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Capital of one the world's fastest-growing economies, Addis Ababa (also spelled Addis Abeba) is a city in motion, catching up to Ethiopia's zooming commercial development in stride. At times gauche and somewhat rough around the edges, it is nonetheless worth more than a single night in transit, if only for the country's finest dining, shopping and of-the-moment urban developments.
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Ethnological Museum

The capital's Ethnological Museum is considered to be one of the finest on the continent. Intricately arranged exhibits narrate the story of Ethiopia and its peoples. The museum spans two floors of the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie, whose rooms are preserved in nearly their original state and open to visitors. Detailed written explanations are provided.
Adresse: Algeria Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 11 123 1068
Åpningstider: Daily 8:30am–5:30pm
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National Museum of Ethiopia

The National Museum of Ethiopia contains a plethora of cultural artefacts. Its most notable exhibit, however, is the cast of Lucy — a female skeleton of the Australopithecus afarensis species, discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and dating back as far as 3.2 million years. Art lovers will appreciate the museum's collection of Ethiopian art from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
Adresse: King George VI Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 11 111 7150
Åpningstider: Tue–Sun 9am–5pm, Mon closed
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Red Terror Martyrs' Memorial Museum

The chilling, heartbreaking exhibits of the Red Terror Martyrs' Memorial Museum are guaranteed to leave no visitor indifferent. Atrocities commuted during Mengistu’s Derg regime are laid bare, to be processed at your own pace or with an English-speaking guide. The museum operates on donations alone; entry is free of charge.
Adresse: Africa Ave, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 11 515 6197
Åpningstider: Daily 8:30am–6:30pm
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Entoto Hills

A steep climb (or car ride) up Mount Entoto is worth the time if only for the spectacular views over sprawling Addis Ababa unfolding from the top. On Sunday, the hilltop Maryam Church is open for mass (closed other days of the week), and the Entoto Maryam Museum showcases artefacts and personal belongings of Emperor Menelik, whose humble palace still stands not too far away.
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St George Cathedral & Museum

Typically octagonal, the stern-looking, neoclassical St George Cathedral was where Ethiopian rulers were inaugurated ever since its construction by the order of Emperor Menelik II, who dedicated the church to Ethiopia's patron saint, St George. Adjacent to the church is a museum with religious paraphernalia.
Adresse: Fitawrari Gebeyehu Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 92 205 2209
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It takes heart to venture into the chaotic-looking, sprawling marketplace of Addis Ababa. Despite what it may seem at first glance, the market is very much organised, subdivided into "quarters" dedicated to a specific kind of wares. Definitely come with a guide to help you navigate. Many vendors keep goods inside permanent stalls, so what it is that is being sold might not be apparent at first glance. Items worth browsing for are leather goods, silver jewellery, spices, and more.
Adresse: Addis Mercato, Addis Ababa
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 6am–7pm, Sun closed
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Holy Trinity Cathedral

The second in importance house of worship in Ethiopia — the Holy Trinity Cathedral — contains the tombs of the Former Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife. Many more prominent figures of the country's history are buried on its compounds. The building itself is a curious mix of international styles.
Adresse: Niger Street, Addis Ababa
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The capital's atmospheric "old town" is known as the Piazza. The name gestures towards the brief period of the Italian presence in the country. The area still has hints of Italian in its vibe today, and there are a few landmarks remaining from the first half of the 20th century. This is the go-to neighbourhood for good places to eat and budget accommodation.
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Lion of Judah & Churchill Avenue

The Lion of Judah marks the beginning of Churchill Avenue, one of the city's main shopping streets, which runs from the railway stations straight into the popular Piazza neighbourhood. The statue is the symbol of Ethiopian monarchy. Its original, executed in gilded bronze, was relocated back to Ethiopia from Rome in the 60s and now in the collection of the National Museum of Ethiopia.
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Bata Mariam Mausoleum

A hidden door inside leads into the crypt, where several Ethiopian royals are buried, along with Emperor Menelik himself. The marble tombs are a stunning discovery in themselves, but the real kicker is an original painting by Michelangelo also on display here. Come with a guide to get the full experience.
Adresse: Itegue Menen Road, Addis Ababa
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Menelik Palace & Unity Park

The Menelik Palace is a palatial compound that was the seat of the power of Emperors of Ethiopia. Today, the compound is called Unity Park and contains are several residences, halls, chapels, and working buildings. Visit the Gibr Adarash banquet hall, the Zufan Adarash throne room, the mausoleum that is Emperor Menelik II's last resting place, and the Shengo Hall event hall. The Prime Minister's Office and residence is located here, too, which means that security is pretty strict — bring an ID.
Telefon: +251 857 8718
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Zoma Museum

