If you love Arabic food, warm friendly hospitality, and a mix of both modern and ancient history, you’re going to love Jordan!

Home to nearly half the population, Amman is the biggest, busiest, and most energetic city in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Although many travelers only remain in the city for a day or two before traveling to some of the more famous sites like Petra or the Dead Sea, I really enjoyed staying in Amman, and I think it’s a city that’s well worth exploring for a few extra days, or even a week if you have the time (especially if you love food).

In this Amman travel guide for food lovers, I’m going to share with you a little bit about where my wife and I stayed, what we did, and some of the top restaurants we tried during our trip to Amman.

flying into Amman
Flying into Amman

Arriving and Leaving Amman

Queen Alia International Airport, the main Amman international airport is located about 30 km from Amman city center. My wife and I flew directly from Bangkok to Amman on Royal Jordanian.

The easiest way to get to the city is by taxi at the official taxi stand at the airport. Fare should cost 22 – 25 JD and the journey takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic.

Jordan visa:

Tourist visas cost 40 JD (about $56) for single entry and they are available upon arrival at the airport for many nationalities.

You can use this link to see if you qualify for a visa on arrival, or this for US citizens.

Amman travel guide
Amman, Jordan – An amazing city!

Safety traveling to Jordan

I usually don’t get into safety information all that much in my city travel guides, mainly because safety and traveling is such a relative subject, but for visiting Amman (and for traveling in Jordan in general), I thought I’d quickly share my thoughts.

Jordan is known for being one of the most politically stable, modern, and progressive countries in the Middle East. Yet due to their geographic location, surrounded by Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine, and Israel, Jordan’s safety doesn’t always get the best international view.

For what it’s worth, my wife and I experienced no safety issues when we traveled in Jordan, and I never felt threatened or fearful of security during our visit. Additionally, I thought Jordan took thorough security measures, especially in tourist destinations and attractions.

For females, I don’t really have a full say as I can’t speak from any experience, but from what I observed, and from how my wife felt, I think overall women are treated respectfully in Jordan. You’ll see plenty of women walking and hanging out on the streets of Amman, both with and without a hijab or head covering, and there’s not a strict policy on this issue.

What’s most likely to happen when to you travel to Jordan, is that people say hello, offer you food and tea, and show their genuine hospitality and generosity.

However, you can think about safety and traveling in two ways: think you’re either safe anywhere you go, or think you’re not safe anywhere you go – and both could be true for any destination in the world. It’s mostly up to you how you view it.

It is a good idea to read up on safety information, keep alert, and follow current events, but for myself, I would not let safety concern deter me from visiting Jordan.

where to stay in Amman
Hotels in Amman, Jordan

Where To Stay In Amman?

Amman is a large modern Middle Eastern city, and there are plenty of places to consider staying when you visit.

  • La Locanda Boutique Hotel – For my entire stay in Amman, my wife and I stayed at La Locanda, one of the only boutique hotels in the city. Along with being clean, what I also really liked about it was its location – just a short walk from downtown Amman (not far from the Amman Citadel), and within an old neighborhood (Jebel Al Weibdeh) of the city that’s at the moment transforming back into a heritage trendy area of town. For a change from one of the major chain hotels, a place with character, I would recommend it. Only thing is that downstairs there is a bar, which can be a bit loud during the night (although I couldn’t hear anything in my room).
  • For a budget option, you could try a place like Arabian Suites, decent apartment style rentals in a good location for a fair price. Nothing fancy but very suitable and more of an apartment style rather than a hotel.
  • For luxury, Amman offers many of the major high end international brands like Four Seasons Amman and InterContinental Amman.

Also, take a look at the hotel selection on Booking.com for a wide range of hotels in Amman.

Personally I would recommend staying somewhere in the Jebel Al Weibdeh neighborhood – it’s an old area of Amman, but it’s making a comeback as a heritage and trendy area of town, with nice shops, cafes, and restaurants, and it’s just a short walk from downtown.

*NOTE: The links above are affiliate links, meaning if you book a hotel, at NO extra charge to you, I will receive a small commission – which will help me continue writing and publishing blogs like this. Thank you for your help!

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Amazing Jordanian food!

Jordanian Food: My Favorite Dishes

When I visited Egypt a few years ago (which by the way I thoroughly enjoyed and loved the food there too), some of the Egyptian friends I made told me that you have to go to Jordan to eat the best falafel in the Middle East.

That was years before I knew I’d be taking a trip to Jordan.

