Top things to do in Eastern Ethiopia

Top Choice Market in Eastern Ethiopia

Babille Market

If you’re travelling east of Harar on a Monday or Thursday, don’t miss the super-atmospheric livestock market in the village of Babille – it's one of Ethiopia’s biggest, attracting buyers of camels, cows, donkeys an…
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 Village in Eastern Ethiopia


With its superb architecture and dramatic setting, the clifftop village of Koremi, 19km southeast of Harar above the Erer Valley, is a definite must-see. It's the largest of several villages of the Argoba, a deeply …
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…
Area in Harar

Old Town

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 the 16th century in defensive response to the migrations nort…
Lake in Asaita

Lakes Afambo & Gumare

The little-explored territory and salt lakes scattered around Asaita are something of a holy grail for serious adventurers. This area remains one of the Horn's most inhospitable corners, appearing much the same as w…
Wildlife Encounter in Harar

Eastern Hyena Feeding Site

One of Harar's two infamous hyena feeding sites, it is located about 1.5km east of Erer Gate (near the garbage dump). This site is usually more productive than the other one because of its isolation and location nea…