Mercato is a melting pot where people come from everywhere for some reason: Some are there to buy, or to sell, others are there to visit or to window shop, and still others are there to find their daily bread in any way they can.

The main market place created in 1936 under the Italian occupation, and known as the largest open Air market place in Africa is well worth a visit. It presents a wonderful range of goods and products, items of local art and Ethiopian curios and antiques. On Saturdays, day of big affluence, the Merkato is believed to host not less than 100’ 000 people who participated in the transaction flow, pushing their ways among the joyous chaos.

Mercato, a City within a City, is a mosaic of people, of items and of colors that deserve to be visited.


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