The Zoma Museum is an environmentally conscious artist in residency project. The museum has been influential in the contemporary Ethiopian visual art sector and as a conduit for Ethiopian artists to be featured internationally. Zoma is also a good place to see local plants and explore traditional house making styles made of mud. There's a cafe and a restaurant, too.
Adresse: Mekanisa, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 94 216 9189
Åpningstider: Tue–Sun 10am–6:30pm, Mon closed
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Yod Abyssinia

A stone's throw away from the airport is Yod Abyssinia, an experience restaurant known equally for its culinary offerings and traditional performances. The performances start at 7:30 pm and gather a sizeable audience. The menu is illustrated to help guide you to the desired dish.
Adresse: Cameroon Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 11 661 2985
Åpningstider: Open late
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La Mandoline

French dining doesn't get any better than this in Addis Ababa. The high standards are carefully maintained by the restaurant's skilled French chef and owner. The menu lists everything from beef carpaccio to crepe suzette to specialities like beef fondue. If you are lucky, you'll get live entertainment from an accordion player.
Adresse: Off Mickey Leland Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 92 132 8507
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Excellent Ethiopian cuisine is the prime reason of Kategna's success with both locals and tourists. The menu lists a plethora of local specialities, including the ubiquitous injera and kitfo — a local take on tartar. They also do full traditional coffee ceremonies.
Adresse: Cameroon Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 93 032 9121
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–10:30pm
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2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant

The treat of Habesha is doubled if you pay a visit for dinner (from 8pm onward), for it is then that the incredibly entertaining Ethiopian culture show starts, complete with music and performers clad in traditional local clothing dancing on stage. It is enjoyed by both locals and guests alike, and is an absolute must for first-time visitors.
Adresse: Namibia Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 11 618 2253
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–11pm
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Lucy Lounge & Restaurant

This lush garden restaurant is a favourite for visitors concluding their tour of the National Museum, located only steps away. The breezy, refreshing setting is one of the restaurant's main draws, along with a wide selection of local and international dishes.
Adresse: Saint George Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 194 7115
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Sichuan Chinese Restaurant

The restaurant continuously receives rave reviews from patrons, and for good reason. Dishes served here might not exactly replicate ones from their country of origin, but are an exciting break from the ubiquitous injera, and service is commendable.
Adresse: Tito Street, Kassanchis, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 160 3926
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Ethiopian coffee is world-renowned, and Tomoca, in the popular Piazza area, is the place to have it. Try a fresh brew and brush shoulders with locals at the standing tables, or pick up some beans to bring back home. Beans are roasted on-site.
Adresse: Wawel Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 172 3482
Åpningstider: Daily 6:30am–8:30pm
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Lime Tree

The international make-up of the cafe's clientele is reflected in its eclectic menu, featuring casual classics of Mexican, Middle Eastern and pan-Asian cuisine. Lime Tree has long been an expats' favourite, frequented especially for business lunches.
Adresse: Guinea Conackry Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 120 0072
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Galani Coffee — Jackross

The stylish space that is Galani has long enjoyed a reputation of being one of the capital's coolest cafes, complete with an art gallery and boutique in the floor above. At ground level, great breakfasts and lunches (and weekend brunches) are served, along with a whole list of specialty coffees.
Adresse: Jacros — Salite Mehret Road, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 92 923 6043
Åpningstider: Tue–Sun 8am–7pm, Mon closed
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Five Loaves

Five Loaves is one of the capital's most attractive cafes: the deli display lets you see exactly what you're getting if it's just a quick meal or breakfast you're after (including freshly-baked pastries and cake); the second floor is reserved for slightly more formal dining, with an a la carte menu.
Adresse: Adwa Bridge, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 357 6818
Åpningstider: Wed–Mon 7:30am–9:30pm, Tue closed
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La Parisienne

A long-established Bole breakfast spot, La Parisienne is one you can rely on for uncomplicated fare, good coffee, and pastries to go along. Although its connection to the French capital are rather ambitious, it still remains a solid choice of cafe is Addis' Bole.
Adresse: Gabon Street, Addis Ababa
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–9pm
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Known to locals as "Harar" (its name in Arabic), this genuine coffee shop is a no-frills establishment that is all about coffee. Only coffee, as a matter of fact, which is roasted on-site and served as part of different caffeine-loaded varieties.
Adresse: Behind Bole Printing Press, Africa Avenue, Addis Ababa
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Chocha Coffee

