Cravings Restaurant and Bar: airport cuisine worth travelling for

Cravings Restaurant and Bar: airport cuisine worth travelling for

Cravings’ rise to success has been a rapid one, and it all started at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport


The Cravings team in front of the restaurant inside Bole International Airport


In partnership with Cravings Restaurant and Bar

Airports can be a transient place. The experience when moving through an airport to catch a flight can feel distant and forgettable. If, however, you happen to be flying from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, that doesn’t have to be the case, thanks to the culinary delights served-up at Cravings Restaurant and Bar.

From the relaxing décor to the calm ambience to the meticulously prepared cuisine, everything about Cravings is designed to help guests slow down and take some time to enjoy what’s in front of them – which just happens to be a variety of first-rate food and drink.

From towering burgers to seriously loaded fries, from a range of steaks to tacos stacked with fresh, colourful vegetables, there’ll be something to satisfy any pre-travel cravings. If you’re after a drink wash it all down with, take your pick from smoothies and fresh juices, cocktails, local beers, wines and much more.

Crucially, though, this is a place for conversation and connections just as much as cuisine, and the global nature of guests’ interactions at Cravings is reflected in its globe-spanning menu.

Happy customers and holiday performers

Critical to the restaurant’s success is the sharp business acumen of Selamawit Samuel, founder of Cravings, CEO of Sunshine Retail and Executive Vice President of Sunshine Investment Group, an organisation with an esteemed business portfolio. In fact, the Group has a successful track record at both domestic and international level, in fields as diverse as construction, retail and the beauty and cosmetics industry.

This cross-border expertise and numerous market insights have helped Cravings achieve its current standing, as has Selam’s dynamic leadership. Selam is well-placed to guide such an operation, having acquired extensive hospitality experience within the hotel industry. This includes launching Africa’s first Marriott Executive Apartments (for Marriot International’s hotel brand) and launching the luxurious Hilton Awassa Resort & Spa in Ethiopia. Since launching Cravings in 2022, Selam has used her experience to expand its remit – and its menu, of course. This experience has also allowed the service and the finished product to remain at a consistently high level of quality.

Selamawit Samuel

Another key aim for both Selamawit and the wider Cravings family is for the restaurant to continue its sustainability journey – a deeply rooted principle for the business. Currently, Cravings collaborates with local farmers and artisans to provide produce for its menu, and ensures responsible sourcing of ingredients, also working to minimise its ecological footprint.

The achievements of the restaurant are now being recognised internationally, too, as proven by Cravings being announced as a regional winner – for the Middle East and Africa – in the ‘Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year’ category at the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) + Hospitality Awards in September.

It all feeds into the wider Cravings experience and helps make a visit to the airport a joyful activity, rather than a chore. But what if you’re enjoying your time at Cravings so much that you miss your flight? Well, that just means a little extra time to savour what’s on offer, quite possibly with some new friends and acquaintances that you’ve shared a story or two with during your meal. After all, there’s always the next flight. Or the one after that…

A staff meeting at Cravings, helping to keep the business evolving

So, whether you’re about to hop on a short flight or embark on a route measuring thousands of miles, a visit to Cravings beforehand is the ideal start to any journey.