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Kenya St | Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

2  Thank GudnyB
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

1  Thank Akwete R
Yayehyrad T, Manager at Merkato, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

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

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
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
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
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

I went to mercarto once in y own and was completely overwhelmed with the place, I recently went back and found a guide to come with me who explained the whole area and made it an amazing place to experience. Would definitely recommend a visit...More

3  Thank carrot57
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Tour through the Merkato Market: This Market is amazing big and very interesting. You can find everything there. It is advisable to take a guide to go there, because you will get lost and it is very crowded. I can highly recommend GETAHUN as a...More

2  Thank annikames
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Hole in the wall. Must see. Feels like stepping into 1940 Italian shop. Absolutely best coffee I had in Addis. But don’t drink if you want to sleep anytime soon. You buy coffee at fron and they give you plastic chit you take to back....More

1  Thank James W
Reviewed 10 April 2018

We took a half day tour with Yarad (yayehyradt@yahoo.com, +251 963 727 196) and had a great experience. He will pick you up at your hotel and drop you after tour is done. You will see parts of the market you would not normally see,...More

1  Thank msturgeon3
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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!!!
31 March 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.