Asmara in detail


Internet Access

While it is the fastest in the country, internet access in Asmara is still painfully slow.

Afeworki Internet Cafe Wi-fi, plus comfy couches to sink into while you wait for pages to load. If you really need a fast connection, buy a timed ticket and then come back early the next morning before the rest of the city starts hitting the bandwidth.

Erena Internet Cafe There's wi-fi (always) and computers (when the city's power is working) in this 2nd-floor internet cafe.


Any of the many himbol (exchange) shops around town can change foreign currencies.

Commercial Bank of Eritrea Changes cash and travellers cheques at the official rate, but you'll need your passport; if there's no line, this will often be the quickest currency-exchange option. Also acts as an agent for Western Union.


Main post office Located just north of the western end of Harnet Ave. Entrance is from 178-6 St, rather than the more intuitive public square on the back side.


For local calls, you'll find blue telephone boxes all over town.

Eritrea Telecom Building It's possible to make international calls from here. Purchase a calling card from the cashier, and proceed to the bank of telephones to follow the on-screen instructions.

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre Has some brochures and issues the compulsory travel permit.