Ethiopie – Infos Générales (à Complèter)


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Daylight

Being relatively close to the Equator, there is an almost constant twelve hours of daylight. In Addis Ababa, the sunrise and sunset are at around 06.30 and 18.45 respectively.

VISA

Visa de 30j : On obtient le visa en qq minutes à Bolé (aéroport d’Addis): 17 euros ou 20US$. Pas d’info sur la prolongation d’un visa de 30j une fois sur place.
Visa de + de 30j : Il faut absolument le demander à l’ambassade d’Ethiopie à Paris. On l’obtient en 24/48 heures sans question. Téléphone : +33 147 83 83 95.

Tourists Informations in AA.

Ethiopian Tourist Commission, on the corner of Desta Damtew St/Abiot Square, PO Box 5709, Tel. 5514838/5512923. There is also a branch in Addis Ababa Hilton, Tel. 158400, Telex 21104, Menelik Ave open daily.

Department of Natural Resources, just off Africa Ave (the road towards Bole), sells a range of information sheets and maps for many of the national parks, for just a nominal charge.

ARGENT

On trouve des banques dans toutes les villes de plus de 5000 habitants. Il est possible de changer des euros partout en quelques minutes. Toutes acceptent les cartes VISA (idem pour les grands hôtels), commission prise par la banque éthiopienne : 2.5%. Dans les grandes villes, il y a des distributeurs un peu partout.

Taux de change en Mars 2013 : 1 euro @ 24 birr.

Transports

Taxis in AA.

Cream coloured National Tour Operator taxis operate at Bale International Airport. There is also a minibus service from the airport.

Private taxi service operates in the smaller blue and white cars along set routes, often on vehicle sharing basis.

Buses in AA.

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The 2 main bus stations in Addis are the Autobus Terra near Mercato, and the smaller terminal on Ras Mekonin Ave. near the railway station. All National buses, with the exception of buses to Nazret and Oebre Zeyi leave from the Autobus Terra. Buses to Nazret and Debre Zeyit depart from the terminal in Ras Mekonin Ave. For bus journeys to the regions it is necessary to buy a ticket the day before departure. Bus station ticket office opens at 0800, and to be certain of booking you should arrival by 0700. Buses to and from the regions are frequent. However the road s are in poor condition, so allow for extra journey time.

The main bus terminal is at Merkato while a second bus station is near the railway station on Ras Mekonin Ave

with frequent services to nearby destinations such as Debre Zeit, Mojo and Nazret.

Bahir Dar -Gashema
4 hours
180B-7,5€
Gashema-Lalibela
3 hours
50B-20€
Addis – Bahar Dar
9-10 hours
280B-12€
Lalibela – Woldia ( via Gashema)
9 hours
100B-4,2€
Woldia -Alamata
30B-1,3€
Mekela -Wurko
less than 1h
15B-0,6€
Wurko -Adigarat
30B1,3€
Gondar-Bahar Dar
4 hours
65B-2,7€

Minibus rent for the Tigray Churches from Wurko – 700B/30€
Minibus rent from Adigarat for Debre Damo, Yeha ( without any interest) – 1000B/42€

Indications de tarifs en décembre 2012

Interurbain Addis Abeba : Tous suivent un trajet propre. Red and yellow Ambasa buses operate within the city, stopping at every red and yellow marking. There is a flat fare per person for a one way trip. 2 à 4 birr par trajet, selon que ce soit un bus, un bus moyen ou un minibus et la longueur du trajet. Minibus : 2.70 birr. Prévoyez la monnaie ou des petites coupures. Si vous prenez un taxi, compter 30 à 150 birr, selon l’heure (plus cher la nuit), la distance et bien sûr votre talent de négociateur !… Les bus ont des arrêts comme en France. Les bus moyens et minibus s’arrêtent là où vous le souhaitez.

Une nouvelle loi impose aux transports en commun d’avoir un panneau sur le véhicule indiquant leur ‘ligne’ (du quartier x au quartier ou point y). Tous ne l’ont pas encore mis mais de toute façon, à moins que vous ne lisiez l’Amharique, ça ne vous serait pas utile… Les ‘placeurs’ de chaque minibus crient leurs destinations. A vous de savoir où vous allez (quel quartier) et de vous repérer dans ce brouhaha permanent. Rassurez-vous, on prend vite le pli !

Trajets en minibus entre grandes villes Compter en moyenne 60 à 75 birrs par 100 km. Quelques exemples : Addis-Shashemene (120 birrs), Lalibela-Woldia (92 birrs), Woldia-Mekele (90 birrs).

Trajets en bus entre grandes villes Cela dépend de la classe du bus. Exemple : Bahir dar-Addis en bus 1ère class ou 1st level (grand luxe avec boissons, snack, de ‘vrais sièges’ avec de la place pour les jambes ( !), comme en 1ère classe d’un avion en quelque sorte): 290 à 306 birrs. Sinon, c’est 165 birrs pour un bus ‘normal’ (donc sans snack, sans boisson, sans climatiseur, et les jambes de biais pour éviter que les genoux ne soient encastrés dans le siège de devant …)

VOLS INTERNATIONAUX & INTERIEURS

Vols Internationaux

Bole International Airport is 5 kilometres from the city centre and is undergoing major extensions, with a new International Passenger Terminal Building under construction.

Ethiopian Airlines run a free shuttle bus into the city. Taxis and ‘contract taxis’ run to and from the city, and leave the city from Piazza area.

Vols Intérieurs

Ils se sont énormément développés ces 3 dernières années. En général, il y a plusieurs vols par jour pour les principales villes. Possibilité de réserver jusqu’à la dernière minute ! Et les prix ont été diminués par 2 en 3 ans ! Exemple :

  • Addis-Lalibela (1200 birr-50€)
  • Axum-Gondar (800 birr-34€)

Sachant que par exemple, pour faire Addis-Lalibela, ca prend 1 heure en avion et 2 jours en bus, il est parfois plus judicieux de prendre l’avion, surtout si on est limité en termes de temps… Vous trouverez toutes les infos utiles sur le site de Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopia Vols interieurs

Addis to Lalibela, in july, 3457 birr (= 145 euros)

Tickets are much cheaper when you buy them in Ethiopia from the airline office, don’t book in advance of arrival. AA to Lalibela in country is around 65 USD one way. Some other flights are cheaper than this.

COMMUNICATIONS

On trouve des cafés internet à peu près partout. Mais bon, faut pas être pressé : la connexion est souvent mauvaise, quand elle fonctionne ! Selon les villes, compter de 9 à 30 birrs de l’heure (décomptés à la minute).
En théorie, il est impossible à un étranger d’acheter une carte SIM en Ethiopie (c’est ce qu’on m’a expliqué). En pratique, il semble possible d’en acheter une dans les grands hôtels. On trouve des vendeurs de carte prépayées un peu partout dans la rue (vendeurs ambulants). Cartes de 25, 50 et 100 birrs. A titre d’indication, avec 50 birrs on peut téléphoner plus de 2 heures en local. Pour l’international, compter environ 15 birrs par minute.

