Top things to do

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 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…
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…
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…
Wildlife in Harar

Northern Hyena Feeding Site

Located north of Fallana Gate, this is one of Harar's two hyena feeding stations. A highlight of any visit to Harar, this impressive spectacle begins around 6.30pm. There are generally two to four hyenas that make a…
Museum in Harar

Arthur Rimbaud Center

Near the middle of the walled city, and often mistakenly called Rimbaud’s House, is this museum dedicated to French poet Arthur Rimbaud with a series of illustrated wall panels about his life. It’s in an attractive …
Museum in Harar

Ras Tafari's House & Sherif Harar City Museum

Close to Rimbaud’s House, the conspicuous Ras Tafari’s House was built by an Indian trader and many of its features, such as the Ganesh carving above the door, are Eastern in origin. Haile Selassie spent his honeymo…
Islamic Tomb in Harar

Tomb of Sheikh Abadir

The tomb of Sheikh Abadir, Harar’s legendary founder and second emir, is an important pilgrimage site. His tomb still attracts worshippers seeking solutions to daily struggles, and if their prayers are answered devo…
Market in Harar

Smugglers’ Market

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 either by night caravans of camel and donkey across the remote…
Mosque in Harar

Jamia Mosque

Harar’s great mosque is the only one inside the wall big enough to host both men and women. The mosque was built in the 16th century, though according to local tradition a mosque has stood on the site since the 12th…