Best Places to Shop & What to Buy

Ethiopian artisans are well known for their leatherwork, traditional fabrics, shoes, jewelry and more. Today, the creative force of freedom seems to have influenced the artists and their creations. If you are looking to bring back something authentic from this part of the world, be sure to check out the local galleries to find the authentic local artists who are leading the artistic trends of the country. For other shopping options, here are ten spots to purchase gifts and souvenirs that will dazzle your friends and family.

Best Places to Shop & What to Buy

By Hayo Magazine

Ethiopian artisans are well known for their leatherwork, traditional fabrics, shoes, jewelry, and more. Here are ten spots to find gifts and souvenirs that will dazzle your friends and family.

  • Handmade Goods

    By Hayo Magazine

    A stop in Addis Ababa isn’t complete without a visit to [Salem’s Ethiopia](https://www.facebook.com/SalemsEthiopia) for hand-weaved scarves, traditional jewelry, baskets, and other home decor items.

  • Weekly Town Markets

    By Hayo Magazine

    There are weekly markets in just about every town in the country. We’re fans of the Robe market on Thursdays, the Hawzien market on Wednesdays, and Lalibela market on Saturdays.

  • Local Artists

    By Hayo Magazine

    If you’re looking for some local artwork to take home, head to Makush art gallery and restaurant.

  • The Best Coffee in Ethiopia

    By Hayo Magazine

    Coffee fanatics will want to load up on beans at [Tomoca coffee ](http://www.tomocacoffee.com/)bar, where they sell the best coffee in Addis. 

  • Shop with a Good Conscience

    By Hayo Magazine

    Buy souvenirs for a good cause at the NGO bazaar in Addis Ababa on the last Saturday of each month. 

  • The Biggest Market in Africa

    By Hayo Magazine

    Want to see the biggest market in Africa? Get lost in Mercato in Addis Ababa—but keep a close eye on your wallet. 

  • Blend with the Locals

    By Hayo Magazine

    Shop like a local for traditional scarves, blankets, and clothing at the Shiromeda Market at the foot of Entoto Mountain. 

  • Walk the Talk

    By Hayo Magazine

    Find a beautiful selection of fair trade shoes hand-made out of recycled tires, hemp, and other natural fibers at [Sole Rebels.](http://www.solerebels.com/)

  • Go Treasure Hunting

    By Hayo Magazine

    Head to Piazza for an array of gold and silver jewelry shops. 

  • Leather for Mothers

    By Hayo Magazine

    There are plenty of shops offering handmade leather jackets & bags—leather is one of the country’s biggest exports—but only The Dutch Dianne in Bole Rwanda donates proceeds to benefit single mothers. 

This story is part of a larger piece on our featured cover story of the month: Discover Ethiopia.

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