HOTELS

Le problème n’est pas de trouver un hôtel ni une chambre de libre, mais seulement d’en sélectionner un parmi les dizaines à la ronde ! Il y en a pour toutes les bourses. Des hôtels budget avec toilettes (latrines) et douches (souvent dans les-mêmes toilettes…) en commun à 50 birrs la nuit à des hôtels luxueux à 200$ la nuit …

Dans tous les cas, un conseil : n’oubliez pas vos boules quiès! Si vous êtes à 2, c’est (quasi) le même prix que pour une chambre simple ! Personnellement, j’ai dormi dans des hôtels de 150 à 250 birrs par nuit en moyenne. Dans la plupart des cas, pour ces prix-là, il y avait une sdb avec toilettes et c’était propre et grand.

ELECTRICITE

C’est du 220V, avec les mêmes prises qu’en France, donc pas besoin d’adaptateur.

SANTE , PARASITES

Le système sanitaire public est très développé. On trouve des hôpitaux et des pharmacies un peu partout. Mais tous les médecins et pharmaciens ne parlent pas anglais (et encore moins français…).
L’Ethiopie étant un pays montagneux et d’altitude, il n’y a des moustiques que dans certaines zones (ex. : près des lacs) et pendant une période assez courte (saison des pluies : juillet-septembre). Donc très peu de paludisme.
Par contre, il y a d’autres insectes bien moins sympathiques : les puces et les punaises de lits dans des ‘lodges’ (cases) des parcs nationaux et dans les hôtels pas chers. Dormir dans son sac de couchage.

EAU

On trouve de l’eau en bouteille partout. Environ 15 birrs pour 1 bouteille. Idem pour les boissons gazeuses sucrées (7 à 12 birrs) et bières (12 à 17 birrs). Dans les parcs nationaux, les lodges sont en général à côté d’une source, donc possibilité de se ravitailler en eau assez facilement.

NOURRITURE

Dans des restaurants locaux légumes frais (donc justes lavés) et plats cuisinés dans des conditions pas très hygiéniques. La nourriture éthiopienne (excellente !!) sied aussi bien aux carnivores qu’aux végétariens. Par contre il est plus difficile de commander un plat avec de la viande ET des légumes (c’est ou l’un ou l’autre).

On trouve partout :

  • Du café (3 à 6 birrs la tasse),
  • des macciatos (5 à 8 birrs),
  • des jus de fruits frais (10 à 25 birrs),
  • du thé (4 à 8 birrs). Ils mettent généralement d’office 2 à 3 cuillers de sucre, donc si besoin, préciser si sans sucre.

Pour un petit déjeuner dans un resto local, compter 20 à 40 birrs (selon qu’il y a omelette, jus de fruit, injera, etc).
Pour un repas (injera, pâtes, ou riz + une boisson) compter 35 à 60 birrs.

LANGUES

La langue officielle est l’Amharique. Une faible partie de la population parle anglais. Hormis dans les hôtels et les sites touristiques, il n’est pas toujours aisé de trouver quelqu’un parlant anglais.
Contact d’un éthiopien habitant et travaillant à Addis, guide à la gare d’Addis et qui parle couramment français. Il peut aider à organiser le voyage voire vous trouver des personnes parlant français pour vous accompagner.
Mr Débébé Kassa : debebekassa1@gmail.com Tel. : 00-251-9-11-98-92-93

SECURITE

Bien que l’Ethiopie soit vraiment un pays sûr et facile, il faut toujours rester vigilant.
Les éthiopiens sont accueillants et très aidant. Cependant bien faire attention aux voleurs dans les bus (surtout au moment où tout le monde se presse pour y monter) et dans la rue à Addis marcher avec le sac devant soi. Faire attention et éviter les bousculades.
Les femmes voyageant seules n’ont pas à subir de regard ou de geste déplacés.

Achats

Marché Mercato

The Mercato is located in western Addis Ababa and is one of the largest markets in Africa offering an array of colors, aromas, costumes, produce and jewellery. Beware of pickpockets. In Mercato virtually every possible commodity is on sale, from livestock to computers.

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  1. Shopping in Addis

    Most shops are open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM and then from 3:00-6:00 or 7:00 PM. Some of the smaller shops are closed on Saturday afternoons. Very few shops are open on Sunday. In many shops around town, bargaining is not only in your interest but expected

    Can’t settle on a price? Then end on a friendly note. Rather than criticize, say that you respect his goods but simply can’t afford them or that the price is fair but the item doesn’t meet your exact needs. Whether or not you buy, conclude with thanks for the hospitality.

    Almost everything you need or want is available in Addis, though you may have to really hunt for it. It may not be available consistently, it may be very expensive, or the quality may not meet your standards. What’s Out! Addis produced a shopping guide on Addis Ababa that is really worth having when settling in.

    Contents

    Supermarkets

    The following grocery stores are popular with faranjis in light of the quality and selection of items they offer. These stores offer a variety of local and imported items (not surprisingly, imported items are expensive), canned goods, cheese, meats, fruits and vegetables, wine, local and imported beer and spirits. In addition, most of these stores have another floor or two that offer toiletries, household items and small appliances, stationery items, furniture, etc.

    It is not uncommon that shops (seem to) run out of e.g. sugar and butter. If so, ask and the attendants may be able to give some from a hidden drawer. If you do not find sugar, try the small neighbourhood shops or Etfruit.

    • Bambis. http://goo.gl/maps/1i4B. Favorite of many expats, Bambis has nice selections of just about anything you really need. Its produce is very good and often has items you can’t find elsewhere. If you need something special from the deli or butcher, call Mrs. Bambis in the morning at 011-550-5584 and they will hold it for you.
    • Novis. Six locations: at the Hilton Hotel (smallest store), Old Airport (across from the International Evangelical Church) http://goo.gl/maps/1i4B, on Bole Road, on Churchill across the street from Shi Solomon’s, in the Piazza next to the British Council on Adwa Road and near the National Theater. Many people favor Novis in the Old Airport area for their good quality meats. For others it is first choice for children’s birthday gifts.
    • Fantu. On Bole Road (below Wassamar Hotel) and one at Old Airport across from the Canadian Embassy http://goo.gl/maps/Onwi.
    • Shoa Supermarket. Several locations, on Bole Road, in Piazza, on the Ring Road in Old Airport (http://goo.gl/maps/afwy) and in the Laphto complex in Old Airport http://goo.gl/maps/XU2Y. Known for its excellent selection of imported cheese as well as for having fresh herbs that often can’t be found elsewhere. Has a section for diabetics. Almost everything is imported from Turkey. The produce is clean, fresh and sanitary. Open daily 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM. Shop in Piazza seems to be cheaper than other locations.
    • Shi-Solomon. Two locations: at the bottom of Churchill Road close to the National Theatre http://goo.gl/maps/Wo88 and on Debre Zeit Road. If you leave Meskal Square and drive down Debre Zeit, the Debre Zeit location will be on your left. These stores are known for their good quality meats and a great selection of produce.
    • Negash Grocery. One location in Old Airport, on the circle at the opposite end of Victory Road from Telecom Circle http://goo.gl/maps/rxMn. Good selection of dry and canned good, rice, and pastas. Also has a small but very good meat (beef, mutton, chicken) and cheese counter. In the back of the shop, you will find a good collection of all kinds of household ware and baby stuff. The proprietor was an ICS student many years ago.
    • Savemore. Two locations: Ethio-China Road and in Old Airport at the end of Old Airport Road on the corner before turning onto Ring Road http://goo.gl/maps/zD3P. Convenient for those who live in Old Airport. 011-552-5889 or 011-371-0126.
    • Shopper’s Mart. Two locations: one near the telecommunication roundabout going towards Pushkin square http://goo.gl/maps/kH84 and one on CMC road close to ILRI http://goo.gl/maps/c3Pv. Open 24 hours per day. 011-320-5857/58.
    • Friendship Supermarket. Located in the basement of Friendship City Center shopping mall http://goo.gl/maps/qyC9. A well-stocked store but parking is difficult. Quiet big, good for elctronic items and houseware.