Now, I can confirm.

Jordan truly has some of the world’s finest falafel, along with lots of other incredibly delicious things to eat.

Also check out my full Jordanian food guide here.

One of the things I immediately loved about eating Jordanian food in Amman is that due to its strategic position, at the crossroads between the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North Africa, and positioned within the Levant, there’s a huge diversity of food available.

This is by far not all the Jordanian dishes available or even an extensive list of what I ate, these are just a few of my personal favorites – the dishes I’d fly to Jordan just to eat:

  • Falafel – Like I already mentioned, Jordan is known for having excellent falafel, which consist of ground chickpeas and spices, deep fried in little patties until golden brown and crispy. They are eaten plain or often stuffed into a sandwich for a common street food snacks.
  • Fattet hummus – I know you’ve heard of hummus, and you’ll undoubtedly have some of the best hummus you’ve ever had in Jordan. But something I had never tried before visiting was fattet hummus, the combination of hummus with bread which is soaked into the hummus making the hummus more fluffy and not as dense. It’s amazing.
  • Moutabel – When it comes to dipping dishes (part of the greater mezze spread), moutabel in Jordan was one of my favorites. The combination of creamy roasted eggplant, garlic, sesame paste, and olive oil is a flavor and texture that’s hard to beat.
  • Manakish – Manakish is one of the staples of Levantine cuisine, and you’ll find it all over Amman, as a popular meal and snack. It’s sort of like a pizza, in that the base is a circle of dough, which is traditionally topped with olive oil and za’atar (a thyme herb mixture) and baked. They also have versions of manakish with halloumi cheese and egg that are also superb.
  • Shish kebabs (kofte) – There are lots of wonderful vegetarian dishes in Jordan, but I have to admit I’m a meat lover, and few things satisfied me in Jordan more than shish kebabs. The minced meat, usually lamb or beef, is mixed with salt and parsley, formed into sausage shapes, and grilled over charcoal. The salty and fattiness of the meat brings out an incredible smokey taste.
  • Kousa mahshi – For this excellent dish, which is common around the Levantine region, zucchini are hollowed out, stuffed with a combination of rice and minced lamb, then cooked for hours on low heat until they become fall apart tender and the lamb fat has fully flavored the entire dish. It’s also excellent with grape leaves.
  • Maqluba – Literally translated to upside-down, maqluba is a dish that includes chicken and spices on the bottom of a pot, cooked with rice on the top. Once the dish is fully cooked, it’s flipped over onto a tray, so the rice goes to the bottom and the meat or chicken remains on top.
  • Mansaf – Known as the national dish of Jordan, mansaf is a meal that totally sums up the culture of Jordan, its generosity and hospitality, and the love for lamb and yoghurt. The dish includes lamb that’s cooked until fall apart tender in jameed (a type of dry goat yoghurt made into a gravy), and served with rice, more jameed, and topped with pine nuts. What’s also fascinating is how mansaf is eaten, off a communal tray, with balls of lamb and rice rolled into ones hand, and consumed without touching your fingers to your mouth (might need to watch the video demonstration below for this one). It’s also customary for the host to feed guests!

It’s safe to say, you’re in for some good eating when you visit Jordan!

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Mansaf – the traditional national dish of Jordan!

Restaurants and Street Food

Amman has a great selection of restaurants, ranging from hole in the wall spots to very nice relaxing and luxurious dining. There’s a decent selection of international food as well, but I focused all my attention of local Jordanian and surrounding regional food when I was there.

In this Amman travel guide, I’ve included some of the best restaurants I tried:

