Addis Ababa is the busy, bustling capital of Ethiopia, founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II. It is by far the biggest city in the country, with a population of between 3 and 4 million people. With the presence of the headquarters of the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa it is often dubbed as ‘The capital of Africa’.
Except for the by the Italians built Piazza during their short occupation, there has been very little urban planning. This gives Addis a special charm. but also a bit difficult to navigate at first, there is no real center in the town. The poor and rich live close together, confrontation with poverty might be tough for a first time visitor. A comprehensive network of minibuses is available and taxis are everywhere. It is a very save city, but be aware of pickpockets.
There is an active community of artists and many art galleries and live music scenes are found. Many restaurants with flavors from all over the world are present but we highly recommend one of the traditional restaurants to enjoy the ‘enjera’ and music and dance from all over the country.
The best hotels in town are Sheraton, Hilton and the recently opened Radison Blu, all 5 star hotels. Many other hotels in different categories are available.