The Eritrean capital of Asmara is a vibrant mix of Italian and African architecture and culture. Founded in the twelfth century by a union of villages trying to protect themselves from bandits, Asmara has grown to become a bustling city of over half a million people.

17 things to do

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Asmara Palace Hotel

Formally the Intercontinental Hotel, out by the airport. The odd spaceship-looking hotel probably has the comfiest beds. But quite far from the city centre and with a heafty price.

SLEEP   —  Map

The Spaghetti and Pizza House

a great choice of pizza and pasta dishes as well as its signature Chilli red snapper.

EAT   —  Harnet Avenue

The Green Pub

disco's on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

DRINK   —  at Asmara Palace Hotel

Mask Restaurant

Hamburgers using quality organic beef or lamb.

EAT   —  Map


Out of the way and a little seedy.

DRINK   —  Map

Zara Bar

popular haunt with expats.


popular with UN staff.

DRINK   —  Map

Casa Degli Italiani

outdoor setting

EAT   —  Map

Rooftop Garden

EAT   —  Map


DRINK   —  Downtown


DRINK   —  Expo Grounds

Source: wikivoyage