Harar Brewery


Built by the Czechs in 1984 and purchased by Heineken in 2011, this is a very modern brewery. Tours are sometimes available in the morning – contact local Harar guides to arrange a visit.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Harar attractions

1. Ras Makonnen Statue

0.69 MILES

In the centre of Ras Makonnen Sq stands a rather Italian-looking, equestrian statue of the ras (duke) cast in bronze by the well-known Amhara artist…

2. Smugglers’ Market

0.72 MILES

The Smugglers’ Market is chock-full of counterfeit clothing and electronics (some real stuff, too) from China. Most of it is smuggled in from Somaliland…

3. Recycling Market

0.72 MILES

Near the Shoa Gate Market is the Recycling Market where men repair metal materials and beat scrap into useful utensils. The whole area is undergoing a…

4. Shoa Gate Market

0.74 MILES

Elbow your way through the Shoa Gate Market (also known as the Christian Market) to find etan (incense) from the Jijiga area; it’s used in the famous…

5. Selassie Church

0.75 MILES

This church doesn't really deserve a gander, but it's a useful landmark off the main thoroughfare.

6. Mikael Cemetery


You don’t come to this place below Mikael Church for the graves, but for the excellent views of the old town from the road below them. Photography is best…

7. Old Town

0.94 MILES

Harar’s old walled town (known as Jugal) is a fascinating place that begs exploration. The thick, 5m-high walls running 3.5km around town were erected in…

8. Tomb of Said Ali Hamdogn


Said Ali Hamdogn was an important 12th-century religious leader. His whitewashed tomb can easily be visited; it looks a little like a miniature mosque…