By Aida Solomon
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Sometimes, being a newcomer in a big city like Addis Ababa can be overwhelming. Whether you are a foreigner to the country, or it has been a few years since you have been back in your native homeland, you may feel at a loss of where to go and seeÃ¢â‚¬â€especially if you are limited on time. Whether you are here on business, pleasure, or transit, there is a ton to experience in the capital of Ethiopia, all of which can even fit in a 24-hour time frame.
While tourists are usually pushed to higher-end neighborhoods of the city, every part of the city offers some sort of history, great food, and memorable souvenirs. So, as opposed to lounging in one of the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 5-star hotels for perhaps a more Ã¢â‚¬ËœfamiliarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ environment, try exploring every borough of the city to get an authentic and well-rounded taste of Addis.
Let us begin around 9 in the morning in the hip neighborhood of Bole. Arguably the most expensive part of the city, the streets are a mixture of stylish women, sharply dressed businessmen, and everything in between. As Bole has several sections within itself, we can start off with breakfast at the KaldiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s by Edna Mall, located around Bole Medhanialem.
The trendy chain of coffee shops can be spotted all over the city. Known for their solid coffee, delectable sweets and sandwiches, KaldiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is a great way to start of your day. Offering various types of breakfast sandwiches and teas, start your day with a meal on the patio, where you can people-watch the various foreigners, white-collar workers, and housewives that pack the cafÃƒÂ©. Read more.