Africa's biggest open
air market

Mercato - Addis Central Market

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Why locals love it

Mercato is the biggest outdoor market not only in Addis Ababa or Ethiopia but in the whole of Africa. The must see parts of Merkato include the Spice Market, the hand made baskets market, and second hand items market. It is closed on Sundays

Why you should visit it

Mercato is especially interesting for the fact that it is a museum of locals . You can meet different people who come from the more than 90 tribes of Ethiopia and communicate in Amharic language. The order of trading here is bargaining.

Special tip

Locally produced spices which are really cheap. In Merkato market, bargaining for price is how buying/selling goes.

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2 Comments

in addis ababa where we can buy fresh palm nuts ?
salim
Traveller
October 15, 2019
The Biggest open market in Africa but currently many commercial building is constructed on it.
Belayneh Alemu
Local
July 17, 2019

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