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Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Civic Centers, Cultural
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Type: Civic Centers, Cultural

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San Angelo, Texas
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179 reviews 179 reviews
45 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This city is the capital of Ethiopia and obviously is a bustling city with a major growth in progress. I love people watching while touring other countries and this is a wonderful place to do just that!

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Santo Stino di Livenza, Italy
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381 reviews 381 reviews
188 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

addis abeba is always full of people, in all the street. You can see churches, monuments and do shopping! What else ?

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Hmmm, buildings being built everywhere, roads being built everywhere! Few interesting things to see and do but you may leave with the feeling of why did I bother! Having said that the people were very friendly, hardly any tourists and not much traffic. Goto Tamoca coffee bar in the Piazza, La Mandoline French restaurant in Bole and Entoto Hill, visit... More 

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Clayton, California
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121 reviews 121 reviews
45 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

After a week in remote parts of Ethiopia, I enjoy coming to Addis for all it has to offer in the way of restaurants and hotels. It is a crowded city, traffic can be horrendous at peak times, especially with the construction of the light rail system causing lane closures and detours. But it is slowing moving into the 21st... More 

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Oldenburg, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

All ladies in this city are beautiful - if you are single, perfect place to be (just thinking out loud) People are generally very honest and social - easy to interact with the locals. The food variety perfect especially if you like trying out new things

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Fort Bragg, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I enjoyed my 5 days in Addis. Having read reviews and other articles about Addis Ababa before hand I have to say it was pretty much as I expected it to be. I spent one day walking and riding the little mini buses all over (Had a local person with me, otherwise without know Amharic I don't think one could... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Essentially African in feel, the chaotic streets appeared inviting and exciting. However, the constant hassle from beggars, hawkers, young men shouting ;Hello my friend - give me money' and prostitutes touting for trade, made my stay a particularly unpleasant one. The onslaught was ever-present and these people are quite persistent and not particularly friendly. I for one, will not be... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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34 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Its big, but you somehow don't feel it. Tons of people, business, beggars, workers.... messy, but clean (at least where I was roaming around). Old Lada taxis smelling of oil, next to the odd Porsche... (which really seems a bit out of another world). People smile all the time, it feels really nice. Do a little coffee ceremony, that are... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Having never been to Ethiopia, I had no clue what to expect. En route to Tanzania and Rwanda, we decided to stay for a couple of days just to say we've been to Addis Ababa. It's clear the city is trying to become a tourist destination with its western-style hotels, shopping malls, and coffee shops. However, the city does have... More 

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Glenside, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Addis Ababa is a bustling city highlighting antiquity while embracing modernity. It is a city of multiple cultural and political layers. Travel guide Temesgen Mengistu, with knowledge and patience revealed all of the layers and nuances of Addis Ababa leaving me with a desire to visit again and again.

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