Abiata Café and Market is a family owned and operated cafe providing high quality food with focus on healthy Ethiopian and Mediterranean options. All our dishes are made in-house from scratch using high quality ingredients. Our menu offers select and authentic Ethiopian and Mediterranean vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals prepared with love, skill and dedication every day. We strive to serve and welcome the Malden and surrounding community and provide a unique experience through our food and hospitality. We are a restaurant, a café, and specialty food store providing hard to find Ethiopian and Middle Eastern spices, and other grocery items.
Our café is named after “Lake Abiata”, a salt lake located in the Great Rift Valley, only 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Addis Ababa, the capital City of Ethiopia. It is primarily known for its aquatic bird life, particularly those that feed and breed on lakes Abiata and Shalla in large numbers. Abiata is shallow at about 14 meters (260 meters (853 feet) and is calculated to hold a greater volume of water than all of the Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes put together. Abiata is surrounded by gentle, grass covered slopes and swathed in acacia woodlands. Abiata itself is very alkaline but shallow, so flamingos can be seen scattered over most of its surface, and especially along the windward edge where their algal food source concentrates. You can see in other parts of the Lake, some mammal species, especially Grant’s gazelle, warthog and occasionally the Oribi. Also, it is a major breeding ground for pelicans. To learn more about Abiata, please check the source: http://www.selamta.net/abiyata_national_park.htm