Dubai Fever

When I see cityscapes with the silhouettes of skyscrapers, I often wonder: how do these massive buildings make you feel in a city? Urban? Contemporary? Modern? Proud? Chic? Rich? Poor? Small? Addis downtown area and some other parts of the city are growing fast into the skies creating striking contrasts with older buildings that are […]

Addis is not decaf

The one thing hard to live without is the gift that Ethiopia gave to the world: good coffee. In Addis and throughout the country you can sip freshly roasted and brewed coffee just about anywhere, any time of the day. From temporary coffee tents to old Italian espresso machines to local coffee chains and trademarks […]

Capture Addis

Capture Addis is a photo festival showcasing and celebrating Addis Ababa through photography. The first edition of this festival was organized in October 2019 by Lela Qellem Plc and hosted by the City of Addis. The photos in the exhibition were selected from a pool of over 1000 photos across three different photo competitions held […]

Vernacular Addis

If you need a break from the buzz from Addis and its high rising buildings and construction sites, go to Zoma Museum in Mekanisa. It’s a very relaxing haven of interesting vernacular and ecological architecture, a garden and a restaurant all in one package. When I visited the place there were a lot of men […]

Addis is wide awake

There is an amazing construction boom shaping the silhouette of the city scape in Addis Ababa to new heights. Steel and glass are now competing with all things old and organic. But some things never change: neighbourhoods such as Piassa, Arat Kilo, Siddist Kilo and Mercato still charm me more than any other area with […]