Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis-Ababa

Merkato Addis Ababa

Visit the merkato Addis Ababa and absorb the unique atmosphere in East Africa's largest open air market. The merkato is famous for being disorganised and full of life - it's a vibrant hub in the heart of the city and the best way to have an authentic experience with the locals.

Travellers can browse each of the stalls and shop for souvenirs like locally sourced food, spices and coffee. The bustling merkato covers seven square miles, and like Addis Ababa coffee tours, is a popular activity for visitors who want to learn more about daily life in Ethiopia.

Visiting the merkato
The market is home to upwards of 200 vendors including blacksmiths, potters, carpenters and weavers. Some stalls cater specifically to tourists, offering a collection of uniquely Ethiopian mementos to bring to loved ones back home.

Bartering is an important aspect of the culture inside the merkato, and it is not unusual for vendors to open with a high price - this can often be negotiated to a price that's more reasonable.

To make navigating the merkato easier, paid guides can be hired who will share local knowledge, assist with the bartering process and point out the best shops and stalls inside the sprawling market space.

A home in the heart of Addis Ababa
Find a home in the heart of the city at this Ethiopia hotel in Addis Ababa. The attentive staff at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa make every effort to ensure each guest has a comfortable and productive stay.

Whether travelling for business or leisure, the hotel's convenient location, superior amenities and spacious rooms offer the perfect base to explore and do business in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.