Shopping in Eastern Ethiopia
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In some of the Adare houses in the Old Town, the ever-enterprising Adares have set up souvenir shops displaying beautifully made baskets, and silver and amber jewellery. The house of Fatuma Safir Ahmed, just north of the main market, is one example. Another is Zeituna Yusuf Grille's shop, just south of the market, which is as good as an antique shop.
Amber necklaces and baskets are on sale, but remember to bring your sharpest bargaining skills! Because these shops are family-run, they may not always be 'open'. Knock on the doors.
Just thinking about the scents wafting from this place makes us swoon. One step inside, and you're hooked forever. It sells 1kg packets of excellent quality coffee for around Br45 - your best souvenir! You can also have a tour of the roasting and grinding machines in the back.
After all this sightseeing, you might need a stimulant to keep your spirits high. What about chewing a leaf (or two) of chat? Chat markets can be found around most of the city gates, except the Buda Gate, as well as to the south of Feres Magala.