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by Lena Sluga

ALTERNATIVE AMMAN STADTTOUR

1. Der Freitagsmarkt

2. Fuheis & Carakale Mikrobrauerei

4. Besuchen Sie ein tuerkisches Bad

5. Das Wild Jordan Zentrum

6. Rainbow Theatre

7. Der Duke’s Diwan

8. Seifen selber machen im Syrian Jasmine House

9. Entspannung bei einem Rooftop-Pool

10. Cantaloupe Gastro Pub

 

1. Besuchen Sie den quirligen Freitagsmarkt (Souq el Jumea)

Wenn Sie an einem Donnerstag oder Freitag in Amman sind, haben Sie Glück: Der Freitagsmarkt ist in Betrieb! Von Donnerstagnachmittag bis Freitagabend können Sie auf der Suche nach versteckten Juwelen in die Berge gebrauchter Kleidung tauchen. Der Markt findet auf einem Platz in der Innenstadt in der Nähe von Ras al-Ayn statt und ist einer der größten Bekleidungsmärkte in Amman. Hier finden Sie alles: von alten Pelzmänteln über Brautkleider, Schlafmäntel bis hin zu allerlei ausgefallener Kleidung aus den letzten Jahrzehnten. Zwischen den Kleiderhaufen werden Kaffee, Tee, gewürzter Mais und weitere Snacks verkauft, um Sie bei Kraeften zu halten! Wenn Sie keinen (extrem) starken Magen haben, halten Sie sich von Fleischgebäck fern.

 

2) Fuheis und die Carakale Mikrobrauerei

15 km nordwestlich von Amman liegt Fuheis, eine überwiegend christliche Kleinstadt. Gleich daneben befindet sich Jordaniens einzige Mikrobrauerei: Carakale! Zusammen bilden diese beiden Orte eine schöne Ergänzung zu einer alternativen Amman-Tour.

Schlendern Sie durch den neueren Teil von Fuheis – das ganze Jahr über stoßen Sie auf Weihnachtsdekorationsgeschäfte. Im Winter ist es hier besonders festlich. Wenn Sie möchten, besuchen Sie das B & B (Burger & Beer) für eine Runde Billard oder Tischfußball (und ein Bier). Die Burger sind auch sehr lecker! Fahren Sie weiter in den älteren Stadtteil al-Balad und fahren Sie (eine halbe Stunde zu Fuß) nach El Housh, einem kleinen Café, in dem die Werke lokaler Künstler ausgestellt sind. Hier können Sie auch draußen auf der schönen Terrasse sitzen, umgeben von Pflanzen und Blumen. Hier werden lokales Essen, guter Kaffee und spezielle Tees serviert, und Sie können auch hausgemachte Lebensmittel kaufen.

Fahren Sie dann weiter nach Carakale, das eine 10-minütige Autofahrt von Fuheis entfernt liegt. Die Brauerei ist von Natur umgeben und bietet einen großartigen Blick über die umliegenden (zeitweise) grünen Hügel. Dieser Ort ist besonders schön für den Sonnenuntergang, da Sie auf der Terrasse sitzen und an Ihrem Bier nippen und die Aussicht und Ihre Gesellschaft genießen können. Die Brauerei bietet auch verschiedene Führungen an, für diejenigen, die mehr über den Bierherstellungsprozess erfahren möchten!

 

3) Jameeda Khanum fuer Mansaf

Obwohl alle sagen, Jabri sei der beste Ort für Mansaf, sind wir anderer Meinung. Jameeda Khanum befindet sich in der Innenstadt von Amman und ist ein wirklich sehenswerter Ort: Dekoriert und eingerichtet, als würden Sie in einem Wohnzimmer sitzen und Mansaf essen, das reichhaltiger ist und der hausgemachten Version näher kommt. Jameeda Khanum ist auch ein großartiger Abschluss einer alternativen Amman-Tour. Weitere Informationen zu Mansaf finden Sie in diesem Blogbeitrag.

An manchen Abenden wird arabische Live-Musik gespielt und es ist ein großartiger Ort, um eine der vielen Shisha-Aromen zu probieren. Einige der kleinen Kunstwerke an der Wand stehen ebenfalls zum Verkauf und machen ein tolles Souvenir. Es gibt auch eine schöne Dachterrasse zum Sitzen, für diejenigen, die es etwas ruhiger wollen. Lustige Tatsache: Es gibt ein Badezimmer mit zwei Toiletten – nebeneinander! Wenn Sie neugierig sind, nehmen Sie die andere Tür neben den normalen Toiletten für Männer und Frauen…

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4) Verwoehnen Sie sich in einem tuerkischen Bad

Wenn Sie in Betracht ziehen, irgendwo in Jordanien ein türkisches Bad zu besuchen, dann empfehlen wir entweder das 1001 Nights Turkish Bath (in der Nähe des Waha Circle) oder das Al Pasha Turkish Bath (Jabal Weibdeh). Das 1001 Nights Turkish Bath kostet etwas mehr als die anderen, ist aber das Geld wert.

