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@Café Jabal Amman, ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab, Amman, Jordan, +962 6 465 0457
Books@Café Abdoun, Fawzi Al-Qawekji St, Amman, Jordan, +962 6 592 3036
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
The Good Book Shop
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.
16:9 WIDE:SCREEN, 68 Abdul Rahim Al Hajj Mohammad St, Amman, Jordan, +962 6 581 1627