Wherever you go in Jordan you will find plenty of opportunities to shop. For visitors
there is a wide range of locally made handicrafts and other goods available at all
the popular sites, as well as within the boutiques of the leading hotels and at
the various visitors’ centers. There you will find handwoven rugs and cushions,
beautifully embroidered items and clothing, traditional pottery, glassware, silver
jewelry embedded with semi-precious stones, Bedouin knives, coffee pots, narghiles
(Hubble bubble), marquetry work, antiques and other artifacts.
Take time to visit the souks (bazaars) in Jordan’s larger towns and cities.
These are treasure troves for those seeking something a little bit out of the ordinary.
Within the souks there are also excellent gold and silver outlets, where some great
bargains can be found. Also worth visiting are the busy market shops, especially
for exotic spices, herbs and seasonings.
Both Amman and Aqaba offer sophisticated shops and boutiques selling the very latest
fashions in jewelry, clothing, accessories, leather and electronic goods.
When in Amman, don’t forget to visit Al-Wakalat Street to find all European
and North American brand stores lining the streets and offering their latest collections,
as well as in the many malls available throughout the city. Also, Rainbow Street
is a great tourist area, where many handicraft stores, coffee shops, and lounges
overlook the paved lanes.
Almost everywhere in Jordan you can find the world-famous Dead Sea spa products.
All are of excellent quality and produced under strict clinical conditions. They
are also very reasonably priced.
In all cases, the shopkeepers are helpful and friendly. Most speak at least a little
English but even if they don’t, there is usually someone around who will only
be very willing to assist you.
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