10 Best Traditional Markets (Souqs) to Visit in Amman

The Middle East is known for its traditional markets usually called “souq/souk”, which are typically situated outside normal markets offering fresh, local produce at cheap prices. Although the capital of Jordan is a relatively young city with its rich traditions and customs. That’s why there’re many open street markets. Where shopkeepers take part every Friday or during the weekend, could be seen selling everything from spices to food, clothes, and fabrics.

That’s why there are many great traditional souqs in Amman to buy souvenirs and create amazing memories. Each one of these places has its own history and charm and certainly will impress you. Here are the,

10 Best traditional souqs you should visit while you are in Amman.

 

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El-Boukhariyeh

1. El-Boukhariyeh is one of the oldest markets in the city, which is located in downtown Amman, There you can find anything imaginable and it’s known for being haberdashery heaven.

Souk Mango

2. Another very old souk is Souk Mango, there you can find many shops selling traditional dresses and bridal wear. All traditional brides buy there dresses from there so it’s definitely worth a visit.

 

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El- Khodra souq

3. The El- Khodra souq, which is a local fruit market filled with local products at low prices. Walking through it is an experience full of different colors, smells, and sounds.

Farmer’s market

4. When it comes to local produce of fruits and vegetables another good option is the Farmer’s market in Amman. which is held every Friday where you can find artisan cheese, handmade soap, and even organic dog food. It’s popular for its GMO and chemical-free products and overall organic food.

 

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Souq El’atareen

5. The souq El’atareen is famous for its diversity of spices and herbs sold there, which are known to be used for remedies for all kinds of illnesses in ancient medicine.

Flohmarket

6. The Flohmarket is the typical flea market. There are several curious things about the market. First of all the name itself means the market in german language and on another hand, many of the sellers are actually families who are trying to get rid of unnecessary belongings. Whereas usual, bargaining is necessary.

 

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Nour Al-Barakal Souk

7. Nour Al-Barakal Souk which unities people in a community. It was built in 2009 in the hope to allow youngsters to meet and create friends in a safe and welcoming environment.

Souq Jara

8. Souq Jara is known for its souvenir shops, It is an open market offering all kinds of handcrafted stuff and held every Friday.

It offers unique goods as well as offers interesting cultural events like live musical shows, displays of arts and crafts events.

 

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El-Koutoub

9. El-Koutoub is the best place for all the book-lovers. The biggest collection of books is available with religious and cultural themes written by local writers.

El-Sagha or the Gold market

10. If you are a jewelry lover the best place to be is El-Sagha or the Gold market. It is full of beautiful, skillfully crafted gold. Be aware of Russian gold or knock-off pieces and always bargain or you might insult the sellers.

 

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Souqs in Amman are part of its traditions and culture which allow people to feel closer to the local’s lifestyle and experience everyday life with them.

 

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