First Time Tourists Guide in Addis Ababa

Google Map - Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia, located in the highland 2,4 kilometers above sea level and the center hub and commercial of the country.

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia, located in the highland 2,4 kilometers above sea level

It's the central hub and commercial of the country

Addis Ababa is home to many historical museums of the 19th-centuries that display the collection of archeological artifacts

In Addis Ababa, tourists can see “Lucy”, the 3

5 million-year-old and the world’s oldest hominid discovered in 1974

Besides archeological museums, Addis Ababa is also surrounded by many natural attractions such as Lagano Lake, Debre Libanos, Wochi Lake, and the Debre Zeit

 

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SIGHTSEEING

Addis Ababa is located in the foothills of Mount Entoto with a latitude of 3.200 meters above sea level. For sightseeing, the panoramic view of the city from the mountain is one thing you shouldn't miss. Meskel Square, a gathering place in the city is also one of the tourist attractions in Addis Ababa. The Grand Anwar Mosque is surrounded by a Merkato shopping center where you can find many souvenirs, gifts, local spices, and handicrafts.

Meskel Square

a large square in the city center where most public gathering events are held in Addis Ababa

Address : Addis Ababa, Etiopia

Grand Anwar Mosque

One of the biggest mosque in Addis

Address : Kenya St, Addis Ababa, Etiopia

DOWNTOWN

Addis Ababa is the third-highest capital city in the world and it is rich in sightseeing spots. Besides the amazing landscape of the city from Mount Entoto, you can also easily find the interesting things within. The Grand Anwar Mosque’s surroundings are the perfect place to bustling around Merkato shopping center, Meskel Square, and also Piazza District.

FOOD & DRINK

Ethiopian dishes varied from spices, meats, and vegetables. Injera (sourdough flatbread) is one of the most iconic food in Ethiopia, it’s made of teff flour and combined with bread, local and traditional ingredients. You should definitely try this food. Another one is Tibs (sautéed meat chunks), a fried beef mixed with butter oil, garlic, rosemary, and hot pepper. It can be found easily in any Ethiopian restaurant menu.

CULTURE

Amharic is the official national language of Ethiopia. English, Arabic, Italian, and French are also widely spoken by many Ethiopians. The Ethiopian languages are divided into four major language groups. They are Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic, and Nilo-Saharan.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Ethiopia is during the dry season, which is between October to February.

HOTEL

Traveling to Addis Ababa, you need a comfortable place to stay and here is the recommendation. Caravan Hotel, a 3-star hotel located in Mike Leyland Street, offers an elegant and calming vibe of sleeping. The hotel is located in the center of Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and located near Medhane Alem Cathedral, shopping malls, embassies, and hotels. Another one is Hilton Addis Ababa, a 4-star hotel located in Menelik II Avenue offers the mountain view with a great atmosphere of Mount Entoto. The hotel is designed to resemble the Lalibella Cross. It takes only 3 kilometers away from the National Museum of Ethiopia and 7 kilometers from the airport.

Caravan Hotel

We at The Caravan provide personal services both for business travelers and tourists where they feel-at-home away-from-home

Hilton Addis Ababa

Hilton Addis Ababa is the preferred venue for meetings and exhibitions; with years of experience and outside catering options, our specialists have the skill to make your event a success

RESTAURANT

If you’re traveling to Addis Ababa and looking for a place to eat, you’ll find them with cultural looks and vibes. 2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant is one of the must-visit restaurants in Addis Ababa with cultural vibes surrounding the place. The menu is served without cutting tools as the custom in a restaurant is eating with one’s hand. Here you can have injera, the national dish of Ethiopia. Another good restaurant to try is Yod Abyssinia Traditional Restaurant, a restaurant that presents a traditional folk dance to entertain the visitors. This restaurant gained a good reputation for being an Ethiopian restaurant that represents traditional music, dancing, and other Ethiopian culture.

2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant

The 2000 habesha cultural restaurant is opened with aim of entertaining its beloved guests and promoting Ethiopian culture

Yod Abyssinia Traditional Restaurant,

A restaurant which presents traditional folk dances to entertain visitors alongside with typical dishes of Ethiopia

CAFE

If you think of coffee in Ethiopia, you should definitely know that Ethiopian coffee is one of the best in the world. You can visit Tomoca Coffee, it’s the best coffee shop in the entire country with the golden standard for coffee. The place provides no seats, so you should find somewhere to stand to sip your coffee. Another good place to try coffee in Addis Ababa is Mokarar (Harar Coffee), one of many best and favorite of locals. You should try the macchiato which is rich in taste, sharp, and creamy. Don’t worry, here you can have a seat with pretty cool settings.

Tomoca Coffee

History has it; In the 9th century a local herdsman named Kaldi saw one of his goats acting anomaly after eating the berries of a certain shrub

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Nightlife in Addis Ababa is quite similar to other places in African countries with smooth music and less crowded. V Lounge Addis is one of the best places to spend the night out. They provide nice food and drinks and also live music performances. The lounge is pretty good for those who look for a comfortable with the good sound of a saxophone. Another good place in Addis Ababa is Black Rose Bar, a night bar located in Africa Avenue with great cocktails served. The place will be crowded on Friday night and at the weekend.

V Lounge Addis

Stimulate your taste buds with fresh, world-class cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails at Variety Restaurant and Lounge, boasting an extensive list of fine wines, full bar, and carefully created menus for every occasion

Black Rose Bar

A night bar located in Africa Avenue with great cocktails served

The place will be crowded on Friday night and the weekend

INTERESTING PLACE

Addis Ababa is a great place for those who look for cultural, historical and natural attractions. Since it is located in the foothills of Mount Entoto, the city stands with so many interesting places such as the Mount Entoto itself. The 3.200 meters mountain offers soft and hard trekking activities and if you reach the viewpoint, you can see the amazing landscape of Addis Ababa. Merkato Market, the shopping center where you can find goods and a wide selection of artifacts.

Grand Anwar Mosque

One of the biggest mosque in Addis

Address : Kenya St, Addis Ababa, Etiopia

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Addis Ababa is a place that your soul needs. The amazing museum that displays a 3.5-million-year hominid “Lucy,” can be one of your photography objects. This spot is located in Trinity Cathedral and Museum. The Saint George Church and Museum is also a good place to get good pictures. It displays several historical relics, religious books, and other historical items. You should visit this place. The last one is the National Museum of Ethiopia, a museum that displays the historical items and stuff of Ethiopian since the old days. These places are definitely instagramable and perfect for your phone galleries.

The Holy Trinity Cathedral Museum

The amazing museum that displays a 3

5-million-year hominid “Lucy,” can be one of your photography object

Saint George Church and Museum

It displays several historical relics, religious books, and other historical items

You should visit this place

National Museum of Ethiopia

Ancient relics, contemporary paintings, and fossil bones of Lucy, one of the famous types of early humans