    Malls

    • Denbel City Center. Located in the heart of Bole, it provides indoor shopping, restaurants, jewelers, and more. Parking is available in the back and basement. http://goo.gl/maps/dOrC
    • Edna Mall. Located at the Bole Medhane Alem circle on Bole-Tele Road http://goo.gl/maps/Ds6H. Just opened in 2008, this mall has stores and restaurants as well as a video/game center and indoor playground for kids. Edna is most known for it’s American style movie theatre with stadium seating and newly released movies at good prices (ETB 30 on weekends; ETB 20 weekdays). Seats can be reserved. Call 011-661-6278/6208 or visit their website http://www.ednamall.net/.
    • Adam’s Pavilion. Located next to Pushkin Square http://goo.gl/maps/bsZ7. Small mall where one can buy computer accessories, furniture, clothing, baby items, a cup of coffee at Kaldi or a meal.
    • Laphto. Multi purpose complex. In Old Airport, next to Besrete Gebriel Church on Victoria Road http://goo.gl/maps/Yrxp. Complex for leisure and shopping with a variety of shops, a bowling and a gym with swimming pool. See http://www.laphto.com.
    • Holy City Center on CMC at the ILRI entrance http://goo.gl/maps/y4GP.

    Bazaars

    • Monthly NGO Bazaar: many (mostly) Ethiopian NGOs sell their goods from 9:00 AM – noon at the International Evangelical Church, mostly on the last Saturday of every month.
    • The bi-annual Designer’s and Artisan’s Bazaar takes place usually in December and May at the Floral Tropical Gardens (look for the sign just past FAO near the intersection of Bole Road and the Ethio- China Road). This bazaar includes both non-profit and for-profit sellers and the goods tend to be more high-end than those at the NGO Bazaar.
    • Many artisans set up tables during the PTA Spring Carnival at ICS.

    Other bazaars happen throughout the year. Watch the notice boards at ICS and grocery stores.

     

    Specialty Grocery Shops

    • Mama’s. One location on Bole Road, across the street from City Café. They stock dairy products including cheeses that come recommended. Their products can be found in most grocery stores in Addis. Make sure you check the expiration date on dairy products.
    • Fresh Fish Market. On Meskal Flower Road, features fresh fish brought in from Djibouti, they also stock Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, and sometimes carry processed sliced cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches. They sometimes carry coconut milk and curry paste. Once a week fresh fish from Djibouti arrives in Addis: tuna fish, grouper, shrimps and barracuda. For orders call 0911-437-418.
    • YEBORENA SUNRISE is selling frozen sea fish as well as Nile Perch and Tilapia. They have a clean shop opposite Ministery of Federal Affairs, on the ground floor of the Tselere Building http://goo.gl/maps/KzEv. Call 0913593887, 0912088341 or 0913174270;
    • Prime. Just opened in 2009, this meat market has recognized that there is a demand for pork. Provides grain fed organic pork from its own farm in Ethiopia. You can find thier products in supermarkets and they have two shops: on the west side of Mekanissa road coming from Pushkin Square just after the Vatican Embassy (somehwere here: http://goo.gl/maps/4Uur) and on CMC road just before the ILRI compound (somewhere here http://goo.gl/maps/iQuM).
    • Abbafany meat products. Used to have a small butcher shop on Ethio-China road. Now does home delivery while looking for new locations. Especially good for al kind of smoked (European style) sausages. 0911201560; 011-4392666; Abbafany@yahoo.com.
    • Bisrat Organic Chicken products. Bisrat and Fasil have a organic chicken farm in Debre Zeit. You order on Monday or Wednesday and they deliver(@ ETB 50!) the next day (or so) at your place. Orders of chicken legs, thighs, wings, breasts, eggs, cottage cheese, etc possible. Ask for non-fat chicken if you wish. Fasil 0911218710 and Bisrat 0911405073.
    • Organic-Ethiopia. Office/Shop near La Gare, the train station (2 blocks east of Mexico Square). Good place to get local produce, including apples from Awassa and strawberries from Debre Zeit. 011-554-6140. 0910-121-375. http://www.ecopia.de.http://goo.gl/maps/cv2o
    • Rut & Hirut. Sell milk, different kinds of cheeses, yoghurt, cream and butter. In Kasanchis near the InterContinental Hotel. Best to order in advance. 0911-123-855 or 011-551-9154.
    • Jittu Horticulture P.L.C/ABCO Fruits and Vegetables P.L.C. Vegetables producing company that produces a wide range of vegetables under Global G.A.P certification, which means that these vegetables are certified for the European market. Locally sold to almost all high standard hotels and restaurants and supermarkets. Vegetables are also available in their own shops. See for up-to-date directions: http://www.jittuhorticulture.com under ‘customer corner’. One shop is on Victory Road in Old Airport (http://goo.gl/maps/KGMk)
    • The Japanese market is a group of vegetable shops in the vicinity of the Korean restaurant in Bole (west of the Bole road). Next to the usual vegetables, you can find vegetables and other cooking ingredients that are hard find with other shops in the city e.g. ‘sinde’ (wholewheat flour usefull for Indian chapattis), christophenes, and fennel bulbs.Somewhere here: http://goo.gl/maps/AZHq
    • Almeta Farms. Normally exports vegetables and sells directly to upscale supermarkets in Addis. You can call to Aida for home delivery of strawberries, basil and other herbs. 0911-218-932 or 0911-145-383.
    • Beral milk shop. Sells milk, several types of fresh cheeses and yoghurt from their own farm next to groceries. Fresh milk is delivered 3 times a day. Located on Sheraton (or Taitu) road, a little bit down from the mosque, on the other side of the road http://goo.gl/maps/a7LD. Open daily, 7 AM – 8.30 PM
    • Apple supermarket. This small supermarket distributes organic apples from Chencha, Southern Ethiopia, in April/May. In Mekanisa in front of the Melane Yesus Seminary http://goo.gl/maps/jnBA. For more info call Rahel Sehmolo 0911116570 or 0911023107. According to leaflet, Rahel does home delivery as well.
    • Fresh corner. Owned by Luna exports, an export slaughterhouse. Sells its meat next to fresh vegetables, frozen fish. Shops on CMC road just before ILRI compound http://goo.gl/maps/lKxGH and in Bole, same building as Novis but than in the street next to it, http://goo.gl/maps/KEshD.

