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Kenya St | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa 1000, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

yayehyard is a jolly good fellow to go on a tour around Addis Ababa with, he manages your time really well and covers the places you want to see. My friend and I had a 12 hours transit stay at Addis Ababa. He was continuously...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank asang1986
Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on a tripadvisor review, we hired Yared for a tour of the merkato. yayehyradt@yahoo.com (What's App: +251 96 372 7196) It was the highlight of our trip, and I regret not hiring a tour guide the first time I visited in 2007. The Merkato...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We contacted Yared Tesfaye at yayehyradt@yahoo.com before an overnight in Addis Ababa on October 2018. Yared's partner Joseph met us in the hotel. He immediately understood what we wanted as photographers. Our main interest was the Merkato. He was only fabulous. Great fun, he knew...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I found the formalised part of the market uninteresting. However, the informal section dedicate to various waste-related activities was an incredible experience. I was fortunate to have a guide from the local municipality. Dozens of small metal working enterprises, plastic collection and storage and other...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank GarethKZN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Merkato is comprised of hundreds of large buildings of different ages, and thousands of little “souks” (tiny shops that are really just permanent stalls with roofs) and countless people on the ground with filthy plastic tarps laid down to contain the wares they have on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank squash
Reviewed November 6, 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank _Mags_NL
Reviewed October 5, 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...

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank TGSA
Reviewed October 1, 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

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank SimoneGadi
Reviewed September 25, 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 15, 2016|
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Response from Ray5823 | Reviewed this property |
Open daily. Not sure of times, but likely early to late. Don't go after dark.
March 30, 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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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.