Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

Merkato Market

Merkato Market in Addis Ababa

Visit the Merkato Market in Addis Ababa and absorb the unique atmosphere of East Africa's largest open air market. The Merkato is famous for being disorganized and full of life and can be just as rewarding as it can be exasperating. This vibrant hub is located in the heart of the city and the best way to have an authentic experience with the locals. Browse each of the stalls and shop for souvenirs like locally sourced food, spices and coffee. The bustling market covers 11 square kilometers and like the city’s many coffee tours, this is a popular activity for if you want to learn more about daily life in Ethiopia.

Get ready to barter

The market is home to upwards of 200 vendors including blacksmiths, potters, carpenters and weavers. Some stalls cater specifically to travelers, offering a collection of unique Ethiopian mementos to bring home to your loved ones. Bartering is an important aspect of the culture inside the Merkato and it is not unusual for vendors to open with a high price which can often be negotiated to a price that is more reasonable. To make navigating the busy market a bit easier, paid guides can be hired and will share local knowledge, assist with the bartering process and point out the best shops and stalls inside the sprawling market space.

Find a home in the heart of the city at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa where you can relax after an exciting day at the buzzing Merkato. The hotel’s attentive staff make every effort to ensure you will have a comfortable and productive stay and are happy to guide you to other attractions such as The Mount Entoto and the Piazza neighborhood.