    Bakeries

    • Enrico Pastry. One of the oldest Italian Pastry shops in Addis. For special occasion desserts, mille feuille. Piazza, across from Mega bookstore http://goo.gl/maps/jCd1. General Wingate Street. 011-157-1490
    • Saint Honoré. Pastry and Ice cream upon order. Tuesday through Saturday 10.00 -17.00 h. Sunday till 4PM. Fridays also in the evening 7-9PM. 09-16823177. Saint Honoré is behind the red doors on the left of the main entrance to the Juventus buidling http://goo.gl/maps/WFDH.
    • German Bakery Münch. In Kasanchis opposite German House/Continental Hotel http://goo.gl/maps/qLsF Monday–Saturday 7.30 AM – 7.30 PM and Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM; in Bole close to Medhane Alem Church and in between Swiss Café / Bole Int Hotel and the Ring Road http://goo.gl/maps/V15N, 7.30 AM – 9.30 PM and on Sundays open after 9.00AM. 0911-218-534 or 0911-685-307; in old Airport, Victoria Road, opposite the back entrance ICS http://goo.gl/maps/koFc 7.30Am-8.00PM. 0911-218-534 or 0911-685-307
    • Mulmul Bakery. Opened in 2010 on Victory Road in Old Airport, at the corner of St. Gabriel Church http://goo.gl/maps/rUyI. Specializes in bread for health conscious clients: barley bread, whole wheat bread, whole grain bread, soy bread, tef bread, rye bread, flax seed bread and oat bread. But they have also wheat only products: burger bread, baguettes, croissants, brioches, donuts, muffins, bread sticks, a delicious variety of cookies, etc… Has a slicing machine. Mulmul Bakery has two more branches: one at Yeka sub-city near Denberwa hospital and another one at Arrada sub-city in front of the parliament.
    • On the Rise. A new ‘orders-only’ gourmet bakery specializing in baked goods that are not available elsewhere in Addis. They use only premium and fresh ingredients to ensure the finest and most delectable desserts in town. They take orders for pick-up or delivery. 091-387-1724. Use SMS as their phone has a problem.
    • Bagel Corner Bakery. Located near Edna Mall. Coming from the airport, turn right at Medhane Alem Square. Take your first right past the academy. Bakery is on the left http://goo.gl/maps/uN8z. Bagels, brownies, whole wheat breads, pies, and more. 011-651-3067. 0911-455-510.
    • Zola Pastry Shop. On Bole Road. From Meskel Square it is on the left. Known for their Éclair Towers, that must be ordered in advance. Zelalem 0911-243-966.
    • Hilton Hotel Pastry Shop and Café. Nice sliced bread for sandwiches. They also have “to-go” sandwiches in their pastry case. 011-551-8400, ext 839.
    • Sheraton Pastry Shop. Nice (sliced) bread and pastries. 011-517-1717.
    • Rome Bakery, for lovely designer bread, multigrain bread (if flour supply allows), whole wheat, soda bread (pretzels), French style baguettes. On the road between Mexico Square and Sarbet/Pushkin, just opposite the African Union http://goo.gl/maps/P12E. Shop is open between 6 AM and 10.30 PM. Ezana (0911658334) is the owner and can explain all about it. This small bakery even has a bread slice machine!
    • Alem Guben Bakery and restaurant. In Old Airport, on the road between Victoria road and the ring road just of Karl Square http://goo.gl/maps/8KRc. Variety of bread and a small menu with mainly fresh pastas and pizza.011-3722-676

    Coffee

    • Tomoka. Located off Churchill Road. At the last stoplight before Churchill ends, turn left and look for the two-storey yellow building on your right http://goo.gl/maps/lGRK. Tomoka roasts in several ways and you can buy whole beans or ground. While you’re there, enjoy a cup of coffee and leave smelling like roasted coffee beans for the rest of the day. Open 7 days per week. 011-111-2498.
    • Mokarar. Located in Piazza, few hundred meters from Saint George Church on the raod to Bahir Dar, opposite Soromba hotel http://goo.gl/maps/BIyx. Offers many blends of roasted coffee and you can buy whole beans or ground. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you’re there. 011-155-2783.
    • Aster Buna. Located on Bole road, on the right if you are heading towards Meskel. Coffee roaster and distributor. 011-515-9315.
    • La Choche has a terrace and it is nice even though it is next to La Gare http://goo.gl/maps/KKBo. They sell good quality roasted coffee beans too (dark and light roasted).

    Most grocery stores carry good coffee at very reasonable prices.

    Household Wares

    In general it is hard to get the bigger electronic household goods in Ethiopia. Expect to see one or two models per shop, often not the biggest or the latest models. If your sponsoring organization provides a shipment, it is advised to ship household goods (see also in ‘the what to bring’ tables earlier in this guide). If not, check out the following places and quite a few other shops in Addis.

    Unbreakable tableware for (cups and plates for children) are also not widely availble

