Food is relatively inexpensive. Make sure you try the national dish injera at least once, since there is nothing else like it. It’s a yeast-risen flatbread with a distinctive, somewhat spongy feel. Teff flour is usually used to make it. Injera is made by combining teff flour with water and let it to ferment for several days, similar to sourdough starter. Injera has a moderately sour flavor as a consequence of this technique. It’s the villagers’ breakfast, lunch, and supper. Most Ethiopian restaurants provide it, and a dish for two people with free refills may cost as little as 15 birr.
There are hundreds of cake and coffee shops in Addis. They serve a variety of coffees, teas (mostly black unless you ask for “machiatto”), and sometimes fruit juices. Juice beits are also available. The cafés on Bole Road and in the Piassa neighborhood are of great quality and reasonably priced. The majority of them are fairly similar to one another.
Most cafés sell a popular drink known as’sprice juice’ (fruit pulp served in layers in a glass). There are normally three layers of avocado, mango, papaya, banana, guava, and other fruits. A spoon is used to consume the juice. It’s brightly colored and tasty. Single fruit juices, such as orange, papaya, mango, and pineapple, are very delicious. In Hilton, prices range from 7 birr to 25 birr.
- Yemi Burger– Haya Hulet. Burger, fries & Mirinda/Coca Cola for 23 birr. Wonderful personnel, well-known among foreigners, and the “greatest chips in Addis.”
- Cafe Chocolata, Victory Rd (near Shoppers Mart supermarket). It is really beautiful and serves beverages and food. All of the employees are former street girls and prostitutes attempting to build a better life for themselves.
- City Cafe on Bole serves delectable cakes and pastries, as well as high-quality Ethiopian espresso coffee. You may relax on the veranda and see the action on one of Addis’ major thoroughfares.
- National Cafe, located near the end of Churchill Avenue (in the National Theatre building). Good meal at reasonable rates. From injera to club sandwich, there’s something for everyone.
Restaurants without an English menu are less expensive. Connection between Bole Road and Tele-Bole, at the Bole roundabout, at NOC-Fuelstation, next to German Kantine, for example. Lunch (local food, spaghetti) can be had for less than 20 birr. Ordering is a lot of fun if you don’t have a translator.
- Addis Cuisine. Wollo Sefer. (Bole end of Ethio Chinese Friendship Rd, on the north side of 6 lane road). Excellent Western and Ethiopian cuisine.
- Antica, off Cape Verde St / EU Rd, Bole (in the residential area just behind the Sudanese restaurant, near Desalegn hotel).Good pizza, and one of the few delivery services in Addis that doesn’t need big orders. Pizza often arrives cold.
- Brick-oven Pizza – Across the street from the Wanza hotel is a brick-oven pizza restaurant. It has a fantastic green chili sauce.
- Bruno’s, Meskel Flower Rd, across from the Dreamliner hotel (look for the Italian themed gate). A gorgeous complex, this quiet, tucked-away Italian restaurant serves some of the greatest pizza in town. Parking is quite restricted both on the street and inside the restaurant; if you want to dine there, use a cab.
- Buffet de la Gare, +251 11 517888, fax: +251 11 515959.
- Canaan (from the airport roundabout, down Bole Rd, turn left (before Bole Mini). Very tasty pizza. Less than mid-range, somewhat higher than budget
- Giordana’s/Capri restaurant (in a small side street off of Djibouti St. Pass Lion International Bank on your right and take first left). Giordana, the affable TV chef, is widely recognized. This restaurant is worth checking out because of its outstanding pasta and other Italian fare.
- 2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant (Habesha 2000), TeleBole Rd (between Atlas Hotel and Edna Mall). It is one of Addis Abeba’s most well-known cultural eateries, with traditional singing and dance at night. Try the gored gored if you’re feeling adventurous (cubes of heavily salted and spiced raw beef). Waiters are kind and courteous, and the most of them are excellent dancers. A vast buffet with a variety of wat/wot (Ethiopian stew), injera, shiro, veggies, and other delicacies is available. Their “fasting” menu (meatless or vegan meals given to religiously devout guests) is superb and will please the majority of vegetarians and vegans. In 2012, the historic restaurant at the southern end of EU Rd, near Bole Rd, was destroyed for road development.
