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Food & