Since Petra is worth exploring for a full day, you have to eat there. You can always take a sandwich and have one of the best picnics you'll ever remember. But, if you decide to eat there, there's not much to choose from: There is a buffet, typically found in this country, for 17 dinars (about 20 euros). There is typical Arabian food to fill you to the top. It's not cheap, but it's really good. It's an option.
In the main street of Aqaba, the stalls are full of all kinds of noise, people and passersby. Since we had reporting materials (photos, videos), we generated quite a lot of attention on the premises. We became buddies with a few guys who ran a souvenirs kiosk. We asked where to eat a good Kebab and they didn't hesitate to tell us. "Our neighbors". So right there we sat. The food was really delicious. They first gave us some rather delicious Jordanians appetizers and finally a spectacular kebab. It came out to just over 3 euros. A strongly recommended site. Too bad there aren't any street names and that the names of traditional commerce, obviously, are in Arabic. But the pictures may help you find it.
Visiting Ziqaq is an obligation in our family. It holds a lot of sentimental value for me, as it was one of the first places that I went to in my early days in Amman. Here they serve coffee, tea and juices, a variety of ice creams. It has the advantage of having a Chili Ways next to it, if you want to eat something. They have chess, cards and other games. Downstairs there is a sports television, usually football. The waiters are a bit "confused" and you will usually have to call them a few times, but it's part of the charm of the place. It´s really cheap when compared with other local "coolest" places of the city. I took away good memories ...
I love Asian food. We have fun around the city of Amman discovering new places to eat. The first time we visited the Noodasia it surprised us a lot. First the local dark wood, metal and lots of glass. After the food surprised us with a variety of pasta dishes, Thai and Japanese, including sushi. I can say that we are now regulars. It is not at all expensive costing about 30dj per person. Although they don't serve alcohol, their juices are beautiful. Whenever we return we discovered new dishes and are delighted with the experience. It's in a cool and elegant area of town.
The Mecca Mall is one of our favorite places to see La Liga. It is full of fun, young people, mostly Real Madrid fans and there is no alcohol. The coffee and tea are excellent. You can eat well with snacks including pizzas, sandwiches and salads ... Watching the game here is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the weekend. If the party is good on Sunday it's because it's always a full workday here. People come from work or from the University to hang out.
Travelers staying at the Arena Space Hotel Amman, of which there are many, sometimes complain that there is not much to do. The Jabri is certainly the ideal place for these people. It has a nice terrace in summer which is almost always full. Specialists in Arabic food , they have a well-stocked grill. Delicious mezzes (appetizers) are available which are very reasonably priced. There is also a wonderful bakery close by where you can sample fresh bread every day.
Always surprising is the Petra Kitchen, besides offering traditional Bedouin food, it gives you the chance to you to work out your own dishes. With fresh produce from the zone, Bedouin dishes are prepared daily with the help of the diner. An experience that lasts about 2 hours. It is fun, if you have time before or after the visit to Petra, it is another way to get to know Jordanian food and culture. You get an apron and you have the staff and they put you directly in the kitchen. The chef and his assistants will explain the dishes to make, they put a knife in your hand and you begin chopping veggies ... Step by step they show you the way, all the time making you part of the process. It's so fun. The menu is made up of soup, some starters, a main dish, a Jordanian dish and a dessert. Depending on the culinary prowess of each person, it will take more or less time to sit at the table. It is usually cooked in groups, so you meet people from many countries. Once the dishes are made the chef lets you eat. They even have a Bedouin cooking course that is five days. You can spend a few hours in fun company, with the preparation of the dishes, lunch and drinks included, which adds up to about 40dj. It is not cheap, but the laughter and fun is definitely priceless. It is very close to the entrance of Petra, close to Petra Palace Hotel.
