If you’re familiar with Lebanese cuisine you’ll feel at home in Jordan where many a menu is devoted to mezze – with dips like hummus and baba ghanooj (mashed eggplant), tabbouleh salads, cheeses like haloumi and pastries.

Falafel and schwarma (lamb kebabs) are good snacks to grab on the go, and if you’re looking for something more substantial you’ll find main courses of grilled meats and meat and vegetable stews.

In fact, you can’t really go far wrong until it comes to traditional Bedouin cuisine where you might find yourself faced with more animal (eyeball, brain, testicals) than you bargained for. Waste not want not…



You’ll be offered tea or coffee wherever you go. Tea usually comes with sugar but no milk, while the coffee is syrupy and aromatic, like you get in Turkey. Give it a minute to let the sediment settle and leave the last gulp.

Alcohol is permitted, and widely available. Amstel beer is brewed locally, as is some wine. If you’re on a budget, avoid the price hikes in hotel bars and clubs and stock up at Amman’s duty free shop



Avoid tap water and buy bottled instead.