Best restaurants in Eastern Ethiopia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Harar

    Fresh Touch Restaurant

    The king of restaurants in Harar, snazzy Fresh Touch is a hot favourite among well-heeled locals and visitors. That’s all thanks to four winning details: its convenient location near the old town; the uplifting ambience; the attractive open-air terrace; and the excellent something-for-everyone menu. Try the burgers.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 tibs. Add friendly staff, wallet-friendly prices and an enticing setting – an Italian mansion with old-world charm and outdoor seating – and you have a winner. Everything is pretty good, but if you want a recommendation, go for the lasagne.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Harar

    Hirut Restaurant

    Decorated with traditional woven baskets and specialising in authentic local cuisine, this is the most atmospheric place in Harar to sink your teeth into a filling kwanta firfir (dried strips of beef rubbed in chilli, butter, salt and berbere) or swill a glass of Gouder wine. It also serves a selection of pizzas, salads and sandwiches. The choice between the cosy lounge and the well-shaded garden is a difficult one.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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. It's on the main thoroughfare in Megala.

  • Restaurants 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 with tasty tandoori specialities or well-presented biryanis. Chinese specialities and a wide choice of veggie options are also on offer. Eat in the large dining room or, better yet, by the pool at the back.

  • Restaurants in Harar

    Kim Café & Restaurant

    This unmissable spot on the main avenue in the new town has a wide variety of cavity-inducing pastries, as well as excellent fruit juices and acceptable pizzas, burgers, pasta and Ethiopian dishes. It's also a great place to grab a coffee and watch the world go by.

  • Restaurants in Harar

    Tesh Café & Restaurant

    This trendy cafeteria does a roaring lunchtime trade in sandwiches, burgers, salads, pasta dishes, cakes, pastries and fruit juices. Breakfast is also highly recommended, with a good selection of omelettes and pancakes.

  • Restaurants in Harar

    Sherife Restaurant

    The speciality of this popular Muslim restaurant is hanid (goat; you pick which part – the feet, ribs and head are the most popular) served on rice pilaf. Tibs and pasta dishes are also available.

  • Restaurants in Harar

    Weyzro (‘Miss’) Zewde

    This woman makes what are probably the best samosas ( sambusa in Amharic) in Harar. Find her and her deep fryer sitting street-side across from Harar Gate.

  • Restaurants in Dire Dawa

    Asefah Roasted Chicken

    This lively eatery specialises in one thing and one thing only: roast chicken. There's an agreeable terrace with plenty of shade.

  • Restaurants in Dire Dawa

    Elga Café

    A little corner of tranquillity, Elga Café is a great spot to refuel over coffee, pastries and snacks.

  • Restaurants in Harar

    Misrak Hotel

    It’s the hyenas, not the food, that makes this a special night-time dining option. The animals usually arrive around 8.30pm to scavenge the nearby dumpsters, but if you have some flesh to offer them (hang it on a stick rather than use your hand, of course), they’ll come dine at your footpath table. It specialises in raw meat.