In the heart of the Middle East, where tradition and modernity engage in a captivating dance, Amman emerges as a particoloured metropolis, echoing tales of ancient civilizations while embracing the pulse of contemporary urban life. Jordan’s capital, a city of contrasts, sprawls across the undulating hills, revealing layers of history etched in its stone facades.
This week, KHAMSA descends into the cultural hub that is Amman, through a detailed travel guide by Muna Khalaf (@munakhalaf_), a fashion stylist and creative director. Muna lends her expertise to Tintein Studio, a company that specializes in wardrobe styling, creative direction, casting, photoshoot production, personal styling, and image consulting.
From the Roman Theatre’s weathered grandeur to the bustling markets of downtown, Amman unfolds as a canvas where the past gracefully converges with the present. Through Muna’s perspective, we witness the city’s vibrant street art adorned by weathered walls, mirroring the spirit of resilience that defines its people. Amidst the labyrinthine alleys, eclectic cafés, and the majestic Amman Citadel perched on Jebel al-Qala’a, the city tells a story of transformation and cultural renaissance. As Muna will affirm, Amman, with its vibrant energy and historical echoes, is a testament to the enduring spirit of the region, where the ancient and the avant-garde coalesce in a captivating symphony.
Top must-visit Amman food spots?
Oliva Pizza and Pasta, Weibdeh
The restaurant’s menu is dedicated to Italian classics and innovative salads made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.
Fakhreldin, 3rd circle
For the best traditional maza.
Em Sherif, Abdali District
For some traditional local cuisine.
Sufra, Rainbow Street
For diners who want to sample traditional home-style flavours of Jordan.
Habibah Sweets, Downtown Amman
For some delicious knafeh and other Arabic desserts.
Yoshi, 4th Circle
For the best sushi in town!
Best coffee spots?
Kava Coffee Roasters – For the most exquisite matcha in Amman.
Best places for sundowners/rooftop places?
Living Room, 2nd circle
Jabal Cafe, Salt
Best places for shopping?
Random knick-knacks in Swefieh is where I get cute stuff for styling!
For Vintage shopping
Second Base, Weidbeh
Must-visit cultural spots?
The Dead Sea
One of the most famous landmarks in the world.
Known as the Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum is a delight for the eyes, with its desert landscape, red terrain, and jaw-dropping rock formations.
A must-visit if you are in Amman.
A cultural spot that houses heritage and history galore.
The Roman Amphitheatre
The feelings of olden entertainment in one beautiful location.
Two hours away from the city, this splendid hilltop overlooks the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee.
Best boutique hotels to stay in?
La Locanda Boutique Hotel
Zaman ya Zaman boutique Hotel
Canyon Boutique Hotel
“Apartments for rent in the Weibdeh area are super cute, but have no name. You kinda have to ask around.”– Muna Khalaf
Check out the city of Madaba in Amman. Ghore Al Shamali is a great place, and it’s where my farm is!
Avan for pretty much everything. Maria Nails to sport some gel nails
What should you avoid?
For summer, pack sunscreen. For winter, anything hydrating. Definitely pack active wear and comfy athleisure.
Try to pack formal wear. There’ll be an 80% chance you’ll have to attend someone’s wedding, and we like to go hard. So, something fancy works.
It doesn’t get cold until later in December, so you’ll be perfectly fine with sweatsuits and light jackets up until then.
Any tips and tricks to tackle the city?
If it’s your first time in Amman, I would say it’s best when a local recommends places to visit, restaurants to dine in, and things to see. So perhaps befriend one of us before.