Top Choice European in Lalibela

Ben Abeba

Hands down the coolest restaurant in Ethiopia, this Ethio-Scottish–owned, Dali-esque jumble of walkways, platforms and fire pits is perched on the edge of the ridge for 360-degree views. And while it would be expect…
Italian in Dire Dawa

Paradiso Restaurant

A slice of Rome it ain’t, but the menu at this ‘old time’ Italian mansion has arguably Dire Dawa’s best Italian (though don’t get too excited), as well as more traditional kitfo (raw meat) and tibs.
Caribbean in Shashemene

Spicy Caribbean Delight

The daily menus feature Trinidadian and some Jamaican dishes like curried goat, while a few options, like the tasty lentil burger, are always available. It’s next to the Banana Art Gallery and closes at 7pm.
Kenyan in Moyale

Prison Canteen

It says a lot about the quality of life up here when the best place to eat, drink and party is inside the town jail. It provides a great atmosphere and an excellent nyama choma (barbecued meat). Open for lunch and d…
Ethiopian in Aksum

Abinet Hotel

If you ask locals where the best place to eat is, they’ll direct you to Yeha or Consular. But if you ask them where they like to eat, there’s a good chance they’ll answer Abinet.
European in Lalibela

Unique Restaurant

This understated but cosy little restaurant (‘bad house, good food’ is what charming owner Sisco tells people who hesitate outside her door) serves the usual mix of national and faranji dishes (the fasting pizza is …
American in Aksum

Atse Yohanes International Restaurant

The American half of the Ethio-Virginian couple who owns this pleasant spot has brought cinnamon rolls (high season only) and proper hamburgers to Aksum, but he’s otherwise mostly hands off in the kitchen. This is a…
Ethiopian in Aksum

Ezana Café

An awesome breakfast spot with excellent ful and ‘special fata’ (bread firfir with yoghurt and egg). Complete your meal with a juice from No Name Juice House next door.
European in Lalibela

Mountain View Hotel

As much as we love Ben Abeba, when it comes down to the food itself, Mountain View isn’t just tops in Lalibela, it’s one of the best restaurants in Ethiopia. The diverse menu offers some Indian- and Jamaican-inspire…
Ethiopian in Sodo

Day Star Restaurant

With few exceptions, the lunch stop of choice for tours passing through is Day Star Restaurant, 3km south of the hilltop on the Arba Minch road.