Merkato

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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It is the largest open-air market in Africa. Trying to convey the feeling of Merkato with a description is like attempting to portray an ocean with a cupful of water. It is a concentration of all that is Ethiopian with everything from around the world thrown in to add to its cacophony of colors and […]

It is the largest open-air market in Africa. Trying to convey the feeling of Merkato with a description is like attempting to portray an ocean with a cupful of water. It is a concentration of all that is Ethiopian with everything from around the world thrown in to add to its cacophony of colors and endless stalls of objects. Merkato is not only Addis Ababa’s market center, it is also the dynamo of the country’s development in trade and industry, a fascinating glimpse of the vast range of goods and artefacts available from all parts of the country. One can enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open air and can purchase anything you might need. This area is off the tourist trail and is vast and crowded and so is best done with one of our guides!

 

Map of Merkato

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