Addis Ababa – Discover the “New Flower” of Africa


Sitting atop of the Abyssinian plateau, at 2400 meters above the sea level, Addis Ababa was founded a little more than a century ago and has ever since evolved at a fast pace, just like the Ethiopian marathon runners. The city, whose name means “New Flower” in Amharic is the diplomatic capital of Africa and an amazing destination for people who wish to discover a multifaceted metropolis, combining a rich cultural platform with exciting nightlife and delectable cuisine.

Addis Ababa has a tropical highland climate, which means you will be able to enjoy cloudless blue skies 8 months a year, so you don’t have to worry about weather when visiting, just make sure you dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s while there. You can start with the Ethnological Museum, which is located in the Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the wonderful gardens of the Addis Ababa University. The exhibitions of the Ethnological Museum will offer you great insights of the rich cultures in Ethiopia. If you are into palaeontology and artworks, then be sure to also check the National Museum on your list, where you will find some of the most important sub-Saharan collections.

Village view

The markets

The Saint George and Holy Trinity Cathedrals are also must see places when visiting Addis Ababa. You will see breathtaking paintings and mosaics and you will certainly be impressed by the massive Aksumite style tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife, which are the Holy Trinity Cathedral and they are quite a sight. However, if you really want to feel the rush and local atmosphere of the Ethiopian capital, then the Merkato, a market chaos in the real sense of the word, is the best place to go to. While you risk having your wallet stolen and ending up with stinky things on the bottom of your shoes, the experience is quite unique and you will also be charmed by evocative aromas and rare incense.

Tourist sites in Addis Ababa

White sands of Addis Ababa

The best places to stay in the city include Sheraton Addis, a 5 star hotel that is among the most elite hotels in Africa, Hilton Addis Ababa and Radisson Blu. If you are traveling on a budget, there are plenty of charming and very comfortable guest houses and B&Bs, such as Beer garden Inn and Family Cozy Bed And Breakfast, as well as luxury apartments, like the Haimi Apartment Hotel and Reliance Hotel Apartment.

There are plenty of things to do in Addis Ababa, from relaxing and enjoying the street murmur in Kaldi’s Coffee to enjoying artworks and crafts at the Alert Handicraft shop. If you want to discover and explore the beautiful mountain scenery, you can choose from a variety of tours that traverse Ethiopia’s cultural heritage, as well as the surrounding areas, such as Zanzibar, Nairobi and Highlands Northbound.

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