  1. Hashem Restaurant – Visited by nearly every politician, famous person, and even Jordanian royal family members, Hashem Restaurant is one of Amman’s most popular and well known restaurants in downtown. They serve falafel (included the famous stuffed falafel), ful medames, moutabel, and some crazy good hummus. This place is also vegetarian.
  2. Falafel Al-Quds – Meaning Jerusalem in Arabic, Falafel Al-Quds, located on Rainbow Street, serves only falfael sandwiches (you can’t even order plain falafel), and they are some of the best falafel I had in all of Amman. The sandwiches come in a sesame seed bun, filled with falafel, tomatoes, and seasoned with tahini.
  3. Salaheddin Bakery – This is one of the oldest bakeries in Amman, and I think it’s almost safe to say that the majority of Amman agrees that they make one of the best sesame seed rolls in the city. It’s an awesome place, you walk in, grab a fresh roll, fill it with hard baked eggs, cheese, and a pinch of salt and za’atar, and eat. It was incredible.
  4. Shawarma Reem – When it comes to beef and lamb shawarma, one of the Amman standards is Reem. Their meat is sliced thin so it’s both juicy and crispy, salty and a bit citrusy. Wrapped in a fresh pita, and combined with tahini, onions, and tomatoes, it was incredibly good.
  5. Al Osrah Restaurant – If you’re looking for local Jordanian comfort dishes, Al Osrah is neighborhood winner. They have a huge selection of different dishes like an excellent fattet hummus (hummus with bread in it), chicken liver sautéed in oil and lemon juice, and wonderful ful medames.
  6. Habibah Sweets – Located in downtown Amman, Habibah Sweets is an institution for kanafeh, a wildly popular cheese based dessert. You buy a piece and can then sit and eat it around the downtown patio area.
  7. Shams El Balad Cafe – I really enjoyed this place, it’s a cross between a cafe and restaurant, but it has a real home feel to it. They serve mostly local, organic, and healthy Jordanian food, including seasonal specials. Both the indoor, and the outdoor patio section overlooking downtown Amman, are lovely.
  8. Rakwet Arab Cafe – On my last day in Amman, my wife and I were just walking around the Paris Circle, and found Rakwet Arab Cafe, a restaurant, and shisha cafe. The food, including tabbouleh, mixed grill, and chicken in a claypot, was all excellent, as was the Arabic coffee and shisha I enjoyed post meal.
  9. Tawaheen Al Tawa – This is one of the largest restaurants in Amman, and while I saw some tour groups here as well, it’s also extremely popular with local Jordanians. They have two specialities, barbecue meat like shish kebabs, and they serve an awesomely delicious mansaf – something you don’t want to miss eating when you’re in Amman. Eating mansaf at Tawaheen Al Tawa was one of my favorite experiences within this Amman travel guide.
  10. Sufra Restaurant – If you’re looking for a higher end restaurant that serve top-notch Jordanian food, Sufra is an excellent place. The venue, situated in an old heritage home on Rainbow street, paired with delicious food, makes it a fantastic restaurant. I especially loved the kofta bi tahini, minced meat with tahini and potatoes, and the sajieh chicken, chicken braised in olive oil and all spice.

These are just a few of the best restaurants I personally ate at while in Amman – you can check out many more Jordanian food suggestions on my full Amman food guide.

Latest Jordan blog posts:

Here are some of the latest restaurants and articles I have blogged about from my Jordan trip:

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Top things to do when you’re in Amman

Things To Do In Amman

Food is the main reason you and I travel, but sometimes we have a little extra time beyond food, so in this Amman travel guide, here are a few of the things you can consider doing when you’re in Amman… but I know eating is your priority!

  • Amman Citadel – Amman has an ancient history, and the citadel, located on the hill above modern downtown, is evidence of the layers of history and civilizations that have called Amman home. One of the highlights of visiting the Amman Citadel is the Temple of Hercules, and although only the foundation, a few of the columns, and the hand of Hercules remains, it’s one of the most significant and recognized ruins at the site. There are also amazing views of Amman from the Citadel. Entrance price – 3 JD ($4.22)
  • Roman Theater – Another significant Roman creation, just down the hill from the Citadel is the theater. Carved into the side of the mountain, with stone bleachers, the theater can hold up to 6,000 people. What amazed me is how the sound carries throughout the entire theater (with no electrical microphone equipment), and it’s also still used today for concerts. Entrance price – 2 JD ($2.81)
  • King Abdullah Mosque – One of the most prominent mosques in Amman is the King Abdullah Mosque, with its incredible blue dome. Along with visiting the mosque, there’s also a small museum. Entrance price – 2 JD ($2.81)
  • The Royal Automobile Museum – Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit the Royal Automobile Museum, but I heard very good things about it, and if I’m ever in Amman next trip, I will make it a point to visit. The museum was set up by King Abdullah II as a way to remember his father King Hussein, and houses a beautiful collection of automobiles. Entrance price – 3 – 5 JD
  • Downtown Amman / Al-Balad – In order to experience the action and busyness of Amman, walking though the narrow markets streets of downtown Amman is a must. You’ll find just about everything you can imagine for sale, from shoes and clothes to fresh fruits and vegetables, and dry spices. While it can be quite busy, in comparison to other major cities, it’s quite easy to navigate and overall quite a friendly downtown.
  • Rainbow Street – Another great part of Amman to just walk around and browse is Rainbow street, a quiet and pleasant road, not too far from downtown, but far from the loudness of downtown. Along Rainbow street in Amman you’ll find lots of great restaurants, cafe’s, and a contrast of both traditional and modern trendy shops and restaurants.

