Axum Food Guide: 9 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Axum

February 24, 2018 Carley Gatson

Axum or Aksum (Tigrinya: ኣኽሱም Ak̠ʷsəm, Amharic: አክሱም Ak̠sum) is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. The town has a population of 56,500 residents (2010) and is governed as an urban wäräda.
Things to do in Axum

1. Africa Hotel

Axum, Ethiopia Seating Ethiopian Breakfast
Excellent
26%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
49%
Poor
13%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 15 reviews

Africa Hotel

Reviewed By peartree69 - Dublin, Ireland

'Fasting Food' has no meat and is usually available on Wednesdays and Fridays...the Orthodox Christian fast days. It is on most menus in tourist restaurants. Basically, it is several 'wats' or vegetable sauces served on injera. Lentils feature prominently. The dish is known as 'atkilt bayinetu'. You must try it...not unlike an Indian thali.
I had my first at the Africa Hotel. It was good. But I had better subsequently. Service was friendly and attentive.

2. Remhai Hotel

Axum, Ethiopia
Excellent
11%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
22%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 9 reviews

Remhai Hotel

Reviewed By TWP64 - London, United Kingdom

We went to the Remhai for dinner on our first night. It was dreadful. There were only two other tables occupied in the large dining room and despite the fact there were more staff than diners, it took forever to be served. While waiting for our meal we overheard another couple sending back their meal saying the meat was so overcooked it was impossible to cut. Unfortunately, I had opted for veal and it was almost inedible. My friends had pasta and it was equally unappealing - overcooked with a tomato sauce and littled overcooked meatballs. The nex day we started talking with some people who were staying at the Remhai. They reported a similar experience at the restaurant.

3. Yeha Hotel

Axum, Ethiopia Seating, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff African, Ethiopian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
10%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
10%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 28 reviews

Yeha Hotel

Reviewed By Busybeejay - Brisbane

My pasta dish was nice that we had at the restaurant. We decided to share a bottle of Kamilla wine as the South African wine we wanted was out of stock. It was off, so obviously choose the beer and not the Ethiopian wine if sold out.
The dip and bread was nice that was served as a starter. The service was good. Not up to the standard at the Goha but it was a nice Terrace and not too badly priced. Another person ordered a continental meat dish and they enjoyed that as well.

4. AB Cultural Restaurant

Ezana Road, Axum, Ethiopia Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol African, Ethiopian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
9%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 32 reviews

AB Cultural Restaurant

Reviewed By Aletch159

I had a LOT of the vego fasting plates whilst in Ethiopia and this was easily one of the best! Lots of variety on the platter and a great mix of spicy and mild! Def recommend!

5. AB Restaurant

Main street, Axum, Ethiopia Ethiopian, African
Excellent
16%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
25%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 12 reviews

AB Restaurant

Reviewed By Tezajovy - Santiago, Chile

Our experience at AB was excellent. While pricier than some of the other places on the main drag, this was the only place that inspired us to actually enter and order. Traditional setting, traditional food, nothing fancy, but a very welcome respite after some terrible meals elsewhere (avoid the restaurant at the Consolar Hotel at all costs!)

6. Aksum Classical Restaurant

Main Axum Street, Axum, Ethiopia African, Ethiopian +251 91 474 3666
Excellent
50%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
50%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 2 reviews

Aksum Classical Restaurant

Reviewed By lebassi42 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

I came across with Aksum Classical Restaurant while walking on the quiet main street of Axum wondering where to have dinner. It serves diversified menu with reasonable price. I have enjoyed my dinner looking the main street from the open balcony of the Restaurant.

7. Lucy Traditional Restaurant

Axum, Ethiopia
Excellent
34%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
22%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 9 reviews

Lucy Traditional Restaurant

Reviewed By NilsOMoelleby

Local traditional restaurant with very good tibs and fasting firfir. The setting is traditional and the restaurant show its appreciation for the former prime minister with art picturing him and some of the high clerics of the ethiopian orthodox church. The small enterance is a little hard to find, but inside there is a lot of room!

8. Lucy Cultural Restaurant

Axum, Ethiopia
Excellent
37%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Lucy Cultural Restaurant

Reviewed By Ngawa7 - Nairobi, Kenya

Most traditional Ethiopian restaurants in Axum offer pretty much the same selection of dishes. If you wish to try a vegetarian option try the "fasting food" (chickpeas, spinach and other vegetables on njeera). Otherwise, there are plenty of goat/lamb options.

9. Kuda Juice & Pizzeria

Main way to Ezana Park, Axum, Ethiopia Pizza +251 91 111 7746
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Kuda Juice & Pizzeria

Reviewed By Jussiah - Helsinki

I spend a week in Axum and ended up eating here almost everyday. If you have had enough of shire and injera, i would highly recommend this place as they make fantastic burgers! Even the veggie burger was really good!! Also, the omelet+juice combo was the perfect breakfast for me every morning. If you find restaurant with better food and nicer surroundings, please let me know.. :)

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