Hipsters in Amman

I really enjoyed my stayed in Amman, Jordan. I was there for 12 weeks and I thought I had mastered the city. However, the day before I left I realized how much of the city I had yet to uncover. These are some rare jewels I discovered in Amman that I would recommend to anyone going to visit or study.

1. Beanoz Coffee House 

Conveniently located directly across from North Gate at the University of Jordan. At first glance you might miss it but ascend a small side staircase to enter Beanoz

306744_380104555378733_1556397809_nThis is where the hipster Arabs hung out in between classes. They have delicious drinks, wifi, friendly staff, and play awesome music. It’s a great place to grab an iced coffee and study or chill with the locals.

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558350_386154901440365_921973553_n2. Jo-Bedu

This t-shirt shop reminds me of an Arab Threadless. With two locations (Paris Circle and Abdoon) there’s no reason to miss it! My friend and I befriended the store clerks (which are usually cute, hipster, English speaking Arab guys) and then we got to meet the owner. He told us he started the business about 10 years ago by creating their own designs, but they have now grown and collaborate with other artists to make unique t-shirts, posters, and stickers.

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. I got this shirt for my boyfriend. It says return of the Jedi

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The bear one is a pun. The word for bear in Arabic is ‘dub’ and the word bubble is a transliteration of ‘step’. Therefore the shirt is supposed to say dubstep.The one on the right is a play on the drink rum & coke. Wadi Rum is a beautiful desert in Jordan that our class took a field trip to and stayed in a Bedouin camp. The pretty rock formations can be seen on the bottom right of the can.

3. Books@Cafe

I have already mentioned Books@Cafe in my post about LGBTQ community in Amman. The owner of Books@ spoke to our class so we decided to make the trek down Rainbow Street. The main level was in fact a book store with Arabic and English books. Walk upstairs and you enter a trendy bar and patio for dinner, drinks, and/or hookah. It was Caitlin’s 21st birthday so we bought her some sort of flaming shot that another classmate Jordan soon ordered as well.

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never got a chance to try the Bin Laden shot

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The place is a little pricey, but overall great food and great atmosphere.

4. Turtle Green Tea Bar

Another great place on Rainbow Street! This small coffee shop was the place to study, a lot of westerners went here so if you’re looking for something more authentic might want to try somewhere else. However, this place was bright, clean, and a quiet space to do some Arabic homework.

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These are just a few places that scratch the surface of Amman and its underbelly. I wish I would’ve had more time to explore all the shops on Rainbow street and the cafés in Paris Circle. Hopefully next time….

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2 thoughts on “Hipsters in Amman

  1. Hi There, thanks alot for your recommendations.
    I was wondering if u can recommend some hip hotels to stay at during out trip?

    🙂

    • I was staying in an apartment in Shmeisani that was part of my study abroad program so I don’t have any recommendations currently for hotels. I would suggest looking for accommodations near Jabal Amman though because it is near Rainbow Street and the downtown area. You’re likely to find something hip in that area. Hope that helps and have fun!

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