If you happen to be visiting Jordan for a week of adventure, there’s a good chance that you will fly in to Amman airport which is the main airport hub of Jordan.
Be sure to set some time aside before you start your adventure around Jordan to explore the capital city of Amman, as the city has a lot to offer even for a 24 hour visit and you should totally check out the city if you can spare the time.
I’ve put together a fun 24 hour guide to Amman sharing with you what I got up to on my visit in the hope that you can also explore Amman on a free day before or after your trip to Jordan.
Where to stay: Grand Hyatt
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Amman, you can find many different types of accommodation options.
I found that a lot of the popular western hotel chains have hotels in Amman – and at very reasonable prices as well.
After a long flight, it’s great to have a good cosy night’s sleep, a buffet breakfast and access to a swimming pool which you can enjoy in the morning.
I opted for The Grand Hyatt Amman and loved the room, price and service on offer.
Why not splash out a little without worrying about breaking the bank, which is a great option in Amman for travellers.
Amman Citadel for amazing views
For the best views of Amman, be sure to check out the Amman Citadel, which offers a collection of Roman ruins and incredible views of the surrounding city from above of the Amman skyline.
This will give you a better idea of the pure scale and size of Amman as you can see surrounding houses as far as the eye can see.
Amman is a pretty massive city when it comes to population, and also for variety of cultural experiences.
Totally worth the trip if you have the time as you can get a better understanding of the pure size and population of Amman with the big overview.
Hashem Falafel for the best local cuisine
I don’t want to hype up this location too much, but Hashem served up not only the best falafel I’ve ever had but also the most amazing humus I’ve ever had in my life as well.
This spot is a true gem of a find, and you simply must dine here at this street side vendor for one of the best and most affordable meals you will have in Amman. Be sure to grab a glass of mint tea as well to wash it all down.
Even the king of Jordan is said to have eaten here and also happens to be a fan of the place, so I can’t be wrong!
Habibah knifeh for a sweet treat
I have no idea what this sweet treat is but the locals seem to love it as the line is always going around the corner.
Habibah is the place to try knifeh which is a Jordanian desert. It reminds me of curd cheese as the base with a drizzle of syrup on top could be described as a crumble-like substance.
It’s rather bizarre, but tastes great warm and worth a try on your trip around Amman.
Shop till you drop at Al Gaza Street
Bring your bargaining hat along to this popular street trade area called Al Gaza Street. You can pretty much find everything here from fresh juices, to coal for your hubbly bubbly shish pipe.
Great place to pick up unique gifts to bring back home. I managed to pick up a leather belt for £3 which is obviously a complete bargain. You never know what you might find!
A great place to pass the time as well, which is lucky as you can get lost wandering around all the different stalls rather easily.
Spend the evening along rainbow street
Rainbow street comes to life in the evening time and is seen as a place for Young Jordanians to meet up, socialise and catch up whilst dining at one of the hip establishments along the street.
You can find many western food establishments along this street – from pizza to sushi and more.
You can also discover the street art scattered around this area and wonderful views over the city.
Be sure to also make your own DIY ice pop over at Mr Lollies where you can create a number of different combinations. Perfect for the ‘Gram!
Grab a quick shawarma snack
A popular street side snack to enjoy, be sure to grab a shawarma when hunger calls.
This affordable local treat is a combination of flat bread, sliced lamb and a mixture of salad and yoghurt.
So good you might want to have two so make sure you pace yourself.
Explore Al Balad Bizzare
If you were still after some shopping time sure to check out Al Balad Bizzare which has a number of different stalls to choose from selling spices and goods.
You can even bottle your own perfume which is fun to do if you’re after creating your own unique smell.
Check out the roman theatre
Right in the city centre you can find a randomly placed Roman theatre, standing in all its glory near the bus station.
Be sure to pass by and check it out on your walking tour of Amman as it’s a beautiful sight to take in for a moment from a distance.
King Abdullah Mosque Amman
The King Abdullah Mosque is an Amman landmark with its iconic blue-dome standing out amongst the skyline. The mosque can house up to 7000 worshippers, with a further 3000 in the courtyard space.
The mosque also happens to be one of the only mosques open for non-Muslim visitors in Amman and tours are run outside of worship times for those who wish to have a look inside.
End your day with hubbly bubbly and tea
A great way to end your visit in Amman is to find a cosy cafe at the end of your walking day to grab a fresh mint tea, fire up a hubbly bubbly pipe and take in the hustle and bustle of the city which is Amman.
I hope you have some time to stop off in the city for at least 24 hours to take in the city for a day. It’s for sure worth a look around before you explore more of what Jordan has to offer. Happy travels.