The green oasis next to the busy La Gare is the courtyard of Choche Coffee — a small and very welcoming establishment, serving brews deemed to be some of the best in the capital. Meet the friendly team and pick up some beans to bring home at the adjacent shop.
Adresse: La Gare, Addis Ababa
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Black Rose Bar

One of the classiest evening venues in Addis, Black Rose bar sits above the well-regarded Diplomat Restaurant, inviting diners to continue their night in the dimly lit space of the Black Rose. Here, locals mingle with visitors, and happy hour is a great time to go for drinks.
Adresse: Africa Avenue, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 573 7983
Åpningstider: Tue–Sun 6pm–3am, Mon closed
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AV Nightclub

The roomy night club at the Friendship International Hotel is one of the places frequented by both local party-goers and visiting guests. It is a two-level space, with comfortable seating in the top floor overlooking the dance floor below.
Adresse: Africa Avenue, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 265 5233
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Flirt Lounge

Having earned its great reputation with excellent live music nights on weekends, Flirt continues to gather patrons, even after changing its new location. It is a very pleasant evening hangout location, and vibes heat up as the night progresses. Mondays are reserved for "Arabian Nights" with Middle Eastern music.
Adresse: Cameroon Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 96 104 0506
Åpningstider: Daily 5pm–3am
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Tobia Teje House

Although plenty of watering holes around Addis serve the murky, thick honey wine known as "tej" (tej bet = wine house), this one stands out for its breezy garden seating and very good quality kitfo. Menu is available in English.
Adresse: Haile Gebreselassie Road, Addis Ababa
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–9:30pm
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SoleRebels was the first footwear producer to receive certification from the World Fair Trade Organisation. Their cause is to provide its workers with honest compensation and contribute to sustainable development by using recycled car tires and natural fabrics in shoe production. And it's not just shoes, but clothing and accessories too.
Adresse: Roosevelt Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 91 302 4775
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 9am–7pm, Sun closed
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St George Gallery

The art gallery and shop hybrid, St George is definitely not for travellers on a budget, but those looking to purchase Ethiopian antiques or artworks. Anything from scarves and bed linens to paintings by celebrated artists. Also stocks jewellery and books.
Adresse: Taitu Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 11 551 0983
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 9am–1pm / 2:30pm–6:30pm, Sun closed
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Shiro Meda Market

Much more modest in size, but with that also a lot more manageable, the Shiro Meda Market (also spelled "Chiromeda") sells Ethiopian textiles in all their forms, from Ethiopian wedding dresses to various types of clothing, linens, and fabrics. Make use of a guide if you can.
Adresse: Entoto Avenue, Addis Ababa
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Salem's Ethiopia

This quiet oasis of a workshop, only a stone's throw away from the Addis Ababa airport, is a great place to shop if the Mercato proves to be a tad overwhelming. Salem's is a much more relaxed experience that allows you to browse at your own leisure, selecting from fabrics, clothing, jewellery, woven items, and other crafts produced directly on site.
Adresse: Menhame Allen, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251 911 52 96 82
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Zaaf Collection

The remarkably stylish bags of this Ethiopian label are a treat one really shouldn't deny themselves when in Addis. Functional and modern, the brand's pieces all contain a slither of traditional ornament, giving the items individual character.
Adresse: Shalla Park, Addis Ababa
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 9am–6:30pm, Sun closed
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Anbar Marketplace

The bi-annual happening that is Anbar Marketplace (locations vary) gathers the best of local producers, many without brick-and-mortar shops, to showcase and sell their wares, from clothing and jewellery to all manner of edibles. There is a small entrance fee; live music plays and dining options are abundant.
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Travel Advice

Addis Ababa is a rather safe city where violent crime is uncommon, but travellers are advised to exercise vigilance and be weary of pick-pocketing and muggings which occur fairly frequently, and are not exclusively targeted at tourists (these have been especially common along Churchill Avenue, in Piazza and Meskal Square). If invited for an unsolicited "culture show" decline politely but firmly, and continue on your way. This is one scam to which tourists have often fallen prey. Avoid talking to anyone approaching to sell you things in the street. Homosexuality remains both illegal (with punishments of up to 10 years imprisonment if convicted) and severely morally condemned in Ethiopia. So strong is the sentiment, that some hotels may refuse business to clients suspected of being in a same-sex relationship. It is strongly advised that same-sex couples keep a very low profile and avoid any form of public displays of affection.
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Passport / Visa

