Addis Ababa - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

No. There are some beautiful fabrics and handicrafts and if you can ship furniture a gallery called Zebra specialises in Gurage-style rustic furniture. - Aug 2020


You can get textiles and baskets. - Mar 2020


Scarves are very cool. The dresses are pretty. Ceramics are limited and very not high quality. Art is typically very religious. It is illegal to purchase and take religious relics, but the metal trade makes decent copies. Coffee is alway good. Leather products are nice. In general, this isn't a big artisan country. That said it's a growing community and it will be in the future. Ir you have a distinct art/trade, be open to bring it to a group or a gallery and be willing to help teach it to locals. This takes time, but with persistence, it will benefit many. And it will help your morale. - Feb 2020


You can find all of these things at the monthly bazaars or the bazaars at the school (baskets, furniture, art work, jewelry, pottery, clothing). - Feb 2019


Yes, some nice handicraft items. - Oct 2018


Not really but it depends on your style. Opals. Coffee. Coptic Crosses. Woven cotton things... - Aug 2018


Ethiopian silk and cotton products. Baskets, some art, and coffee. - Jul 2018


No this is not a shopping post, but you can buy some local handicrafts like scarves and handwoven towels, baskets and coffee. - Jan 2018


Silver jewelry is nice and relatively inexpensive. Opals are also mined in Ethiopia, though not cheap. There are lots of scarves and other handwoven linens, and leather bags and accessories. There are many craft bazaars in the dry season, especially close to Christmas. - Sep 2017


Not really. The stuff gets old. The baskets/weaving stuff is nice but...how many baskets can one person buy? The coffee rocks though. If you are a coffee person? You are coming to the right place. - Aug 2016


No, not a shopping post. Once you're acclimated you will start to notice weaving culture, etc. Generally of poor quality. If good quality, extremely expensive. - Aug 2016


Traditional coffee sets; traditional shawls/clothing for women - Feb 2016


Nice artwork, furniture, cultural clothes, teff! - May 2014


Coffee (need to shop around for taste/preference). Local pottery. Carved items. Scarves. Orthodox crosses are popular. - Jan 2014


Baskets, opals, coffee, art, scarves. - Nov 2013


Coffee -- It's the birthplace of the coffee bean. - Jun 2012


Coffee -- the best in the world! - Aug 2010


Artwork, Ethiopian crosses, silver, coffee. - Jun 2010


Silver and gold religious jewelry, beads, leather goods, hand-made drums, paintings on goat skin and cowhide, Ethiopian spices... - Mar 2008


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