Addis Ababa Things to Do

  • A typical view of a market street
    A typical view of a market street
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    Fron of the museum
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  • Painting by Afewerk Tekle
    Painting by Afewerk Tekle
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Addis Ababa

  • 1. Museum

    The National Museum of Ethiopia is a rather small, three story building that houses a wide variety of artifacts from some of the earliest pre-human bones right through to some very recent art pieces...

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  • 2. Mercato

    The Mercato (from the Italian for "market"), is huge covering several square kilometers (and square miles) of space near downtown Addis Ababa. It is crowded and total mayhem and not nearly as...

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  • 3. Holy Trinity Church

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    The centrally located Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa is the most important Orthodox church in the city and is located near the parliament buildings. For the photographers visiting, this is a...

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  • 4. The Piazza Area

    Piazza is the backpacker area. The hotels are cheaper and the area is pitoresque and very crowded. The name is a legacy of the Italian invasion era, and you will find some Italian cafe's and...

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  • 5. The Lion of Judah

    The Lion of Judah is the personal symbol of Emperor Haile Selassie I. This monument was one of several unveiled for the Emperor’s coronation in 1930 in Addis Ababa. In May 1936 the invading Italian...

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  • 6. Bole Road

    Bole road, or Africa road which is the official name, is a long road crossing through the south-east part of Addis Ababa from the airport to Meskel Square in the city center. The upper and middle part...

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  • 7. St George's Cathedral

    The octagonal St. George's Cathedral is a traditional Ethiopian shaped church that was built in 1896. It commemorates the relic of St. George which was carried into the Battle of Adwa where the...

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  • 8. Meskel Square

    This is the parade ground of Ethiopia. There are always displays, festivals or at least some kids playing football (soccer) here. It’s worth a look to see what’s going on in Addis. The Addis Ababa...

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  • 9. Traffic in Addis

    By chance, we happened to be able to make a series of photos where hardly any traffic can be seen. We were told that traffic jams are rather frequent in Addis,...

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  • 10. A Refreshing Start with Ethiopia

    A place that is home to some of the most exquisite collection of tourist attractions, Ethiopia is a place unlike any other. This is a place where culture and...

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  • 11. Addis Guide recommendation

    I typically use trip advisor as my go to reference for travel, which I do a lot. However, last month I had a trip planned to Addis Ababa for a 2 week meeting...

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  • 12. Ethnological museum

    The ethnological museum is definitely worth a bit of your time in Addis Ababa!According to the Lonely Planet - and as far as my experience goes, I agree - it is...

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  • 13. HIRE THE BEST GUIDE

    This is my good friend and one time guide: Solomon Kasaye. Solomon was the first person I ever met in Ethiopia and we still keep in touch. He is a close friend...

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  • 14. Go on adventure in Addis

    I have visited Addis Abbaba now for 4 different times. I'm a photographer and a writer and must try to find places off the beaten path. On my own it is really...

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  • 15. THE DERG MONUMENT - PART 1

    This huge obelisk dominates Churchill Avenue and is just over the road from the main Post Office. It is a grotesque tribute to the rise of the Communist Derg...

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  • 16. THE MUSSOLINI STEPS

    What in the world? If you go for a visit to the fantastic Ethiopian Ethnological Museum you will see these weird stairs leading to ….nowhere! It gets stranger...

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  • 17. Take a tour

    I used a tour company for excursions. A half day one for the city and a full day one to Bishoftu. The cost was $76 for the half day and $148 for the full. I...

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  • 18. Entoto Hills

    These lie just north of the city, and are mostly covered by eucalyptus trees. Yes, an Australian import.The city gets a lot of its firewood from this source -...

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  • 19. Emperor Menelik II’s palace

    This lies directly behind the Entoto Maryam church, and is not obvious unless you know it’s there. My guide did. My guide book didn’t.It comprises 3 buildings -...

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  • 20. Entoto Maryam

    This is a relic of the Emperor Menelik II era in the late 19th century, when the country’s capital was in the Entoto Hills (before moving to Addis Ababa in...

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  • 21. National Museum of Ethiopia

    This is a rather unpretentious building, but is home to “Lucy”. That is the 3.5m year old skeleton of the oldest known “humanoid”. It’s discovery in 1974 turned...

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  • 22. Kiddist Selassie

    This church is also known as the Holy Trinity Cathedral. It’s not big - at least by European standards - although my guide book describes it as “very large”....

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  • 23. Unique Souvenirs

    I found this great NGO working with families living with HIV. They have a workshop where the women make jewelry out of roasted coffee beans as well from local...

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  • 24. TOURIST INFORMATION

    From the outside your first impression is that some of the lettering has fallen off and it could do with a bit of paint. The Tourist Office in Addis is ok. They...

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  • 25. Pangeans Safari Simien-Danakil-Erta Ale-Jinka

    On our 3 ½ week trip through Ethiopia we started with a 4-days-trek in the Simien Mountains. Back to Gondar for the Timkat-Festival we traveled on to Lalibela...

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