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Insider Advice & Travel Tips from Locals in Ethiopia

You’ll find better hotels in the north of Addis Ababa than elsewhere in the city or country.

Always ask before taking photos of people in Ethiopia, even at festivals. Photography is banned at airports, government and military buildings, and commercial photographers must have a permit from the Ministry of Information.

Coffee plays an important role in Ethiopia, and various ethnic groups have their own coffee-drinking and preparation rituals and ceremonies.

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Gently shake hands with direct eye contact, starting with the eldest person. Allow women to extend their hand first.

Avoid refusing food or coffee at someone's home. Leave a bit on your plate to show you're full.

Remove your shoes when entering someone's home.