Regional influencer and Amman native Bana Abujaber shows us where to go, what to see and what not to miss in the buzzy modern Arab capital
Humming with restaurants, designer galleries and a charming mix of old and new, Amman is the beautiful Arab capital causing a buzz. Whether it’s the burgeoning arts scene that captures your interest or the little speakeasy style bars waiting to be discovered in downtown’s tiny alleyways, this is definitely a city worth exploring. It’s also the place where regional influencer, Bana Abujaber of Sidenotbanaa, calls home. Here, the Jordanian native breaks down her must-sees and do’s in the city.
From where to grab the most delicious manaqeesh to how to gallery-hop around Jabal al Weibdeh like a pro, read on to find out how you should tackle Jordan next time you’re in town.
BEST BREAKFAST SPOTS
Blue Fig has been a favourite spot of mine for as long as I can remember, they offer delicious manaqeesh. I would recommend the cheese & zaatar as well as the peanut butter & jam. There’s Shams El Balad for good vibes, local produce and delicious dishes. But if you are looking for more of a traditional breakfast Al Usra serves the traditional hummus and foul type of breakfast.
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TOP THREE MUST-DOS WHILE IN TOWN
Gallery hopping in Jabal al Weibdeh. If you’re around check out Wadi Finan, Darat al Funun and Nabad Art Gallery. Jasmine House Art & Food is something you shouldn’t miss. It is a gallery that promotes local culture and architecture, and the best part is that you can enjoy it over a delicious bowl of pasta. Lastly, a walk through Rainbow Street and Downtown is a must. It’s one of my favourite things to do especially when I’m shooting for my blog. Pass by the soap house and get lost in Weibdeh’s alleys and stairways.
Jasmine House Art & Food
La Locanda Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Jabal Il Weibdeh. With only 14 rooms, each room celebrates a different Arabic artist such as Um Kalthoum, Sayed Darwish etc. Also the W Hotel is opening soon; pretty sure that’s going to be the one!
La Locanda Hotel
HOTTEST TABLE IN TOWN
That would have to be Rustic at the Canary Hotel in Jabal Al Weibdeh!
WHERE TO SHOP
For Jordanian designers you can shop at the concept Chamber Gyld Design House, which offers both local and regional designers.
Instagram @ Chambergylddesignhouse
FOR A REAL TASTE OF AMMAN
Head to Beit Sitti and you’ll learn how to cook traditional Arabic dishes such as mansaf, kusa Mahshi. Then you get to eat the meal afterwards. So much fun!
Instagram @ Beitsitti
WHERE TO TAKE THE PERFECT PICTURE
For a good view of Amman, downtown has some pretty awesome spots!
MUST BUY SOUVENIR
Traditional Jordanian Head Scarf, which is mostly worn in the desert and is traditional for the Bedouin culture. That’s something one should take home.
Instagram @ Sidenotebanaa
WHERE TO GO TO ESCAPE THE CHAOS
Camping in Wadi Rum! It is a must see for any visitor coming to Jordan. It has the most extraordinary desert scenery you’ll ever see!
WHAT TO PACK
Amman is a pretty laid back city, you don’t have to worry about packing anything fancy. For the day time you can throw on a pair of jeans and sneakers. Don’t forget to pack a light leather jacket; it gets a bit chilly at night.
Instagram @ Sidenotebanna