Be whisked away to Ethiopia without leaving London! Join guide Sefanit, an Ethiopian woman from the social enterprise Women in Travel, as she leads you through Shepherd’s Bush Market to discover the flavours, cultures and traditions of her homeland. Finish your adventure by sitting down for an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Local English-speaking Ethiopian guide, juice shot, tastings of Ethiopian foods (misir alicha, yebeg wot, atakilt, 1 roll of injera), coffee ceremony
Tips/gratuities for your guide, additional food, and drinks
Shepherd’s Bush Market entrance, in front of the Bush Theatre
Delina restaurant, Uxbridge Road
This private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Travelers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted a maximum of 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months, or proof of vaccination. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at https://intrepid-ua.ventrata.com/en/about-us/covid-19-customer-info.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.
Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
Shepherd’s Bush in West London is home to a thriving Ethiopian community, with many shops and cafés and even hair salons dedicated to Ethiopian culture. Over two and a half hours, your guide Sefanit will introduce you to her Ethiopian heritage within the historic Shepherd’s Bush Market. We will begin our adventure by meeting one of the market’s traders and sip a delicious juice known for its medicinal properties. Next, we’ll stroll through the market and visit an Ethiopian shop, where we’ll learn about the importance of coffee to Ethiopia. You’ll see the unroasted beans and special coffee pot and explore the spices specific to Ethiopian cuisine. Finally, you’ll get taste these flavours first-hand as we enjoy the highlight of this tour: a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Sharing coffee is an important tradition in Ethiopia. It’s a time for people to get together and share stories, and Sefanit will have plenty of tales to tell you as you enjoy your coffee with popcorn (a popular pairing in Ethiopia!). Says Sefanit, “Ethiopia is a big part of my life. The colours, smells and community of my childhood are still with me and in me. In Ethiopia, food is everything and I can think of nothing better than sharing my culture with visitors to London.”
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