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- Little Ethiopia neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA
- State with 2nd largest Ethiopian community after DC
- Bay Area also has a large Ethiopian community
Los Angeles

5990 1/2 W Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019

630 N La Brea Ave Ste 106
Inglewood, CA 90302

Little Ethiopia
1048 S Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019


1043 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Meals by Genet
1053 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

1041 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

1036 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019


1076 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Rahel Vegan Cuisine (15 % Discount)
1047 South Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Rosalinds (15 % Discount)
1044 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Bay Area & Silicon Valley Areas
San Francisco Oakland - Berkley San Jose - Campbell

Axum Cafe
698 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA  94117

Café Ethiopian
878 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Club Waziema
543 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

1538 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

Ras Selas & Jazz Club
1534 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

Sheba Lounge
1419 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115



6100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

5020 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

6427 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 9460

366-B Grand Ave
Oakland, CA

Red Sea
5200 Claremont Street
Oakland, CA 94618



Blue Nile (closed)
2525 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

2556 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 9470



1261 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA 95126

503 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA 95126

Queen of Sheba
1860 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126

The Lunch Box
1876 San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA 95128

1320 Saratoga Ave
San Jose, CA 95129

836 W Hamilton Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

422 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

San Diego   Sacramento

Awash (formerly Cafe DeLagar)
4979 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

Harar (formerly Grangers)
2432 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104

Red Sea
4717 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92105





Addis Ababa
2598 Alta Arden Expy
Sacramento, CA 95825

Queen of Sheba
1537 Howe Avenue # 116
Sacramento, CA 95825

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Little Ethiopia is located in the heart of Los Angeles and yet sprawl it does not. Even Washington D.C.'s acclaimed Adam's Morgan, the unofficial seat of Ethiopian diasporadom, cannot boast of having the same number and variety of businesses on a street less than a fifth of a mile (0.8 km) long. Fourteen Ethiopian-owned businesses - six restaurants, two travel agencies, two markets, one hair salon, one insurance company, one café and one boutique - flank Fairfax Avenue between Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive. Three other Ethiopian businesses on Pico Boulevard - a restaurant, a printer and a grocery store - add to the tally. - Branna Mag - 2002.

Little Ethiopia - LA officially recognized the Little Ethiopia area in 2002.

More pictures of Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles at

The City of Los Angeles, widely known by its abbreviation L.A., is a large coastal metropolis in Southern California in the western United States. The Los Angeles metropolitan area (frequently termed the "Southland") includes Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Ventura counties, and is home to more than sixteen million people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. Flag of Los Angeles resembles Ethiopian flag very much, although there is not connection.

Ethiopians make home in L.A.

By Natalie Banach, The Daily Bruin

LOS ANGELES, July 5, 2005 -- Nestled between a small Rastafarian music shop and a Starbucks, a little ways down from the Miracle Mile, is a row of restaurants and stores which speak to an immigrant community that maintains one of the largest political exile populations of its kind.

Known as Little Ethiopia, the stretch of ethnic establishments is just one sign of Los Angeles' large Ethiopian community, a diaspora which spreads throughout the sprawling city. Even UCLA has become a place for Ethiopians to gather, study and celebrate their heritage.

Hosting the second largest Ethiopian political exile community in the country, Los Angeles has welcomed the immigrants in much the same way the Ethiopians themselves have opened their arms in invitation.

"The Ethiopian community in California and elsewhere is a very civic-minded group of people, whether it's talking about the politics of their own country or anything else. That's why you can have the creation of a part of town called Little Ethiopia. ... They're proud of their heritage, and also proud to be Americans. That's what strikes us here," said Edmond Keller, professor and director of the UCLA Globalization Research Center of Africa.

On the university campus itself, Ethiopians from the political exile community, as well as international students and second-generation Ethiopians, often interact with the rest of the campus, telling others about their country's 1,600-year-old Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the food uniquely spiced with indigenous ingredients.

"With places like Ethiopia, people always talk about Africa - the country of Africa, even. ... People don't understand that it's a place of many nations, and that (Ethiopia) is extraordinary," said Wendy Belcher, a lecturer at UCLA who spent three years of her childhood growing up in Ethiopia, and has visited sporadically since then.

The rise and fall of Ethiopian governments

Often pointed to as a country with an ancientness about it, Ethiopia's large waves of exile have only occurred over the past 30 years.

The 1970s were a time of turmoil for the Ethiopian people and their Emperor Haile Selaisse. The imperial regime witnessed a collapse in the hands of a military junta with Marxist leanings.

"You got a military government that dramatically changed the political landscape," said Shimelis Bonsa, an Ethiopian international graduate student studying the country's modern political history at UCLA.

That change in the political make-up of the country brought about Ethiopia's Red Terror, which entailed the government's brutal victimization of its own people and widespread repression. It also resulted in the first large wave of Ethiopian emigres arriving in cities such as Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Subsequent waves of migration also occurred in the 1990s when the military regime gave way to another group of rulers.

When this new government took power it promised democracy, but as soon as it gained authority, political dialogue was quashed and many freedoms were revoked, said Elias Wondimu, an Ethiopian political exile living in Los Angeles and founder of Tsehai Publishers and Distributors, an independent publishing company in Los Angeles.

Wondimu, a journalist, was visiting the United States in 1994 with a delegation of Ethiopians. During his trip, the political atmosphere became tense and several journalists were attacked. Wondimu realized he couldn't return, so he remained in the United States and started an Ethiopian magazine to educate people about his country's politics.

While many of the immigrants in the 1990s came mainly for economic reasons, the majority of Ethiopians living in Los Angeles have nevertheless emigrated for political reasons. >> read more

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