The Jordan River Foundation aims to help improve the lives of all Jordanians. In doing so, it focuses on giving women the opportunity to work outside of the home and to learn about business practices. This non-profit was started in 1995 by Queen Rania and by educating women and their families, the foundation helps to combat poverty, child abuse and helps to empower women. At this main showroom are numerous crafts and pieces which can complement the look of your home. All pieces are individually made and many have roots in traditional skills. The facility itself is a beautiful little oasis of greenery and peace: wander in and take a look at the beautiful products on display!
Those who like to be surrounded by the serenity of books should visit Good Book Shop on Rainbow Street. This store has mostly English language books of all types, on levels from adult to children. Although the atmosphere is cozy, it has the feel of a well run, efficient store. All around the small space are people lounging, reading, and using the free wireless internet. The store also features a cafe and kids play area, making it a great place to take the kids for an enjoyable afternoon.
Although visiting Amman might not be the perfect time to find a new pet, it is hard to resist when you visit 9th Sha'ban Street. Here there is a collection of pet stores that all seem to have an assortment of animals cleverer and cuter than the last. Unlike many other countries, pet stores in Jordan allow you to pick up and hold the animals, but make sure you ask first. Anything from macaws to ducklings can be found here, and animals can definitely help relieve some of the stresses of traveling. By far the largest number of animals are both fish and birds, but ducks, rabbits, kittens, guinea pigs, and gerbils can also be found. In case you are traveling with a pet, this is a great place to stock up on pet supplies.
The Rihani Gallery on Rainbow Street is filled only with the highest class of things to buy. From the golden walls to the opulent fabrics used in some of the furniture, stepping inside the Rihani Gallery is truly like looking at works of art. From carpets to dressers to couches to jewelry, everything is chosen for expensive and beautiful tastes. The showroom is filled, but not uncomfortably so, and with every turn a new jewel will catch your eye. Because everything is of the highest quality, the prices are also more than the average tourist an afford. But if you have the money, this is a good place to spend it!
One of the most expansive in the city, Mecca Mall is a shoppers paradise. Covering four floors, the mall includes a number of stores and brands with an emphasis on women's and children's apparel. When hunger strikes during those long shopping escapades turn to one of the 22 restaurants here including Shawermama, Sbarro and Houston's restaurants. Pharmacies, ATM and banking as well as Internet access are the other services offered at the Mall. With an indoor parking lot that can hold more than 1000 cars plus the valet parking services, Mecca Mall sure knows how to take care of its customers. Also check out the events held here and participate to experience the Jordon culture.
Not only does this furniture store have valet parking, but it was opened by one of the princesses of Jordan. The whole concept of Base is dedicated to the very elite of society, creating living rooms and salons which ooze class as well as comfort. More than merely a store with tables and sofas, Base also has architects and interior design professionals ready to give your house a makeover. With modern accessories and a great sense of style, Base is the perfect swanky place to find something to spice up your living space.
This small store close to the 1st Circle on the famed Rainbow Street is filled to the brim with games and books for Anglophones. The books are clean and new, and there is a good selection of current titles as well as classics like Thackeray. For those who crave more knowledge about Jordan, travel guides are available. More than half the store is filled with children's books and games, so Sharbain's Bookshop is a great resource for anyone trying to help a child learn to read. Given that everything must be imported, the book prices are fairly expensive, but then again who can put a price on good literature?
If you want an authentic part of Jordan to take home but do not want to deal with the crowds at the real souq, take home some souvenirs from a place where you can shop in air-conditioned luxury. With nice gifts (and open on Fridays), Souq Zahra store sells a variety of jewelry, pillows, knick-knacks, and pottery pieces. Souq Zahra is located in the Intercontinental Jordan.