The Death of Argileh in Jordan?

Hookahs in a back room of a cafe in Amman. Credit: Elizabeth Whitman

Hookahs in a back room of a cafe in Amman. Credit: Elizabeth Whitman

Well, not quite. You can smoke as you please inside your own home. But if the Jordanian Ministry of Health and Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) press forward as promised and ban smoking in public spaces, the days of inhaling your double-apple hubbly-bubbly in coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants could be numbered.

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8 Things You’ll Want to Know About Amman

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Some of the crispiest and most flavorful falafel you’ll ever eat comes from Abu Jbara, near Second Circle.

1 – The best falafel is found not at Hashem but at Abu Jbara (not the chain) off of Second Circle, behind the Belle Vue hotel. Their crispy little nuggets contain even more spice and flavor than Hashem’s, and they serve equally tasty hummus, mutabbal, and the like. What’s a bit odd is that if you sit indoors, you have to buy the falafel yourself from the shop next door, whereas if you sit outside, sometimes servers will bring it to you. It is worth the minor hassle, though.

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