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The city of Amman has modern malls that range from upscale megacenters like Taj Mall and City Mall to laid-back, more affordable ones like Mecca Mall. At all of these, you’ll find hundreds of shops spread over multiple floors, food courts, children’s play areas and cinemas.
If you’re looking for something more evocative of Amman than Western-style malls, head to al Wakalat Street in the Sweifieh shopping district, a pedestrian-only stretch dotted with stores and cafes. There’s also Jabal Al-Hussein, a neighborhood packed with independent stores that often have better values than those in the mall.
If it’s arts and crafts you’re looking for, head to Rainbow Street’s Jordan River Foundation, which showcases handmade baskets and rugs, or Wild Jordan, an eco-tourism spot that sells organic goods like olive-oil soap.
If you’re a serious bargain hunter, try the massive Souk Al Jum’a market that springs up on Fridays in downtown’s al Abdali neighborhood. Be sure to bargain for the best price as you rummage through a sea of secondhand clothes and shoes. It’s an expected part of shopping and that’s how Jordanians do it!