Vegetarian & Vegan-friendly restaurants in Amman

A question I always get is “how are you finding it to be vegan in Jordan?” My answer is always this: There’s no problem at all!

It’s true, Middle Eastern cuisine does include a lot of meat dishes, but from what I’ve seen, the menu at any restaurant always has a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options.

However, to dig a little further into the vegetarian and vegan movement in Amman, I scoped out a few restaurants that are being very creative with their veg menu options. At the moment, I have only found one restaurant in Amman that is strictly vegetarian, Shams el Balad in Jabal Amman. The other restaurants in this list do serve meat and/or fish, but also have creative vegetarian and vegan dishes for those days you just don’t want to see another salad, falafel or hummus.

Shams el Balad

shams el balad amman collage
Images source: Shams el Balad Facebook page

Concept: A grassroots cafe that brings together local craft, produce and culture. One of Amman’s first farm to table outlets, integrated into a co-working and exhibition space. The menu is full of strictly-local delicacies using only the freshest, organic, seasonal ingredients, directly sourced Yemeni coffee and a variety of handcrafted tea blends.

Why I like it: In addition to very diverse and tasty food, it is completely smoke-free indoors, has a beautiful outdoor terrace with views of the Citadel and Ummayad Palace and they are environmentally conscious (they don’t sell any bottled water, filtered water is free for all customers).

Strictly vegetarian: Yes

Location: 69 Mu’Ath Bin Jabal Street (Jabal Amman)

For more info, check out the Shams el Balad Facebook page.

Primal

primal abdoun

Concept: The first and only paleo restaurant in Amman. Their vision is to get back to eating healthily and purely.

Why I like it: Comfortable atmosphere with indoor (upstairs & downstairs) and outdoor seating, diverse and interesting menu using the most basic of ingredients, options for all types of dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free), vegan choices are easy to spot on the menu too:

primal vegan

LocationOmar Bin Ekramah Street, Zahran (Abdoun)

Strictly vegetarian: No – serves meat & fish

For more info, check out the Primal Facebook page.

Seed

seed restaurant amman interior

Concept: Healthy, gourmet, deli-style food shop that cares about the way Amman eats. Using only the freshest ingredients, to have products packed with vitamins and nutrients to energize yourself, feel and look healthy, and live your best life. Also focuses on empowering customers (and the community) to make healthy choices everyday. That means that they don’t just sell products, but also also do their best to give information to customers to make the healthiest choices, both at Seed and beyond.

Why I like it: Outdoor seating, good if you need to grab something quickly (everything is packed to-go), healthy smoothies, hearty soups (made with almond milk instead of dairy).

Location: Omar Bin Ekramah Street, Zahran (Abdoun)

Strictly vegetarian: No – serves chicken and tuna

For more info, check out the Seed Facebook page.
Am I missing any restaurants? Comment below and let me know!

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