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 ...
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.
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.