Good and bad neighborhoods of Addis Abeba

Here are some opinions of different part Addis Abeba by people that are born and raised in the capital.

Tsehai writes.

”Let me begin by stating the most important point that needs to be made about Addis Ababa and for that matter Ethiopia at large. Addis has to be the safest city in the world of its size. If you exercise basic commonsense, the worst that you could possibly face is a case of pick pockets if you do not pay attention of your surroundings as you travel on crowded buses and trams or while hunting for souvenirs at the mercato.

But if by nice you mean upscale, you must first lower your expectations and think of nice in the context of Addis. And then, you limit yourself to one road which assumes many names as it goes from the airport to the main square (Meskel Square) and from there proceeds to Mexico Square turning left there and proceeding to Lafto center. Don’t venture more than a block or two either side of that road and you will have covered three-quarters of nice Addis.”

k of nice in the context of Addis. And then, you limit yourself to one road which assumes many names as it goes from the airport to the main square (Meskel Square) and from there proceeds to Mexico Square turning left there and proceeding to Lafto center. Don’t venture more than a block or two either side of that road and you will have covered three-quarters of nice Addis.”

Ahmed from Mercato Area writes:

I would say Bole, Piassa Haya-Hulet (22), are the more savy part of Addis. Then there are neighborhoods like CMC, Ayat, Gerji, Lebu, these are quiet residential neighborhoods. Merkato is the commercial center, but be careful of petty thieves that might target tourists. As bad neighborhoods, I would say Meshualekya and Menaharya. I hope this was helpful.

Anteneh from Hayat Area writes:

Good neighborhoods in addis are the places with wealthy people like every where, these are

  • Bole (The most advanced place in Ethiopia in terms of every thing)
  • Ayat(Quiet residential site)
  • Sar bet and Bisrate Gabreal
  • Bethel
  • CMC

The bad neighborhoods are a lot, they are not that tourist friendly , not meaning that they will stab you or something worse but your stuffs might get stolen.

  • The whole places included in “Addis ketema Sub city” are not quiet and since peoples with low income live around this sector the guest houses and hotels are not tourist standard.

Yared from Bella writes:

Assuming by Good the asker means “safe” and bad he/she means “unsafe” my answer will be the following:

Most of Addis Ababa is safe, I will answer the areas where you should be cautioned, i.e., the bad ones.

  1. Merkato (the biggest market of Africa) is very busy and structured like a maze. Most parts are not clean as well.
  2. Megenagna, which is a business hub and also an intersection area of about 7 different roads is very busy & convenient for pickpockets,
  3. Cherkos is generally regarded as a ghetto as well.

While city centers are ok, it’s generally advised that you’re accompanied by a local if you plan to go to the outskirts of the city and/or wander at night.

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