Must see shopping in Ethiopia

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    soleRebels Footwear

    Eight years after being founded by designer Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu to help talented artisans in her neighbourhood, soleRebels Footwear's shoes are made…

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    St George Gallery Axum

    One of the best shops in northern Ethiopia, St George has that rare combination of simple tourist items and fine pieces of art and antiques, although the…

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    Alert Handicraft Shop

    Here the Berhan Taye Leprosy Disabled Persons Work Group produces and sells beautiful handbags, pillow covers and wall hangings, each emblazoned with…

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    Gallery 21

    Of all the shops/stalls north of Haileselassie Alemayehu on Churchill Ave, this gallery has the biggest selection (if you ask to see the back room) and…

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    Makush Art Gallery & Restaurant

    This gallery and restaurant has an excellent, carefully selected collection of high-quality furniture and paintings created by around 70 emerging and well…

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    Shiro Meda Market

    If you’re interested in blankets, Ethiopian wedding attire or traditional clothing like a shamma (shawl worn by highlander men), head to this group of…

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    Fine Art Gallery

    The one shop that stands out from Lalibela’s throng of souvenir shacks. Inside are beautiful watercolour and sepia paintings created by local artist…

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    Kindu Trust

    This child-sponsorship charity has a small store selling baskets, banana art and beads made from recycled magazines. Some items are also sold at Lodge du…

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    House of the Lalibela Artisans

    Set up to help local artisans market their work, this modest collection has some textiles, basketry, figurines and paintings. You can sometimes see some…

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    Bashanfer Trading

    You can buy fresh, export-quality Ethiopian coffee at this well-stocked shop on the main drag in Megala. It sells 1kg (Birr90) and 500g (Birr46) packets…

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    Nure Roasted Harar Coffee

    One step inside and the swoon-inducing scents will have you hooked. It sells 1kg and 500g packets of excellent whole and ground beans, and you can watch…

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    Abyssinia Honey King

    Stocking local, naturally produced honeys with not a chemical in sight, this place is as good for your breakfast as it is for an unusual but authentically…

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    City-centre branch of Addis' best bookshop chain, with a small but good selection of books on Ethiopia.

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    Branch of Addis' best bookshop chain, just north of the city centre.

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    Craft Kiosks

    You'll find a handful of small stalls selling fairly standard souvenirs here, a block back from the lake's edge, but you may also find the makers of the…

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    Tourist Information Shop

    This small, dusty shop has little to inspire but it does offer a handful of birding and other natural history books, which is quite the rarity here.

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    Has a range of products, including fruit and vegetables.