    • ETHOF (Ethiopian Household & Office Furniture Enterprise) is the government department store in Piazza (011-551-3507) http://goo.gl/maps/vCZW. It is a large two storey place for cheap household, furniture and camping items. There is a parking area on the left side of the building.
    • Houseware Mart sells top end cutlery, porcelain, plastic wine glasses, cooking pots, stoves, etc., mostly imported from Italy, and some camping items. It has two shops: in Piazza (011-155-5295/97)and next to the Boston Building in Bole.
    • For good quality kitchenware – cookware, bakeware, utensils, kitchen tools, table and glass ware, MiHome is opening in Piazza same street as ETHOF in Piassa, somewhere on the left of ETHOF. 0911-649589 or 011-1119340.http://goo.gl/maps/vCZW.
    • If you have duty free privileges, the ETTC duty free shop on Haile Gebre Selasse road http://goo.gl/maps/3vNx is worth checking out especially for the larger fridges (saves a couple of US$100), Pyrex, suitcases, TV sets and other white electrical goods. Do not expect the latest models or much of a choice. Do expect lengthy procedures, writing letters for getting the larger goods (that can only be picked up after a day or two) and paying in dollars. ETTC has smaller outlets at the Hilton where one can avoid the lengthy procedure. However they are without the electrical goods and alcoholic drinks. Above US$50 Visa cards are accepted.
    • Most supermarkets have sections for smaller household wares.
    • In Old Airport, gas bottles can be bought at Fantu or the small shop run by Kidist and located close to the Zambian Embassy, on the old road between the telecommunication roundabout and Pushkin Square http://goo.gl/maps/R4pF. The later shop also sells complete sets, i.e., bottle, tube and adapters.
    • If one is looking for wall or furniture paint in Old Airport, the Home Depot has the widest choice. http://goo.gl/maps/gAh1.
    • In Kasanchis (close to Bambis) there are many light and plumbing shops.
    • Nu Trading is said to have very good cleaning equipment, 2nd floor Dembel City Center, 011-515-9586/87.
    • Tree Savers can be found at the monthly NGO bazaar selling (kids) colorful furniture made of recycled paper and card boxes. Orders can be placed with Daniel as well: 091-143-2007.
    • The Victoria Department Store in Old Airport http://goo.gl/maps/Ax2F reopened in January 2011 after having been burned down a few years before. It is owned by the same owners as the ETTC Duty Free shop on Haile Gebre Selasse Road. It sells the same items as the duty free shop but here you pay the tax. Particularly good in cooking utensils and large electrical items such as fridges and washing machines. Also sells gas cylinders. Cleaning materials are a good deal here. Consider buying a lot at a time as the payment procedure is a bit lengthy.
    • The Rainbow Foam Factory can be found behind the NOC fuel station on the Kera-Bulgaria road http://goo.gl/maps/Dxck. They sell 1st and 2nd class foam. Odd sizes are also possible. Open Mon-Sat, between 8 AM and 5PM.
    • Fibertech is the first and by now long standing fiberglass products manufacturer in Ethiopia. Known for durability of watertanks, sanitary wares and the like. 011-4393285/550, fibertech@ethionet.et.

    House Furnishing

    • V. Karebean in Piazza has good house furnishings. It has the biggest choice in curtains and carpets. If the customer’s choice is not in store they also order/import it. Somewhere in the back of the shop, one can find the (cheaper) locally made materials. http://goo.gl/maps/pW80
    • Kulibi Gebriel Drapery has been recommended for curtains as well; located in Piassa. http://goo.gl/maps/8rCb
    • IKEA style cloth can be bought with the IKEA supplier on the 7th floor of the FinFin building http://goo.gl/maps/8OG3. The Fin Fin building is one of the buildings on Meskel Square that also houses the Abyssinia Bank. Note that as it is pure unwashed cotton that this cloth may shrink up to 25%.
    • Ornamental wrought iron items (railing, gates, door panels, furniture) can be made by Saliz. Call Samuel Lemma at 011-646-5402 or 0911-215-050.
    • Hassan is a good carpenter. 0911-621-542.
    • Saint George Wood Industry is higly recommended. Contact Claudio Bernardi: 0920609406
    • Sini is an ICS parent who started her furniture factory with machinery imported from Europe in 2011. Uses a mix of local and imported materials for her European style (slim) furniture. Price are between usual local production and imported furniture. Quality and style is highly appreciated and she has hotels among her clients. On Meskel Flower road around the corner from Dembel City center http://goo.gl/maps/Xozl and look for the sign. http://www.sinifurniture.com; 011-8510-688 or 0911-467-435 or 0913-894-586; email henrik.888@hotmail.com.
    • Salvatore is one of the local favorites for furniture http://goo.gl/maps/u7Mf.
    • Haile is good at indoor and outdoor furniture (children castles) and reasonably priced. His workshop is located left of the Mega cinema just north of the Tewodros roundabout, just off Churchill Ave. http://goo.gl/maps/cqm5. 0911-753-815.
    • Tree Savers can be found at the monthly NGO bazaar selling colorful kids furniture made of recycled paper and card boxes. They are light weight yet remarkably durable. Orders can be placed with Daniel as well: 091-143-2007. There is also a shop with these goods on the road between the Atlas Hotel and the Edna Mall (right hand side when coming from the Atlas hotel).
    • Ethio-Dutch Furniture (part of Ethio-Steel Profiling) is producing typical dutch Picnic tables with steel frame suitable for gardens, as well as ping-pong tables, beds, stools,…For more information see http://www.ethiopiansteelprofiling.com (under “various)
    • Garden Iron playground equipment for kids is manufactured in several small shops close to the Sanford School http://goo.gl/maps/eJuz.

    Gardening

    • For garden supplies, head to Atkilt Terra , the wholesale vegetable market in Piazza. Some shops sells basic seeds and hardware: hoses, secateurs, shovels – if imported, most are from China. Building material shops also sell garden hardware. Hand and motorized lawnmowers are available. (Note that if you decide to bring a motorized lawnmower, to also bring fuel filters, etc). Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides are sold in small bags/quantities. Big bags are only available in the rainy season.
    • Angels. Angels looks after the gardens of ICS. Owner Mulu used to have a shop on Bole Road but now only sells on order. She is a great source for all kinds of herbs and seedlings. She can also help you with compost, either by the bag or pick-up load. 0911-203-704.
    • Selam Children’s Village. A great source for potted plants, seedlings and potting soil as well as fresh breads, vegetables, cheese, milk and soy products. Also serves a great lunch (M-F) prepared and served by young women being trained for domestic work. It is located a bit of the CMC road, when coming from the ring road it is passed the Ethiopian Management Institute on the left and the church on the right. Take a left and follow directions on a (very faint) blue sign for Selam. Open weekdays and until noon on Saturday and Sunday. 011-646-2956. http://www.selam_eth.org.et.
    • Home Depot in Old Airport (Vicoria Road) sells some gardening tools http://goo.gl/maps/akt0.
    • UV stabilized polyethylene monofilament nets, suitable to reduce wind intensity in outdoor spaces and to reduce the sun light intensity in greenhouses, sheds, parking, etc. and to protect private properties from external sight. Contact 0912897376 or 0911207673 wakoawash@hotmail.com

    Clothing and Sportswear

    In general it is advisable to get sportswear from outside Ethiopia but if you happen to be without while in Addis check out the following:

    • There’s a whole string of sports shops along the main drag where the British Council used to be in Piazza http://goo.gl/maps/F8Bc. They have good quality, reasonably priced stuff.
    • The sports shop next to Mega Building, Bole (where Makush Art Restaurant is), ground floor.
    • Bole Rwanda / Bole Japan (but they tend to be more adult sports stuff).
    • Somewhere here http://goo.gl/maps/NmAO is a leather boots maker’s shop that helped several ICS mums with a pair of nice (and sometimes not so nice) boots. You could try your luck for the very reasonable price he is asking.

    Gift Shops and Handicrafts

    Traditional Ethiopian handicrafts include Coptic crosses made of silver, nickel or brass, silverwork (jewelry, etc.), woven woolen carpets, baskets, icons, wooden crosses, parchment books, wooden stools and embroidered, hand-woven cotton items. The places listed below are just a few of the shops that have become popular with farenjis but there are literally hundreds of shops through Addis. Start with these shops and then explore on your own.

