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Things to do in Addis Ababa

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Addis Ababa. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Addis Ababa attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Addis Ababa to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Addis Ababa.

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  • Asni Gallery

    The best contemporary-art gallery in Addis, housed in a 19th-century mansion. More
  • Black Rose

    The lounge, opened in 2003, is very new-Addis, with Cosmopolitans, flickering glass lanterns, and acres of red velvet that seem straight out of Mar... More
  • Gonder Tej Bet

    The barnlike establishment features green walls and rows of long, low wooden benches painted the same hue. In this cool, dim oasis, merchants in da... More
  • Mount Entoto Lookout

    Of the seven mountains that surround Addis, Entoto (10,000 feet) is closest to the city center. More
  • Yewedal Asmari Bet

    An underground Ethiopian dance hall that’s tough to find unless accompanied by a local. More

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