Things to do in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is your authentic Ethiopian holiday destination

Addis Ababa is a progressive metropolis that doesn’t forget its roots and heritage. Many people think that Ethiopia and the rest of African continent are very poor countries, but just one glimpse at the skyline of Addis Ababa and you’ll be amazed at its development.


Things to do in Addis Ababa

As the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is a very busy economic center. The industrial and tourism sectors are booming in this city and you’ll be spoiled for choices of things to do in Addis Ababa when you visit.



If you are looking for museums during your holiday in Addis Ababa, you can be overwhelmed with the city’s vast selection. You can visit the Ethiopian National Museum, Addis Ababa Museum, Ethiopian Ethnological Museum, and National Postal Museum, which all exhibits various artifacts and historic objects related to the culture and heritage of Ethiopia.



There are plenty of green spaces and conservation areas in the city. One of them is the Lion Park or Lion Zoo.


Golf in Addis Ababa

If you’re more into golf and outdoor leisure activities, you can visit the Addis Ababa Golf Club.



Another leisure activity that you can try in the city is shopping. Mercato is an outdoor market where you can buy practically anything, from fabric to souvenirs to metal goods.



Nightlife in Addis Ababa is never boring. There are tons of choices of restaurants, clubs, and night lounges where you can experience the nightlife scene of the city.


When to go to Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is located at the subtropical highland climate zone. The rainy season is from February through September while the dry season is from October through January, although it still rains occasionally during these months.

Because Addis Ababa is located in the highlands, it doesn’t get too hot in the city. In fact, it is almost always chilly and windy, so best bring an extra layer of clothes with you when you go here for your holiday.



Addis Ababa Facts

Population3 384 569
CurrencyEthiopian Birr
AirportBole Intl, Ethiopia (ADD)

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Addis Ababa - Tiya

The Soddo region in central Ethiopia is exceptional for its many archaeological sites of the megalithic period amounting to roughly 160. Tiya, among the most important ones, consists of 36 stelae, stone slabs erected as monuments, remaining from an ancient Ethiopian culture still being studied today. The stelae vary in sizes, ranging from 1 meter high to 5 meters high monuments, and are carved with decorations being deciphered in the present. In 1980, Tiya became part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

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