Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Amman. WTR's Amman map shows you the location of the Byzantine Church and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Fakhr el Din and what to order at Diwan al Sultan Ibrahim. Then you're off to Wadi Rum.
Amman & Petra, Jordan
Welge Travel Report Notables for Amman
Getting around in Amman
Public Transportation in Amman
WTR's Tony Transit says this is the best site for public transportation in Amman (ammanbrt.jo/ar/default.asp) Note: For a translation hold your cursor over the Arabic lettering.
Taxis In Amman - Taxis are readily available and you will be using them. Amman has two types of taxis: the white taxis are called service taxis and they have a special set route and you will be sharing the taxi with other people. Regular taxis are yellow and work as you would expect.
Here are some helpful recommendations:
- Men sit in the front, women sit in the back
- Ask the driver to turn on the meter or negotiate a price before you start our or find another taxi.
- Make sure you have small change
- Public holidays and Thursday evenings are high demand taxi times.
Lagniappe for Amman
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums.
Historical Perspective for Amman
Amman is a sprawling city spread over 19 hills, or "jebels," Amman is the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Amman was know as Rabbath-Ammon during the Iron Age and later as Philadelphia. A number of excavations are taking place that reveal remains of the Neolithic period, the Hellenistic and the late Roman to Arab Islamic ages.
People Watching in Amman
WTR's Francois Flaneur advises you to find Rainbow Street for the best "PW" and then find a seat.
Beverages in Amman
Alcoholic beverages are available in Amman and some are produced in Jordan. Our Winnie Winesnob reports that Jordan has stellar organic wines. Popular local wines include St. George and Mt. Nebo that are produced using grapes grown in the north border region.
Our Larry Lager says Jordan has been producing Amstel beer since 1958 and there are also the Jordanian beers, Petra and Philadelphia. Jordan even produces hard liquor and, of course, arak (the quintessential Arab anise liquor).
Dining in Amman
WTR's Carlota Cuisine says the best lunch in Amman is at the legendary Hashem – 24/7, Al-Amir Mohammed St.
You'll enjoy an unusual local experience at The Petra Kitchen B,LD: Daily, Petra Moon Hotel, Wadi Mousa - book in advance at 03 215 5900
This a hands-on cooking school where you work with locals to chop, mix and assemble salads, soup, hot and cold mezzes and a main course for your dinner. It takes about three hours. Wine is available.
Our Carlota Cuisine suggests a splurge for dinner in Amman at Fakhr el Din – D: Nightly, Jabal Amman, 2nd Circle, 962 6 4652399
Nightlife/Entertainment in Amman
Shauna Showtime suggests Rainbow Street and the Abdon area.
Shopping in Amman
Shari Shopper says the best shopping in Amman in the downtown area are the souks where you will find craft items, jewelry, fabrics and paintings. Bargaining is uncommon, and it’s illegal to take anything older than 100 years out of Jordan.
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Recognition for Amman
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.