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Culinary and Cultural Highlights of Jordan

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While Jordan’s archaeological & natural splendors are legend, the Hashemite Kingdom also has plenty to satisfy foodies & culture hounds. World-renowned institutions, big & small, trace Jordan’s path from the ancient to the present day. Culinary contributions vary from tiny falafel stands & laidback family-style restaurants to innovative and highly local interpretations of Jordanian classics. Here’s just a sample of the diverse experiences on offer—whatever the season & whatever your tastes.
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#16 Mohammad Ali Al Saadi Str.، Amman, Jordan
Three sisters founded this restaurant (“grandmother’s house”) in one of Amman’s oldest neighborhoods to keep alive their grandmother’s recipes in the space where she once cooked herself. To that end, Beit Sitti encompasses a restaurant, a cooking...
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Al-Hussien Bin Ali St., Aqaba, Jordan
A sun-kissed city on the Red Sea, Aqaba attracts wind surfers and scuba divers to its coral reefs. But as is the case across Jordan, there’s more to Aqaba than you might think. This modest museum, for instance, is a reminder than no corner of the...
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Abu Al Alaa Al Maari, Amman, Jordan
This pioneering farm-to-table restaurant makes a welcome and youthful addition to Amman’s dining scene—literally, as one of the chefs is 22. The organic vegetarian fare includes lemony lentil soup, braised tomato and eggplant, and taboon...
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Unnamed Road, Jordan
A pastoral landscape dotted with ancient Christian ruins is the setting for Umm Qais village in Northern Jordan. It’s also where you’ll find detour-worthy home-style cooking at this charming, unfussy restaurant and inn. Located within an...
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Established by King Abdullah in 2003, the museum showcases rare vehicles—vintage and new—many of which are owned by the royal family. King Hussein’s motorcycle is part of the permanent collection, as is the Mars rover from the movie The Martian,...