Is there a better time (day / time) to go to the Merkato?
i.e., Mon vs. Wed vs. Saturday?
and early in the morning (9am) vs. noon vs. afternoon?
I'm mostly interested in photo opportunities.
No. Just avoid Friday n Sunday.
Sholay market just as good and less hassle. Shiro Meda market good too.
Shola. Not Sholay
Great if you like markets. To find the interesting bits of markerto you really need a guide. Shola easier to do on your own..even easy to reach..get a Shola/Megananya minibus from outside CBE just east of Arat Kilo 3birr. Shola is at first traffic lights
Shola sleepy and colorful Iess crowed less hassle
you cant compare Merkato with Shola. Merkato is chaotic and Crazy lot lot crazy than most people could Imagine much better to have local with you who knows the spots .
Go to Merkato
Morning 10 AM there a lots of traffic there so be patient