Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN AMMAN
Photo courtesy of Vyacheslav Argenberg, Flickr
Amman’s buildings seemingly follow uniform construction protocols, so it’s a good idea to pack a map and pay attention to where you’re going while navigating through a sea of rocky, grey same-same-but-just-a-little-bit-different buildings. With a large population of migrants from nearby countries and faraway lands, Amman is your best bet to savour Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Iraqi foods.
9am You know your day is going to go well when it starts on Rainbow Street. Grab a morning coffee at Café des Artistes – a casual, bright café and gallery located on one of Amman’s sunniest streets.
11am How many times in your life have you been able to view a king’s private collection of hot rods? Let’s see….hmmm….ever? Well, head to the Royal Automobile Museum to do just this. From Cadillacs to Harley Davidsons, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches, this collection of vintage and late model vehicles might not be what you’d expect to find in Amman, but that’s exactly the reason why you should check it out.
2pm Grab some cheap and easy street food snacks and head to the Old Town’s Roman Amphitheatre for an austerity-approved alfresco lunch amid ancient ruins (sure beats eating at a generic food court).
4pm Have a cultured afternoon at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Featuring ceramics, photography, prints, sculptures, paintings and installations by artists from Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait, Palestine and beyond, this contemporary gallery offers a modern take on an ancient land.
7pm Hike up to Wild Jordan for dinner with a side of golden views of Amman’s Old Town. Put away mint lemonade, stuffed chicken, date shakes and coffee on the terrace while watching the day slip away.