Hier ein kleiner Leitfaden zu türkischen Bädern für diejenigen, die es noch nie gegeben haben: Nach dem Duschen gehen Sie in den Whirlpool (man zieht einen Badeanzug an, hier geht es nicht „europäisch“ zu), während Sie an einem frischen Saft nippen. Dann weiter zum Dampfbad, gefolgt von einem heißen Steinen. Schrubben Sie anschließend Ihren ganzen Körper, duschen Sie erneut und gehen Sie in ein Seifenbad. Zu guter Letzt erhalten Sie eine 15-minütige Schlammmassage. Am Ende können Sie im Restaurant einen Kaffee oder Tee trinken.

Das 1001 Nights Spa bietet gleichzeitig Platz für männliche und weibliche Besucher. Es ist üblich, dass die Geschlechter getrennt sind. Normalerweise können Frauen tagsüber gehen, und die Abende sind Männern vorbehalten.

Al Pasha Turkish Bath

 

5) Koestliches Essen im Wild Jordan Zentrum

Das Wild Jordan Zentrum ist ein großartiger Ort, um zu Mittag oder Abend zu essen, einen Kaffee zu trinken oder sich einfach nur umzuschauen. Das Zentrum liegt unterhalb der Rainbow Street und bietet einen herrlichen Blick über die Innenstadt, Jabal Weibdeh und die Zitadelle. Dort gibt es auch einen kleinen Naturladen, in dem verschiedene Produkte verkauft werden, die in Jordanien von Frauen oder Mitgliedern der örtlichen Gemeinde handgefertigt wurden. Das Zentrum soll den ländlichen Gemeinden in den von RSCN geschützten Naturschutzgebieten ein Einkommen sichern. Im Empfangsbereich finden Sie auch zahlreiche Informationen zu den verschiedenen Naturschutzgebieten.

Das Restaurant im Wild Jordan Zentrum bietet ein Sommer- und Wintermenü, das aus einer Vielzahl gesunder, jordanischer Gerichte besteht, die mit saisonsueblichen Lebensmitteln zubereitet werden. Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Restaurants in Jordanien servieren sie auch vegetarische, vegane und glutenfreie Gerichte.

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Das Wild Jordan Zentrum

 

6) Go for a free movie screening at the Rainbow Theatre

Just off the famous Rainbow Street, you’ll find the Rainbow Theatre, an independent arts and entertainment venue. It opened in 1957, showing the latest international blockbusters. Nowadays, the Theatre mostly shows cultural and independent movies from the Middle East, but also from other countries around the world with changing themes (like French Film Week). Some movies will cost entry, but many are screened for free. Sometimes, there is a Q&A or discussion hosted with the producer/ author afterwards. Click here to check their programme: Royal Film Commission Upcoming Screenings.

 

7) The Duke’s Diwan

The Duke’s Diwan is the oldest residence in Amman, hidden in the bustling downtown area. This place should not be missed in an alternative Amman tour.

The house was built in 1924 at the space of 12 King Faisal Street, and until today you can see the magnificent architectural heritage of Old Amman. In the following decades, the space has been used as a central post office, as an annex of the Ministry of Finance and finally as a hotel (Haifa Hotel).

Today, the residence has an open door policy to everyone who wants to explore the storied rooms. The caretaker of the house welcomes every visitor with a cup of tea. Entering the house feels like stepping out of a time machine. Much of the original décor from the 1920’s is still where it used to be, along with pictures from the “old days” on the walls.

 

8) Soap making at the Syrian Jasmine House

Join the women of the Syrian Jasmine House and learn how to make the famous Aleppo Soap! Made out of shea, coconut and olive oil as well as bay leaves, it is a purely organic soap which can be used on a daily basis. The soap moisturizes the skin, and helps to regain a more youthful look. While you wait for your soap to dry, you can sit and enjoy a hot tea or coffee.

Overall, the Syrian Jasmine House offers much more than only soap making. The women employed offer a range of Syrian products including food, handicrafts and candles, which bring a taste of Syria to Jordan and make a nice souvenir for a loved one at home.

photo by Heather Ford

 

9) Relax on a rooftop pool

Unfortunately, Amman has no access to the sea, but there are options to swim and sunbathe in the middle of this concrete jungle! Several of the 5* hotels in the city offer day passes to access their pools and spa facilities, and you can relax and pamper yourself for a day. And in the evening, you can catch the beautiful coloured sunset sky over the city.

