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Merkato

Kenya street | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 96 372 7196
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Addis Ababa can be overwhelming to visitors but I am here to make you feel at home. I will share my local view and show you around.
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  • Average17%
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“spice market” (6 reviews)
“local guide” (12 reviews)
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Kenya street | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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+251 96 372 7196
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"open air market"
in 9 reviews
"spice market"
in 6 reviews
"local guide"
in 12 reviews
"largest market"
in 6 reviews
"pick pockets"
in 6 reviews
"negotiate prices"
in 3 reviews
"amazing market"
in 3 reviews
"leather products"
in 2 reviews
"african market"
in 3 reviews
"cheap chinese"
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"endless shops"
in 2 reviews
"authentic taste"
in 2 reviews
"buying something"
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"east africa"
in 4 reviews
"great place to find"
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"bargaining skill"
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"absolutely everything"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit of Merkato will complete the tourists re-discovering the African big open market of selling and buying things. specially for needy tourists wont miss something touristic to pick from this big market besides the high mobility of biz masses,market noises,big smiles, local ppls courage........More

Thank ASAYE N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit ..where all the action and colour is !and yes you can buy anything ...even just 1 Jandal

1  Thank Kiwiikay
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Addis a number of times, but never really ventured out. This time, a friend of mine stated that I couldn't miss the biggest open market in Africa... and so we went. It was a bad idea to be driving in a car...More

1  Thank Nivas R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Merkato is an amazing market where you can buy absolutely everything. I’ve been to markets around the world, but nothing can compare to the hustle and bustle of this one. I went with Yared (FB: Yared Addis Tourist Guide) who is very knowledgeable about the...More

3  Thank Benjamin K
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Yayehyrad T, Manager at Merkato, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am glad too being I did the best tour with you !Please come again and will receive you more warmly! Stay bless.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were driven through here by our guide, and it was absolutely crazy. Every possible thing being sold, unimaginable amounts of things being carried up every street and alley. So many cars, motorbikes, vans and people walking that we were amazed there weren't more accidents....More

Thank CK_Aussie_girl
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 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
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

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
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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

3  Thank alo6n
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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
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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

Thank DAVISFAMILY5
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Anna P
15 July 2016|
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Response from Yayehyrad T | Property representative |
Merkato Market open all days except Sunday Starting from 8am -6pm!!!
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KieranFabian
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.
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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.
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