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Merkato

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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Kenya St | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa 1000, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an excellent 1 day tour of The Land of Origins. Thanks to our guide Yared who was excellent at his job which he does with the extra passion required to make a difference. The driver Usman was a good part of d team too,great...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are a lot of fascinating things to see on the market and I would have loved to stroll around longer and take it all in. But, and there is a huge but, it was hard to enjoy as we were too busy concentrating on...More

2  Thank _Mags_NL
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Huge market in Addis, apparently the biggest in Africa. Not just selling anything and everything, there is also an area for recycling, ver interesting. Be aware though that some people there do not like their pictures taken without getting some cash...

1  Thank TGSA
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We had a three hours amazing tour of Merkato with Yared. First we had a stop at Tomoka for Ethiopian coffee. Yared took us to places in the market we could never have visited or found on our own. He has great energy, is very...More

3  Thank SimoneGadi
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

It was very bad experience. Dirty cloudy and nothing for tourist. It's it must be the biggest Market in Africa but nothing at all for the tourist, nothing to see nothing to buy except some food and it might be dirty

1  Thank Abdulkader A
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Addis Merkato is the marketplace in the Ketema district, and is reportedly the largest open air market in Africa. The employment rate exceeds 10,000 people in several thousands of business entities. Primary merchandise passing through the Merkato are locally-grown agricultural products, especially coffee. The market...More

Thank Martin Z
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Merkato is a must-see while you’re in Addis, and I highly recommend Yared as your guide. Also, wear closed toe sturdy shoes, especially in the rainy season and use a close crossbody bag to discourage pickpockets. This is by far the largest market we have...More

2  Thank Terri S
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

I went to the market with on a guided tour with Yared, a gentleman. As I was traveling solo and being a woman I was a bit skeptical initially but Yared took good care guiding me throughout and showing me all the places in the...More

2  Thank pulengjohnson
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Simply the biggest market in the continent!! You can find anything you can imagine!!!!!!!! For the house, for business, for anything!!!. It's better to go with a local person there than alone.

3  Thank Dionysios14
Reviewed 11 August 2018

My wife and I were interested in visiting the Merkato and after reading about it online decided to go with a private guide. Yared (yayehyradt@yahoo.com) was highly recommended on TripAdvisor so emailed him and organized the tour for the next day. He was an excellent...More

4  Thank AdamBremer
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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
30 March 2016|
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Response from traveling_israeli | Reviewed this property |
Everyone only wantes Birr from me... most don't know conversion rate either. And taxis are a NIGHTMARE in all of Addis for tourists. I think one of the worst cities in the world to take a taxi in. Of course everybody takes... More
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유진 김
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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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