Everyday Life Walking Tour in Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is a busy city with millions of inhabitants. You can learn about the everyday life of local people by visiting some of the places that are popular among them, for example, parks, where there are parents with kids and young romantic couples, and shops, cafes and churches, as Ethiopians are very a religious nation. There are many churches in this city. Take this self-guided tour to experience the everyday life of local Ethiopians.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Everyday Life Walking Tour in Addis Ababa Map

Guide Name: Everyday Life Walking Tour in Addis Ababa
Guide Location: Ethiopia » Addis Ababa (See other walking tours in Addis Ababa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: vickyc
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Peacock Park

1) Peacock Park

Peacock Park's official name is Central Park. It is set near the Bole sub city, that is the modern and residential part of Addis Ababa. People like going to this park for a walk and to relax, as there are some relaxing facilities there. You can see their local wedding ceremonies as the park is very popular for this. There are also some interesting indigenous plants.
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Bahai Center

2) Bahai Center

Bahai Center is a religious center in Addis Ababa. There are several groups of Bahá'ís in Ethiopia. In 2009 Bahá'ís celebrated their diamond jubilee. This religion appeared in Addis Ababa in the early 20th century. It came from the USA to African continent and first appeared in Egypt and later in Ethiopia. `Abdu'l-Bahá's wrote a 'Divine Plan' and here in Addis Ababa you can see local followers of this religion and the way they worship. Many young people of Africa and in Addis Ababa are the followers of this religion.
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Friendship Mall

3) Friendship Mall

Friendship Mall is a new mall in Addis Ababa. There is a supermarket and different entertainments at the mall. There are always many locals doing their shopping there. They come to the supermarket to buy daily things, food and drinks. There are places where locals sit, talk and have coffee.
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Millenium Exhibition Hall

4) Millenium Exhibition Hall

Millenium Exhibition Hall is a modern, new and large building. Different exhibitions are organized there. Local people like attending these exhibitions. You will see the upper and middle class of Addis Ababa. People come here to watch the famous Football Cups, as Africans are some of the best football players.
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Medhane Alem Cathedral

5) Medhane Alem Cathedral

Medhane Alem Cathedral is another place to observe the life of local people in Addis Ababa as Ethiopians are very religious and mainly a Christian nation. This church serves people from Bole sub city. The cathedral itself is a fascinating site, really very beautiful with its splendid domes and the white and yellow church building. Its name is translated as the Cathedral of the Saviour of the World. It is a recently built and the largest Orthodox church in all of Africa.

Walking Tours in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Create Your Own Walk in Addis Ababa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Addis Ababa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour

North of Addis Ababa Walking Tour

Some remarkable landmarks of Addis Ababa can be found in the north part of the city. There are monuments, beautiful buildings and the zoo where you can see lions walking. This self-guided tour will lead you through these attractions in the north of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Shopping Areas and Shops Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Shopping Areas and Shops Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa offers a great shopping experience with its shopping districts and streets. Tourists will find Ethiopian crafts, jewelery, clothes, fresh exotic fruits and vegetables. The main shopping districts in Addis Ababa are Piazza and around Cherchil Avenue. Take this self-guided tour to experience really exciting shopping in Ethiopia.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Religious Sights Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Religious Sights Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia is mainly a Christian country. However, there are many other religions of the world there as the country has many ethnic groups. Addis Ababa boasts very beautiful and old, Christian cathedrals and churches. There are also Catholic churches and mosques in the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the great religious sights of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is the country’s commercial and cultural hub, hosting a number of historic landmarks: monuments, squares, palaces and more. Among them the ones dedicated to the local Emperor Menelek and those commemorating the country's last, 20th-century emperor Haile Selassie. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the top attractions of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Foot of Entoto Mountain Walking Tour

Foot of Entoto Mountain Walking Tour

There are several tourist attractions at the very foot of Entoto Mountain and along Entoto Road that lead to the top of the mountain. Attractions at the foot of Entoto Mountain include markets that sell specific Ethiopian goods, like crafts and clothes, churches, a park and a cemetery. Take this self-guided tour to explore the fascinating views offered in this region of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Museums Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Museums Walking Tour in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is home to many interesting and various museums. Of special interest are the collections of the National Museum. Other museums display collections that take you through the history of Africa and Ethiopia, its people and its art. This self-guided tour will lead you through the diverse museums of Addis Ababa.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Addis Ababa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Addis Ababa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Addis Ababa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.