Bake & Brew Makes Its Debut
On a recent Thursday evening, a diverse group of people packed into Bake & Brew, a new cafe located in the capital’s Sar Bet neighborhood. They gathered not just to drink coffee and socialize, but also to hear a motivational talk from a local entrepreneur on the challenges and opportunities that come with starting a new business in Ethiopia. This event was hosted by Mella, a monthly speaker series that aims to “fuel entrepreneurship in Ethiopia.”
Such events are just one of the things that set Bake & Brew apart from the many other cafes and restaurants in Addis Ababa. Serving as part eatery, part community space and part co-working hub, Bake & Brew seeks to inspire, empower and motivate its customers while also serving tasty food and quality roasted coffee. Its menu of hearty breakfast and lunch dishes from around the world includes everything from Belgian waffles and avocado toast to falafel wraps and shakshouka, Mediterranean-style poached eggs. On the weekends, a special brunch menu presents savory Ethiopian and European dish options.
Beyond the menu, however, Bake & Brew’s popularity is driven by the fact that it offers a casual, convenient place to work and connect for Addis Ababa’s fledgling ecosystem of freelancers, startup employees and creative professionals. In addition to hosting the Mella event series (recordings of which can be found online at mellaethiopia.org), the space also features affordably priced desks on the mezzanine level, with fast Wi-Fi, office supplies and a business printer. Bake & Brew also hosts a weekend pop-up shop to showcase products made by local designers and artisans.
By providing much-needed organizing space and proactively developing the community, this addition to Addis Ababa’s restaurant scene is poised to become a place where connections are made, ideas are birthed, and people are inspired. The fact that it also serves delicious food and drink makes the rise of Bake & Brew all the more welcome.