Modern Addis Ababa may only have a history stretching back to the 19th century, but this incredible destination has roots that go far deeper back in time. Incredibly busy and vibrant, packed with some wonderful museums and luxury hotels, it’s one of those enticing destinations that will have you coming back again and again.
Expect to see plenty of VIPs driving around, as Addis Ababa is the hub of African diplomacy and is home to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. It’s appropriate that such internationally important world organisations call this city home, as Ethiopia is believed to be the ‘cradle of humanity’ and home to mankind’s earliest ancestors.
Shopping in Addis Ababa is a combination of modern malls and busy markets, while food lovers will adore the spicy offerings from local street carts or sophisticated fusion cuisine in its many restaurants.
From food tours where you can experience the true taste of Ethiopia, to hiking in the nearby Entoto Mountains, Addis Ababa is complex, dynamic, and constantly evolving. Spend your days touring museums filled with ancient relics of mankind’s past and a plethora of ornate religious buildings, or go off the beaten track a little and into the older parts of the city to dig deeper into its history.