If you want to buy a chicken, it will cost you about 25-30 Birr ($5-6). This may seem expensive, but they leg eggs and eat anything. Just pick them up by their legs and carry them upside down. They don’t move around when you do that.
The main market and animal market (seperate markets) are at their best on Saturdays.
Just outside the Museum is a souvenir craft market. A bit more souvenir than traditional handicrafts, but they all look nice. You can buy brightly coloured woven mats and baskets for your injera. Prices start high because it’s exclusively for tourists. You need to haggle a bit if you want lower prices. They seem to be here everyday.
What to pay: You will pay Farangi prices. No locals will buy from here. They purchase household goods at the main market.
The bazaar is in the western part of town. It offers all that you can imagine- from traditional clothes /gabi, shamma/, coffee pots, spices, domestic animals /donkeys, goats, sheep, chicken.../ to punched FC Chelsea t-shirts and Osama bin Laden's watches.
Really good experience, don't forget to bargain.
What to buy: Coffee pots - cheap and fragile souvenir for 3birr /less than 50 cents/
Traditional clothes, it is possible to adjust it to your needs in nearby tailories /they wanted me to pay "as much as you want" - really unique in this country/
What to pay: If you don't like bargaining, don't even go there. Otherwise take maximum 100birr (I heard donkeys are worth 250-300 birr :o)
Of course you can buy a traditional and colourful mesob (hourglass-shaped table) to bring back home, so you can serve the injera, Ethiopian pancakes, yourself.
But if these mesobs are to big for the size of your bag or backpack, you can go to the road, leading to the Northern Stelae Park, just north of this place where they sell these mesobs. Along this road you can find several shops of ancient handicraft sellers. Especially at the first floor they have the most beautiful and traditional objects.
What to buy: Traditional Ethiopian necklaces, Aksumite crosses and other local jewellery.
What to pay: It depends on what you will buy. So I paid 220 birr for a beautiful silver necklace at the shop of Egzineamen Gebre Iyesus.