The capital of Ethiopia (and some say of Africa), this urban, cosmopolitan city is emerging as the heart of evolving Africa. Economic, social, and political activity is concentrated here with many notable organizations choosing it as home base (e.g., Organization of African Unity [OAU], United Nation Economic Commission for Africa [UNECA], etc.). In fact, Addis Ababa—after Brussels and New York—has the highest concentration of embassies and consulates in the world. This is quite an achievement for an African city and lends credence to its premier status on the continent.
Churches, mosques, and museums reflect the cultural, historical, and ethnographic diversity of the city and the country as a whole. Limitless diversions and entertainments are available, as well as luxury hotels, high cuisine restaurants serving the unique foods of Ethiopia and the world, and adventure travel opportunities. Addis has the largest open marketplace in all of Africa where every imaginable item is bargained for and sold. Addis is the hub for all other Ethiopian destinations, but it has attractions that could occupy a visitor for months.