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Eating Out: Best Restaurants and coffee Shops in Addis Ababa

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including a soft drink: 

Budget  Below 50 ETB

Mid-class  50-200 ETB 

Luxury  200 ETB+


Food is generally cheap. Make sure you try the national dish Injera at least once, since there is no other food like it. It is a yeast-risen flat bread with a unique, slightly spongy texture. It is traditionally made out of teff flour. In making injera, teff flour is mixed with water and allowed to ferment for several days, as with sourdough starter. As a result of this process, injera has a mildly sour taste. It's what the locals eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most ordinary Ethiopian restaurants have it, and a serving for 2 people with free refills can be as cheap as 15 birr.



Addis is not short of good restaurants and coffee cafes. Most cafes sell various coffees, tea - black unless you ask for "machiatto" - and sometimes fruit juices. There are also juice beits.

The cafes along Bole Road and around the Piazza area are of a high standard and relatively inexpensive. Most are very similar to each other. Most cafes serve the common drink called 'sprice juice' (which is just fruit pulp served in layers in a glass). There are usually three layers from a selection of avocado, mango, papaya, banana, guava etc. The juice is eaten with a spoon. It is colorful and tastes delicious. Single fruit juices are also great, such as orange, papaya, mango, and pineapple - beautifully fresh. 10 birr up to 25 birr in Hilton.

Cafe Chocolata - on Victory Road (near Shoppers Mart supermarket) serves drinks and snacks and is very nice. All the staff are former street girls and prostitutes who are trying to make something of their lives.

City Cafe  - on Bole has delicious cakes and pastries as well as high quality Ethiopian espresso coffees. You can sit on the porch and watch the activity on one of the main roads in Addis.

National Cafe - in the National Theatre building, at the end of Churchill Ave. Reasonable prices and good food, from Injera to Club Sandwhich.


General Tip! Restaurants that do not have an English menu are cheaper. Example - Connection between Bole Road and Tele-Bole, next to Bole roundabout, at NOC-Fuel station, close to German Kantine. You can have lunch (local food, spaghetti) for less than 30 birr. If you don't have a translator, ordering is a lot of fun.



Habesha Bole Road- This cultural restaurant has traditional singing and dancing at night. If you're feeling brave, try the gored gored (cubes of heavily salted and spiced raw beef). Waiters are well mannered and kind, and most are very talented dancers. >> Review Habesha Restaurant

Meda Bar and Grill - Found on the way from Addis Ababa Stadium to Gotera around Lancha. It is the best place where you can relax, eat and get at ease. It is a beautiful bar and restaurant in town known for it is clean and mouth-watering meal with many selections of cocktail and wine bar. It is a place not to miss in Addis.

Team Mini -  on Bole Road. This friendly, high quality "cultural" restaurant serving traditional Ethiopian food. Be sure to try the mesir besiga (ground meat with lentils). At night, Team Mini features performances by traditional singers and dancers. The entertainment is not as good as that at Habesha, but the food is generally better.

The Limetree - on  Bole Road, Boston Partners Building. While Ethiopian food is delicious there comes a time when you might want to try something else. The limetree is equivalent to a small diner in Europe or the states. They have an extensive menu, ranging from arabic to ethiopian food. They do have a consistency which is quite hard to find in Addis Ababa. They do have their own brand of coffee, which is a more bitter version of the general ethiopian coffee you find, but if this appeals to you then you cannot find this coffee anywhere else. >> Review Limetree Restaurant & Cafe

Sishu- on Churchill Avenue, by National Bank. Pass through Ministry of Urban Development and Construction and the Ethiopian Teachers' Association. Fabulous burgers, nice salads and juices. Designed like a livingroom, with little bookstore. They online serve american coffee. >> Review Sishu Cafe

Pizza Deli Roma - Deli Roma is a chain with at least 3 locations. Bole Road, coming from airport, go to the right (pass Alizee Club), after about 50m on the right side; Bole Road on the left side on the way from Demble building to Meskal square. One of the best pizza in town.

Liquid Lounge -  Located at Nigist Towers near the intercontinental hotel at Kazanches, they have taken the approach that people want a quick but delicious lunch with lots of variety. outdoor cooking on the stir fry wok allows you to assemble your own dishes, while the a la carte menu offers a few burgers, sandwiches and other lunch appropriate items. The portions are sized to fill you up, and if you want a lighter lunch the soup of the day, or anything from the tapas menu will leave you waiting for lunch time the next day. The food stays great during the night and day but the atmosphere changes from a casual patio lunch with the outdoor bbq and draft beer during the day to a more hip, smart casual lounge at night.



Fisherman Restaurant - Mickey Leland Street  near Atlas Hotel. It is a half-Chinese, half-Tibetan restaurant serving an excellent range of asian cuisine and specializing in seafood. >> Review fisherman Restaurant

Aladdin Restaurant  Bole Rwanda - Serves Middle-Eastern food.  Very expensive but authentic and delicious.

Castellis Restaurant  Piazza  - Top Italian restaurant here since 1942. With famous guests like Angelina Jolie, and Bradd Pitt, there is a reason that Castelli's manages to draw in such a crowd. Amazing food, amazing desserts, call for a reservation or risk disappointment, even at lunch time, as this is a trendy place to be seen. >> Review Castellis Restaurant

Top View Restaurant  - Past Bole airport near gutara. Very good food but can be expensive for a dinner meal.

Green View Italian Restaurant / Pizzeria Bole - Mickey Leland Street, Near Atlas Hotel. For an excellent pizza in Addis. There is another location near CMC.  

Serenade Restaurant  -  In the Ammest Kilo area, close to Nazareth School.  You will need a reservation. Amazing  cous-cous, yet a difficult place to find. This has a middle eastern influence but the desserts and starters are simply amazing. >> Review serenade Restaurant

Liquid Lounge - Teppanyaki, Bar and Grill - The newest dining experience in Addis (2011) The food is impeccable. The beef is hands down the best in addis, regardless if you order the Tibs or the beef satay. They also have fresh sushi every day. This place incorporates Japanese food, Tapas (appetizer plates) and the teppanyaki cooking where the Japanese trained chef cooks in front of you. The kitchen is open all night. Surprisingly, you get more than you pay for here.

Sangam Restaurant - Best place for indian food and sweets. Loads of variety with rice, chapati, naan.  Pleasant atmosphere and price is very good.  Located along  Bole road just before Ghettoo commercial centre. >> Review Sangam Restaurant


Have you been to one of the above mentionned restaurants? You can review Addis Ababa restaurants and Addis Ababa nightclubs in the directory. For best Bars and nightclubs in Addis Ababa, check out our Addis Ababa Nightlife page.