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The Weekender – Livin’ La Vida Vegan (Gluten, Sugar Free, Etc.)

Amman is finally catching up with its ever-growing plant-based community, with new healthy shops and restaurants constantly opening up around each corner. The Tip n’ Tag Team has rounded up a list of places to make your life a great deal easier when it comes to eating clean. Whether you’re vegan, on a restrictive diet, or just trying to eat healthier, these places are sure to come in handy when your food cravings start to strike.


Sugar-free, Gluten-free, and vegan options


Stores


Seed

Seed is a healthy deli-style food shop that cares about the way you eat. Its menu isn’t just limited to the delicious vitamin-packed blends. It also includes hearty soups, filling salads and an array of delicious creations suitable for those of you who don’t consume dairy, sugar, or gluten.


Atrameez

You often hear about the hardest things that come with leading a vegan lifestyle, one of which being giving up cheese. Atrameez is here to help with just that. Not only does it offer a range of sugar- and additive-free products, it sells vegan Labaneh, yogurt, cheese and spreads. Yes, dreams do come true.


Kabs Fit Factory

If you’re into body building, getting enough protein out of your vegan diet can get a little challenging. That’s where Kabs FitFactory comes into the picture. You can order your vegan-friendly protein powder online, or pick it up yourself from one of their stores.


We Farm

We Farm is one of the coolest organic stores you’ll find in Amman. Swing by to pick up your groceries, and treat yourself to one of their absolutely delicious vegan smoothies or desserts.


T-Bone & Cheese

Craving a burger but you’re too lazy to make your vegan patties from scratch? Problem solved. Run to T-Bone & Cheese and grab yourself fresh vegan patties made out of red beans, green pepper, onions and colorful spices.


Select Foods Shoppe

Thinking of cooking a new recipe for a restrictive diet, and don’t know where to go? If it’s something you can’t find at any other grocery store in town, be sure you’ll find it at Select Foods Shoppe. They stock a wide range of products to suit vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free diets.


Restaurants


Primal

You can never go wrong with good ol’ trusty Primal and its balanced paleo meals. Although it isn’t a purely vegan restaurant, its flavor-packed menu offers an array of vegan friendly bites and beverages that are clearly labeled for you to see.


OJ's

Walking into OJ’s instinctively makes you graze their menu without an ounce of guilt in mind. Fresh and appetizing, their seasonal salads are as easy on the body as they are appetizing. Their soups and smoothies are prepared to perfection, making it even more of a vegan’s go-to-spot.


Hashem

There come these times when you don’t feel like skimming through an extensive menu, and only want to seek your dose of Hummus, Mutabbal and Falafel. Where better in Amman to enjoy the simplicity of the vegan combo than at Hashem?


Pepper & Pine Co.

Using ingredients grown in local farms, Pepper & Pine serves the freshest of dishes with a twist, keeping you hooked and coming back for more each time. Their menu includes clearly labeled, appetizing vegan options for you to indulge in.


Primrose

Whether your hunger is about to strike or your sweet tooth is starting to kick in, Primrose offers a variety of dairy- and gluten-free salads, soups, light bites and sweets, which for your convenience are pleasantly highlighted on the menu.


Luigi's Pizza

One of the oldest and arguably best pizzeria’s in Amman, Luigi’s Pizza is a local’s favorite. The great news is, it now offers a gluten-free option for every item on its menu. There really isn’t any more reason for you to avoid indulging in what some would call a “cheat meal”.


Burger Joint

Can’t agree on where to grab a bite with your non-vegan friends? Burger Joint accommodates to every taste and preference. You’ll enjoy a vegan burger made from fresh veggies and a tasty grains patty, while they take delight in their meaty burgers.


Melograno

Melograno is an authentic Italian bistro with a casual chic atmosphere. It’s one of the few restaurant in town with an exclusively vegetarian menu, numerous gluten-free and vegan-friendly dishes. Their exotic flavors and extraordinary presentation will surely have you drooling.


Dessert Shops


Skaba Jo

Skaba Jo is a home-based shop lead by pastry chef Jude Kaddoura, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. Her treats are as photogenic as they are delicious. The best part of it all, they’re refined sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.


The Med Shed

Who said dessert can’t be healthy? All of the Med Shed’s snacks are refined sugar-free, refined flour-free, made from wholesome ingredients, and still are somehow incredibly tasty. Not only that, its menu includes many vegan and gluten-free options. You can order any goodies directly online or find them at Seed and Majnoon Qahwa.


Hala's Treats

Hala’s Treats is known for its mouthwatering pastries and desserts. Its appetizing selection of vegan cookies and cakes, which constantly changes to introduce more delicious creations, will definitely keep you coming back for more.


Bateel

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend? Look no further than Bateel. This shop’s aesthetically stunning gift boxes, packed with a succulent selection of nut-stuffed dates (and even gluten-free chocolates), are a surefire way to please a loved one.


Four Winters

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice-cream; and that’s practically the same thing, or so they say. Just because you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the creamy-goodness. Four Winters offers two vegan ice-cream bases, coconut and dark chocolate, with endless mix-in options like fruits and coconut flakes.


Bakeries


Kajo Bakery

Kajo is the first gluten-free specialized bakery in Amman. Their hearty bakes and cakes cover many dietary restrictions ranging from gluten- and lactose-free to sugar-free options. Who says life isn’t sweet without sugar?


Beat Tha Wheat

Beat Tha Wheat is both a gluten-free and guilt-free bakery offering gourmet baked goodies, fine cakes and mouthwatering desserts. You’ll find everything you’re looking for here, whether it’s bread, sweets, Atayef, Mana’eesh, or even Knafeh.


Al Sufara Bakery

Al Sufara has a ton of different gluten-free options. Whether it’s rice bread, corn bread, or Ka’ek you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it at this intimate bakery. It has certain kinds of confections and traditional sweets that are made gluten-free, for those of you who need them to be.


Coffee Shops


Bun Fellows

Nobody said you have to stick to black coffee; not the Turks, not the Americans, not anyone really. If you’re looking to switch things up, head to Bun Fellows and grab yourself a delicious latte with almond, soy, coconut or even lactose-free milk.


Mindhub Cafe

MindHub is a healthy person’s haven in a city that keeps on smoking. Not only does it have a strict smoke-free environment catering to the needs of the non-smokers amongst you, it offers vegan milk options to those of you with that dietary preference.


Almond Coffee House

If ever you thought you’d miss out on sipping on your favorite hot drinks because of a dietary restriction, think again. Almond Coffee House gives you the option of having them with soy milk instead of regular cow’s milk. Don’t let the little things hold you back from your caffeinated affair.


Dimitri's Coffee

Sure, it’s a given that regular black coffee is vegan, but when it comes to cappuccinos, lattes and other caffeinated beverages, you might think otherwise. That’s not the case at Dimitri’s, though. The revolutionary coffee house has you covered with both soy and almond milk options.


Spaces


Shams Community

A welcoming space where you’ll meet many of Amman’s vegans and vegetarians, Shams Community regularly hosts diverse groups of people over vegan friendly dinners and drinks to discuss different topics. You’ll feed both your brain and your belly at one go.


You know what they say, you are what you eat!

Lemur Love,

The Tip n’ Tag Team