Ethiopia Shopping

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Ethiopia Shopping


    The traditional gift if you are visiting someone's home is coffee. However a chicken from the market may be well appreciated. Yes, a live chicken. They can cost anywhere from $5-12. Please understand that the average weekly wage is around $25 a month in a government job. So a chicken is quite a gift. If they have room the family may keep it for...


    In a country with so many poor people and not enough jobs, you will come across men and often young boys who offer to shine your shoes. The young men in the photos operate in and around the Piazza area. They perform a first class job on any shoes. They have professioanl quality polishes, brushes and are expertly trained. You can pay around 10 Birr...

  • Dembel City Center, Addis Ababa

    "Dembel City Center" is a big shopping mall in the heart of Addis Ababa. It is not the most economic solution but it has a very convenient location. There is almost everything from electronic goods to eclectic clothes and small gifts you can buy for you and your friends back home. Only there is not a great variety so if you prefer something cheaper...

  • Ethnic Clothes

    Well, someone correct the name if it is wrong - shomata is what it sounded like! (like Yiddish shmatta?) These are up on the hill in Addis, white painted complex, each shop has a number.Perhaps this is Bole St. not sure. This is NOT the famous Mercato - that was too hot and crowded, this was an easier experience and limited just to the clothing...

  • Bargain

    You need to bargain in the markets and cabs for everything here. If you do not like a price tell them sorry and go next door and they will usually come around if not step out of site and have a local buy it for you after you tell them what you want. When I was at the airport my first cab tried to charge me 100 bir for a ride. I made him turn around...

  • Coffee

    Apart from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia is most renowned for coffee. A bag of original Harar coffee is a good gift for friends at home. If you visit both Harar and Dire Dawa, prices in DD are a bit lower. Go to the place listed in Lonely Planet.

  • Ebony and Leather arts

    The market is full of gift items including the best African spices thet miney can buy. A tourist in this part of Africa needs to buy light items that can ne folded like a tube such as paintings on leather, wood or even paper. I strongly suggest everybody to be careful about the price (less than 35 US dollars ok, everhing else shoudld be lower than...

  • Departure Hall , Addis Abeba...

    Ohhh, nothing special in this shop, apart from what you have seen in hotel shops and the few souvenir shops in Addis.If you did not quite manage to get some mementos or gifts prior to leaving for the airport, you have a fair chance now... A great and tasty buy from Ethiopia is top-quality coffee. Comes in several varieties, very cheap, certainly...

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