Apart from these main famous things to do that I included in this Amman travel guide, one of the things I also enjoyed doing was just walking around the streets of Jebel Al Weibdeh, going to different cafes and restaurants, walking up and down hills and staircases, and just enjoying the atmosphere of Amman.

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How to get around when you’re in Amman

How To Get Around?

Unfortunately there’s not really a fantastic way to get around Amman as a tourist other than by taxi. However, taxis are relatively inexpensive and safe, but just make sure the meter is always used as soon as you get in.

When I was in Amman, because I was with the Jordan Tourism Board, my wife and I had access to a private vehicle, which really did make things much easier to get around.

However, we spent a few extra days in Amman on our own, and staying at La Locanda Hotel, we were able to walk places as well. If you’re staying in the center of the city, Amman is decently walker friendly, and you’ll get a good workout too with all the hills and staircases.

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Prices and Expenses traveling in Jordan – amazing falafel for cheap

Prices and Expenses

Jordan is on a whole more expensive than I thought it would be before going.

Perhaps it’s because I’m normally based in Bangkok where the cost of living and traveling is still relatively low for a major international city. Although you can get by on a budget for some things, Amman is a pretty expensive city to visit and live in.

For accommodation, there’s a range of hotels and accommodation options, but for a mid-range private room, you’re looking at about $60 – $100 USD per room per night. You can book cheaper accommodation for about $30 – 40 USD for a double room at the minimum.

As a traveler for food, you can still get by on budget meals of falafel, hummus, tabbouleh, and sandwiches in the price range of 1 – 3 JD ($1.41 – $4.22), but I noticed that if you start to branch out into more meat based dishes like kebabs and lamb dishes, you’ll spend likely spend 10 – 15 JD ($14.07 – $21.10) per person or more at a nicer sit down restaurant.

The prices below are estimates based on things I bought and my experience in Amman, but take them loosely as ideas to help you plan.

Accommodation:

  • Hostel bed: $20 – $30 USD
  • Mid-range hotel: $60 – $100 USD
  • High end: $100 USD and up

Transportation:

  • Taxi: 3 – 5 JD ($4.22 – $7.03) for a short rice, 5 – 10 JD ($7.03 – $14.07) for a long ride
  • Sample taxi ride from airport to Amman: 22 – 25 JD ($30.95 – $35.17)

Food:

  • Food snack: 0.20 – 1 JD ($0.28 – $1.41)
  • Local restaurant meal: .50 – 5 JD ($0.70 – $7.03) per person
  • Nice indoor restaurant: 10 – 20 JD ($14.07 – $28.13) per person
  • Arabic coffee: 0.30 – 1 JD ($0.42 – $1.41)
  • Western coffee shop coffee: 2 – 4 JD ($2.81 – $5.63)
  • Big bottle of water: 0.30 JD ($0.42)
  • Draft beer at bar: 5 – 8 JD ($7.03 – $11.25) – alcohol is pricey

Overall budget:

  • Budget: 25 – 40 JD ($35.16 – $56.27) per person per day
  • Mid-range: 40 – 70 JD ($56.27 – $98.47) per person per day
  • High end: 70 JD ($98.47) and up, per person per day

*JD (or JOD) = Jordanian Dinar, at the time of writing this 1 JD = $1.41 USD

Here’s are some more interesting prices on cost of living and traveling in Amman.

Jordan Travel Videos:

When I knew I was going to visit Jordan to travel and eat I was thrilled. I decided to make full day videos, including just about everything we did, experienced, and ate during each day. There are 12 full days of Jordan packed into these videos!

Press play above to start watching my entire Jordan travel video guide series.

(Alternatively you can watch all the videos on YouTube here)

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The beauty of visiting Amman!

Conclusion

Amman, known as the white city because of the common white stone construction, is the modern capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The city, which once started on a single hill, now occupies around 19 hills (maybe a few more), and has a population of nearly half the country.

Along with an ancient history, and a number of impressive historical attractions, Amman is also home to museums, art and cultural centers, nightlife, excellent cafes, bustling markets, and a great selection of restaurants and hole in the wall eateries that serve delicious Jordanian food.

