Addis Mercato

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Elvis J
Beijing, China4 contributions
Jan. 2021
It was an amazing experience! It definite worth you ah half to a day! I spent 5 days in Addis and this is the most exciting and adventurous tour. I've been to places like Kebra in Nairobi but the Mercato is another thing. Not the living area, but the Merkato is showing us the hustle and bustle of lower class african lives, they are working, striving, and fight for their own future, the ethic and vibe educated me that though life could be hard, you still should fight for it.

I went with the famous guide Yared. He is probably the best guide I met in Addis. He is patient in a way where I could ask anything, including sensitives things like religions, polygamy, politics... He could gave you a satified answer. He knows not only merkato very well but also places nearby. We first stopped at the famous Tomoka coffee shop, which is the oldest of the first coffee-drinking country of human kind, then we went through the blankts and accessories area. Those things just broaden your eyes. And like a video game which has hidden plot, Yared would lead us to a historic place and asking if we wanna get inside. There are so many of them so you'd better schedule your time properly.

I departed a little bit late that day, if you wanna go you'd better leave 5 hours for that amazing jungle!

我是在tripadvisor上找到了这个导游Yared的,他可能是我们在亚的斯的5天里最好的一个导游了。我们最后付了他一千七百比尔加上了一点消费。整个过程花了3个小时,但来不及逛完整其实。我建议是最好留5个小时左右来逛,这边有3-4个区域比较适合看的,一个是塑料废品收集区,你看到那些塑料瓶子堆成的小山真的会感受到一种震撼;还有就是金属加工区域,这个地方就很有古代铁匠铺的氛围。这一片非常的吵杂混乱,但是有一种钢铁森林的柑橘,金属加工工人都非常脏,他们身上不是有电焊的焦灰就是有油气,总是走进了就像是一个纯蓝领钢铁丛林的旧金属帝国一样,喜欢这种破旧工业金属风的一定会喜欢;还有就是卖香料的地方,摆的很好看;还有卖毯子的地方。
整体是很推荐跟Yared走的。Merkato附近有一家Tomoka咖啡店,一定要去品尝全世界最悠久的咖啡文化!

The what's app of Yared: +251963727196
Written 11 March 2021
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Oren F
13 contributions
Feb. 2021
I had an excellent first visit to Mercato, which was greatly enhanced by my local guide Yared. We spent three hours meandering from traditional crafts to an excellent rooftop viewpoint, to spice, grain, and incense areas, to teff and chile mills, to a kocho production area, and on to metal and plastic recycling areas. Although this was just a small sampling of Mercato, Yared was able to use his friendships with many market vendors to provide a much deeper and richer experience than would be possible exploring on your own. I was able to taste many things, try my hand at sifting teff flour, ask questions of Yared and vendors (using him as a translator), etc etc. It was a really great experience, and left me excited to return and continue exploring this amazing market area on my own. Yared speaks good English, has a very easygoing and enthusiastic personality, and wants to make sure you are comfortable while providing an authentic experience. I highly recommend visiting Mercato with Yared. His contact info is +251963727196 WhatsApp and yayehyradt@yahoo.com.
Written 17 February 2021
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Claudia-MarieChergui
Larmor-Plage, France268 contributions
Feb. 2020
This is not an attraction, this is the actual real ethiopian way of life and style in Addis Ababa regarding consumption. From the main road, crossing on Kenya St, it is possible for anyone to understand the problematics which ethiopian people are facing and how much their collective intelligence and disciplinary, ethiopians need to hung on while recycling every single objects that could possibily be recycled wherever the short or long term use or re-uses. Mercato prooves how much African tragedies about dealing with the constant pollution is near by the European concerns in terms of "Développement et Monde durables".
Written 22 October 2020
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IonH
London163 contributions
Feb. 2020
What an amazing market -- seemingly endless, divided into zones specialising in everything from cheese to scrap metal, and everything in between. I'd feel uncomfortable being in there on my own, but with a guide to steer you towards tourist-friendly (but never "touristy") areas, it's a real insight into Ethiopian local life.
Written 16 March 2020
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Kittenator
Hong Kong, China154 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Solo
Local market in Addis to see all sorts of stuff for sell, from fashion, to food to plastic to building recycle materials... interesting to walk around the market. It is huge so I recommend a guide to walk with an explain along the details also for safety. Worth a visit 👍🏼
Written 15 March 2020
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Robert S
Westbury, NY768 contributions
Jan. 2020
Our very small group went through with a vehicle and guide. It is an amazing place, large and crowded with vehicles and people. It has a vast variety of goods. It is very popular with the locals and well worth a visit.
Written 8 March 2020
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Brigitte B
20 contributions
Jan. 2020
We drove through for about 1 1/2 and could not have imagined to walk it.... So many people and cars, there is nothing what cannot be bought on the Mercato
Written 12 February 2020
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Patricia H
Clacton-on-Sea, UK114 contributions
Dec. 2019
This market sells everything mainly used by locals. If visiting best to have a local guide which we did as it can be quite intimidating due to the size and number of people..
Written 12 February 2020
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Peter O
4 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
I visited Merkato Market on a Sunday when there wasn't much trading happening. Still was fascinating.
Written 9 February 2020
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Mike A
Amsterdam, The Netherlands44 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Business
Nice people all selling pretty much the same items but they make for food souvenirs. A great place to buy locally made items.
Written 6 February 2020
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