Hashem Restaurant

Top choice falafel in Amman

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You haven’t tried falafel until you’ve eaten here. This legendary eatery, more than 50 years old, is so popular with locals and visitors that there’s stiff competition for tables, many of which overflow into the alleyway. Aim for an early lunch or supper if you want to avoid queues, although Hashem does a fantastic job of feeding the multitude in record time.

Mid-afternoon, it makes a great place to sup a mint tea and watch downtown slide towards siesta. Either way, flag down a waiter for falafel, hummus, fuul (fava bean paste) and glasses of scaling hot mint tea.