Where to Eat in Awasa: The Best Restaurants and Bars

March 6, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

Hawassa (Amharic: አዋሳ, also spelled Awassa or Hawassa) is a city in Ethiopia, on the shores of Lake Awasa in the Great Rift Valley. It is located 273 km south of Addis Ababa via Bishoftu, 130 km east of Sodo, and 75 km north of Dilla. The town serves as the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, and is a special zone of this region. It lies on the Trans-African Highway 4 Cairo-Cape Town, and has a latitude and longitude of 7°3′N 38°28′E / 7.050°N 38.467°E / 7.050; 38.467Coordinates: 7°3′N 38°28′E / 7.050°N 38.467°E / 7.050; 38.467 and an elevation of 1708 meters above sea level.

1. Dolce Vita

No Names, Awasa, Ethiopia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, European Lunch, Dinner +251 91 143 3661
Excellent
21%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Dolce Vita

Reviewed By Ollerbarrow - Altrincham, United Kingdom

We were taken to this Italian/Ethiopean restaurant by some guests who clearly enjoyed its pretence at Italian cuisine. We did have some difficulty locating it as it had moved its location, but the Tuk-Tuk drivers knew were it was! It wasn’t what we were expecting from an Italian restaurant, as it offered many different cuisines; these did, however, include pizza, which our guests were very happy about. It was very cheap at around £6/head including drinks.

2. Fikir Coffee

Awassa, Awasa, Ethiopia African, Ethiopian
Excellent
45%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Fikir Coffee

Reviewed By Tanja S - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We had excellent coffee in Fikir Coffee which is a local Ethiopian Restaurant/cafe in Awassa. Coffee is served in little clay pots. In our case, just right portion for the 3 of us! There are also bigger and smaller coffee pots, depending on number of clients drinking coffee together. The little incense burner on our table enhanced the lovely aroma of freshly grounded coffee which was poured in front of us! The restaurant is lovely decorated, with local utensils and fabrics. Super coffee, personal service, nice setting. What more do you want? Go and enjoy! Warmly recommended.

3. Hi Life

Ground Floor, Lake View Hotel, Awasa, Ethiopia
Excellent
18%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Hi Life

Reviewed By Richard C - Cornwall

We did not stay at the hotel - which seemed very good - but we ate a number of times at Hi Life.
The restaurant is a stones throw from the lake side and is an ideal spot for an evening or lunch time drink and meal. It is excellent value for money, the food is generous and whilst you may not all be served at the same time the overall service is delightful.
Go for a stroll alongside the lake, take a boat trip and then relax in the restaurant afterwards. Its lovely.

4. Lewi Cafe

Main Road 74 | Hawassa, Awasa, Ethiopia American, African, European, Ethiopian
Excellent
0%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
40%
Terrible
20%
Overall Ratings

2.5 based on 5 reviews

Lewi Cafe

Reviewed By MarcusHolmgren - Kampala, Uganda

Lewi seems to own half the hotel and cafe business of Awasa...
Quite up and down in terms of what they have and the quality...
Service is ok and location is good.
To be on the safe side, go for the Ethiopian dishes if that strikes your fancy. Otherwise, pizzas are ok as well.

5. Venezia Italian Restaurant

Area, Hayik Dar Sub City: Hawassa 05 | Infront of Oasis International Hotel, Awasa 1939, Ethiopia Italian, African, Southwestern, European, Central European, South American, Ethiopian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$785 +251 94 650 9290
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Venezia Italian Restaurant

Italian restaurant in Hawassa: Ethiopia we serve Western and Ethiopian Dishes. We are located in the most renowned recreation area in Hawassa where you can enjoy Lake Hawassa and the nearby places and come to us to have great Italian Dishes with Imported from Italy ingredients. Our meals are prepared by Ethiopian and Italian owners.

Reviewed By Ollerbarrow - Altrincham, United Kingdom

Surprisingly, there is an Italian restaurant on the road to the Hawassa Fish Market, just over from the Oasis International Hotel, with an owner who certainly some European heritage. The restaurant is very clean and the food is very good, albeit somewhat more expensive than many surrounding venues. If you want a pretty authentic Italian meal then you can expect one here. Around £20 a head with a bottle of wine between 3, and water.

6. Terres des Saveurs

Haiq Dar, Awasa, Ethiopia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi French, African, Ethiopian HK$71 - HK$141 +251 91 139 1615
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Terres des Saveurs

éthio-french restaurant in Hawasa offering a varied and quality cuisine. having a beautiful Terrace facing Lake Hawasa, you can enjoy the real buna ethiopian coffee, fresh organic fruit juices, traditional ethiopian dishes and French dishes and desserts. our bread is made on site and there are very good croissants. friendly restaurant. open for breakfast too until midnight and more. You can also enjoy with differents types of cocktails.

Reviewed By Filipe_Amarante - Bilene, Mozambique

I come here often for the chicken Shwarma and to enjoy a coffee and relax. The food in general is acceptable for the level of service found in Awassa (meaning keep your expectations low). I give it 4/5 stars due to the location!

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