Yes Merkato is very busy and crowded however, its worth visiting and experience to one of the largest market in East Africa. I was there several years ago and its been changed a lot since and the market is not all outside anymore. As always its very important to have a good walking shoe and of course camera to capture the amazing things that you will be seeing. You need to be in guard to your personal things as always when one is visiting crowded places. I have been in more than twenty something countries and Addis is not any different when it comes pickpocketing. Most people communicate English ok at the market however you need to bargain wisely (having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right amount for you to pay). People are extremely nice and very polite and respect foreigners. We were two females and we never had any problem at all.
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