About Addis Mercato

Africa's largest market in Addis Ababa is packed with products from soaps to spices to hardware and toiletry, if you are a shopping fanatic this is the place to leave all emotion behind and just go for it. The aroma of spices, especially the national favourite mitmita, which is used to flavour almost every dish, is what welcomes you into the market. Coffee is the centre of Ethiopian culture and the locals serve their aromatic coffee in clay vessels called jebena. Jewellery stalls sparkling with fancy and classy Ethiopian cultured jewellery will attract most of the female crowd. Musical instruments are an added attraction as you can find all musical instruments exclusive only in Ethiopia. Take your taste buds on a gastronomical adventure and savour the interesting combinations at the local street food stalls. For a day of discovery and new experiences visit this beautiful market, day or night.

Must See

  • This is a must-visit place if you are in Addis Ababa where you can find every item from kitchenware, clothing to home decor.
  • It is the largest open-air market in Africa and is chaotic and at the same time very crowded and a shopping experience like no other.

How to reach

5.4 km You can use Mini-Buses.

Mini-Buses fare: 7 birrs.


  • Football fanatics are found everywhere and to make instant friends just brush up on your Premier League knowledge.
  • Be aware of pick-pockets as the place is very crowded, you might be at risk.
  • Don't drive up inside, start walking from the start.
  • You can take photographs inside.
  • Bargaining is the best mode of business.
  • Do not visit on weekends as it gets very crowded.
  • Take strollers along for little kids.
  • Keep an eye out for local cafes that serve up some very tasty local treats, ask around for the best places.
  • The locals are very friendly and will help you around.

Visit Time

Sunday:         Closed

Monday:         6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday:        6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday:   6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday:       6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday:            6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday:        6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

It generally gets very crowded so you need to wait for getting in.


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Entrance Fee



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Time you can spend

6 to 7 hours


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Scattered Clouds 14.27°C


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