Host: Daniel

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

USD
$40-$110 per person

Authentic Ethiopian cooking class and coffee ceremony

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Daniel

Daniel and his wife Tigist are from the Oromia region of Ethiopia but love to cook dishes from around the country, so prepare to be served pan-Ethiopian cuisine. Tigist learned to cook helping her mother around the house as a child, and ran her own kitchen after marrying Daniel. Daniel speaks perfect English and enjoys discussing diverse subjects from food and history to politics. Tigist is less confident with English but is incredibly friendly - together they make a great team. Daniel has a master's degree in Social Anthropology and is a tourism professional - he's led trips around Ethiopia for over a decade. He enjoys meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and sharing his rich heritage with them. They are blessed with three handsome boys who may join you during your experience if it's on a weekend.

Please note that on days that Daniel is traveling, his friend and business partner Yadassa will host you along with Daniel's wife, Tigist at their home.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Daniel and Tigist’s home is in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, a neighborhood not frequented by tourists that is calmer and greener than central Addis Ababa. Their home is comfortable, clean and homey, decorated with pictures of their three boys, who you may meet if your experience takes place during the evening or on the weekend. Ethiopian cuisine is comprised of a variety of spices in its wots (stews) and tibs (curry), making the cuisine hot and piquant. You will eat as Ethiopians do, from communal plates lined with injera, a traditional fermented bread. Injera acts like an edible plate with other dishes served on top of it. The juices soak into the injera, which diners tear off into morsels to eat and even feed each other in a gesture called gursha that is meant to strengthen bonds. Teff flour is used to make the injera bread, which is soft, spongy and perfect to mop up the delicious gravies that soak through it. Your meal will be served family style with injera served alongside an assortment of meat, fish, vegetables and lentils. You will sit around the injera and enjoy your meal from one single platter. As Ethiopia is the birth place of coffee, you will enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony after your meal.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Your cooking class will take place in Daniel and Tigist’s clean and modern kitchen. During your 45-minute class, Tigist will show you how to make a traditional Ethiopian dish as well as how to pour and cook the perfect injera. You will also learn to roast coffee beans.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) After you meet your host at his home, he will take you to Keta/Asco market, a 15-20 minute walk from his home. Here you will be introduced to local ingredients that you will use in your cooking class later. The market is a daily local market known for its spices, cereals, vegetables and other industrial materials. While the market is open on all days, Wednesdays and Saturdays are especially good for visits. Saturday is considered market day all over the country and the market teems with life and people.

Notes: Daniel’s home is in the outskirts of Addis Ababa and about 25 km from the airport. Since public transportation is not very convenient Daniel prefers arranging transport for you. He is happy to offer hotel pick up and drop off for an additional cost. If you would like this option please select "Yes" to transportation in the booking form.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

Had an amazing afternoon with Daniel, Tigist, Yadessa and their familiy. They did not only share recepies but also a lot of insights on Ethiopia. Definitely recommended.
- Susanne January 18, 2018

Had an amazing afternoon with Daniel, Tigist, Yadessa and their family. They not only shared recipes but also a lot of insights on Ethiopia. Definitely recommended.
- Susanne January 18, 2018

Our evening with Daniel and his family was fabulous! They were patient, well informed and gracious and the food (and coffee) was wonderful. I am happy to recommend this experience to anyone traveling to Addis Ababa!
- John July 20, 2017

It was a genuine and wonderful afternoon and night with Daniel and his family! We very much enjoyed his personal service and attendance to our individual family. It was so nice to visit a small market, prepare some of the food together with him and Tigist and eat the tasty food together. We have travelled a lot and to be received and hosted in the way Daniel did towards our family is truly rare. We had the chance to really experience authentic Ethiopia thanks to his family! Further, we got the opportunity to discuss political as well as social matters and all sorts of other issues with some one with great insight. We would absolutely recommend this experience to others!
- Kristina and Peter July 01, 2017

Their home is comfortable, clean, and homey and everything was great! The food was fresh and delicious. We'd eaten a week's worth of injera at many restaurants, including top rated trip advisor restaurants, and the flavor and freshness at Daniel's home was better than anything else, especially for the vegetable dishes. Daniel was the best English speaker we met in Ethiopia, and we were able to ask him questions we had had to give up on with other Ethiopians because of language barriers - like about politics and history. The month before Easter in Ethiopia, everyone typically only eats vegetarian food so I actually hadn't had meat in days (weeks really) but Daniel and Tigist sourced some beef with some effort that was amazing! Additionally, we loved the coffee and popcorn, and the vegetables were the freshest and tastiest we had in Ethiopia. My favorite thing was talking to Daniel and Tigist, and playing with their incredibly adorable baby boy :)
- Subhanu and Chetan, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

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Daniel

$40-$110 USD

per person
100%
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $74 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $92 $74
Transportation
$60 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $74 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $92 $74
Transportation
$60 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 3:00pm-7:00pm

