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Addis Mercato, Addis Ababa

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Flea Market · Shopping
The biggest open-air market in Africa, Addis Mercato offers everything from handmade soaps to ancient artifacts (of dubious origin). Crowded and chaotic, the market remains perhaps the best place to get the feel of the city and observe how its residents shop for everyday essentials. Use our Addis Ababa online trip builder to visit Addis Mercato on your trip to Addis Ababa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
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  • Merkato is just like any other African open market but huge. Infact, it is the largest open air market in Africa. The spice and incense section is a must-visit if you're looking for some of the delicious smells found at the churches or the restaurants. Just like any other market, make sure you go with a guide who knows his way around or one of the peace keepers.
  • The largest market in Africa. Very interesting, but go there only with a local guide, and don't show cash or jewellery. My guide said that there are 100000 stands and shops in the market. Go there. In daylight only and in guided groups
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