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The New Essential Ethiopia

Bobby Fisher A traditional Ethiopian meal of fried Nile perch accompanied by shiro and doro wet at Habesha.

Photo: Bobby Fisher

Thousands of young emigrés raised in the West are reconnecting with their homeland. Vestiges of the old Addis remain—namely, crippling poverty among the majority of the population, and a government that still seems to be shaking itself free of militaristic, Eastern-bloc bureaucracy. But it’s just as likely that beyond that imposing security guard in hand-me-down fatigues is an entrepreneur on the verge of building the tallest tower in Africa.

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Destinations: Addis Ababa

Inspired by: Ethiopia, Coming Home — by Matt Lee, Published Oct. 2006

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    Mount Entoto Lookout

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

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    Yewedal Asmari Bet

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

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    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

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    Asni Gallery

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

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    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

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