Local colour in the souks

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Local colour in the souks

Scattered around Lower Town are many covered markets, each with its own specialty, and all very lively and magical.

Reflections of Jordanian culture, souks offer a fairly accurate vision of the habits and lifestyles of the people of Amman: a stunning blend of modernity and tradition, tinged with unwavering pride in their cultural and historical roots. Especially pleasurable when the heat of the city is too overwhelming, a stroll under these covered walkways overflowing with food is not to be missed. Start with the most colourful, the souk for fruits and vegetables, which provides a culinary journey through the Orient, with everything from pistachios from Iran to Syrian olives. A little further away, the hardware souk shows off its kettles and fills the air with the aroma of roasted coffee and ground spices. Take a tour in the women's souk for clothes shopping or head to the incomparable brilliance and richness of the Gold Souk, where gold and silver ornaments and precious pieces fill the stalls. The most prized jewel is undoubtedly the dalleh pendant, shaped like a kind of coffee pot, and the emblem of Jordan.

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