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Top ChoiceMuseum in Addis Ababa

Ethnological Museum

Ethnological Museum

Set within Haile Selassie’s former palace, and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of the university’s main campus, is the enthralling Ethnological Museum. Even if you’re not a museum fan, this one...

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National Museum

National Museum

The collection on show at the National Museum is ranked among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa, but sadly many of its exhibits are poorly labelled, lit and displayed. Far and away the highlight is the...

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'Red Terror' Martyrs Memorial Museum

'Red Terror' Martyrs Memorial Museum

‘As if I bore them all in one night, they slew them in a single night.’ These were the words spoken by the mother of four teenage children all killed on the same day by the Derg, as she officially opened the...

Top ChoiceEthiopian 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...

Top ChoiceFrench 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...

Top ChoiceShoes in Addis Ababa

soleRebels Footwear

Eight years after being founded by designer Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu to help talented artisans in her neighbourhood, soleRebels Footwear's shoes are made using locally sourced natural fibres, hand-made fabric and,...

Top ChoiceEthiopian 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...

Top ChoiceBar in Addis Ababa

Topia Tej Bet

Off Haile Gebreselassie Rd, tucked up an alley behind the Axum Hotel, this is Addis’ top tej bet (honey wine) and the only one to serve pure-honey tej. Signposted only in Amharic (as one local assured us, 'after...

Top ChoiceInternational 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 shwarma (Monday and Wednesday) to Asian wok dishes (Tuesday), Mexican...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Addis Ababa

Galani Cafe

This one's worth taking a taxi across Addis for. A refreshingly cool and contemporary space, Galani serves up Ethiopia's finest barista-poured coffees, from espresso to piccolo and from drip-filter coffee to cold...

Top ChoiceMiddle 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...

Top ChoiceEthiopian 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...

Top ChoiceCafe in Addis Ababa

Tomoca

Tomoca

Ahh, if only all cafes were like this! Coffee is serious business at this great high-stooled Italian cafe (around since 1953) in Piazza. The beans are roasted on-site (you can literally smell them from a block...

Top ChoiceItalian 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...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Addis Ababa

St George Interior Decoration & Art Gallery

One of Addis Ababa's classiest places to shop, St George has everything from antique silver crosses and contemporary textiles to wide-ranging books about Ethiopia and designer jewellery. Everything here, both...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Addis Ababa

Fendika Azmari Bet

This azmari bet rivals any in Addis. It’s littered with Ethiopian cultural items and always offers a good time (whether you understand what's going on or not). They also do live jazz as well as DJ-spun Ethiopian...

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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...

Top ChoiceChurch in Addis Ababa

St George Cathedral & Museum

St George Cathedral & Museum

Commissioned by Emperor Menelik II to commemorate his stunning 1896 defeat of the Italians in Adwa, and dedicated to St George (Ethiopia’s patron saint), whose icon was carried into the battle, this Piazza...

Top ChoiceCinema in Addis Ababa

Alliance Éthio-Française d’Addis-Abeba

As is almost always the case with French cultural centres, this centre hosts an exciting and diverse range of art-house films, experimental theatre, gallery exhibitions, opera and world music. There’s also a...

Church in Addis Ababa

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral

This massive and ornate cathedral is the second-most important place of worship in Ethiopia (ranking behind the Old Church of St Mary of Zion in Aksum). It’s also the celebrated final resting place of Emperor...