Just like the rest of the world, the core of Africa’s diversity seems to be found in its cities. The fact that about 40% of the African population South of Sahara lives in cities is a testament that cities hold the heart of Africa. Addis Abba, the famous capital city of Ethiopia, sits on a well-watered plateau that is surrounded by hills and mountains, offering a diverse culture and a wide range of activities for tourists. The city is a hub of economic, political and social activities and hosts notable offices like the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Here are four reasons why you should Addis Ababa:

1.Addis Mercato

This is one of the largest open-air markets on the continent. Taking a day or two to experience Addis Mercato is an opportunity to come into contact with the core of Ethiopian urban life and a range of products at affordable prices. It’s advisable to hire a guide to avoid the hassle of getting directions at every point and the risk of getting conned. In some instances, a vehicle might come in handy if you are not comfortable walking, or have limited time for sight-seeing. The unique charm of the Mercato must be experienced to be believed. It is a like small city within the city of Addis Ababa.

2. National Museum of Ethiopia

The museum is located near the Addis Ababa University and hosts some of the most important historical collections in sub-Saharan Africa. It has the Ethiopian Empire art, Hominid Fossils and a historical documentation of the country’s history. A day trip to the museum can include a short tour of the Addis Ababa University graduate school and end with enjoying local cuisine at one of the restaurants within the city.

3. Mount Entoto

Mount Entoto is a popular tourist attraction in Addis Ababa that offers an amazing view of the city. In addition, there is a small museum, an old palace and an orthodox church.  The Mount Entoto scenery is ideal for a day hike and has beautiful scenery. The charm is that it is very different from the hustle and bustle of the city of Addis Ababa, yet close enough that you can go back to your hotel room once you’re done hiking.

4. Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Holy Trinity Cathedral is located on the historical side of the capital and enjoys many visits throughout the year. Its interior is donned with intricate architecture with motifs from the Old Testament. It is an important historical landmark in Ethiopia with a graveyard that is the last resting place of famous Ethiopian leaders who shaped the history of the country. Among them are the tombs of Haile Selassie and his wife.

Let’s go to Addis Ababa!

Addis Ababa is a must visit city in African if you are a sucker for wonderful local cuisine, great entertainment and rich history.

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