Addis Ababa Park
A self-professed ‘ecominded’ tour company with multilingual guides (English, French, Italian and German).
This agency offers everything from birdwatching and ethnic tours in the south, to rock climbing in Tigray. It also specialises in the...
Possibly the most oddly situated bar in Addis: it sits on the 10th storey of a residential block (which must endear the owners to the...
China Bar & Restaurant
If you’re craving something sweet or sour, this central Chinese restaurant is the most convenient place – though not everybody rates the...
Menelik II Ave · interesting places nearby
Africa Hall information
Built in 1961 by Emperor Haile Selassie, Africa Hall, near Meskal Sq, is the seat of the UN’s ECA. The Italian-designed building isn’t very interesting, apart from the friezelike motifs that represent traditional Ethiopian shamma (shawl) borders.
Far more interesting is Africa: Past, Present and Future, a monumental stained-glass window inside by the artist Afewerk Tekle. Measuring 150 sq m, it fills one entire wall and is one of the biggest stained-glass windows in the world. During some hours of the day, the white marble floor of the foyer is flooded with colour. It’s well worth a visit, but this is only possible by prior appointment (call the number above). You’ll need to bring your passport and they generally prefer it if you visit as part of a group.