What to see in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa Attractions
There is plenty to see and do in Addis Ababa, but the journey to the attractions is frequently more interesting than the sights themselves. This is particularly the case should visitors choose to walk the city and navigate their way to the main museums and buildings themselves. It is a good idea to hire a taxi driver for a daily fee and have him drive them around. Those who do choose to rely on maps and GPS should note that roads frequently change names in Addis Ababa.
Travellers are likely to be offered seats at an alleged 'cultural show' which takes place at a backstreet restaurant or venue. They should refuse these offers - they are the opening bid in a classic scam that ends with a thorough fleecing of tourist victims. If visitors do wish to see traditional dancing and music, they should simply dine at any decent and reputable restaurant where such attractions are provided free.
As for Addis Ababa's mainstream attractions, travellers shouldn't miss paying Lucy a visit at the National Museum, doing a bit of shopping at the Merkato - one of the largest markets in Africa - and seeing the wonderful cultural artefacts in the Ethnological Museum, and relics of the city's past in the Addis Ababa Museum. It's also worth keeping their eyes open for the numerous concrete Soviet statues and buildings that dot the city.
There is a good tourist information booth off Meskel Square if tourists need some impartial advice or want a reliable tour guide.
The Mercato is one of the largest outdoor markets in Africa and Addis Ababa's most colourful sight. There are tinkers, tailors, spice merchants, camel traders, and purveyors of just about every possible…
This museum has a varied range of exhibits displayed across three floors and covering a wide scope of Ethiopian history from the prehistoric to the contemporary. The museum is not world-class in terms…
St George's Cathedral was founded by the great Emperor Menelik to commemorate his 1896 victory over the invading Italian army. A relic of St George was carried into battle by the Ethiopians and the…
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