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Flights to Addis Ababa (ADD)

From the moment your flight to Addis Ababa lands, this unique city delivers in every sense.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

What to do in Addis Ababa

Visit the Ethnographic Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies

This fantastic museum, located within the Addis Ababa University Campus, is home to a number of artefacts and handicrafts. The building itself is steeped in history having housed numerous dignitaries and faced several occupation attempts, before being donated to the educational facility by the Emperor Haile Selassie.

Addis Ababa University
Sidist Kilo Campus
Yekatit 12 Square
+251 11 123 9739

Visit the Ethiopian National Museum

The Ethiopian National Museum is regarded as one of the most important of its kind in Africa. Exhibits include an impressive 4BC rock-hewn throne, and Lucy – a 3.3 million-year-old fossilised hominid skeleton, which serves as an example of what our ancestors looked like.

King George VI Street
+251 11 111 7150

Scale Entoto Hill

For some of the best views of Addis Ababa, get into a taxi and head for Entoto Hill. The vistas from the top – 3,000m above sea level – are incredible, as is the fascinating museum that was once the palace of Menelik II, and the impressive Entonto Maryam Church.

Entoto Maryam Church
Entoto Hill
North Shewa

Hang out in Bole

Bole is a gentrified area of Addis that’s home to high-end hotels, malls, cinemas (Edna Mall shows the latest Hollywood blockbusters), great restaurants and the impressive Medhane Alem Cathedral. Being close to the airport, the area is a popular place for tourists and short-stay visitors.

Edna Mall
Cameroon Street
+251 116 616278

Get lost in the Merkato

This huge, sprawling market – which claims to be the largest on the continent, despite its boundaries changing day-to-day – is a sight to behold. Quiet it is not, but Merkato, with its food, trinkets and clothing shacks, does offer a taste of real life in Addis Ababa.

Between Kenya Street and Uganda Street
Addis Ketema

Explore St. George’s Cathedral and Museum

This iconic cathedral is perched on a hill overlooking Menelik II Square. Inside, there is a series of paintings portraying scenes from Ethiopian history. There’s also a museum featuring artefacts taken from the ancient church, as well as a collection of religious writings, Ethiopian crosses and traditional clothing.

The Piazza
Off Menelik II Square
Gebeheyu Street

Where to eat in Addis Ababa

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YOD Abyssinia Cultural Restaurant (Ethiopian)

This is an accessible place for visitors to enjoy an authentic dining experience. Expect a diverse array of local delicacies (including injera, served with roasted meats and vegetables), dancing and traditional music. There are two branches in town, but the one in Bole is more popular.

Bole Medhaniyalem
Next to Brass Hospital

Tomoca Coffee Shop (Cafe)

This family-run coffee shop, which opened way back in 1953, is something of an Addis institution. As well as serving steaming cups of fantastic coffee, Tomoca sells beans by the bag. A great place to sample coffee sourced from across Ethiopia.

Wawel Street
+251 11 111 1781

Ristorante Castelli (Italian)

Founded by Francesco Castelli after the Second World War, Ristorante Castelli has established itself as the best Italian restaurant in Ethiopia, and comes with plenty of celebrity endorsements. Those aside, it’s the food – still prepared by the Castelli family – that makes this restaurant such an institution.

Mahatma Gandhi Street
+251 1 571 757

Mama’s Kitchen

It’s a good job the food tastes good at Mama’s Kitchen, because you’ll need all the energy you can when this cool bistro turns into an entertainment venue where dancing isn’t so much as encouraged as imposed. Meats are the order of the day on the menu.

Behind Medhane Alem Cathedral
Next to Bruno’s
+251 91 166 1365

La Mandoline (French)

Serving classic French cuisine in an attractive courtyard, La Mandoline flies the flag for France in a city dominated by great Italian restaurants. Staff are friendly and efficient, and you’re always guaranteed a good atmosphere and great-value meal.

Behind 3-Day Hotel
Off Mickey Leyland Street
+251 11 662 9482

Gusto Restaurante (Italian)

This sleek Italian restaurant shows what to expect from Addis Ababa’s rapidly developing culinary scene. The third-floor location gives you a great view of the surrounding area (book a table on the terrace if the weather’s good), while inside it’s airy and spacious.

Tracon Tower
Third Floor
Churchill Avenue (in front of Tikur Anbesa Preparatory School)
+251 111 262 126

Places to stay in Addis Ababa

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Radisson Blu

This buzzing hotel is a popular choice with business travellers, owing to being near to the United Nations Conference Centre and the business district. The 204-room hotel features two restaurants and a popular lounge, which attracts expats and locals come sundown.

Kazanchis Business District
Kirkos Subcity Kebele 17/18
+251 11 515 7600

Hilton Addis Ababa

This 372-room hotel offers an escape from the city while being located right in the heart of it. This has much to do with the property’s 15-acre grounds, which boast lush vegetation, a geo-thermal swimming pool, squash courts and an 18-hole mini-golf course.

Menelik II Avenue
+251 11 517 0000

Baro Hotel

The Baro Hotel is the go-to place for backpackers and tourists on a budget in Addis. The hotel’s facilities are basic, but Baro’s real attraction is its outdoor garden, which is a great place to meet like-minded travellers and plan the next stage of your adventure.

Mundy Street
Off General Wingate Street
+251 11 157 4157

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Sheraton Addis, Addis AbabaHeading through the gates and down the sweeping driveway here, you would be forgiven for thinking you were heading to a colonial mansion as opposed to a hotel.

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