Addis Ababa Restaurant Review: Itegue Taitu Hotel’s Vegan Lunch Buffet

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

When I was doing my research for vegan restaurants in Addis Ababa before my trip I found two: a café called Green Arts Coffee and the vegan lunch buffet at the Itegue Taitu Hotel.  Early on in the trip, I made an unsuccessful attempt to get to Green Arts Coffee. Either it wasn’t open, had shut down or I just couldn’t find it (there are no street addresses in Addis, everything is relational).  Happily, however, I did manage to drag my colleagues to the Itegue Taitu Hotel’s vegan lunch buffet one day when there was a long gap in the meetings we were attending. I’m so glad we made the effort!

The Itegue Taitu Hotel is located in a part of town called the Piazza, which is where Ethiopia’s short-lived Italian colonizers set up home. In a pretty, hilly part of Addis, the piazza is full of colorful town houses in various stages of disrepair and bustling shops.  As we were driven up to the hotel there was a big banner advertising their daily vegan lunch buffet! And yes, they do use the word vegan.

My colleagues Lena and Paul at the Itegue Taitu Hotel

My colleagues Lena and Paul at the Itegue Taitu Hotel

The hotel itself is charming, with dark wood, candelabras, and Ethiopian (and other, some quite bizarre) art gracing the walls.  Out the back they have a little garden area, which is not much to look at, but is where they grow at least some of the fresh produce they serve daily.  They also have a little gift shop packed with reasonably-priced paintings and traditional art, scarves and jewelry. 

Doesn't this look amazing?

Doesn’t this look great?

And the buffet, it was amazing! There were a ton of salads, some pasta dishes, and an excellent selection of traditional Ethiopian dishes. I wanted to try everything, but there was just too much to choose from.

Injera

Injera

Wots

Wots

Salads

Salads

I overloaded my plate with injera, four different chickpea and lentil wots, spinach, cabbage, and potatoes.  I can say without any hesitation that this was the best Ethiopian food I had during my stay.

My delicious lunch!

My delicious lunch!

After devouring all that, I sadly didn’t have room to try anything else, but a few slices of watermelon. 

I would have happily had lunch there every day, and dinner too if it was open. But alas, it was the one-lunch highlight of my trip. This is the type of lunch that vegan dreams are made of.  If you’re in Addis, you must go.

Location: Dej. Jote St, Piazza, Addis Ababa
Hours: 11am – 2pm 

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