Chef Samuelsson Marks Homecoming with the Grand Opening of Marcus Addis

Chef Marcus Samuelsson has unveiled a new culinary frontier in Addis Ababa with the grand opening of Marcus Addis.

Positioned on the 47th floor of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia building, the culinary venture promises to be a beacon of innovative cuisine and cultural resonance.

Marcus Addis has emerged as a partnership between Chef Samuelsson and Albwardy Hospitality, the proprietors of the Hyatt Regency in Addis Ababa.



Renowned for his exceptional gastronomic expertise and adorned with prestigious accolades including the James Beard Foundation Award, Samuelsson has graced the screens of popular cooking shows such as “Top Chef” and “Chopped.”

His latest collaboration promises a dining experience that intertwines the finest aspects of hospitality with the artistry of a culinary visionary.

Samuelsson’s illustrious career includes spearheading renowned restaurants such as New York City’s Aquavit, Red Rooster in Harlem and Overtown (Miami), Hav & Mar in Chelsea (NYC), and multiple global MARCUS locations.

“Returning to Addis Ababa feels like a true homecoming for my family and me,” Samuelsson remarked. “It’s a city intertwined with our familial connections, and being part of a pioneering architectural project in East Africa is immensely thrilling.”

Marcus Addis, the crown jewel in Samuelsson’s culinary legacy, embraces a fusion of international flavors intertwined with an exuberant Ethiopian essence.



The restaurant boasts modern chic interiors adorned with thoughtfully curated Ethiopian artwork, providing an immersive cultural experience.

Discussing the restaurant’s menu, Samuelsson expressed his enthusiasm for introducing Addis Ababa to a culinary odyssey that seamlessly integrates global cuisine with Ethiopian flavors.

“Our cuisine is deeply rooted in Ethiopian culinary traditions while evolving to reflect our unique culinary vision and approach,” the Chef says.

Marcus Addis is poised to stand as a cultural culinary beacon, embracing tradition and innovation while paying homage to the rich culinary heritage of Ethiopia.

The grand opening this week marks a momentous occasion, symbolizing the inception of Samuelsson’s culinary mastery within Addis Ababa’s vibrant gastronomic landscape.

Embracing the warm and vibrant traditions of Ethiopia, Marcus Addis will feature a collection of artworks by Ethiopia’s most inspiring creative talents. The space will also feature a rotating selection of art and live performances that will provide a vibrant and engaging atmosphere for diners.

“There is a new generation of artists in the city being inspired by Ethiopia’s rich and ancient culture,” Samuelsson says. “In Marcus Addis, we’ve created a space for these voices to be heard and celebrated.”

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