Things to do in Addis Ababa
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 you choose to walk
the city and navigate your way to the main museums and buildings
yourself. It is probably a good idea to hire a taxi driver for a
daily fee and have him drive you around.
You are likely to be offered seats at an alleged ''cultural show''
which takes place at a backstreet restaurant or venue. Refuse these
offers - they are the opening bid in a classic scam that ends with
a thorough fleecing of their tourist victims. If you do wish to see
traditional dancing and music simply dine at any decent and
reputable restaurant where such attractions are provided free.
As for Addis Ababa''s mainstream attractions, don''t miss paying
Lucy a visit at the National Museum, doing a bit of shopping at the
Merkato - largest market in Africa, and seeing the wonderful
cultural artefacts in the Ethnological Museum and relics of the
early city in the Addis Ababa Museum. Its also worth keeping your
eyes open for the numerous concrete Soviet statues and buildings
that dot the city. The most overrated attraction in town is the Zoo
- avoid it unless drawn to macabre sights.
There is a good tourist information booth off Meskel Square if
you need some impartial advice or want a reliable tour guide.