    • Muya Ethiopia. This shop is a challenge to find but is worth it. If you’re heading up Entoto Road toward the US Embassy, turn right at Siddist Kilo. At the sign for the Irish Embassy Residence, turn left. Go to the end of the road and turn right. After the Egyptian Embassy turn left, continue to the end of the road, turn right and then left again. Look for a gate on the right that has a small sign on it that looks like the red face to the right. This shop offers traditionally hand-woven products, excellent pottery and carved furniture. The prices are a bit higher than other places but that’s because the owner, Sara Abera, pays fair wages to the craftspeople. 011-123-4015.
    • Suzanne’s. In a large terracotta-orange building in Old Airport near the Korean Embassy http://goo.gl/maps/MqcJ. Suzanne’s has art, jewelry, textiles (including curtains) and furniture as well as a hair salon and French crepes. Open Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:30 – 7:00 PM. 011-372-4581 or 0911-616-814.
    • Dawe Emede Handicrafts. In the Mercato at Teklehaimanot Square. This shop has something for everyone if you like to have to “find” your treasure. Beads, antiques, wooden items, furnishings. Don’t be dismayed when you enter the small first room – the shop is five rooms deep. The owner, Tekaligne Besepa speaks excellent English and takes care of his customers. Ato Teka will take you to his warehouse, if you are searching for something that he doesn’t have in his store. If you want to make sure that Ato Teka is there when you are, call ahead. 011-277-9605. While you’re there, check out the shops across the street and to the left that also sell similar items.
    • Ethiopian Tourism Commission. Ras Makonen Avenue (across from Meskel Square) and Bole Road. They offer souvenirs, posters, prints, postcards, maps, guide books, T-shirts, hats, silk scarves, cloth bags, leather handbags, pottery, dolls, lamps and traditional carved furniture (special order). The ETC has a large selection of Henry Salt prints.
    • No Name Shops. Also known as the “Green Shops”. This is a series of shops on a street perpendicular to Churchill Road, across the street from the Post Office and across Churchill Road from the Black Lion Hospital. Look for a sign for Wudassie Souvenirs on the corner, start there and work your way down the street. These shops offer a wide variety of items.
    • Other Churchill Road Shops. Churchill Road has lots of shops worth looking at, including: Shumeta Leda (next to the Lion Pharmacy), Pottery Store (across from Shumeta Leda), Rohobot Souvenir Shop (across the street from Hope Enterprises – Eyasu Befekadu, the store manager, speaks excellent English and is very helpful. 0911-212-017), Abyssinian Hand Crafts(across from Rohobot, 011-277-9605), Goodies Shop, Jewelry and Handicrafts (owner, Beniam Assefa Girma, speaks excellent English. If you are looking for something special, let him know, he has lots of treasures tucked away in his store. 011-155-9983) and Abebe Asfar, Riva Souvenir 011-111-3867.
    • African Vibrations. Located on Mickey Leland Street across from the Protection House (Nyala Insurance). Unique traditional gifts and souvenir items. 0911-202-235.
    • Mela. A great little store with great T-shirts, bags, objects, scarves, t-shirts for presents. Close the Elephant Walk restaurant on Bole, on the right hand side. A second shop opened in the Laphto complex. 0911-209-603 or 0911-998-283. Email: melabemela@yahoo.com.
    • Sabahar Handmade Silk. High quality silk scarves, dresses, etc. Often gives tours of their silkworm farm. Located off of Mekanissa road. From Vatican embassy, drive south approximately 2 kilometers. Drive over bridge and take next right just before apartment complex. Go approximately 1 km. Turn right past the Salam’s Nursing Academy. Go 200 meters. Sabahar is on the right. 011-321-5112/3. Mobile: 0911-217-948. http://www.sabahar.com. http://goo.gl/maps/psBY
    • OSSA. Olympia Road. On the left hand side if coming from Denbel. Known for its beautiful quilts and pillows. 011-518-286, 011-520-699. ossa@telecom.net.et.
    • Dreams. Two locations. On Old Airport Rd., 1 block west from Victoria-Telecommunications roundabout. 011-371-0027. Bole Rd – in DH Guda Tower. 0911-885-691. Bed linens and quilts.
    • Trio Craft, PLC. Located off the Debre Zeit Road http://goo.gl/maps/H2BI and next to USAID in Kasanchis http://goo.gl/maps/FMTU. Hand-made carpets (will make carpets to order –just bring a picture), table linen, fabrics, place mats, table runners, pillow covers, etc. 0911-641-949 or 0911-679-359.
    • Cotton House. Two locations: in Friendship City Center (shopping center) near Boston Day Spa/Lime Tree on Bole Road and on Churchill Road (across from French Lycée Gebre Mariam). They offer hand-made cotton items such as place mats, tablecloths, napkins and dresses.
    • Bethlehem Center. From Bole Road heading towards the airport, turn left at the UNHCR sign. At the end of this road take a left. At the traffic circle, take the left spoke. You will see a sign for Bethlehem Center on the right. Open Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:30 – 4:00 PM. They offer hand-woven items – carpets, rugs, cushions, bags, shawls, dolls, stuffed toys, tablecloths, napkins. They also do lovely embroidery on linens, garments, cushions, bags, tablecloths, napkins and towels. A great place to buy items for babies and children. They can also do mending and alterations. 011-618-4197.
    • Sheba’s Daughter. Located on Olympia Road. This store offers traditional hand woven silk pillows, wall hangings, table-runners, woolen shawls and beads. The furniture and souvenirs are overpriced, but the silk pillowcases are worth the visit. They have ready-made styles and you can order pillows. 011-551-2430.
    • A.L.E.R.T. The African Leprosy/TB Education & Research Training (A.L.E.R.T.) Center is located on the Ring Road, next circle south of the Total roundabouthttp://goo.gl/maps/xi75. They offer good quality handmade crochet items, tablecloths, napkins, curtains, potholders and pillowcases, made by people disabled by leprosy. Sometimes they have ready-made carpets for sale. They also accept orders.
    • Misrach. Located near the Entoto Road and the National Museum http://goo.gl/maps/uwyt. If you’re coming from Arat Kilo, head towards Siddist Kilo and turn right when seeing the National museam on your left. Misrach is on the right side. Hand-made bags, sweaters, stuffed toys, puzzles and seasonal cards. Disabled persons make all of the products. Open Monday – Saturday, 8:30 AM-noon and 1:00-4:00 PM. 011-123-4528.
    • The Good Samaritan Training Center. Located in Old Airport and known for the beautiful shawls they make. Call Elizabeth at 011-371-0844.
    • Shemma Design. Carries 100% Ethiopian cotton hand spun and hand-woven, scarves, shawls, traditional gabis, shirts and girls cloths. Can also provide curtain materials. The cotton is dyed with natural dye in the most beautiful colors. Located close to Edna Mall/Medhane Alem Square, on the right side of Bole High School, next to the Bagel bakery. Call Ababa at 0917-803-423, email: anerayo@yahoo.com.
    • Clayworks. Located on Olympia Road near Haile Gebre Selase Rd. Handmade furniture and clay mirrors, lamps, figurines, etc. Definitely one-of-a kind crafts. Can also do special order customized furniture. Call Fidel. 0911-735-915 or email clayworks_ethiopia@yahoo.com.
    • Kechene Women’s Pottery Cooperative. Located off the Gojam Road, this is an independent, indigenous women’s cooperative that has been making traditional, functional and artistic pottery since the early 1990s. Open: Monday- Friday 9:00 AM–6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. They also sell at the NGO Bazaar. 011-112-5861.
    • Hope Ceramics. Glazed (safe for food) and unglazed earthenware. Nicely done work in earth tones. Worth a visit. Open weekdays 2:00-5:00 PM and weekends 9:00 AM-noon. Hope is always at the monthly NGO Bazaar. 011-155-3734.
    • Genuine Leather Craft Shop. Located on Old Asmara Road near Meskel square. This store offers excellent quality leather goods.
    • Lucy Leather. Located across from the International Evangelical Church in Old Airport, Lucy’s has ready to wear items and can make pretty much anything to order. Her generous patrons have donated American catalogues and magazines so she can copy any style. Although more expensive than Genuine Leather, most patrons find her work of higher quality and she has a better selection of leathers and suede.
    • De’Cor Colonial Furniture. Located near the Brass Clinic. Imported Asian furniture, very expensive but worth visiting if only for window shopping. 011-663-2211.
    • St. George’s Interior Design and Art Gallery. Located down the hill from the Sheraton on the same side of the street. High-end furniture and furnishings, art, handicrafts, etc. that bring a modern twist to traditional Ethiopian designs. Like De’Cor above, St. George’s is expensive but absolutely worth visiting.
    • Negist/Home Accents. Handmade interior accessories and clothing. In Old Airport, near UNHCR offices http://goo.gl/maps/6a6V.
    • Salem’s. Located off Tele Bole Road. Turn right at the ‘you go city church’ until you see a green gate with a bright yellow “S” on it. Unique jewelry, woven home accessories and scarves, pottery, etc. Great place for finding gifts. The owner is called Salem Kassahun. Salem organizes also bead parties as per the instructions of the customers. They require a minimum of 5 people to make it worth and charges a gate fee of 50 ETB per person. Coffee tea and water are included in the fee. People can bring their own beads or use beads from here which will be charged . http://www.salemsethiopia.com or call Salem at +251-911-529682 or 0911-645-5619 or 011-655-4036.
    • Iguana. Quality furniture. Located next to the Lime Tree Restaurant in the same building. Owner also runs the Lime Tree and Serenade Restaurants. 011-550-5048 or 0911-144-609.
    • Fire pots and more clay work by Legadadi Traditional clay works. A group of women that live a little bit out of Addis on the Dessie Road produce these pots. Ms Megertu Bekele represents them and you can order by contacting her son Telahoun Tedesse at 0923-787-764.

