Sep 19, 2019 | By Louise Squire
May 26, 2018
Last month, I packed a suitcase and flew to Jordan with two friends — road tripping across the country for ten, blissful days.
Let’s make this clear, Amman — the capital of Jordan — is not just a pit stop to Petra, it really delivers as a destination in itself. I had no real expectations regarding the city, and found it to be full of surprises.
Fancy discovering Amman? Let me take you around the city and give you a 48-hour insight, sharing my favourite things to discover whilst travelling — local food, craft and, of course, historical monuments.
Start the day off right with a fresh and wholesome brunch (and a panoramic view, of course) at Wild Jordan Center. If you’re not afraid to try local dishes first thing in the morning, order a Za’Atar Saj with a fresh lemon, mint juice.
Take the time to check out The Nature Shop, which sells products made in Jordan’s nature reserves. Your money will be well-spent, supporting their eco-tourism mission — and you will come back with some great souvenirs.
Now, let’s head to the Citadel and explore the historical site — I can assure you, this isn’t a mere tourist trap. Go on a sunny day to see the capital in all its shades of beige from higher grounds. It’s worth noting that the best way to discover the city is by foot and getting lost — don’t be afraid to go back to using a paper map.
Fancy trying Mansaf for dinner? I think so. Try out Sufra, a classic Levantine restaurant on Rainbow Street, a beautifully decorated place with a highly recommendable terrace garden and its food obviously. Take the opportunity to check out the lively Rainbow Street, where Amman’s nightlife is at its most vibrant.
Skip breakfast, and go lounge in Shams El Balad instead under the large, white parasols. This farm-to-table forerunner offers a delicious, locally-sourced vegetarian menu — feast on mezze and Jordanian coffee with cardamom. Explore the shop, and browse through their selection of local crafts, furniture and decorative accessories — and flower corner in the patio.
In the afternoon, you can’t miss out on the 2nd century Roman Theatre. Astonishingly well preserved and with 6,000 seats, I recommend climbing all the way up (with regular, necessary pit-stops in the Amman heat), before sitting down and soaking in the sights.
Go and rent a car, and off you go to the desert of Wadi Rum, Petra, Aqaba and the Dead Sea for some more exciting adventures!
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