I hope this Amman travel guide for food lovers will give you some great ideas and insights for what to do and especially what to eat when you’re in Amman, Jordan!

Are you planning to visit Jordan? Have you already visited?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

MORE ON JORDAN:

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Disclosure: I was invited to visit Jordan by the Jordan Tourism Board, who sponsored my trip. But all thoughts, opinions, photos, and videos, are my own. Big thank you to Jordan Tourism Board for such an amazing trip.



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  • Lindsay Nieminen

    1 week ago

    As for getting around, I would highly recommend renting a car. While they are not cheap, about 25 JD a day, It gave us the freedom to go anywhere at our convenience. But the taxi’s were also plentiful! We love Amman, and despite the hectic driving in the city, once you get out of town, driving is quite enjoyable!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thanks for the advice Lindsay, having your own car does open up so many more opportunities!

  • Denise Martin

    3 weeks ago

    Mark, I am visiting Jordan in just over a week’s time (mid-April). I am enjoying your videos very much – I notice you were always wearing a jacket and it looked quite cold and wet at times. Can you tell me what month you were there? SO looking forward to the food!

    • Emily

      2 weeks ago

      Hey Denise I am American and have lived in Amman for almost 3 years. April is warm so t shirts will be fine but the nights do get cold throughout the entire summer. I would bring light jackets / cardigans and one or two heavier jackets like hoodies especially if you plan on going to wadi rum (the desert). Enjoy your trip!

  • Brahim Jarrou

    2 months ago

    Geart job Mark! You should also experience Morocco, which is unlike most other African countries, produces all the food it needs to feed its people. Its many home-grown fruits and vegetables include oranges, melons, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, and potatoes.
    Thanks again for this amazing article!

  • Muhanna Muhanna

    2 months ago

    I was born, raised, and have been living in Amman, Jordan for the last 34 years. After watching all your videos in Amman and reading your blog, I can say, with no doubt, that this is the best, most comprehensive, food tour I have ever seen about Amman. Very well done! Looking forward to meeting you if you decided to come for a second visit, which I think you should do soon. Thank you for the amazing videos.

  • Holly Varley

    2 months ago

    Mark and Ying, thank you for your videos and web resources. We head to Amman in a couple weeks and plan to create our own food tour on our “extra” day based on your videos. Shawarma! falafel! And maybe an extra jacket for early March…

  • Hooman

    6 months ago

    Dear Mark,

    Hi, I hope you are well. I love your city guides and I shall say they are very informative & well structured with awesome photos, but have you ever thought about a “download as PDF” option for them (just to let the reader watch and share it as a separated file)?

    • Mark Wiens

      6 months ago

      Hi Hooman, thank you very much. Yes, I’ve been thinking about PDF downloads of these guides. That’s something I might try to do in the future, I will let you know. Thanks!

  • Jude

    6 months ago

    I love how the church and the mousqe are next to each other, Amman is a beautiful city.

  • Suhail Aga

    6 months ago

    Hi Mark, during your trip to Jordan who was your tour guide for the entire trip.
    Request you to please mention the name of the tour guide and the company as well.
    Your food reviews are amazing.
    Thanks . Suhail Aga

  • Tiziana Amico

    6 months ago

    hi Marks! first of all congratulation for your fantastic videos! in two days i will fly for the second time to Jordan. This time alone because i will so. Iwatched all your videos abt Jordan. i will take with me all adresses cus i hv intention to visit the restaurants you suggest .i will write you a rewiew when i come back from Jordan.I woukd like to visit Amman with a good guide. Can you give me the contact of your guide or can you tell me how to reach him? thank you so much Mark. What you do is really great!!! bye . Tiziana

  • Russ Myers

    7 months ago

    Great videos and posts! Any chance you can start leaving recommendations on tour co’s? Typically go with TripAdvisor, but would be interested in what you think. Will make sure to book our next hotel through your site to keep you traveling…

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Russ, thank you very much for your support. I do often browse TripAdvisor, especially for info on attractions.

  • Kaushal Karkhanis

    7 months ago

    Amazing post, Mark! i landed here from your YouTube channel and absolutely love the quality and content of your blog.
    definitely BIGtime inspiration for me to up my game as a travel blogger, but also just very well told stories with beautiful imagery and simple language. travel on, eat on! 🙂

    P.S. The final part of this post appears a bit broken. The link to your YouTube playlist is missing. might i suggest embedding the playlist itself?

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hey Kaushal, thank you very much for your support, and for noticing the update I need to make with the video. Thanks!

