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Kenya street | Addis Ketema District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 91 172 1138
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Kenya street | Addis Ketema District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Kenya street | Addis Ketema District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 91 172 1138
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The market is huge and chaotic, but very interesting as traders from all over Ethiopia gather there to sell their wares. Be warned, as a European you will attract a lot of unwanted attention, including from pickpockets, with mobile phones being their favourite target. Would...More

2  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to be surprised in a very busy, disorganized, chaotic place, Merkato is just for you. You will frequently witness people carrying a lot of things(for instance I have seen a person carrying a pile of 16 mattresses) on their head and passing...More

Thank YaredD22
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Went for a 2 hour tour with the suggested guide, Yared. My husband and I have explored markets/souks on our own all over the world--morocco, egypt, bolivia, colombia, peru... to name a few, and this market is by far the most complicated and difficult to...More

2  Thank alo6n
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Ginormous & Chaotic are the two best words to describe Merkato. Go only with a local, else will get lost. Buyers & Traders from across the country gather here for their purchases.

Thank Harsh S
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

If you like markets and you are Travel streetwise this is a must. The recycling and metal workers area was a real experience. The Merkato area is roughly 2 miles by 2 miles and id full of industry and humanity. If you feel trepidatious then...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Merkato indeed lives up to its reputation as one of the largest open market in Africa where you can practically find anything. We went there not really for shopping but ended up buying a few stuffs, like souvenirs, local made leather products etc.. However, just...More

Thank Rajen B
Reviewed 17 September 2017

I don't like the idea of getting a guide just to walk through a market, but I wish I would have. Without one, my experience was only average, but I'm sure it would have been far better with someone who knows the place well. Merkato...More

1  Thank Poveshom
Reviewed 31 August 2017

The Merkato in Addis Ababa, one of Africa's most bustling capitals, is an unforgettable experience, whether you are interested in buying something or just want to see the other side of life. Reputedly the biggest outdoor market on the continent of Africa, Merkato offers something...More

2  Thank David S
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I took a Merkato tour by Yared (+251 963 72 7196), and it was great experience. Yared knows the market extremely well and was kind enough to accommodate my requests - traditional dress shopping, local snacks tasting (maize, fresh fruits) etc. Highly recommended to those...More

1  Thank Chinatsu A
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The Merkato is reputed to be the largest outdoor market in Africa. This sprawling marketplace is fascinating in its variety but you should have a guide. It is very crowded on the weekends and it is easy to get lost. You can buy a wide...More

Thank DavidGunn1
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Anna P
15 July 2016|
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Response from Yared T | Property representative |
Merkato Market open all days except Sunday Starting from 8am -6pm!!!
31 March 2016|
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Response from YaredD22 | Reviewed this property |
Ethiopian Birr is the currency almost all the marketgoers use. However, if you give them USD or Euro they will be happy esp if you are in a big shop or hotel.
유진 김
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.