Restaurants

Top Choice Ethiopian in Addis Ababa

Yod Abyssinia

Yes, it's touristy, but they sure put on a show at Yod Abyssinia. The large dining area is crammed with low wooden stools that all face a stage; at around 7.30pm, musicians, dancers and singers perform traditional a…
Top Choice French in Addis Ababa

La Mandoline

This upper-crust French restaurant serving superb and authentic, traditional French dishes is still one of the best restaurants in the capital. Try an excellent salad for starter, a delicious steak with Roquefort sa…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Addis Ababa

Itegue Taitu Hotel

If you’ve travelled overland to Addis Ababa, and eaten in a succession of cheap local restaurants serving less-than-inspiring injera, then reward yourself with high-quality, delicious Ethiopian fare served up in the…
Top Choice International in Addis Ababa

Lime Tree

It may have moved locations but Lime Tree remains one of the hippest places to have a light lunch. Lunch specials range from chicken shwaram (Monday and Wednesday) to Asian wok dishes (Tuesday), Mexican (Thursday) o…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Addis Ababa

Sana’a Restaurant

For both the local Muslim and Christian communities, this busy place is a lunchtime institution – queues for a table can form out the door. The reason they all flock here? Good, honest Yemeni fare, including spicy h…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Addis Ababa

Kategna

A pleasingly modern take on the traditional Ethiopian restaurant, Kategna feels like a classy urban cafe with its soothing colour scheme, low wooden stools and well-to-do young crowd. The menu covers all corners of …
Top Choice Italian in Addis Ababa

Avanti Restaurant & Wine Bar

Recently moved to an unprepossessing suburban back street, Avanti is a quiet and classy place that serves some of the best Italian food in the city. There's much on the menu to turn the head, but we particularly enj…
Top Choice Cafe in Addis Ababa

Galani Cafe

Best known as Addis' coolest cafe, Galani also serves up fabulous food such as raw cauliflower salad, sweet and savoury crepes, tacos and the city's best brunch (10am to 1pm weekends). The setting is classy and casu…
Italian in Addis Ababa

Ristorante Castelli

Very much an Addis institution, this Italian restaurant has fed Swedish royalty, Bob Geldof, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and US presidents. The food is (of course) good, perhaps even the best Italian in Addis. Wines f…
Indian in Addis Ababa

Sangam Restaurant

If you’ve developed a craving for a cracking curry, try this atmospheric and upmarket Indian restaurant. There's plenty to choose from but the mughali biryani (fragrant rice), tandoori dishes or butter-chicken masal…