10 best traditional markets (Souqs) to visit in Amman

The Middle East is known for its traditional markets usually called “souq/souk”. They are typically situated outside covered markets offering fresh, local produce at cheap prices. Although the capital of Jordan is a relatively young city its rich in traditions and customs. That’s why there’re many open street markets. They are usually taking place on a Friday or during the weekend and 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 those places has its own history and charm and certainly will impress you. Here are the,

10 Best traditional souq you should visit while you will visit Amman.

 

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1. El-Boukhariyeh One of the oldest markets in the city which offers anything imaginable. It is situated in downtown Amman and it’s known for being haberdashery heaven.

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

4. When it comes to local produce of fruits and vegetables another good option is the Farmer’s market in Amman. It’s held every Friday and among different things, 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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5. The souq El’atareen is famous for its diversity of spices and herbs used as remedies for all kinds of illnesses in ancient medicine.

6. The Flohmarket is the typical flea market. There are several curious things about the market. Firstly, the name itself means market in German and secondly, many of the sellers are actually families who are trying to get rid of unnecessary belongings. As usual, bargaining is necessary.

 

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

8. Another very exciting place in town is Souq Jara. It is an open market offering all kind of handcrafted stuff and held every Friday. It’s a big tourist attraction and except unique goods, it also offers interesting cultural events like live musical shows, arts and crafts events.

 

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

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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Amman’s souqs are part of its traditions and culture which allow people to feel closer to the locals and experience everyday life with them. Very close to Rainbow Street.

 

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