Addis Ababa travel guide

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You're Going to Love Addis Ababa

One of Africa's most important cities, Addis Ababa is home to nearly 3.5 million people. Sitting atop the highlands next to the Great Rift Valley, the city sprawls over more than 200 square miles, housing a startling variety of historical and cultural attractions. And, if you want to get out, there are the massive Entoto Mountains to explore right above Addis Ababa.

Within the city center, Addis Ababa boasts monumental architecture and all of the grandeur that can be expected from any national capital. Great churches, mosques, and museums offer respite, solace, education, and inspiration to travelers from around the world. Meanwhile, traditional Ethiopian food and dance are on constant display throughout the city.

Addis Ababa, while cosmopolitan, is still a place where authentic Ethiopian culture is on full display. Whether you're drawn by its history, its art, or its cuisine, there's plenty to be surprised by here.

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Addis Ababa enjoys a fairly temperate subtropical highland climate, which varies from district to district because the elevation of the city ranges from around 7,500 feet above sea level to nearly 10,000 feet. Summer temperatures peak at about 80 degrees, while winter averages don't dip far below 60 during the day. However, there can be a great deal of variation within one day due to the elevation, so nightfall can bring much lower temperatures.

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Where to Stay in Addis Ababa

Due to the city's size, where you stay depends on what you'd like to do. Generally, the area by the airport has nicer hotels and is quieter than the rest of the city. Budget options include Atelefugne, just down the street from the African Union headquarters, and Baro Hotel. Meanwhile, more upscale accommodation can be found at the Addis Regency Hotel and the Beer Garden Inn.

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Shopping Streets

The most famous market in Addis Ababa is Mercato. It is a covered market dating back to the 1930s offering everything from t-shirts to manufacturing goods. Haggling is the name of the game, and if you are good at it, you can get traditional clothing for around Br100.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets and convenience stores dot the city, although there is no dominant chain. You can expect to buy apples at Br40 a pound, while bread costs just Br8 per loaf.

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Where to Eat in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian restaurants can be found throughout town, as can international cuisine. Atelefugne Bar serves great local dishes for less than Br50. Meanwhile, dinner and a show await at Bole Mini, and YOD Abyssinia also dishes up highly rated local food.