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8 Best Things To Do In Amman On A Short Trip

Amman — the capital of Jordan — is a charming city with a fascinating mixture of modern world and cultural history. The city is also an excellent base for touring around popular sites like Jerash. Amman is often overlooked and underrated, but the best things to do in Amman will make your visit worth it.

This lively city is humming with colorful and innovative cafes, art galleries, street food stalls, and the souks that are sure to amaze you. If you’re an explorer, Amman is calling you!

shawarma roll in a street stall in Amman

Amongst all the things to do in Amman, trying Jordanian food is the best. It would be no exaggeration to say that the highlight of your complete trip is going to be the food. Due to its geographical location, the country has culinary influences from Mediterranean, North Africa, and Persia. Amman is the hub for cafes, restaurants, and food stalls.

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sunset at the Citadel

The Citadel is the perfect spot to watch a romantic and gorgeous sunset. The Citadel is located on top of the highest hill of Amman allowing you to enjoy panoramic views of the complete city. The colours in the sky, the soft warmth of the sun, and the cool breeze create a magical moment.

If you wish to explore other ancient sites of Amman, you can book a day or night tour that’ll take you to Citadel, Amman’s hilltop city, ancient museums, and art galleries. But watching the mellow sun with a view of the city’s skyline is undoubtedly one of the bets things to do in Amman.

a shop in Jara Shouk in Amman

The lively, crowded, and colourful bazaar of the capital meanders around Amman’s Roman ruins. All the household items are sold alongside perfumes, fruits, spices, clothes, not to mention, the delicious Jordanian cuisine. One can also visit the Souk Jara near Rainbow Street, held every friday. That’s also a flea market mainly selling handicrafts and traditional food.

Rainbow Street in Amman decorated with colourful umbrellas

If you see a road dotted with colourful pots, umbrellas, and cozy cafes, stop there, that’s Rainbow Street. The street is also lined with cinema halls and pubs, and this is the place where most of the youngsters of Amman hangout. One can also find many ice cream shops on the road that let you customize your ice cream the way you’ve never seen before. Rainbow Street is the best place to buy souvenirs, try the delicious street food, and meet young Jordanians.

people partying in a club in Amman

For a long long time, Amman was seen as a sleepy metropolis where everything stopped at 8 O’Clock or 9 O’Clock at night, but not any longer. The increasingly young population of Jordan has changed the image of Amman. The nightlife has drastically changed, as the sun goes down, you can see the nightclubs, discs, and shisha lounges buzzing with young people.

A room with a golden chandelier in Dukes Diwan in Amman

The oldest home in Amman, situated a few steps away from the lively souks of downtown, the Duke’s Diwan has its door permanently open for tourists and artists. Built in 1924, the house is now one of the most beautiful architectural heritage that reminds Jordanian people of Old Amman.

You can linger here for as long as you want, and the warm and friendly caretaker will invite you for a cup of tea to tell stories of the past. If you’re willing to climb the steep stairs, the most beautiful house in the city is waiting for you.

classic cars in Royal Automobile Museum in Amman

If you’re a car enthusiast, you’re going to love the Royal Automobile Museum. There are over 70 classic motorbikes and cars from the collection of King Hussein, who was king of Jordan from 1956 to 1999.

horse riding in Amman

Ever imagined how exciting it will be to gallop through the untouched valleys of Amman? Experience the dreamlike and magical land of Jordan from the back of an Arab steed. It’s going to be an exciting experience to ride through the limestone canyons and gorges. And sleeping under the star-filled sky after a long horse ride is not a bad idea either. One can also go hiking in Amman.

If you’re ready to explore, there are a hundred other best things to do in Amman. Those who are on a slow & long journey can even explore the rolling hills of of Amman and get under its skin to find out the hidden treasures.

 

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