- Kaldi Coffee, Bole Rd, with a sign similar to Starbucks. Has excellent porridge.
- Lime Tree, Boston Partners Building, Bole Rd (above the Boston Day Spa). While Ethiopian cuisine is great, there may come a moment when you want to try something else. Menu selections range from Arabic to Ethiopian. They do have a consistency that is difficult to find here. Own brand of coffee, which is a more bitter variant of the typical Ethiopian coffee, but if this appeals to you, you won’t be able to get it anyplace else. Limetree owns numerous other eateries in town; ask them for advice if you want to try something new.
- Liquid Lounge, Nigist Towers Bldg, Kazanches (next to the (fake) Intercontinental hotel). A two-story restaurant specializing on Asian cuisine, including stir-fry and sushi in the nights (salmon and tuna only, and it is not as fresh as the Sheraton). A few burgers, sandwiches, and other lunch dishes are available on the a la carte menu. It transforms into a thriving club in the nights, with superb dance music and a somewhat sophisticated middle-class young population. It’s really stylish, and there are VIP spaces upstairs. It becomes crowded on weekends.
- Meda Bar and Grill (on the way from Addis Ababa Stadium to Gotera around Lancha). Clean pub and restaurant providing a wide variety of food, beverages, and a wine bar.
- Sana’a Restaurant, Gabon St. A prominent restaurant serving delicious Yemeni cuisine.
- Sishu, Churchill Ave (by National Bank. Pass through Ministry of Urban Development and Construction and the Ethiopian Teachers’ Association). Fantastic burgers (generally said to be the finest in Addis), as well as tasty salads and juices. The space is designed to seem like a living room, complete with a small bookshop. They solely offer coffee from the United States.
- Team Mini, Bole Rd. Restaurant providing traditional Ethiopian cuisine that is friendly and of great quality. Test out the mesir besiga (ground meat with lentils). Nighttime performances by traditional singers and dancers. The entertainment isn’t as fantastic as it is at Habesha, but the cuisine is.
- Yod Abyssinia. A typical cultural eatery popular with foreigners and the diplomatic community. Serves Hakim Stout, a rare dark Harari beer brewed by Heineken that is superb (even by international standards). There are several places, but the most popular are in Bole and the Mekanisa/Sar Bet region (Old Airport, on Seychelles St. about 600m due west of Adams Pavilion).
- Island Breeze, Cunningham Street, Piassa (A blue building on the corner, across from the post office). A restaurant with a tropical island motif offering Mexican and Pizza. Pizzas are created with high-quality cheese, which is sometimes absent in other establishments. The fajitas are great!
- Cupcake Delight Bakery, Djibouti St, Bole (Across from the Beer Garden Inn). A lively, colorful, and energetic café providing cupcakes, cakes, juices, and coffees. The carrot cake is outstanding.
- Aladdin Restaurant. Bole Rwanda St. Serves Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s pricey, but it’s genuine and wonderful.
- Castellis in Piazza. Churchill St/Piazza area. Since 1942, this has been the best Italian restaurant in town. There’s a reason Castelli’s attracts such a large audience, including renowned visitors such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. This is where the Italian diplomatic employees dine. Amazing cuisine, incredible desserts; make a reservation or risk disappointment, even at lunchtime, since this is a popular spot to be seen.
- Fisherman Restaurant. Mickey Leland St, (near Atlas Hotel). A half-Chinese, half-Tibetan restaurant that specializes in seafood and serves a wide variety of Asian cuisine.
- Green View Italian Restaurant / Pizzeria, Bole Mickey Leland St, (near Atlas Hotel). Outstanding pizza. Another place is close to CMC.
- Sangam Restaurant, Bole Rd. The Indian delegation often visits this excellent establishment for Indian cuisine and desserts. There’s a lot of diversity with rice, chapati, and naan. The ambiance is pleasant, and the pricing is really reasonable.
- Top View Restaurant. Above the traffic circle, near the Israeli embassy, in the Megenagna neighborhood. Very good cuisine, however supper might be pricey.
- La Mandoline, Chechenia, next to Caravan Hotel. Delectable French food. Excellent outdoor sitting area. Breakfast is served on weekends.