  • Ankit

    8 months ago

    Mark Thanks a lot for such brief information about Jordan. Excellent!!

  • Yara

    10 months ago

    Hi Mark!

    I love Jordan as much as you do and I’m really glad you like it there. By the way, I went to Salahadeen Bakery, their sandwiches are an explosion to your mouth!!

  • Alex Gotsis

    10 months ago

    One of the most complete guides I’ve ever watched so far… Very well done Mark!
    Greetings from Greece.

  • Najma

    12 months ago

    Hello Mark,

    I have been living in Amman for almost 3 years now (I was born in France where I lived for 22 years before coming to Jordan) yet your travel guide made me want to go on a tour of Jordan once again!!! I went to the Dead Sea and Hamamat Ma’in as well as Petra, but I didn’t go to Wadi Rum,Dana Village and Mount Nebo so I’ll surely convince my husband to go to these places! For the food and restaurants I have tasted and learned to cook almost everything you ate ( by the way if you come back I would gladly invite you for homemade Jordanian dishes of your choice !!), but I’ll still try the restaurants you went to especially the Salaheddin Bakery, their ka3k looks amazing !!!

    If you come back to Jordan someday where you and your wife are most welcome, you should definitely go to Aqaba, the only coastal city in Jordan also called ”The Bride of the Red Sea”, where you could enjoy swimming, diving, snorkeling and see the beautiful coral reefs, enjoy fabulous sea food, take a ride on a glass-bottom boat, visit the archaeological museum…and may other activities.

    Thanks for your amazing work!

  • Patricia Salti

    1 year ago

    Great information about Jordan and well presented. I lived there for over 40 years so can endorse it all! One slight point though. Jordan does not have any amphitheatres as they are in the round (like the Coliseum in Rome) – they are theatres.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hi Patricia, good to hear from you, thank you very much. Thank you for the point as well, I will get that updated immediately, my mistake. Thank you for your help.

  • Lori

    1 year ago

    Mark, I have been to Jordan four times so far and am planning a trip for July, Your reviews are pretty spot on, however, you must try eating more at peoples homes. the food is always “out of the this world good” I married a Jordanian, and am learning to cook Arabic food. I make mansaf and magluba, as well as most of the dishes you describe here. Next time you go, spend time in As Salt. The people are so friendly, and the food is fantastic, And remember to never go shopping without a local to bargain for you. My sister-in-law is the best!

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Lori, great to hear from you, and that’s awesome that you can cook most of the Jordanian dishes on this list. I would love to try more home cooked Jordanian food in the future. Thank you!

  • Marwan

    1 year ago

    Great article and video, as a Jordanian far away from Jordan living in the USA for some 45 years, I thank you for taking us back there.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you Marwan, glad to hear you’re originally from Jordan!

      • Susan

        1 year ago

        Marwan above and my cousin, moved from Amman years ago but he can you about what they did in their youth – travel from “Jabal to Jabal”

  • LM

    1 year ago

    I went to Amman in 2005 when my brother was studying there, and it was a great experience. I would love to go back with my husband, because I think he’d really enjoy it. Also I think I will get to enjoy more of the sites and foods now that I am not on a student budget! We will definitely use your guide if we go back. Will you make this into PDF ebook? Thanks for the great series and it’s fun to see you branch out into new foods and regions. I bet you were craving spicy food when you got home!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi LM, great to hear you spent some time in Amman. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make this into a PDF since it’s not too long, but that’s something I could easily do. I’ll let you know if I make it into a PDF. Hope you can take your husband to visit Amman soon!

  • Faiz Ibnayan

    1 year ago

    I have been in Jordan maybe 10 times, but believe me I never saw it as you did, however my next trip to Jordan I will follow your path precisely.

  • VT. Collaco

    1 year ago

    I had been following you for over a year and this Jordan trip blow me away with the food. Do you organize a senior lady on mid-budget trip of what you show. I travel to eat only. Thank you and Ying for wonderful Migationoloy. Love to you

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much VT. really appreciate you watching!

  • Kate

    1 year ago

    Hello from Singapore! Your Jordan videos have kept my husband and I entertained the past week. We turn the videos on during dinner time and we watch what you eat, while eating our takeaway dinners. :p Could smell the barbeque from Wadirum from the TV I swear. Got to plan a trip to Jordan!

  • Former Jordanian

    1 year ago

    Amman shop keepers don’t let you choose fruit and vegetables individually for the most part and that shows when you got your green almonds . Shops outside of Amman let you do that .

