Top things to do in Dire Dawa

Top Choice Italian in Dire Dawa

Paradiso Restaurant

Haven't had a slap-up meal for a while? Don't look past Paradiso, the most respected restaurant in town. The menu roves from flavoursome Italian dishes to more traditional gut-busters such as kitfo (raw meat) and ti…
Top Choice Sweets in Dire Dawa

Al-Hashimi Sweets

This perpetually busy joint has been spoiling customers and waistlines for several years with its irresistible baklava – all freshly made on the premises. Heaven on earth for the sweet-toothed. Expect long queues. I…
Market in Dire Dawa

Kafira Market

With its Babel-like ambience, the enormous Kafira Market, sprawling way beyond its Moorish-style arches, is the most striking of Dire Dawa's markets. Delving into the organised chaos of its narrow lanes is an assaul…
Indian in Dire Dawa

Samrat Hotel

Besides the usual European dishes and some token Ethiopian ones, this venture inside Samrat Hotel concocts delicious Indian dishes (the chef is Indian) that will satisfy the pickiest of appetites. Get things going w…
Museum in Dire Dawa

Ethiopia-Djibouti Rail Yard

Rail fans can clamber through what remains of the once-great Imperial Railway Company of Ethiopia. Ask for Kadra Ali – she can get by in English and will happily take you around the rail yard (tip expected). You'll …
Cafe in Dire Dawa

Hamdail Coffee House

Brimming with good cheer, this large place with a modernish feel is an ideal refuelling stop after a walking tour in the area. It serves excellent macchiatos, cappuccinos and fresh juices (from Birr15) and has an ap…
Market in Dire Dawa

Ashawa Market & Livestock Market

With its numerous sheet-metal shacks in the back, the chaotic Ashawa Market is well worth a gander. In the wadi behind Ashawa you'll find the livestock market, which is usually held in the morning.
Coffee in Dire Dawa

Bashanfer Trading

You can buy fresh, export-quality Ethiopian coffee at this well-stocked shop on the main drag in Megala. It sells 1kg (Birr90) and 500g (Birr46) packets of excellent whole and ground beans.
Market in Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa Market

Also known as ‘Taiwan’, this is a modern, orderly covered market mostly full of clothing and fabric, though some of the cheap electronic goods that used to dominate this space remain.
Bar in Dire Dawa

Mekonnen Hotel

Cheap beers and great people-watching. From around 6pm the footpath tables are packed with men talking politics and sipping coffee and beer.