In the Grand Hyatt Amman, you can use the rooftop pool with a great view over the city (and the King Abdullah Mosque), and the bar offers a great selection of delicious drinks. The U Roof Lounge would be another great place to spend a day lounging at the pool. On weekend evenings, the lounge turns into an atmospheric party venue. The Amman Rotana Hotel is Jordan’s first and tallest tower, so needless to say that their rooftop pool has a spectacular view.

 

10) Cantaloupe Gastro Pub

For the perfect ending of an alternative Amman tour, head to the Cantaloupe Bar and Restaurant. It’s located at the end of Rainbow Street and doesn’t look like much from the outside, but as the saying goes, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. Their rooftop terrace boasts an almost 360 degree view over Amman’s skyline. Don’t miss going there for a drink or dinner just before sunset, to see how the colours of the sky and the city change. If you want to be sure to get a good spot, call in advance and ask for a table overlooking the Citadel.

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Of course, we can also put together a whole trip for you, based on alternative activities and sights. Our dedicated travel consultants live all over Jordan, therefore, we can give you the best insider tips. To get started on your personal trip plan for a holiday in Jordan, get in touch with us. 

 

 

Seen the Citadel, been to the Roman Theatre and had enough of the downtown souks? Then read on, fellow explorer!  Here you’ll find out what else there is to see and do on an alternative Amman tour. Amman might not appear to have a lot to offer at first sight, and many would consider skipping it, but the capital actually has a lot of hidden gems.

  1. The Friday Market
  2. Fuheis & Carakale Microbrewery
  3. Mansaf at Jameeda Khanum
  4. Visit a Turkish Bath
  5. The Wild Jordan Centre
  6. Rainbow Theatre
  7. The Duke’s Diwan
  8. Soap making at the Syrian Jasmine House
  9. Relax on a rooftop pool
  10. Cantaloupe Gastro Pub

 

1) Head to the bustling Friday Market (Souq el Jumea)

If you’re in Amman on a Thursday or Friday, you are in luck: the Friday Market is up and running! From Thursday afternoon to Friday evening, you can dig into the mountains of second-hand clothing in search of some hidden gems. Located on a square in downtown near Ras al-Ayn, it is one of the biggest clothing markets in Amman. Here, you can find everything: from old fur coats to wedding dresses, sleeping robes and all sorts of funky clothing from the last decades. In between, coffee and tea are being sold, along with cups of seasoned sweet corn, to keep you going! Unless you have a (very) strong stomach, stay clear of the meat pastries.

 

2) Visit Fuheis and the Carakale Brewery

Situated 15 kms northwest of Amman, you will find Fuheis, a predominately Christian small-town. Right next to it is Jordan’s one and only craft beer microbrewery: Carakale! Together, these two places make a nice addition to an alternative Amman tour.

In Fuheis, walk down into the newer part of town – all year round you will come across Christmas decoration shops, so in winter, it is particularly festive here. If you like, stop at B&B (Burger & Beer) for a round of pool or table soccer (and a pint). Their burgers are also very tasty! Continue to the older part of town known as al-Balad, and head (half an hour walking) to El Housh, a small café showcasing the work of local artists. Here, you can also sit outside on the lovely terrace, surrounded by lush greenery and flowers. The place serves local food, great coffee and you can also buy home-made foods.

Then, continue to Carakale, which is a 10 minute drive away from Fuheis. The brewery is surrounded by nature, giving a great view over the surrounding green hills. This place is particularly nice for sunset, as you can sit on the terrace sipping on your beer, enjoying the view and your company. The Brewery also offers various tours, for those who wish to know more about the beer making process!

 

3) Forget Jabri, try the best Mansaf in town at Jameeda Khanum!

Although everyone says Jabri is the best place for Mansaf, we don’t quite agree. Located in downtown Amman, Jameeda Khanum is a real hidden gem: Decorated and set up like you are sitting in someone’s living room, serving Mansaf that is more rich, and comes closer to the home-cooked version.  This place is also a great ending to an alternative Amman tour. To read more about Mansaf, check out this blog post: https://in2jordan.com/mansaf-jordans-national-dish/

On some evenings, Arabic live music is played, and it’s a great place to try one of the many Shisha flavours. Some of the little crafts and artwork on the wall are also for sale, and make a great souvenir. There is also a lovely rooftop terrace to sit on, for those who prefer it more quiet. Fun fact: there is a bathroom with two toilets in it – next to each other! If you’re curious, take the other door next to the normal male and female toilets…

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Jameeda Khanum

4) Pamper yourself at a Turkish Bath

If you consider hitting up a Turkish Bath anywhere in Jordan, then head to either the 1001 Nights Turkish Bath (near Waha Circle) or Al Pasha Turkish Bath (Jabal Weibdeh). The 1001 Nights Turkish Bath costs a little more than the others, but is well worth the money.