    The following shops were also selling at our Spring Carnival bazar (April 2012)

    • AB Leather is producing bags, belts, wallets and leather jackets. Currently produces for local distribution, on demand and for selling at her showroom. Tel 251911239485.
    • ‘Made With Love & Care’ from Adriana Nicola Dos Santos. Handmade Design – Claypots and other local crafts with a unique designer touch. Phone: 0911 210060 – Attelier: High Court road on Abhnet area, 3C Compound. http://goo.gl/maps/kzoc
    • Rediet Sisay is the owner of Redi’s collection : clay work & art work. Here shop is around the Axum hotel . Tel 0911035394. Email:artredi@yahoo.com
    • Glass art world ,tel 0911430874 or 0912181493 for engraved glass.
    • LK Beads is great for girly gifts as they have nice bead jewelry that is reasonably priced. They moved from their ring road shop to the road opposite Gabriel Church in Old Airport. It is a few hundred meters from the crossing, in the first of 3 shops in a yellow colored metal building on the left site. 0912-353-828 or 0911-953-472.
    • Creamy Kreamy cupcakes by Elleni Ghenna. 0911-213-060; email: eghenna@yahoo.com. Orders should be placed one dau before; delivery anywhere when a minimum of 24 cupcakes is ordered.
    • Ato Klaus (Klaus Mertens) sells funky stools. See http://www.klaus-mertens.de.
    • Asfaw Metaldesign by Abel Mekonnen. Original metal decoration. 0911114250
    • La Vie en Rose, Rahel Hirui, 911303723, goggle map
    • Redi’s art collection – painted clay works. 0911-035-394
    • t&h designs. Tigist and Halamanot Damtew have original handmade jewelry. 0911-977-486 or 0913-472-639
    • Stephanie Jurgensen sold crocheted items. Nice girls and baby gifts. 0911864955
    • Luca Colombo combines Italian design with Ethiopian production of bamboo items. 0913-949-329. http://www.lucacolombo.design.com

    Jewelers

    Many of the vendors listed above also sell jewelry and beads.

    • Salem’s. See description above.
    • Armenian Jewelry. Located on Adwa Avenue (in the Piazza). Once on Adwa Road, coming from Churchill, look for Bethlehem Jewelry on the right. The Armenian Jewelry store is directly across the street. If you get to the British Council, you have gone too far. Lovely silver jewelry and they will custom design pieces for you. 011-111-2289.
    • Mulu Kidane. Adwa Avenue (opposite the old British Council building in Piazza). They offer silver and gold, and also do repairs.
    • Narbadian. Adwa Avenue, Piazza. They offer special orders for specialty items in silver and gold.
    • Occhi Bellis. Good silver and gold. They can copy almost anything from a drawing or photograph. Located off of the Piazza on the way to the Mercato as well as in Dembel City Center. 011-155-1660.
    • The Piazza contains many jewelry shops and is a good place for comparison-shopping. Most are located on Adwa Road. Lalibella Jewellery on Adwa Ave 189-1 is recommended for gold. 0911-601-508, 0911-654-023, 0911-204-369. Also has a shop at the Hilton Hotel.
    • Dawe Emede, Rohobot, and Goodies, all listed in the Gift Shop section, have a good selection of “old and “new” jewelry and beads.

