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Kenya | Addis Ketema District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kenya | Addis Ketema District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

It's not so bad... but it's a market place, and everything costs money, from the women to the wine, the parking spots to the public toilets. A good place to spend money, otherwise stay out. Got some nice mosques in its neighborhood.

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

This is the best shop I found after going around the market with a guide for 2 hours. The owner, Abebe, Tel 0911470482, speaks English very well and is patient and helpful. I only bought 1 item but I saw at least 5 or 6...More

2  Thank kuzari
Reviewed 30 May 2017

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

1  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
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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!!!
30 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
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.