Every Arab city with a souq also has a gold souq. This is undoubtedly a throw-back to the time when gold was the primary currency used throughout the Middle East, but it also points to the fact that in countries where war and upheaval are fairly common, people still prefer to keep at least a segment of their wealth in an easily transportable commodity. In Amman, the Gold Souq is far from as impressive as in Damascus, but it does include a number of traditional gold and silversmiths who offer elegant jewelry. This is a good stop for anyone looking for traditional gifts that are not gawdy.
Located in el-Balad (Downtown Amman), the Amman souk (bazaar) is the highlight of visiting this part of Amman. Though certainly not equivalent to the renowned mediaeval souks of Aleppo or Istanbul, either architecturally or in products, it does offer an authentic ambiance. The typical shops seen elsewhere, selling aromatic spices and Arabic delicacies, alongside cheap Chinese products, are definitely present, but the most animated and intriguing part is the fruit and vegetable market near the Grand (King Hussein) Mosque. Here, delicious looking produce is sold mainly to locals by competing vendors who melodiously call out to attract shoppers: a true Middle Eastern experience.
If you ever been to the markets in Istanbul or Cairo, you'll be disappointed in the souks here in Amman, the shops are modern and not really a closed market...they are rather stores, after stores next to each other....not the individual stalls so accustomed to in the middle east. Spent about 30 minutes here, more than enough time.
I walked to the bazzar from the Amra, quite a hike. It was fine, although my camera attracted a lot of interest.
The bazzar has about 3 kinds of stores, repeated. Women's clothing, Men's clothing, and random plastic stuff from China. That's about it. I recommend getting a plastic call-to-prayer alarm clock, maybe a prayer rug (complete with mecca-facing compass and guide book) and whatever else strikes your fancy.
The widowed resell packs of cigarettes, automobile traffic is somewhat halted by throngs of people, and the main mosque is right downtown. Enjoy the sights and sounds.
See the Souk in downtown Amman.
Starting at the Roman Amphitheatre, as you walk though the Old Souk downtown, you'll pass by the Nymphaeum remains, situated on a street corner at a busy traffic intersection. The Temple itself is fenced in. Continue walking around this corner, one block above, ending just pass Grand Husseini Mosque.
It seems like a maze, but it's not and is quite small. You can tell when you're drifting away as the area become less dense, fewer stores, and no tourist shops.
Skip the latter shops and shop Jordanian - Rivage Dead Sea products, the Gold Souk, the Perfume shops, spices, olive oil soap....don't forget to stop frequently at the Juice Bars, and sample locally made ice cream in the sweet shops. For lunch, try falafel with homus, bread and a Coke, all for less than 1JD.
See the gold souk , there a a few shops in one spot. The gold is sold by weight and sometimes by piece where the workmanship is intricate. Notice of the bracelets with coins have Arabic writing and Islamic symbols. Be careful if you buy.
A great experience in Amman is walking in the souq of the town. Here you can see nice moment of daily life of Jordanian people. One of the things which you can see is the contrapposition between old and new as you can see on the photo on your left. An old baker seel his bread in front of an ATM machine!!!