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Ethiopia's capital is truly a gateway to another world. As Africa's fourth largest city and its diplomatic capital, Addis is sprawling and busy, no doubt about it. But it's also one of the best places to visit if you truly want to undersand Ethiopia, as well as sample its incredible food and explore its fascinating museums.
Start with the well-regarded Ethnological Museum, set within the grounds of Haile Selassie's former palace and surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains, which displays Ethiopia's entire cultural and social history. Also worth a visit is the sub-Saharan Africa display at the National Museum as well as the fascinating palaeontological exhibition in the basement, the home of world-famous Lucy.