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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.
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Kenya St | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 96 372 7196
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 3 days ago 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

Thank Terri S
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

1  Thank pulengjohnson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

2  Thank Dionysios14
Reviewed August 11, 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

3  Thank AdamBremer
Reviewed July 28, 2018

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
Reviewed July 27, 2018 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
Reviewed July 27, 2018 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

1  Thank Uttara R
Reviewed July 4, 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
Reviewed June 22, 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
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Anna P
July 15, 2016|
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Response from Yayehyrad T | Property representative |
Merkato Market open all days except Sunday Starting from 8am -6pm!!!
March 30, 2016|
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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
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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.