We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Merkato

Kenya St | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 96 372 7196
Share
Save
Book In Advance
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
I work giving a tourist guide in Ethiopia.I love sharing my country culture and customs.I can customize the tour to each person desires.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“spice market” (6 reviews)
“local guide” (12 reviews)
Open Now
Hours
Hours Today: 00:00 - 23:59
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Kenya St | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
CONTACT
+251 96 372 7196
Ways to Experience Merkato
from US$170,00
More Info
from US$74,80
More Info
from US$68,75
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (180)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"open air market"
in 9 reviews
"spice market"
in 6 reviews
"local guide"
in 12 reviews
"pick pockets"
in 7 reviews
"huge market"
in 3 reviews
"leather products"
in 2 reviews
"negotiate prices"
in 2 reviews
"wear closed shoes"
in 2 reviews
"endless shops"
in 2 reviews
"authentic taste"
in 2 reviews
"buying something"
in 2 reviews
"african market"
in 3 reviews
"banana leaves"
in 2 reviews
"east africa"
in 4 reviews
"make sense"
in 2 reviews
"unique experience"
in 3 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 138 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

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

2  Thank AdamBremer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bustling marketplace where you can find all sorts of things. Our group used Getahun (getahunannika@gmail.com, +251 93 986 8239), who really enhanced the experience, helping us find things we needed, guiding us throughout winding alleys, etc. Highly recommend - both Merkato and Getahun.

Thank Mark K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to many places in Ethiopia many times. But, nothing amazes and keep me so alive/alert like Merkato market in Addis Ababa. Super busy, so diverse, many well-dressed pickpockets, noisy, full of different (good and bad) smells in few meters, MERKATO IS NEVER...More

Thank Muluken G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Yayehyrad T, Manager at Merkato, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear. thank you for your participant!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing trip to Mercato with Yared, he knew exactly where to take us so that we could buy all the souvenirs we wanted and we were able to get low prices because of him.his knowledge of the market and different products was very...More

Thank Uttara R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Yayehyrad T, Manager at Merkato, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great!Hopefully we gave you what we have!!!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 July 2018

This place is very interesting. Anything that you can imagine buying is here. It’s not like any other market I’ve visited in in the Middle East or Africa. Complete chaos if you don’t know your way around…which is why I recommend not going here unless...More

1  Thank imeverywhere
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Myself and my colleague stayed in Addis Ababa for 2 full days. Tuesday 190618 we went to Merkato marked with Yared. Without Yared we would have been lost so i am very grateful i found him here on TripAdvisor. He took us out to an...More

3  Thank GudnyB
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the Merkato today during our first trip to Addis. We had the good fortune to have the terrific, knowledgeable and patient Yared as our guide. You MUST have a guide when you go. It was super crowded and we would not have seen...More

2  Thank Akwete R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Yayehyrad T, Manager at Merkato, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

We received warmly your review.Thank you for the great time!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

As a frequent traveler, I alway check out the local markets, a favorite thing of mine to see and experience. I was super excited for Merkato, the largest market in Africa - and was not dissappointed! I usually travel around myself, however *everything* I read...More

3  Thank Lynne G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 May 2018

I ventured in without a guide and missed a lot of it I'm sure. Massive marketplace. I was told by two locals to be on guard for thieves.

1  Thank Ripwalk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 May 2018

I had a half day layover in Addis Ababa, took the advice of many on this forum, and scheduled a last minute Addis Merkato tour with Yared (What's App: +251 96 372 7196). I definitely recommend visiting it for a few hours and going with...More

4  Thank Will_Travel_1122
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 126 hotels in Addis Ababa
Adot-Tina Hotel
106 reviews
.15 km away
Baro Hotel
54 reviews
.15 km away
Weygoss Guest House
55 reviews
.15 km away
National Hotel
15 reviews
.65 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Tomoca
733 reviews
1.35 km away
Castelli Restaurant
407 reviews
1.54 km away
Tomoca Coffee
21 reviews
1.34 km away
FinFine Restaurant
14 reviews
.15 km away
Nearby Attractions
St. George's Cathedral
221 reviews
1.52 km away
The Black Rose
14 reviews
.15 km away
Jazzamba Lounge
19 reviews
.15 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Anna P
15 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Yayehyrad T | Property representative |
Merkato Market open all days except Sunday Starting from 8am -6pm!!!
0
Votes
KieranFabian
30 March 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Lynne G | 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
0
Votes
유진 김
9 September 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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.
0
Votes