A super quick guide to Addis Ababa
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia's capital, embraces contradiction like a spice, with sharp flavors that are rich in complexity. Luxurious metropolitan high rises coexist with humble makeshift dwellings. The hushed ritual of slow-coffee ceremonies contrasts with modernity's rapid propulsion. This is not your typical vacation spot. Here's a quick guide to help you get the most out of it.
Eat Here: Asa Bet
Asa Bet serves Ethiopian cuisine in new and innovative forms and fusions. It serves modern Ethiopian cuisine with a seafood emphasis that combines local and international flavors. Yohanis Gebreyesus, a local celebrity chef, restauranteur, and TV personality, is the latest to open a restaurant. Pro Tip: If you can’t decide what to try, go on a Sunday for an all-you-can-eat buffet and sample everything.
Grab Drinks Here: Louvre
No, not the gallery, though the drinks here are truly works of art. The Louvre is a quirky, family-owned boutique hotel with a French restaurant and a hidden subterranean wine cellar. In the quiet cellar, sample Ethiopian wines, or sip a cocktail on one of the busy patios. It’s also a great place to wander around and explore, with an impressive collection of Ethiopian historical artefacts on display as a nod to the Parisian museum of the same name.
Stay Here: Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt Regency is Addis Ababa’s newest luxury hotel, located in the heart of the vibrant Meskel Square. With its culturally inspired decor and modern touches, it does not disappoint. It has two restaurants (one serving Levantine cuisine and the other combining western BBQ and pan-Asian flavors), and its busy Cascara Bar serves coffee-inspired cocktails in the garden overlooking a beautiful water feature.
Get caffeinated here: Hadero Coffee Museum
There are more places to drink coffee than there are to eat in the birthplace of coffee. Coffee in Ethiopia can be overwhelming with so many options. The Coffee Museum by Hadero provides a multi-sensory coffee experience that takes visitors behind the scenes of the coffee production process, from hand sorting to roasting, brewing, and cupping. The tour concludes with a tasting presentation of traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies. The museum also has a coffee bar where you can customize your own cup of coffee, as well as a gift shop with coffee-related souvenirs.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at: Tutto Gelato
The old adage goes that good things come to those who wait, and you will have to wait in the long lines that form outside this popular ice cream shop. It’s worth it, however, for the delicious, natural, and high-quality dairy-based gelatos and vegan sorbets available in over 50 flavors.
Shop here: Enisra
Enisra is a women’s pottery collective founded with government support to empower women to support themselves through pottery and ceramic art. The women were able to strengthen their craft and even specialize in different techniques by organizing. The group offers studio space, a market, and even a daycare. It’s a great place to find reasonably priced pottery and ceramics to take home while also helping these artisans earn a sustainable creative living.
Get cultural here: Addis Fine Art
Probably the best gallery to visit if you want to learn about contemporary Ethiopian artists. With its roster of avant-garde Ethiopian artists and locations in Addis Abeba and London, AFA has established itself as a force in the global art industry. Pro Tip: If you’re going to buy art, go during their annual ‘Addis Calling’ exhibition to collect works by emerging artists.
Remote work here: Adore
This multipurpose structure is a hotel with several floors dedicated solely to co-working, conference, office, and events spaces. It’s centrally located in the Atlas region, and with Addis Abeba’s increasingly congested roads, it’s a very convenient meeting point. Adore also has its own cafe and market, making it an ideal location for intensive work sessions when time is limited.
Experience the outdoors here: Friendship + Unity Parks
One mission, two parks. Despite their proximity, these two parks are quite different. Friendship Park is a well-landscaped urban sanctuary with walking trails and a fountain with a light show, whereas Unity Park is a taste of Ethiopian history, culture, and wildlife. Both parks aim to inspire visitors while also serving as a reminder that Ethiopia’s best days are yet to come.
Sunset at Union Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
This low-key bungalow is located adjacent to the Addis Ababa city museum, on the outskirts of the estate of 19th century nobleman and military leader Ras Birru. The Union’s large outdoor terrace, perched above the Meskel Square amphitheatre, has one of the best views of this busy intersection. It’s the ideal spot for dinner or drinks while watching the sunset against this vibrant backdrop.
Catch a vibe here: Fendika Cultural Center
This location is popular with both locals and visitors. Melaku Belay, a renowned dancer and advocate, founded it, and it has remained a hub for local musicians and performers. Drop in on any Thursday or Friday and get ready for a magical night of live music, jam sessions, performance art, and traditional culture colliding into an Ethio-bohemian rhapsody.
Travel to Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a rugged, landlocked country in the Horn of Africa divided by the Great Rift Valley. It's a place of ancient culture, with archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years.
History of Ethiopia
Ethiopia is bounded to the north by Eritrea, to the northeast by Djibouti, to the east by Somalia, to the south by Kenya, and to the west by South Sudan and Sudan.
People Of Ethiopia
Ethiopians are ethnically diverse, with the most significant differences based on linguistic classification. Ethiopia is a linguistic mosaic of about 100 languages divided into four groups.
Terminal 2: Etiopian Airlines Star Alliance Gold Lounge
- Opening hours: first to last departure of the day
- Services: premium food and snacks, WiFi, television, newspapers and magazines