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5 Romantic Places in Addis Ababa Beyond the Ordinary

romantic places in Addis Ababa
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a charming view. Fortunately, there are many romantic places in Addis Ababa that will leave you and your partner in awe. The capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is romantic, tranquil and intimate, and those who have been there to celebrate love know that it’s not only sweet Paris or gentle Florence that deserves to be considered an ideal destination for lovers.

There’s no better way to celebrate your love in Africa than exploring the bustling city of Addis Ababa. So whether you have a big anniversary coming up or just want to show your partner how special they are, here are five romantic places in Addis Ababa beyond the ordinary:

1. Unity Park 

Starting our list of romantic places in Addis Ababa is Unity Park. Opened in 2019, Unity Park has a lot to be explored, from historical sites to natural and cultural sites. There are cafes and restaurants where you can refuel during the day as you check out the various attractions, which include the endemic black mane lion.

romantic places in Addis Ababa

Entoto Park. Photo/ Worqamba Ethiopia Tour & Travel.

Unity Park is located within the National Grand Palace, which was established in 1887 and covers an area of 40 hectares. Within the palace are a myriad of buildings and plants that have been maintained since the days of Emperor Menelik II.

2. St. George’s Cathedral 

In a country filled with so many religious sites, St. George’s Cathedral has been known to attract couples due to the fascinating beauty of its architecture and the rich history it boasts. This is where you’ll get to learn about Orthodox religion and way of life.

Romantic places in Addis Ababa

St. Georges Cathedral is one of the romantic places in Addis Ababa to explore. Photo/ GPSmyCity.

You will also get the opportunity to see where Empress Zewditu and emperor Haile Selassie were crowned and learn about how this church is linked to the Battle of  Adwa, which is a very crucial battle in Ethiopia’s history.

3. Red Terror Martyrs’ Memorial Museum 

If you and your partner enjoy history then Red Terror Martyrs’ Memorial Museum should be on your bucket list. Established as a memorial to the victims of Red Terror, this museum is one of the places to explore in Addis Ababa if you want to learn about the fall of Emperor Haile Selassie and the horrors of life under Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Derg regime.

The museum, which was created by a surviving Mother who lost her sons during the Red Terror is funded by donations only. Entry is free and you will find excellent English-speaking guides who are ready to help in case you need assistance.

Romantic places in Addis Ababa

Red Terror Martyrs’ Memorial Museum. Photo/ Wikimedia Commons.

On the walls are photos and names of some of the estimated half a million people killed during Mengistu’s reign of terror. There are display cabinets filled with human belongings dug out of mass graves and you’ll also see some skulls and other bones belonging to real people. In one of the display cases is a watch which was given to a woman by her husband when he was led away by soldiers of the Derg.

4. Mercato Market 

Mercato is worth seeing and the feeling is even better when you’re doing the exploration with your partner. The market is super busy and is considered Africa’s largest market for a reason – you can find nearly everything here. Going to this market just to browse and see what you can see is one of the best things couples can do in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

5. Entoto Park

Considering Entoto Park has been selected as one of the top destinations in the world, it’s no surprise that it ranks among romantic places in Addis Ababa. This adventure park is the first of its kind in Ethiopia and offers stunning views of the canyon and forests below. Entoto Park is perfect for nature lovers and there are plenty of activities to enjoy here, from hiking to ropes courses to zip lining.

Entoto Park

Entoto Park. Photo/ selamta.

Where Can I Go on a First Date in Addis Ababa?

  • Debre Libanos Ethiopian Orthodox Monastery
  • Bola Medhane Alem Cathedral and Gardens
  • Ethiopian National Museum
  • Entoto Observatory and Research Center

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Whether you live in Ethiopia or just planning to visit, Tinder got you covered if you want to find a date. You can use the app to find someone who shares the same interests as you and have a great time together at a local bar or at a coffee spot of your choice.

How Do I Spend a Day in Addis Ababa?

There are plenty of things to do in Addis Ababa. Below are some of the places you can explore during your trip:

  • Mercato Market
  • National Museum of Ethiopia
  • Mount Entoto
  • Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
  • Menagesha Suba Forest Park
  • Ethnological Museum
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Adadi Maryam
  • Unity Park

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About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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