Shopping in Addis Ababa City can be more exciting, inspiring, instructive and entertaining. Of course, Addis Ababa is the home of the biggest open market in Africa “Merkato” and there are other smaller but colorful markets and souvenir shops that are worth to wonder too.
Shiromeda market is reputable for Ethiopian traditional wear especially “Yehager Libes”, “Netela” (the one layer shawl with embroider border) and “Gabi” (thicker shawl known as Ethiopian blanket). Unlike the souvenir shops here is where the locals do their shopping and buying “Netela” is an exciting experience so let me start with it.
Buying “Netela” from street vender!
You can also buy the famous “Netela” from little shops at the market.
Let’s get it then!
Since the rainy season is on its way, we need our luxurious 100% cotton hand made “Gabi” to keep us warm.
Want Ethiopian version of duvet here it is.
Hope you had fun now let me take you to the most exciting part of the market and my favorite. The section where you can find a wide variety of jeweleries, sculptures, ladies bags, t-shirts and many other goodies. Just get ready to be overwhelmed.
Well besides the Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University and frequent traditional music events here is the best place to witness the beautiful traditional and cultural Ethiopia… live.