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Under $100: Amman

by Andrew Melnick

Nov 24, 2019

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Roman history abounds in Jordan. One of the most stunning architectural landmarks remaining from its influence is a 6,000-seat, 2nd-century Roman Theatre. Today the amphitheater hosts cultural activities including the Amman International Book Fair, concerts and festivals.

Destinations / Middle East

Amman is the capital of Jordan and it’s a modern city with numerous ancient ruins. Amman is one of the easiest cities to enjoy the Middle East experience in, and here’s how to do it on a budget.


Almond Coffee House is a great way to start your day. They have a variety of breakfast options along with delicious coffee, costing $10–13 for everything, all deliciously homemade.


Visit the Jordan Museum after breakfast. It is one of the best in the Middle East; it has a series of beautifully presented displays that tell Jordan’s epic history. The cost of admission here is about $7.


Hashem Falafel is renowned for being the best place for a falafel lunch. They also have some of the best hummus. There is no menu here because they serve a basic set of dishes that never changes. You can expect to spend around $10.


After lunch, visit Citadel. It is the site of ancient Rabbathammon, and the most striking sights are the Temple of Hercules and Ummayad Palace. A guided tour will cost $20, but you will be able to enter the area for just $3.


Tawaheen al-Hawa is a great place for a traditional Jordanian meal. It is spacious inside with an open courtyard to sit and enjoy your meal. The main dishes here are well prepared and presented beautifully. You can expect to spend around $25 for dinner.


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