Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa travel guide

Welcome to Addis Ababa

Explore the rich history and diversity of this sprawling capital. At the base of the Entoto Mountains, you’ll find an eclectic mix of new and old – and a city that’s as cosmopolitan as they come.

It’s also the birthplace of coffee and the perfect place to experience traditional Ethiopian cuisine.

Top things to see and do

  • Discover fascinating cultural artefacts at the National Museum, home to the famous skeleton of ‘Lucy’ – a fossilised human ancestor whose remains are over 3 million years old.
  • Climb up to the Mount Entoto lookout for a bird’s eye view of the sprawling Addis Ababa metropolis below.
  • Treat your taste buds to a cup of aromatic Ethiopian coffee – brewed from among the finest beans in the world.
  • Browse handicrafts, textiles and spices galore in the chaotic and colourful Mercato – the largest open-air market in Africa.
  • Feast on mouth-watering cuisine in the traditional local style: by sharing a plate of injera (flat bread) topped with an array of spicy dishes.

Tips for travellers

Spend a day or two in the nearby town of Debre Zeit – from here you can visit stunning volcanic crater lakes and even do a spot of bird-watching.

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