Meet Daniel

Daniel and his wife Tigist are from the Oromia region of Ethiopia but love to cook dishes from around the country, so prepare to be served pan-Ethiopian cuisine. Tigist learned to cook helping her mother around the house as a child, and ran her own kitchen after marrying Daniel. Daniel speaks perfect English and enjoys discussing diverse subjects from food and history to politics. Tigist is less confident with English but is incredibly friendly - together they make a great team. Daniel has a master's degree in Social Anthropology and is a tourism professional - he's led trips around Ethiopia for over a decade. He enjoys meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and sharing his rich heritage with them. They are blessed with three handsome boys who may join you during your experience if it's on a weekend.

Please note that on days that Daniel is traveling, his friend and business partner Yadassa will host you along with Daniel's wife, Tigist at their home.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Daniel and Tigist’s home is in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, a neighborhood not frequented by tourists that is calmer and greener than central Addis Ababa. Their home is comfortable, clean and homey, decorated with pictures of their three boys, who you may meet if your experience takes place during the evening or on the weekend. Ethiopian cuisine is comprised of a variety of spices in its wots (stews) and tibs (curry), making the cuisine hot and piquant. You will eat as Ethiopians do, from communal plates lined with injera, a traditional fermented bread. Injera acts like an edible plate with other dishes served on top of it. The juices soak into the injera, which diners tear off into morsels to eat and even feed each other in a gesture called gursha that is meant to strengthen bonds. Teff flour is used to make the injera bread, which is soft, spongy and perfect to mop up the delicious gravies that soak through it. Your meal will be served family style with injera served alongside an assortment of meat, fish, vegetables and lentils. You will sit around the injera and enjoy your meal from one single platter. As Ethiopia is the birth place of coffee, you will enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony after your meal.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Your cooking class will take place in Daniel and Tigist’s clean and modern kitchen. During your 45-minute class, Tigist will show you how to make a traditional Ethiopian dish as well as how to pour and cook the perfect injera. You will also learn to roast coffee beans.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) After you meet your host at his home, he will take you to Keta/Asco market, a 15-20 minute walk from his home. Here you will be introduced to local ingredients that you will use in your cooking class later. The market is a daily local market known for its spices, cereals, vegetables and other industrial materials. While the market is open on all days, Wednesdays and Saturdays are especially good for visits. Saturday is considered market day all over the country and the market teems with life and people.

Notes: Daniel’s home is in the outskirts of Addis Ababa and about 25 km from the airport. Since public transportation is not very convenient Daniel prefers arranging transport for you. He is happy to offer hotel pick up and drop off for an additional cost. If you would like this option please select "Yes" to transportation in the booking form.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

Had an amazing afternoon with Daniel, Tigist, Yadessa and their familiy. They did not only share recepies but also a lot of insights on Ethiopia. Definitely recommended.
- Susanne January 18, 2018

Had an amazing afternoon with Daniel, Tigist, Yadessa and their family. They not only shared recipes but also a lot of insights on Ethiopia. Definitely recommended.
- Susanne January 18, 2018

Our evening with Daniel and his family was fabulous! They were patient, well informed and gracious and the food (and coffee) was wonderful. I am happy to recommend this experience to anyone traveling to Addis Ababa!
- John July 20, 2017

It was a genuine and wonderful afternoon and night with Daniel and his family! We very much enjoyed his personal service and attendance to our individual family. It was so nice to visit a small market, prepare some of the food together with him and Tigist and eat the tasty food together. We have travelled a lot and to be received and hosted in the way Daniel did towards our family is truly rare. We had the chance to really experience authentic Ethiopia thanks to his family! Further, we got the opportunity to discuss political as well as social matters and all sorts of other issues with some one with great insight. We would absolutely recommend this experience to others!
- Kristina and Peter July 01, 2017

Their home is comfortable, clean, and homey and everything was great! The food was fresh and delicious. We'd eaten a week's worth of injera at many restaurants, including top rated trip advisor restaurants, and the flavor and freshness at Daniel's home was better than anything else, especially for the vegetable dishes. Daniel was the best English speaker we met in Ethiopia, and we were able to ask him questions we had had to give up on with other Ethiopians because of language barriers - like about politics and history. The month before Easter in Ethiopia, everyone typically only eats vegetarian food so I actually hadn't had meat in days (weeks really) but Daniel and Tigist sourced some beef with some effort that was amazing! Additionally, we loved the coffee and popcorn, and the vegetables were the freshest and tastiest we had in Ethiopia. My favorite thing was talking to Daniel and Tigist, and playing with their incredibly adorable baby boy :)
- Subhanu and Chetan, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $74 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $92 $74
Transportation
$60 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $74 $60
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $92 $74
Transportation
$60 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 3:00pm-7:00pm
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