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Things to do in Addis

Addis has a very active social life with many cultural events, mostly organized by embassies, their cultural centers or several NGO's.

The next few weeks in Addis: Check local websites and also for much more information or add additional information you might have!

Regular events:

NGO Handicraft Bazaar, at the International Evangelical Church (near the African Union), the last Saturday of every month, from 8:30am until 12:30pm.

Cinema: There is a modern cinema complex (Edna mall) with 3 amphitheaters and also electronic games. Check here for the daily program.

Night life: (please add some you might know about and like it!) From a cold beer to a night out on the town, there are some great options when it comes to visiting Addis Ababa. Here are a few tips and destination ideas while you’re in town, where you can find some great nighttime options to take in.

Nice bars to have a drink and hear some music:

  • Black rose (New location unknown)
  • Flirt Lounge (Lucky Building on the road between Edna Mall and Friendship City Centre)
  • Harlem Jazz, with live music on Friday nights (Bole road, near the airport)
  • Fahrenheit (near Edna Mall, in front Maden Halen orthodox church)
  • Le Bateau Ivre (in Kasanchis)
  • Club Alize - Jazz night every Friday and acoustic/soul/jazz/pop/funk (Munit &Jorg) every Thursday & Saturday (off Bole road, MGK Bldg (3rd floor) across the millennium hall (0911163031) from 21:00
  • African Jazz Village (9°00'50.3"N 38°45'34., 8, Ethiopia)


  • Tam Tam (Global hotel)
  • Gazlight (Sheraton hotel)
  • Memo (near Meskal Square)
  • Club Illusion: Oldies Night, hits of 1989-99
  • Gaslight, Sheraton: smart casual attire but no sneakers, from 10pm
  • Sheraton’s Office Bar, Zemen Band plays from Thursdays to Saturdays as from 8 PM
  • Mama’s Kitchen (Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

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