     

    Art Galleries

    • Abesha Art Studio. Across from the Ras Amba Hotel. 011-112-1137.
    • Addis Art Studio. Across from the Ras Amba Hotel. 0911-619-416 or 0911-246-710.
    • Chilota Gallery. At the Hilton Hotel, offers framing services. 011-517-2443.
    • Saron Studio. Near Dembel City Center. 011-551-4829.
    • Makush Art Gallery. Located on Bole Road in the Mega Building. Displays the artwork of 30 local artists. Restaurant and frame workshop also on site. Be sure to make your framing instructions very clear. 011-552-6848/55.
    • Abyssinian Art Gallery. Located in the Addis Ababa Museum off Meskel Square. Owner Tsegehanna Desta. 011-321-3059 or 011-661-3314
    • Contemporary Art Gallery called Talisman Gallery, the owner is Massimo and can be reached at +251911507969.He hosts/features other contemporary artists regularly. It’s located behind Laphto in Old Airport, ground floor of Salvatore DeVita building.
    • St. George’s Interior Design & Art Gallery. For artwork, handicrafts, and furniture. Located next to the Sheraton Hotel and the Mosque. Email: stgeorgegallery@yahoo.com.
    • Artistic Glass Center. Located in the Hilton Hotel. Nice stained glass pieces. 011-551-8400 ext. 632.
    • Asni Gallery has moved her new location is: Queen Elisabeth Road – Coming from Arat Kilo before Ras Amba Hotel.Tel. 0111233244 / 0911206697 / 0910524743 Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am. – 7:00 pm.
    • Bazart Pan African Gallery. From Bole Road on the way to the airport, take a right at the sign for the UNHCR Director’s House. Take the second left onto a dirt road. The Pan African will be on the left.

    011-618-6333. The African Queen restaurant is located at the gallery and serves lunch and dinner.

    • Goshu Art Gallery. Located on the EU Road just past the Atlas Hotel. Goshu’s paintings can be seen in restaurants and hotels around Addis. 011-661-4747/0397 or 0911-553-294.
    • Universal Gallery of Arts and Exotic Garden. Located by the Ureal Bridge. Sunday Brunch is also served. 011-618 -5557 or 0911-215-489.
    • Tibeb Ethiopia. Across from the Ras Ambas Hotel. 011-515-0923.
    • Zion Art Center. On Bole Road near Bole Printing Press. 0911-212-620.
    • Zoma Contemporary Art Center. 011-372-6099.
    • Janet Studio, East African Art. From Meskel Square, head toward the airport. Turn left at the firstlight. Janet is located on the right before you get to USAID. 0911-225-003.
    • LeLa Art Gallery. Contemporary fine arts space. Tuesday to Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM. Located off Ring Road in Old Airport, near Swedish Clinic and Ghana Embassy. lelagallery@gmail.com. lelagallery@gmail.com, 011-653-5506 / 011-371-2852 / 0911-300-756
    • Art at Serenade: Art Gallery, open Tuesday through Sunday at Serenade Art House. Serenade is also open for lunch and dinner; call 0911-200-072 for information and reservations.

    Flowers/Floral Shops/Greenhouses

    • Hilton Flower Shop. At the Hilton Hotel. Expensive but great quality. 011-551-8400 x753.
    • Floral Images. At the Sheraton Hotel. 011-517-3699. Open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
    • Rainbow Flowers. Three locations: one on Bole Road past the Flamingo Intersection, one in OldAirport across from Samet Restaurant. 0911-201-403 or 011-371-8839, and one in the Adams Pavilion at Pushkin.
    • Selam Children’s Village. A great source for potted plants, seedlings and potting soil as well as fresh breads, vegetables, cheese, milk and soy products. Also serves a great lunch (M-F) prepared and served by young women being trained for domestic work. ETB 45 for a 4 course meal. Portions are small but adequate. Drinks cost extra. From Meskel Square, take Asmara Rd (also called Haile Gebre Selassie), past Bambi and continue all the way to Ring Road Circle. Continue to go straight pass the circle and pass ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute). Pass the Ethiopian Management Institute on the left and the church on the right. Take a left and follow directions on a (very faint) blue sign for Selam. Open weekdays and until noon on Saturday and Sunday. 011-646-2956. http://www.selam_eth.org.et.
    • Flora. Near Peacock Park, one of the original nurseries established by the Sebhatu family. This is an inspiration to visit as well as a good place to find larger plants. 011-515-6453.
    • Street Garden Nursery. Gardener’s cooperative located behind the Nigerian Embassy. You can buy wide selections of flowering seedlings.
    • Abyssinia Flower Center. At Olympia traffic intersection. Potted plants, seedlings, cut wildflowers and bouquets. 011-551-9868.
    • California Flowers. On Bole Road past Flamingo intersection. Potted plants, seedlings, cut wildflowers and bouquets. 011-550-3062.
    • Enat Flower. On Bole Road next to Nevin Building. Potted plants, seedlings, cut wildflowers and bouquets. 0911-209-980.
    • Ethio-Flower & Craft Shop. Located on Churchill Road. Cut flowers, indoor and outdoor potted plants, wild flowers, seedlings and bouquets. Also, hand-made carvings, paintings, pottery, souvenirs, artifacts and silver jewelry. 011-111-0720.
    • Hahu. Nursery for plants located on the little street between Chocolate Café and the tailor on Victoria road in Old Airport, first gate on the right. Look for ‘plants’ sign. Very good for potted plants.
    • Tseday Plant Nursery is hidden in the Indonesian furniture shop opposite the Ethiopian Airways office on Telebole near the airport. Nice place with good collection of plants and herbs. Mebrat G/Egzabehar 091-169-2001 or 011-663-2211.

    Books and Music

    • Book World. Multiple locations, including in Friendship City Center shopping mall and the Lime Tree and another off Churchill Road (go to the last traffic light towards the top of Churchill and turn left). Sells many of the same books that are available in the Hilton, Sheraton and Lime Tree book stores.011-155-9010/3
    • Libreria Italiana. In the Piazza next to Enrico Pastry. 011-111-1372.
    • Mega Book Store. At Meskel Square. 011-551-0472.
    • Books for All. In Edna Mall. Big shop with mostly dated academic literature.
    • Music – Zubeir Audio Video – Opposite Bole printing press in the neighborhood next to Elephant Walk Café. Wide selection of music. Speaks English. 0911-224-360 or 0911-243-215. Email aozrecords@yahoo.com.

    People have good experiences with ordering books via Amazon.com and having them delivered in Ethiopia. They have them delivered to diplomatic as well as ordinary post boxes.

    Stationary & Art supply Shops

    • The ICS has a stationary shop that also sells typical American stationary (e.g., binders) needed at school. For the ICS community.
    • Churchill Stationary. Opposite the French Lycee http://goo.gl/maps/kXaE. 011-573-178 or 0911-609-422. Bigger than the usual stationary shops.
    • Stationary shop in Adam’s Pavilion. Good collection of stationary, cards and small gifts.
    • Wube art store in Dembel City Center does framing and runs an art gallery. It sells different types of brushes, different kinds of paints (oiI, acrylic, water coIar), knives, canvasses, chareoil, palates, easels, pastels and sketch pencils.
    • Home depot on Victoria Road in Old Airport does not have a great variety of stationary and art supplies but is still worth visiting while collecting your creative and administrative necessities.

    This page was last modified on 28 September 2012

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