Jordan’s Top Vegetarian Spots

Feb 24, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Leen Hajjar

While Jordanian cuisine consists of various meat-rich meals, it also includes an array of plant-based ingredients and dishes, providing vegetarian and vegan visitors to Jordan an incredible culinary experience. 

Many traditional dishes in Jordan focus heavily on vegetables, grains, and beans cooked with Middle Eastern spices, stews, and sauces. Some of the most common dishes, include “mujadara,” a lentil and bulgur dish topped with caramelized onions, “sabanegh,” a spinach stew topped with a lemon dressing, and “fasoolia,” a white or green bean stew cooked in tomato sauce. Additionally, Jordan’s vegetarian appetizers and mezze dishes are also a highlight of Jordanian cuisine. Dishes including, falafel, hummus, and baba ghanoush will certainly satisfy any vegetarian’s palate. 

Jordan’s capital city of Amman is filled with cafes and restaurants that offer an array of vegetarian dishes. Here are five of the top must-visit spots for those who don’t eat meat.

Screen Shot 2022-02-08 at 6-03-17 PM

1. Blue Fig

One of Amman’s most popular cafes, Blue Fig, offers a large selection of vegetarian options, including a delicious vegan almond cupcake and a quinoa tabbouleh salad. Tabbouleh is an extremely popular Middle Eastern salad, traditionally made of parsley, tomatoes, onions, and bulgar, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.

Screen Shot 2022-02-08 at 6.06.04 PM

2. Sufra

Renowned for its traditional Jordanian dishes with a modern twist, Sufra’s menu has a long list of vegetarian stews and mezze dishes. The roasted aubergine salad and okra with tomato, onion, and garlic appetizer are must-try dishes.

Screen Shot 2022-02-08 at 6.08.05 PM 

3. Kalha 

Local spot, Kalha is a falafel lover’s paradise. Not only are the falafels extremely crispy and warm, but guests can choose to place them on a freshly made pita bread topped with tomatoes, pickles, mint leaves, and tahini sauce.

Screen Shot 2022-02-08 at 6.09.37 PM

4. Wild Jordan Cafe                                               

Wild Jordan café is renowned for being one of the first vegan-friendly places in Amman. Its menu focuses heavily on organic ingredients and vegetarian options. The “vegetable zoodles” and “super grains” are great choices.

Screen Shot 2022-02-08 at 6.11.14 PM

5. Shams Al Balad

Located in downtown Amman with stunning views of the capital’s old neighborhoods, Sham El Balad has become one of the country’s favorite local restaurants for its emphasis on fresh, local produce. Its seasonal menus offer plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, including delicious flatbreads and Arabic breakfast items.

Leen Hajjar

Written by Leen Hajjar

Leen Hajjar, born and raised in Amman, is JTBNA's blog editor. A recent graduate from Villanova University with a master's degree in Communication, Leen focuses on media analysis, specifically mainstream media’s portrayal of Arabs and the Middle East. Her previous experience as a writer for Al Arabiya English, inspired stories that shed light on the diverse and positive attributes of the Arab world, aiming to provide a more comprehensive representation of the region and its people.

Recommended for you