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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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  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to avail the tax exemption.
  • Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
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Flights to Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian capital is frenetic, sprawling and alluring all at once. It’s a city with a unique identity and a different look and feel to other Sub-Saharan capitals. This may have something to do with the fact that Ethiopia, unlike many other African countries, has never been colonised.

Aside from the occasional Art Deco building – remnants of Italy’s five-year occupation during the Second World War – there’s none of the colonial architecture that can be found in other cities such as Pretoria, Livingstone or Nairobi.

Instead, Addis is a collage of tin shacks and shiny glass tower blocks – the latter symbolising Ethiopia’s impressive economic growth.

As well as being an important African business hub with international business people filling flights to Addis Ababa, the city is brimming with cultural and educational institutions. It boasts the well-respected Addis Ababa University, the renowned National Museum and Ethnographic Museum, and countless cafes and jazz clubs. It is also a city of considerable political significance, home to both the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the headquarters of the African Union.

Addis residents take great pride in their city – and, indeed, their distinct national heritage. This pride is tangible at street level, where coffeehouses serving authentic Ethiopian coffee are ubiquitous, and the national dish injera (sourdough flatbread) is served along with cooked meats and vegetables in every other restaurant.

What’s more, Addis has a friendly reputation and is considered a safe city. Visitors are actively encouraged to explore by foot and experience its lively energy first-hand.

What to do in Addis Ababa

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

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
Bole

Where to eat in Addis Ababa

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
+251

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 Days International Hotel
Off Mickey Leyland Street
Urael
+251 11 662 9482

TO.MO.CA. (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, TO.MO.CA. sells beans by the bag. A great place to sample coffee sourced from across Ethiopia.

Wawel Street
Arada
+251 11 111 1781

Places to stay in Addis Ababa

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

Radisson Blu

This buzzing hotel is a popular choice with business travellers, owing to being near 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

Trinity Hotel

Situated in the gentrified Bole area of the city, this friendly, clean and comfortable hotel is a fantastic mid-range option. Staff will go out of their way to be helpful, and the manager is often on hand to personally deal with any requests guests may have.

Djibuti Street
Opposite Edna Mall
+251 92 772 7374

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