri closed


There are several post offices across the city, but stamps can be bought at most souvenir shops without the need to locate one. For shipping valuables, using a private postage service like DHL or FedEx is recommended.
Adresse: 2nd Circle, Amman
Telefon: +962 6 429 3000


Country code: +962 Area code: 6


Jordan uses a mix of socket types (both two- and three-pin plugs). The standard voltage is 230V and the frequency is 50Hz, but actual numbers are rather inconsistent. Bringing a power plug adaptor and voltage converter is recommended.