Addis Ababa In

Two Days

Start in Piazza with a steaming espresso at Tomoca, before visiting St George Cathedral & Museum. Next, get ready to say hello to Auntie Lucy, your long-lost ancestor, in the National Museum.

After lunch at Lucy Gazebo & Restaurant, explore the massive Merkato. After checking you still have all your belongings, finish the day dining and drinking tej (honey wine) at Topia Tej Bet, then dine at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant, such as Yod Abyssinia or Habesha 2000, while enjoying a show of song and dance.

Day two, and the morning kicks off with more culture when you marvel at the brilliant Ethnological Museum. In the afternoon, pay your respects to Emperor Haile Selassie at the Holy Trinity Cathedral then be moved to tears by the powerful displays in the new 'Red Terror’ Martyrs Memorial Museum. Finish your day off on a more cheerful note at the wonderful Kategna restaurant.

Four Days

With four days, you could complete the two-day itinerary at a slower pace (more espressos! – try Mokarar), squeezing in extra sights like the Bete Maryam Mausoleum, a meal at Sana'a Restaurant and some pampering at Boston Day Spa. Another well-worthwhile alternative is to head out of town to the extraordinary Washa Mikael Church, get some fresh air walking in the Entoto Mountains and visit the Entoto Maryam Church, or take a half-day trip out to Debre Libanos Monastery.