Top things to do in Jimma

Palace in Jimma

Palace of Abba Jiffar

Looking more out of America’s Wild West than the Kafa kingdom, the increasingly fragile Palace of Abba Jiffar looks as if a strong wind could blow it away. It sits atop a hill 7km northeast of Jimma's town centre, n…
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Central Jimma Hotel

For a fine view of the bus station, a cold beer and some cheap eats, stick to the hotel's roadside cafe. For shish kebab, chicken Maryland and grilled fish, head to the more upmarket poolside Sennait Restaurant. For…
Museum in Jimma

Jimma Museum

Admission to the Muuziyemii Jimmaa includes a guided tour in English of the museum's seven small rooms. We don’t want to steal the guide’s thunder (such as it is), but our favourite pieces include a ceremonial thron…
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Wolde Aregaw & Family Hotel

The wood panelling and calf-skin decor give this a lived-in vibe, and if you’re at a loose end you can watch the satellite TV in the bar while munching on a steak sandwich. Next door, the restaurant serves meals suc…
Birdwatching in Jimma

Boye Dam

Located 5km southeast of Jimma off the road to Addis, the dam has some good birdwatching opportunities, but take the locals’ claims of hippos with a hippo-sized pinch of salt. There are also caves and hot springs in…
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Jimma Degitu Hotel

The faranji food here is quite good (if you remember you’re in Ethiopia) and more varied than elsewhere – think an OK cheeseburger with cold fries. The pizzas are also worthy of mention, but they take forever to arr…
Cafe in Jimma

Café Variety

Its shaded terrace vaunts the best selection of cakes in Jimma. It’s popular with students, who flock here for the juice and coffee. There are a couple of similar places nearby.
Architecture in Jimma

Municipal Buildings

If you’re a connoisseur of Italian Fascist architecture, take a peek at Jimma's municipal buildings.
Sculpture in Jimma

Coffee Pot Monument

Sits on the main roundabout in the centre of town. It looks like, well, an Ethiopian coffee pot.
Mosque in Jimma


The town's main mosque.