A must-do is the tour of the souks of old Amman. When you are tired of buying, looking and living the most authentic things in the town, there's nothing better than eating a delicious Mansaf. The quintessential Jordanian dish consists of lamb with rice, almonds and yogourt sauce. Although each of the dishes here are a lesson in Arabic food. The olive oil chicken was delicious, and one of my favourite dishes. You will find yourself in a room full of amanitas enjoying their almuelzo. It's usually very busy because it's cheap. Don't miss it!
This stone building with a lovely garden, provides a good variety of typical Jordanian cuisine and other Lebanese dishes. All the grilled meats are excellent. The dishes are plentiful and of excellent quality. They serve fresh produce daily. It's worth waiting a bit for a table in the garden, sipping a nice cup of tea with desserts.
For those staying in Wadi Mousa near Petra, the Al Qantarah Restaurant is probably your best bet. The restaurant has traditional Bedouin decor with rock walls and tablecloths that look like Berber carpets . There's also a great terrace for eating out when the weather is good. We started with a classic mezzeh of hummus, fattoush, baba ganoush and various salads. The waiter brought the main dish: a clay bowl filled with delicious spicy rice with lamb. Really, really tasty.
This is a great place for solo travelers staying in Madaba. Great prices, helpful staff and fun. For those who are in a group, it is certainly the ideal place for a stopover after visiting the Church and Mosaic; tea or a drink before continuing on. Hookah excellent.
This is one of the most authentic local places in Wadi Musa. It is a must for every traveler ve wants to eat well and cheaply. The food is plentiful and the quality is good. The place is clean and the staff are very friendly. It is one of the few restaurants in Wadi Musa where you can find local families, that's always a sign that it´s a good place. It is located in the town center roundabout, and its owner is known by everyone. It serves Arab dishes, shawarma, falafel, lamb and excellent hummus.
We like to have breakfast here. The view from the windows as the city wakes up. It's in a busy neighbourhood and is cheerful. You can have a delicious black tea, accompanied by a slice of cake. My favourite, the Cannelle, with apple, cinnamon and chocolate cake. Orangina is another of my favourites, whenever we have a meal with friends we would have this, a successful purchase is guaranteed. The chocolate and orange is a delight. It not only specialises in cakes, delicious Arabian sweets, baklava, cashew basma, nabulsieh ... A sweet visit for those ve want to discover Amman.
The Iranian colony in Amman is very important, and has lead to the influx of Persian food restaurants, which are mostly frequented by families. The menu at Zareef is a delicious blend of local products and traditional food. The service is good, and hearty meals must be taken into account before ordering. It's best to seek advice from experts, who always choose right. They do not sell alcohol, but the natural juices are very good. You can always resort to drinking Jordanian drink par excellence called the lemon-nana, a freshly squeezed lemon juice with mint leaves. There is always music - the Iranians are passionate about their folklore and not hard to find some guests eating dessert and clapping their hands to encouraging everyone in the cafe. Certainly one of the best Arabian coffee that I've tasted.
Neither the menu nor the decor have changed since 1952 when it opened. There are still plastic tables and rows of lightbulbs. Their signature dish is the falafel (fried chickpeas), but they also have pita bread, and the best hummus (beans with olive oil) in town, plus fresh mint tea. It's really cheap, the tables are almost always full. The service is fast, you don't have to wait long. Its current owner will tell anyone who will listen that the King ate there with his family, and paid for everyone in the restaurant. "Whatever you serve the people, serve me" were his words. A must-try for all who seek authentic sites in old Amman.
In one of the liveliest districts of Amman, this coffee shop is the most visited by travellers. Highlights include spacious terraces, undoubtedly the best in the area, excellent ice cream, juices and herbal teas. It has live music - the singer is one of my favourites. Thursday and Friday are the busiest nights. There is a lot of "Jordanian" ambience. Families, couples and groups of friends make this place full those nights. Whenever I can, I try to take Spanish travellers. I have great memories of fun evenings. Also there are sometimes impromptu dances, to make the stay more enjoyable and fun.