Here a little guide on Turkish Baths, for those who have never been: After showering, you’ll head into the Jacuzzi (keep your bathing suits on, here we don’t go “European-style”), while sipping on a fresh juice. Then continue to the Steam Bath, followed by laying onto a hot stone. Afterwards, scrub your full body, shower again and go to soak in a soap bath. Last but not least, you’ll have a 15-minute mud massage. At the end, you can go into the restaurant for a coffee or tea.

The 1001 Nights Spa can also accommodate male and female visitors at the same time. It is common for genders to be separate. Usually women can go during the day, and evenings are reserved for men.

Al Pasha Turkish Bath

 

5) Stuff your face at the Wild Jordan Centre

The Wild Jordan Centre is a great place to come for lunch or dinner, for a coffee or just to have a look around. Located on the downhill side of Rainbow Street, you’ll have great views over downtown, Jabal Weibdeh and the Citadel. There is also a small Nature Shop in there, selling various products which were handmade in Jordan, by women or local community members. The centre aims to provide an income for the rural communities located in the nature reserves protected by RSCN. In the reception area, you’ll also find plenty of information about the various reserves.

The restaurant in the Wild Jordan Centre has a summer and winter menu, which consists of a variety of Jordanian dishes with a healthy touch, made out of seasonal foods. Unlike many other restaurants in Jordan, they also serve vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals.

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On the right: the Wild Jordan Centre

 

6) Go for a free movie screening at the Rainbow Theatre

Just off the famous Rainbow Street, you’ll find the Rainbow Theatre, an independent arts and entertainment venue. It opened in 1957, showing the latest international blockbusters. Nowadays, the Theatre mostly shows cultural and independent movies from the Middle East, but also from other countries around the world with changing themes (like French Film Week). Some movies will cost entry, but many are screened for free. Sometimes, there is a Q&A or discussion hosted with the producer/ author afterwards. Click here to check their programme: Royal Film Commission Upcoming Screenings.

 

7) The Duke’s Diwan

The Duke’s Diwan is the oldest residence in Amman, hidden in the bustling downtown area. This place should not be missed in an alternative Amman tour.

The house was built in 1924 at the space of 12 King Faisal Street, and until today you can see the magnificent architectural heritage of Old Amman. In the following decades, the space has been used as a central post office, as an annex of the Ministry of Finance and finally as a hotel (Haifa Hotel).

Today, the residence has an open door policy to everyone who wants to explore the storied rooms. The caretaker of the house welcomes every visitor with a cup of tea. Entering the house feels like stepping out of a time machine. Much of the original décor from the 1920’s is still where it used to be, along with pictures from the “old days” on the walls.

 

8) Soap making at the Syrian Jasmine House

Join the women of the Syrian Jasmine House and learn how to make the famous Aleppo Soap! Made out of shea, coconut and olive oil as well as bay leaves, it is a purely organic soap which can be used on a daily basis. The soap moisturizes the skin, and helps to regain a more youthful look. While you wait for your soap to dry, you can sit and enjoy a hot tea or coffee.

Overall, the Syrian Jasmine House offers much more than only soap making. The women employed offer a range of Syrian products including food, handicrafts and candles, which bring a taste of Syria to Jordan and make a nice souvenir for a loved one at home.

photo by Heather Ford

 

9) Relax on a rooftop pool

Unfortunately, Amman has no access to the sea, but there are options to swim and sunbathe in the middle of this concrete jungle! Several of the 5* hotels in the city offer day passes to access their pools and spa facilities, and you can relax and pamper yourself for a day. And in the evening, you can catch the beautiful coloured sunset sky over the city.

In the Grand Hyatt Amman, you can use the rooftop pool with a great view over the city (and the King Abdullah Mosque), and the bar offers a great selection of delicious drinks. The U Roof Lounge would be another great place to spend a day lounging at the pool. On weekend evenings, the lounge turns into an atmospheric party venue. The Amman Rotana Hotel is Jordan’s first and tallest tower, so needless to say that their rooftop pool has a spectacular view.

 

10) Cantaloupe Gastro Pub

For the perfect ending of an alternative Amman tour, head to the Cantaloupe Bar and Restaurant. It’s located at the end of Rainbow Street and doesn’t look like much from the outside, but as the saying goes, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. Their rooftop terrace boasts an almost 360 degree view over Amman’s skyline. Don’t miss going there for a drink or dinner just before sunset, to see how the colours of the sky and the city change. If you want to be sure to get a good spot, call in advance and ask for a table overlooking the Citadel.

alternative amman tour

 

Of course, we can also put together a whole trip for you, based on alternative activities and sights. Our dedicated travel consultants live all over Jordan, therefore, we can give you the best insider tips. To get started on your personal trip plan for a holiday in Jordan, get in touch with us. 

 

 

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