Amman, Jordan: Downtown Getaway

Whether you’re visiting Amman for the first time or you’re bored of going to the same places, I know as a fact Downtown Amman (known as Al Balad) is the best escape!

Al Balad is the oldest section of the capital, Amman, and is made up of markets selling products ranging from fabrics, antiques, and accessories to vegetables, fruits, and spices.

The day began with a traditional Arabic breakfast at the Urdon Shop, overlooking the breathtaking old Amman.

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From left to right: Fool with olive oil, Hummus with olive oil, Za’tar (Thyme) and Cheese Mana’eesh, and Falafel with Tahini sauce.

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Upon entering the shop, you will notice local made clothes, accessories, handcrafts, mosaic and Dead Sea products; leaving you no choice but to look around in awe of the beautiful items.

Once you finish and about to head Downtown, you ABSOLUTELY must pass by Habibah and have its famous mouthwatering Knafeh, a traditional Arabic dessert made with soft cheese, pastry covering, and is topped with crushed pistachios and sugar syrup.

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Moving on, with the area’s long history, numerous historical sites still resist to stand tall and greet all daily visitors. Of which I visited Amman Citadel and the Roman Theatre.

The Citadel is considered an important site because it has had a long history of occupation by many great civilizations namely from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods. Ruins include Roman Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace, and Byzantine church. The best part about the Citadel is that it leaves you in awe once you overlook the view of old Amman.

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As for the Roman Theatre, this 2,000 year-old structure could seat about 6,000 people and believe or not was built into the hillside and oriented to the north just to keep the sun off the spectators!

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