Ethiopian Gift Shops Of Addis Ababa


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After visiting and experience the infectious charm of Ethiopia, stopping by at Ethiopian gift shops whether to take something memorable with you or to give something exclusive for loved ones back home is a ritual action of almost every traveler.

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The city of Addis Ababa has many shopping districts devoted only for this particular purpose.  But there is one particular and widely acclaimed shopping district which is worth to visit.  It is one of the tourist attractions of the Addis Ababa City too.

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It is a place where you find simply everything about Ethiopia. Collectible silver spoons, Ethiopian crosses, coins, jewelries, traditional  paintings on parchment, ivory, inscribed glasses and mugs, traditional clothes, traditional musical instruments like bamboo flute,  colorful Ethiopian scarf, pottery, t-shirts…the list is as endless as it is so overwhelming.

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Ethiopian artists and craftsmen produce a wide rang of items that incorporate traditional design and decoration especially for Visitors and these gift shops are the place to find them. Besides shopping, there is no doubt that you are going to spend most of the time admiring the kaleidoscope of creative works developed by various ethnic groups.

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It is a place where you are going to be blown away by different kinds of colors, inspired and see the diverse and beautiful country through these eloquent pieces.  It is a free everyday exhibition of Addis Ababa.

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It is not an open market like the huge and famous market of Addis Ababa called Merkato.  Rather, it is just few souvenir shops opened up side by side at a particular place. The shops are too small for the stuff they are selling- they are literally stuffed with the crafts. The way the products are displayed at the door steps of every shop, gives the shopping district a unique Ethiopian touch and makes it eye-catching and mesmerizing.

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As usual, you can witness the creative and interesting life shows of Addis Ababa around here.  I pick three of my favorites and want to share it with you all. I love wandering around this kind of shopping district once in a while because it is such an amazing muse for me and I love the fact Addis Ababa’s business owners come up with creative ways of attracting customers to their shops.  The beautifully traditionally dressed mannequins were the most entertaining ones.

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Displaying the Ethiopian version of Men’s nightgown and the mannequin tightened up with the colorful Ethiopian scarf to the shop was one of my favorites!

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Last but not least the t-shirt section caught my eyes with their bright colors and of course with the different kinds of Ethiopian theme printed on them.

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T-shirts without the famous Ethiopian cross is incomplete so this is classic and like it.

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Finally, saving the best for last and here comes something About Addis Ababa

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So freakish indeed and it sprinkles humor around the shopping scene of Addis Ababa…that was Fun!!!

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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11 Responses to Ethiopian Gift Shops Of Addis Ababa

  1. What do you think the ultimate souvineer to buy in Ethiopia would be?!

    • Sara P.G. says:

      Since Ethiopia has such an incredible range of cross designs which are so unique and so Ethiopian, I would say Ethiopian Crosses. Last but not least, I want to thank you for your comments and for being such sincere and loyal reader of my blog. You are one of the inspirations that keeps me going on I do really appreciate you and I am sending you a whole lot of love from Ethiopia!

  2. What fun, and beauty! I`m so glad to have seen a glimpse into another world.

  3. Tariku says:

    This is beautiful, Sara! Thanks for sharing

  4. Interesting fashion – thanks, too, for visiting my blog.

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