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Traditional Addis Ababa Food

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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Addis Ababa is complete without tasting the traditional Addis Ababa food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Addis Ababa to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.




Main courses


Fast food

  • Kitfo Sandwich: kitfo, cottage cheese, herbal butter, caramom and mitmita.
  • Samusa: fried stuffed pastry.

Street food

  • Croissants: crescent roll.
  • Falafel: patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans.
  • Pide: a round pocket bread.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Coffee: a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds.
  • Ethiopian Punch: raspberry syrup, maraschino-cherry juice, orange juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice.
  • Telba: creamy refreshing beverage made from flax seed and honey.

Drinks (Alcoholic)


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