Lalibela is a small, traditional village in the mountainous northern region of Ethiopia, about 700km north of the main city of Addis Ababa. The village is a sacred place of devotion for Ethiopian Christians and is known world-wide for its beautiful, mysterious churches carved out of the region's red volcanic rock. Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries and arguably one of the 8th wonders of the world, the masterful engineers, architects and builders of the churches of Lalibela are unknown and will forever remain lost to history.
Visiting Lalibela is like landing in a scene in the Old Testament: donkeys laden with goods brought from the surrounding countryside move through the streets among the priests and monks, who are responsible for sustaining and protecting the churches. Some of the most delicious food in Ethiopia comes from this tiny, historical village and we have brought it here to you, at Lalibela Restaurant. All of our spices are lovingly hand dried, roasted, ground and mixed in our home village in Ethiopia and then shipped fresh to here, to our Lalibela in Toronto. So have a glass of Tej and relax and enjoy!