  • Hj. Abdul Rahim

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark and Ying,
    You are beyond awesome for taking us along your lovely journey to Jordan.
    This is beautiful, and awesome video…Superb
    Great post… ღڪےღڰۣ✿ Awesome….ღڪےღڰۣ✿
    Thank you and keep up the great work.

  • Feras Alawadi

    1 year ago

    Hello mark .
    Welcome to jordan .
    Am from syria , and am really interesting at your vedios , they are so good .
    Jordan is a nice country , but syria is the most beautiful one .
    And its much cheaper than jordan .
    I wish you enjoy your stay. And arabian Food .
    Waiting for your vedios .
    Have a nice stay

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Feras, great to hear from you, thank you very much for watching. Syria is a country I’ve dreamed about visiting, for the incredible history for years, and I know the food will be amazing there too. Would love to visit in the future. Thank you!

  • Wael Tayara

    1 year ago

    Very nice article Mark, really you hit every point any tourist would need… And YES, Jordan and Amman in specific is considered one of the most expensive cities in the Arab World 🙂 .. But it definitely worth it 😉
    What is your next stop ? Turkey 😀 ?

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Wael, thank you very much, appreciate you reading. Not sure yet, I would love to visit Turkey, hopefully sometime this year!

  • Vicky Roth

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark and Ying,
    This is an amazing trip. Thank you for sharing. We love Arabic food, we eat at least once a week at one of the local restaurant here in Las Vegas. I’m just curious to how much this trip cost you and Ying, it seems Jordan is not a cheap play to visit. I watched your video on my big tv and it’s spectacular view of the desert, it’s even better then some travel channel I have ever seen. You guys did a good job on this trip, not only the food but the view of the country is amazingly breath taking. Two thumps up for the video. Do the Group you went with paid for some of your meals? Thank you Mark and Ying. VR.

    • Former Jordanian

      1 year ago

      Amman is one of the most expensive cities in the region . Outside of Amman , where is the beauty of Jordan and the real food is, is totally different story .
      When people ask weather to visit Jordan , I always say yes , just spend most of your time outside of Amman once you get there .
      Think about it this way :Vegas prices verses San Francisco and San Jose .

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Vicky, thank you very much for your support and glad to hear you love Arabic food as well. My wife and I were invited by the Jordan tourism board for this trip, so they sponsored the expenses, apart from the last couple days when we were on our own. Expenses are pretty high, especially accommodation. But you can have meals are pretty reasonable prices, like for a spread of hummus and filling dips you might spend around $10 US for a few people. Overall, Jordan is a pretty expensive country to visit, maybe comparable to Europe in some ways. Thank you for your support.

  • Eating Adventures

    1 year ago

    Amman is one of my favourite stopover destinations. I have stayed at the IBIS Amman, which I can recommend. The service was great, and they let us check in at 6am with no additional charge. It is walking distance to the fantastic Habibah sweets that you have mentioned, and also right next door to the Reem Al Bawadi restaurant, which is one of the most memorable dining experiences I have had anywhere in the world.

    • Former Jordanian

      1 year ago

      Amman is for the most part : the elite system class and non jordanian . Real Jordan is outside of Amman .

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Great to hear from you, thank you for the recommendation, glad you enjoyed Amman as well!

  • Ramzi Salti

    1 year ago

    You are beyond awesome for taking us along your lovely journey to Jordan. Thank you and keep up the great work.
    Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
    Lecturer of Arabic, Author & Radio DJ
    Stanford University
    Stanford, CA 94305-2006

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Ramzi, great to hear from you, thank you very much, really appreciate your support. Do you get to travel back to Jordan often?

  • James

    1 year ago

    Another brilliant travel guide Mark! I’d love to go to Jordan sometime soon and your tips will be as useful as ever if I do get to go (Your Saigon food and travel guide was so handy when I went there for the first time a few weeks ago). Keep up the amazing work!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi James, thank you very much. Glad you had a great trip to Saigon!

    • Former Jordanian

      1 year ago

      Thanks for the reply Mark . The way I look at it is like this : 1- The most consumed items in the US are things like burgers not a fancy labster tail . Mansaf and Magloba are similer to labster tail in Jordan . They are not consumed regularly on daily or weekely bases . The avrege family in Jordan can maybe can afford meat dishes only once a week or even once or twise a mounth .

