Ben Abeba Restaurant

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Home of Nature


Ben Abeba is a new restaurant in Lalibela, Ethiopia, offering traditional Ethiopian food as well as western style food in comfortable surroundings with spectacular views from a choice of dining areas.

Lalibela is a tourist destination that is growing in popularity as word of the wonderful ancient rock-carved churches spreads.

Susan Aitchison, after a long career teaching Home Economics and catering at school and college level in Scotland, has gone into partnership with Lalibelian local Habtamu Baye to create a very special new restaurant on a hill-top overlooking Lalibela.

The fresh food is sourced from local farmers and supplies a much needed income to the local economy.

Susan has been teaching the staff western style cooking and kitchen hygiene and the three dining areas will offer both Ethiopian and western dishes.

Habtamu brings his skills as a local guide and taxi company owner and can arrange transport to the local sights as well as to and from the nearby small airport.

It is also possible to watch the baking of local styles of bread in traditional ovens while enjoying a cup of delicious Ethiopian coffee. Ben Abeba is open from 7 am to 10 pm serving refreshing drinks and snacks as well as full meals.


For information about:






Habtamu Baye

Susan Aitchison

Ben Abeba



        Mobile:  0922345122  

     Landline:  0333360215

Ben Abeba recently featured in a television program

New Lives In The Wild presented by Ben Fogle

This also included Susan’s Scholarship Fund, details here