Known as Africa’s political capital, Addis Ababa is also the best place for food enthusiasts to sample authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Addis Ababa dates back to the 19th century and is home to great coffee, interesting museums and ancient places of worship.
Things to do in Addis Ababa
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is the holiest Ethiopian Orthodox church in Addis Ababa. The cathedral has a medieval vibe and is home to the tomb of Emperor Haile Selassie. After paying a morning visit, head to Tomaco Coffee house to grab a fresh Ethiopian coffee blend.
For an educative morning, head to the Ethiopian National Museum, home to Royal family memorabilia from the former emperors of Ethiopia. Exhibits also include Ethiopian art, traditional crafts and prehistoric fossils. The museum’s biggest attraction is the skeletal remains from the famous “Lucy”, an extinct hominin who changed the way we understand human evolution.
The Ethnological Museum provides an immersive cultural experience for all. Learn about the past tribes of Ethiopia and the history in coffee production. The museum also houses an array of Orthodox paintings, crosses and jewellery native to the Ethiopian people.
For a real Ethiopian experience, head to Addis Mercato, Addis Ababa’s thriving local market. Watch locals haggle over fruit and vegetables, barter for goods and try on traditional dress.
Getting around Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is 15 minutes east of Addis Ababa. The easiest way to navigate the town centre is by tram, minibus or taxi. There’s also a light rail transportation system if you’re travelling further afield.