Jordan has always been a food-lover’s paradise—whether touring the city spice markets, tasting centuries-old wine or evenings spent enjoying an authentic Bedouin feast beside a desert campfire. But today there are even more gastronomic experiences to discover. From experimental craft breweries to intimate supper clubs, an emerging café culture and hip new eateries—there’s even more opportunity to immerse yourself into Jordan’s fragrant and delicious culinary world. Prepare to cook, taste, sip and sup—this is modern Jordan for the gastro-curious.
BEER TASTING AT JORDAN’S FIRST CRAFT BREWERY
Craft beer has arrived in Jordan. Head brewer at Carakale, Yazan, is part of a new generation of cultural pioneers in the country who are merging Jordan ingredients with cosmopolitan tastes. You may spot his beers popping up on the menu in many Amman drinking holes, but even better would be to visit and tour the brewery itself, nestled in verdant hills just north of Amman. Take time to discover the process behind Jordan’s first craft brews before heading to the tasting room to sample them for yourselves looking out over the wide hillside views.
COOK AND MINGLE AT BEIT SITTI
In the middle of Amman’s city buzz, you will find a truly unique experience that any foodie adventurer will cherish; cooking courses with Maria at Beit Sitti allows you to craft the classic Jordanian dishes you’ll have fallen in love with during your trip, and re-create them for friends when you return. This will be a culinary and cultural experience like no other, with a visit to the local market followed by lessons and a meal on a stunning flower-filled terrace in a beautiful family home enjoying views of the city and Citadel ruins. Food is fresh and delicious, and you will be able to take a little taste of Jordan home with you.
WINE TASTING IN THE NAME OF SAINT GEORGE
This is an opportunity to get learn about the history of Jordan’s wine-making, and while hearing the story of how the Zumot family created the Saint George’s brand, which put Jordan firmly on the wine map. You have a choice here – either spend your day sampling award-winning red and whites in The Winemaker tasting room in Amman, or you could take the trip to the vines themselves for a vineyard tour. Either way, once you’ve learnt about the passion of this prestigious vintner, Omar Zumot, you’ll soon find yourself a lifelong fan of his St. George wines.
PICK UP SOME BEDOUIN COFFEE
Enjoying a cup of cardamom or sage infused ‘joe’ is something that you come across a lot in Jordan. But while most Jordanians can enjoy this at home or you can pick up a cup at your Bedouin camp, it can be somewhat difficult to find a decent brew in the city—until now. The Majnoon Qahwa in Amman’s stylish Abdoun quarter has taken the traditional Bedouin drink into modern day with high quality beans and hi-tech techniques. Buy a bag and re-live your Jordan adventures with your morning caffeine fix when you get home.