      2- The most widely consumed dishes in a topical Jordanian home are dishes like :
      فاصوليا خضراء , عدس , برغل , ملوخية ,سبانخ , , مقالي خضار , مجدرة , باميا , شوربة
      Green beans , Okra , fried veg , wheat groats , lentil .

      3- Hummus from Syria , Shish Kebabs is a Turkish dish , Fool and Falafel are both from Egypt and Sudan .
      حمس صحن سوري , شيش كباب طبق تركي , فول و فلافل كلاهما مصري و سوداني

      4- قلاية
      Galayah : widely consumed .
      OK , You showed that dish in your visit to the city of Alsalt السلط
      However , Galayah can also include vegs like okra and green beans or eggplant or some other veg .

      5-Suggestion
      ask for :
      زهرة مقلية , باذنجان مقلي مع سماق , ملوخية , كرشات , تين امازي , سبانخ
      , كوسا و باذنجان محشي
      fried Cauliflower, and fried eggplant with sumac, Molokhia, Krchat ( The Sheep stomach ), figs ,
      Spinach pie . Stuffed eggpant and Zucchini .

      6- Last time 1 was in Jordan when I was a teen . Long long time ago and I have not visited since then .
      Too old to tell my age !!!
      OK , maybe 60 years ….

      • Former Jordanian

        1 year ago

        1- As far as drinks , you may like sage tea . شاي ميرمية (shay-merameh ) .
        2- All meat lovers should try ( kuba magelyeh ) deep fried stuffed meat with onion and nuts .
        كبة مقلية
        Me : Vegan by the way . Do not eat meat .
        3- You may like Ajlon castle . قلعة عجلون
        Why ?
        You can see on a clear day 3- 4 countries form the top .
        Also , on your trip to Alsat , It looks like you missed the valley . Also known as :
        Wadi Alsat or wadi sheeab وادي شعيب
        Why visit ?
        Fresh local veg and fruit off the road cheaper much cheaper and fresher than markets in Amman .
        Maybe in your way to the dead sea . Just ask , I would say it is more like what you like .
        Irbed إربد
        Just outside Irbed , closer to Ramtha and Syria , there is a nice hot spring .
        الحمة alhemeh in Arabic .
        Jerash
        Why ?
        More like Rome .
        Wadi rum وادي رم
        Why ?
        More like the Grand Canyon .
        .

        • Mark Wiens

          1 year ago

          Thank you very much for all the recommendation in Jordan!

        • LM

          1 year ago

          Yes the sage tea is one of the most classic things I had in Jordan–took some getting used to, but now I make it at home in US when I miss that flavor. One of the first phrases I had to learn was “bidun zuker” because the tea was often way too sweet for me. Another thing I enjoyed that I can’t find the name for is green coffee? I think the beans were un-roasted or lightly roasted…served in tiny cups after a meal. Very strong! Can any locals help me out with that one?

          • Reem

            1 year ago

            LM, you might be referring to Arabic coffee, which color can seems a little green or yellow sometimes, the main spice used in making it is cardamom, which give it the biting strong taste, depending on how much you use, check if this is what you had, but mostly we drink tea, Turkish coffee or Arabic coffee after a meal
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_coffee

  • Former Jordanian

    1 year ago

    It seems to me that you are showing what they want you to show .Most Jordanians eat different than what shows in the videos so far . I was born in Jordan and that was not home cooking in a topical Jordanian home .
    It would be nice if you go in your own way and check for yourself the most consumed items ,just the way you do it in india or china for example .

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you for sharing. Towards the end of my time in Jordan I had a few days on my own, so I was able to eat at some more places, and I also went to a friends house for dinner and had a home cooked meal. Do you go back to visit Jordan often?

  • Alice

    1 year ago

    Wonderful travel guide! I just wanted to mention that there is a “Jordan Pass” available through the Ministry of Tourism for purchase prior to arrival in Jordan that includes the cost of the entry Visa and all entry fees for 40 plus tourist sites. The present cost of this pass is 70JD
    http://jordanpass.jo/

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Alice, awesome thank you very much for this tip, this is very helpful.

  • Myron DSilva

    1 year ago

    Amazing post Mark!! Looking forward for all your videos and blogs of Jordan 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much Myron, appreciate you watching.

  • Ahmad Tajuddin

    1 year ago

    Can’t wait your food reviews 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much Ahmad!

      • hiba Bejaoui

        10 months ago

        Interesting i really recommand Shawarma and Falafel for visiters but you didn’t mention the famous delicious KUNAFA <3 best ever