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.
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.
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.