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Kenya | Addis Ketema District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Kenya | Addis Ketema District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love going to markets; it's the best way to see how the locals live. We often just walk around markets on our own, but this one was so large, so busy, and so confusing, we had to use a guide. We're glad we did....More

Thank ut_jd
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Tis is a market where you can buy anything. Crouded, noisy, colorful, very local. The best is to visit with the guide. Otherwise stay in the car, but this is not fun then.

Thank Sergey K
Reviewed 19 April 2017

W were attracted by its great name and we have been to many markets all over Ethiopia and many developing countries. But I must say that I was a little intimidated by the place. This was partly our guide has been warning us of all...More

2  Thank Eric L
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Go there with an Ethiopian friend or guide. Many policemen told us to be cautious so we were a bit afraid. The Merkato is a big place and we spent 2 hours there at least. Could not enter the mosque due to unsuitable dress. Also,...More

Thank tiz S
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Loved the Merkato. Crowded and Colourful. You can find everything under the sun - from bags and shoes to spices, fruits and even recycled materials. Highly recommend going with a guide. You wouldn't get a sense of the market, its people and products if you...More

2  Thank Shruti S
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We only drove around this market. Our host said it was too dangerous for us to get out of the bus. It was huge, crowded, colourful -narrow potholed streets, everything one could think of on offer, flocks of goats and sheep, heavily laden donkeys, vendors...More

Thank Wendy D
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Typical African market. Highly recommended to have a trusted local Ethiopian guide with you. Unless you are familiar with bargaining you should let your guide ask for the prices, you might end up paying 5 or even 10 times the actual price. Keep your valuables...More

Thank Deyaa S
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We had read about the issues with Merkato and came prepared. But what we experienced was worse than we've ever expected. After arriving it took only about ten minutes for two pickpocket attempts to happen to us. First two boys approached us, one tried to...More

4  Thank Nora W
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Merkato is one of the great places for a unique experience of Addis Ababa. If you have a friend who knows it well, the Spice Market, the Enset (a False Banana tree whose root and stalk is used to make porridge and bread) Market, Second...More

1  Thank Muluken G
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

In a huge mass of city blocks, you can get anything you can imagine and many that you cannot! Our guide mentioned how Africans are the true recyclers, because there is not a scrap pf plastic, metal or other material that us not recuperated and...More

Thank Mary T
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Anna P
Is the market open on sundays and what times?
15 July 2016|
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Response from Yayehyrad T | Property representative |
Merkato Market open all days except Sunday Starting from 8am -6pm!!!
What currency is accepted at the market. Is there a taxi rank at the market.
31 March 2016|
Response from biruk2016 |
Ethiopian currency called birr. what you can do is just go to any bank and change your money to birr.
유진 김
Does Second-hand item market open in Merkato? How about the date and time?
10 September 2015|
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Response from abletokhuna | Reviewed this property |
Lots of stuff. Department store for the city. Junk recycled, new stuff, old, second-hand, etc. Get guide and be careful.