The Best Independent Bookstores in Amman

Rumi Café in Shoman Library | Courtesy of Ginin Dunia Rifai
Rumi Café in Shoman Library | Courtesy of Ginin Dunia Rifai
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6 April 2017

The city of Amman uncovers everything for its visitors. Much can be seen and done, and despite reading is becoming less of a trend nowadays, Amman still offers independent bookstores for those who still enjoy it.


Books@Café offers peace and quiet, as well as great coffee, and an ever-growing reading selection. B@C has two lively locations: Jabal Amman, favored by both locals and expats for its location and dynamic atmosphere, and Abdoun, the best option to get some reading, working, or studying done.

Books@Cafe | © Salim Shadid / Flickr

Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation

Although the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation is not strictly a bookstore, the non-profit organization/public library is still a worthy destination for book lovers. Always nice and quiet, with a vast collection of books to browse search through and borrow, aim for a long, leisurely, and serene stay. Make an early appearance at the library’s own Rumi Café and treat yourself to a cup of coffee, a light snack, and some chill music at the café.

Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, 15 Al Kulliyah Al Elmiyah Al Eslamiyah St, Amman, Jordan, +962 6 463 3627

Rumi Cafe in Shoman Library | Courtesy of Ginin Dunia Rifai

Rumi Cafe in Shoman Library | Courtesy of Ginin Dunia Rifai

The Good Book Shop

The Good Bookshop
The Good Bookshop | Courtesy of The Good Book Shop / Facebook
In the heart of Rainbow Street, the liveliest and oldest street in Amman, The Good Book Shop operates with a friendly atmosphere and amazing coffee. With never-ending book shelves, it won’t be hard to chose a good one to keep you company.


16:9 WIDE:SCREEN has just everything, including an entire all-you-can-read section dedicated to graphic novels, anime, manga, and comic books. This urban bookstore’s specialty, however, is DVD and BluRay rentals and purchases. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a seating area, but its huge variety will surely make up for that.

University Bookshop

Bookstore, University
University Bookshop
University Bookshop | Courtesy of University Bookshop / Facebook
The most pioneering bookshop in Amman since 1969, University Bookshop offers books on a wide range of topics including politics, engineering, and self-help as well as best sellers. Most visited by students and youth, it also offers an addictive variety of stationery and office supplies.

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