Jordan
Discovering the depth and variety of Arabic food is one of the highlights of any Jordan journey. Amman and Madaba are home to high-end restaurants where you can tuck into mezze feasts full of the flavors of the Levant. Foodies should also set their sights on street food shops and bakeries and try falafel, shawarma, and fresh-from-the-oven fatayer (samosa-like pastries) and manoushi (flatbread topped with zaatar). Although bars are a rarity outside the capital, alcohol is available in liquor shops and many hotels and restaurants. Jordan’s alcoholic beverage of choice is arak (a fiery anise-flavored spirit) and there’s also a small viticulture industry producing some decent wines. Beer-aficionados should look out for the Carakale label, from Jordan’s first microbrewery.