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Place Menelik

Address: Djibouti, Djibouti
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Djibouti
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: This is the shady center of town, home to the tourist office and some other buildings.
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Stuttgart, Germany
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Menelik Place and square are the epicenter of Djibouti tourism spots, and for that reason, a bit more pricey than the outskirts. I would encourage all to go, experience, and then share their thoughts.

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Beavercreek, Ohio
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This hotel is beautiful. I enjoyed every opportunity to visit. The pastries were wonderful, and the cafe was very night.

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Djibouti, Djibouti
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The centre of the city with lots of shops. Tourist information centre located here. Loads of Night clubs located in and around square with a vibrant night life on Thursday nights.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Menelik Square is the active center of Djibouti city. There are many shops in and around this square and bartering for goods is encouraged. Two favorite restaurants are Pizziola and La Chemier. La Chemier (not sure of spelling) is on the corner and the outdoor terrace is a nice place to sit, have some snacks, and just people watch. Prices... More

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Northport, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Place Menelik is a small square in the center of town. Very colonial in look and feel. Restaurants and shops in the several block vicinity. Djibouti has limited options; the square is ground zero for many of them. A couple good places to eat here but keep your expectations under control

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

it is a nice dining place. Staff is very good but it is a little expensive. Overall i like the place

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2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My original destination was Somaliland. I spent 10 wonderful days there but, unfortunately flights out of Somaliland had become very difficult. My quickest option was to catch a Daallo flight from Somaliland to Djibouti, my final destination was Dubai where I live. The flight to Djibouti was uneventful and I reached JIB airport, I had to get a visa to... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Place Menelik, officially known as 27 juin 1977 (date of the country's independence) is the heart of Centreville (the oldest part of Djiboutiville)and the best place to get a flavor of the city's charming colonial architecture. On one end is the hotel d'ville (city hall), with its gray/white Arabic arches, and where locals go or numerous certificates/permits. Next door is... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Terrible place, terrible city, terrible people. If you want to come in Djibouti, please just go somewhere else. This Menelik place is not really safe, the people are constantly bothering you and are not friendly. They can even be agressive if you refuse to buy something they litteraly put on your hands. Surrounded by crazy guys who just want your... More

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London Colney
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Probably more clubs per sq. area than other town or city in Africa. Art deco buildings with a mixture of French colonial past and Arab influence. Avoide at rush our time (11-13:00 hours )

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