Entry visas to Ethiopia are necessary for citizens of all countries with the exception of Djibouti and Kenya. Travellers must apply for visas in advance, but visas on arrival are issued at the Addis Ababa International Airport to nationals of 40 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States. As of 2017, nationals of most countries eligible for visa on arrival can also apply for eVisa (first point of entry for eVisa holders must be Addis Ababa Bole International Airport).
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Best Time to Visit

Although the sun shines nearly all year in Addis Ababa, the absolute best time to visit is during the dry season, roughly from September to March. This period is also when two of Ethiopia's major festivals (Meskel and Timkat) are celebrated, which is done with great swing and accompanied by major processions. The summer months (June to August, the "rainy season") aren't the most favourable, especially for trips to elsewhere in the country.
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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

Although the Bole International Airport is only a few kilometres away from the city centre, it can get quite costly to reach Addis Ababa if no prior transfer arrangements are made. It is strongly recommended to inquire with your hotel about possible pick-up/transfer service (these are offered by most lodgings). There are two types of taxis in Addis Ababa Bole Airport: private taxis, which are blue and white, and government taxis, which are yellow/cream in colour and run by the National Tour Operation (NTO). Yellow taxis can be hired at the airport arrivals area. Make sure the fare is agreed upon before departure.
Telefon: +251 11 665 6666
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Mealtime Etiquette

Ethiopian food is usually eaten without any cutlery. There will always be a way to wash your hands before your meal: either a handwashing station or a basin and a pitcher of water at your table. If you arrive at the table after everyone has washed their hands, do not give a handshake. Instead, lightly grasp the person's whist when they offer it to you. Just touching wrists is fine, too. Traditional meals are served on a communal plate and everyone at the table eats together. Don't reach across the table — just have what's close to you. You are expected to tear off a piece of injera, scoop some food with it and sent it directly into your mouth. Do so with your right hand, since the left hand in considered unclean. When someone offers to place a small bite of food into your mouth — it's called the "gursha". Accept in graciously, as it is a sign of respect. Some people take their shoes inside the house. Follow your host's example of this. You must greet everyone personally, starting with the eldest person present. The eldest person in the room is the one who starts the meal. It would be impolite to start eating before them. On Wednesday and Friday, Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia fast. They do not eat or drink until 3 pm and eat only vegan food the rest of the day. Perhaps paradoxically, fish is allowed.
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Public Transport

Public busses aren't the most efficient way of getting around. Instead, most locals use the smaller, faster blue-and-white mini-busses. Fares in these are very moderate and normally fixed. Destinations will often be yelled out by staff on board the mini bus at major intersections/hubs. Addis Ababa now also has a light rail system, with lines connecting north and south (stops at Merkato, Meskal Square, and Menelik II Square), and east and west (stops at Meskal Square and Mexico Square). Tickets may be purchased at stations.
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Most taxis in Addis operate from 6 am to 11 pm. If you share a taxi with strangers, the normal fare is split between the group. If you want to visit a lot of places in Addis Ababa, negotiate with a driver for a half- or full-day fare. Taxis can be found outside larger hotels, as well as the National Theatre, national stadium and on De Gaulle Square in the Piazza. At night, many line up outside the nightclubs. You can use the RIDE app to get a car Uber-style, too.
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You can find Gishen Pharmacy close to the airport.
Adresse: Ras Desta Damtew Street, Addis Ababa
Telefon: +251930106448
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Postal Service

There are several post offices around Addis Ababa, the main branch being on Churchill Avenue, next to the Derg Monument. Parcels can only be sent from this post office location. Post boxes are yellow. Stamps and post cards may be bought at post offices.
Adresse: Gola Sefer, Addis Ababa
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For calls within the country: area code + 10-digit number. To call abroad dial 00 + number For calls to Ethiopia from abroad: +251 (country code for Ethiopia) followed by a 9-digit number (drop the zero) Mobile phones are more popular than landlines. Mobile numbers all start with 09. The only provider is Ethio Telecom. You can buy cheap local SIM-cards at its stores in Addis Ababa and elsewhere.
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Electricity is 220 volts at 50Hz. Power cuts are frequent, but the largest hotels and restaurants usually have generators. Bring a small LED-torch in case you end up on the street at night, or if you are planning to visit remote areas of the country. Most common power sockets in Ethiopia are the type C (two round prongs, common in Europe) and type L (three round pins in a row, common in Italy).