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Ethiopia: Know Before You Go

Planning a trip to Ethiopia? Got a ton of questions? Here's some basic info for pre-travel planning. And as always, we're here for your questions. Visa Most travelers can receive a visa upon arrival. The visa is $50 USD for a 1-month tourist visa or $70 USD for a...

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Where to Stay: Hotels in Somaliland

The Addis Eats team is recently back from 4 days in Somaliland with TripScout Founder and friend, Konrad. Check out our other blog: How to Get to Somaliland from Ethiopia. Note: unmarried couples aren’t allowed to share a room and can sometimes be required to show a...

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How to get to Somaliland from Ethiopia

Transport Are you trying to figure out how to reach Somaliland from Ethiopia? Shocked by the almost $600 USD Ethiopian Airlines ticket price? Dreading the difficult and dangerous road travel? Or are you nervous about getting back? Maybe ending up like the guy who had...

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The History of Coffee

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Coffee was discovered in the Kaffa region (southwestern Ethiopia), hence the name coffee. Only 20% of the coffee in the country is commercially farmed, with the rest coming from smallholder farmers, who harvest coffee mainly in...

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Top 5 Things to Drink in Ethiopia

1. Coffee. Duh. This one is a no brainer. There are two kinds of coffees served readily in Addis Ababa: 'jebena buna' which is coffee prepared the traditional way and cafe coffee, a leftover of the Italian occupation. 'Jebena buna' is coffee brewed in the traditional...

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Best Cafe in Addis Ababa

    Alem Buna is hands down our favorite cafe in Addis Ababa. Not only is the coffee spectacular, but they also sell kilos of their ‘special blend’ which we buy in bulk and traffic across international borders. A macchiato is 7 birr ($0.35 USD) including...

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24 Hours in Addis Ababa

Have a layover in Addis? Wondering what to do? We've got you covered! Sign up for our Full Day Tour ($135 per person) which combines our city tour, market tour and food tour. You'll get a great insight to the city, get a crash course in Ethiopian customs and culture...

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Bourdain in Ethiopia

  Co-Founders Xavier Curtis and Eliza Richman with Anthony Bourdain in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   Watched any TV lately? CNN has been talking for weeks about Anthony Bourdain’s newest season of Parts Unknown and we’ve been on the edge of our seats eagerly...

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What Is Injera?

  Injera and Shiro (Photo by Munira Hashim)   What is it?  Injera is strange the first time you see it, touch it and smell it. It’s squishy, sour-smelling and looks a bit like the surface of the moon. But it’s delicious and accompanies everything perfectly....

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Ethiopian Sauces

  Raw Meat & Condiments   If you’ve ever been to Ethiopia you know that Ethiopians love meat. They eat it for every meal of they day if they can afford it.  And it is always served with a range of condiments. Every restaurant makes their own version of...

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The Story of Addis Eats

Why do we love Ethiopia so much and how did we end up here? AddisEats co-founder, Eliza Richman, was raised by her beloved Ethiopian nanny for 18 years in Washington, DC. And then we followed her back to Ethiopia!   It'd be a lot less cute if I did this now (but...

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Introducing Premium Ethiopian Wines

  Cuvee Prestige Chardonnay   When we first arrived in Ethiopia in 2011 we could never have imagined we’d be drinking premium quality wines made in Ethiopia. Little did we know that in 2007 the Castel family, in private consultations with the late Prime...

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Ethiopia’s Food Culture

    Food is to Ethiopians as water is to fish. Eating is a relaxed, communal and celebrated experience. Food is always fresh, ingredients are organic and spices are used liberally. Meats, stews and vegetables are poured over a shared plate of injera, eaten...

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