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Addis Ababa

The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, also known as “The political capital of Africa” as it is widely known for having several international organizations present in its territory. The new headquarters of the African Union (AU) funded by the Chinese is found in Addis Ababa and many NGO’s have offices in Addis too. The city has a population of about 4,5 mio people and is a big and sprawling city.

People in the street of Addis Ababa

People crossing the street at a big square at Bole Medhaniyalem

There is a big market place in Addis; actually the biggest market in all if Africa, it’s called Merkato. You can find anything there new or cheap used stuff to more expensive brand new items. Also there is Edna mall, Dambel city-center, Friendship city-center and others. There are more than six cinemas in Addis. Amharic Alem cinema, Ethiopia Cinema, Matti Multplex cinema is a three purpose built cinema complex at Edna Mall beside Bole Medihanealem Church.

Addis Ababa City Hall Cinema is located at the center of Piazza in front of St. Giorgis Church around Menilek Square. It is inside the building of the City Municipality Tel: 0111 559873 Kebele: 02 Piazza Postal Address: P.O.Box 22969, Ambassador Cinema it’s around Ethiopia Hotel, Sebastopol Cinema; inside Addis Ababa Exhibition Hall there are more than three Theaters. The National Theater is around Bahrawe. Ethiopians have a more than four hundred years old tradition for theater and staged performances. Nowadays film and cinema seem to be a strong competitor for attention from the younger generations.

Neon signs at night in Addis Ababa near Piassa

You can find easy restaurants and café in city different country’s dish:-
Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant it’s one of the best European restaurant in addisit’s found behind Bole Mini café; Bombay Brasserie it’s India cuisine near Meridian Hotel; there is a place for Caribbean and African cuisine it’s called Caribo Restaurant the address is Sar Bet area (Mela Building); Castelli the top Italian Restaurant Pasta, grilled fish, chicken and more it’s around Piassa; German food and beer German Restaurant; Loti a French cusine specialist it’s found Ethio-China Road, Berta Bldg, Wello Sefer; Rainbow Korean restaurant Korean specialty restaurant Bole Rewands, near the Japanese Embassy.

Street scene in Piassa

Street life at Piassa where trucks unload food and beverages on the street for the local restaurants and bars

Traditional Restaurants
Abesha Restaurant Bole Road, near Sabit Bldg (around bole Shoa Supermarket); Asqual Ethiopian Traditional Restaurant in Front of DH Geda Tower, Bole Road Bonne Annee Best known for Ethiopian traditional Shiro (curry) and Tibs (grill), address From Olympia to Meskel Flower Hotel, near Dreamliner Hotel.

All the ingredients and tools to perform a traditional coffee ceremony serving some of the best coffee in the world

Ensera Traditional Restaurant Wehalimat-Atlas road, near Nyala Insurance; Enset Restaurant the place for Kitfo and Gomenbesega Meskel Flower Area; Eyhoa Traditional Restaurant one of the newest Ethiopian Traditional Food restaurants in Addis Wollo Sefer, next to Felix Supermarket; YOD Abyssinia there is two locations: Bole Medhaniyalem area next to Brass Hospital and Sar Bet in Front of Ethio Telecom.

Addis Ababa - the capital of Ethiopia and a big, sprawling city with 6-laned roads and a population of 4,5 mio people

Cafes, restaurants, bookstores and children play ground are all there. Phone: 0116 616278/ 0116 616869, English for kids and new movies. You can find traditional and modern restaurants, café, bars and clubs. In the traditional restaurants there is also traditional dancing at night, different cultures and different kind of traditional foods with coffee ceremony.


Minibus, bus, transportation, travel

Busses and minibusses around Piazza

There is several means of transportation in Addis Ababa. The cheapest one by minibus costs from 1 Birr 40 cents up to 3 birr 80 cents (0,2 USD) and and most locals use it to commute across the city. The minibusses don’t leave at a specific time, they leave when they are full so sometimes you will have to wait for the bus to depart. Also there are small blue Lada taxis. Ladas are the more expensive option and the price for a 2-3 km trip is typically around 70 Birr (4 USD).

Lada taxis in the street of Addis Ababa

The characteristic blue Lada taxis in front of modern architecture in Addis Ababa

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