These are just a few of our favorite Addis Ababa restaurants.
Beemnet Restaurant - Haya Hulett, Addis Ababa
Tucked away on a relatively quiet street, this restaurant serves a good mix of western and Ethiopian food. This restaurant has among the best quality steak, pork, and beef you’ll find in the city. Inside is a very well-stocked bar with two flatscreen TVs making it a good place to catch a football match.
Juice bars, or “jus bets,” can be found all over Addis Ababa and almost in every village and town throughout Ethiopia. If you like fresh juice, these places are heavenly. The must-try option at juice bars is “spriss,” which is very popular in Ethiopian. It is a blend of mango, papaya, and avocado, usually layered which gives it a parfait-like appearance. Common fruits include pineapple, mango, papaya, banana, and occasionally strawberry.
Kategna - Chain in Addis Ababa
A great place to try Ethiopian food; they serve a range of entrées that are good quality and reasonably priced. They also have an ongoing coffee ceremony complete with traditional methods of preparation and incense. Overall it is a great place to go for a taste of Ethiopian culture and food.
La Parisienne - Chain in Addis Ababa
Omelets, waffles, French toast, croissants, fresh fruit and freshly-made juice make this the best western-breakfast option around. Lunch and dinner are also outstanding. It’s not one of the cheaper places in town, but it’s definitely worth the price.
Mama’s Kitchen - Bole, Addis Ababa
Mama’s Kitchen is a warm and cozy restaurant just behind the Savior of the World Cathedral in Bole. It’s a very nice restaurant and the steeper prices fit the quality of the food. If you find yourself craving a green salad at some point during your stay in Addis Ababa, this is a great place to get one. The quality of the vegetables is very good. The entrees mostly center around pasta (with or without meat), although a few meat entrees and Ethiopian dishes are also available.
South Rift Valley Restaurant - Kazanches, Addis Ababa
The South Rift Valley Restaurant is very popular among locals; it is usually crowded although you will rarely have to wait to be seated. If you want to try fish, this is the place to go as they specialize in fish entrées. Many other Ethiopian dishes with injera are also served here. A few western dishes are available but they are nothing special; if you come here you really should eat Ethiopian food. Outdoor and indoor seating.