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Rumi Café in Shoman Library | Courtesy of Ginin Dunia Rifai
Rumi Café in Shoman Library | Courtesy of Ginin Dunia Rifai

The Best Independent Bookstores in Amman

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Updated: 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@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

Rumi Cafe in Shoman Library | Courtesy of Ginin Dunia Rifai

The Good Book Shop

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.

The Good Book Shop, Halim Abu Rahmah St, Amman, Jordan, +962 6 461 3939


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

University Bookshop

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.

University Bookshop, Al Muhtasseb Commercial Complex, 104 Wasfi Al Tal St, Amman, Jordan, +962 6 560 6271