Categories of food and drink establishments

There are several types of food and drink establishment in rural areas. Some may provide only food; others provide food and drinks such as soft drinks, beer and other alcoholic drinks; some provide only snacks and hot drinks. We describe below those establishments that are likely to be found at community level.

  • Restaurants are food establishments that provide lunch and dinner with accompanying drinks.
  • Cafés provide hot drinks and snacks. Hot drinks include tea, coffee, milk, or a blend of milk and coffee. The café must have water boiling equipment for coffee and tea preparation. Cakes and doughnuts are served as snacks.
  • Tea houses provide tea and snacks. Snacks are usually plain bread. Tea is served after mixing with boiled water in a kettle.
  • A grocery is an establishment that provides packed food and drink items. Groceries may also provide hot dishes.
  • A butcher's shop is a food establishment that offers meat for sale.

Butcher's shop in Addis Ababa

A butcher's shop. (Photo: Basiro Davey)
  • A bakery is a food establishment that offers plain bread for sale.
  • A hotel is a food establishment that offers food, drinks of all types, and bedroom services. The capacity of service and the quality of foods and bedrooms in a rural hotel are less than those of urban hotels.

Take a walk around the centre of your community. List the number and types of food and drink establishments you observe. Categorise them according to the kind of service they offer.

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The number of food and drink establishments in rural communities is commonly less than ten. Likely types are tea houses, restaurants and small groceries.

  • Tea houses provide tea and snacks. Tea is served after mixing with boiled water in a kettle.
  • A grocery is an establishment that provides packed food and drink items. Groceries may also provide hot dishes.
  • A butcher's shop is a food establishment that offers meat for sale.
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