No matter where you travel to in Ethiopia, your journey must at some point take you to capital city of Addis Ababa. The largest and most populous city in Ethiopia, it is a must-see destination. With its bustling food and entertainment scene, you are sure to find something that interests you in Addis Ababa.
Now we know there are a lot of cities in the world with great food, but the restaurant scene in Addis Ababa is at an all-time high. From street corner restaurants to polished rooftop hotels, restaurants in Addis Ababa are offering great tasting local cuisines at a reasonable price. The local cuisine is characterized by strong, spicy flavors and rich stews. Injera, a sour fermented flatbread with a slightly spongy texture, is highly popular and is served with most meals. Ethiopian culture has a strong community focus, a fact that also shines through in its food. It is a cultural belief that food is meant to shared, not eaten alone, which is why most dishes are served on a large platter to be shared with family and friends. Unsurprisingly, sharing good food with good people has the effect of making the local cuisine taste even more delicious. Addis Ababa’s bustling food and entertainment scene incorporates local and foreign cultures and have become a way of showcasing the city to the world.
If the amazing local dishes and the bustling nightlife isn’t enough to endear you to Addis Ababa, then the expanding entertainment programs in the city will. Over the past few years, Addis Ababa has developed a vibrant circus scene. Each year locals and visitors alike will flock to Addis Ababa to see acrobats, contortionists, and jugglers take the stage when the circus comes to town. In particular, the annual African Circus Arts Festival attracts thousands of attendees each year. The three day festival boasts of numerous circus troops from a variety of African countries. It is organized by Ethiopia’s Fekat circus group which aims to promote performance arts and provide opportunities to artists coming from difficult background to showcase their talents. As the popularity of the circus grows, more and more visitors are attracted to the city each year, expanding the cities fast-growing food and entertainment sector.