Some traditions never die and some traditions disappear, but many develop and grow to fit with the world that develops around them. In Jordan, you’ll see this in the modern culture, in experimental food and contemporary celebrations. You just need to know where to look…
Jordanian cuisine is fragrant, hearty and delicious and so is somewhat timeless. Yet whilst you can indeed gorge on street food or spend hours sat in a rustic café and enjoy an incredible meal, it’s the modern Jordanian restaurants that have really got us excited. Fakhr el-Din in Amman, a high-end restaurant serving refined local cuisine, is one of them. Here you’ll sit amongst discerning locals and feast on classic dishes that have been perfectly executed. It’s yet another example of how Jordan blends seamlessly with the modern world, and nowadays you can expect to discover lots of restaurants like Fahri el-Din around the country.
Jordan’s young population is arguably the greatest force behind the country’s move into modernity, so it’ll come as no surprise to learn that their demand for development has resulted in an incredible nightlife scene. In the capital of Amman, a city no longer thought of as quiet and conservative, the amount of bars and nightclubs available to the younger generation has increased twofold over the past decade. Avoid being stuck for choice and head straight over to Cantaloupe, a chic rooftop bar that wouldn’t look amiss in downtown New York. Here you can mingle with the ‘it’ crowds of Amman and sip on cocktails as you look over the twinkling lights of the city below.
As well as the big religious and historic festivals that bring revelry to Jordan’s towns and cities each year, there have emerged a number of celebrations that owe their existence to modern culture. Be it film festival or DJ event, these festivals provide yet more evidence that Jordan is enthusiastic about the modern era and all the trends that come with it. Car enthusiasts will love the Jordan Rally, which takes place in October each year, whilst the European Film Festival transforms Amman into a hive of creativity and excitement. If you can time your trip to coincide with one of Jordan’s celebrations, be sure to get stuck in and absorb as much as you can.