Eastern Ethiopia restaurants

Top Choice European 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 ambi…
Top Choice European in Bishoftu (Debre Zeyit)

Asham Africa

It's all about tasteful African chic in this respectable hotel restaurant with an airy feel and unsurpassed lake views. Bounteous wood-fired pizzas are also available.
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 Ethiopian 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 chill…
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…
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…
Cafeteria 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…
Cafeteria 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 panca…
Ethiopian 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.
Indian 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.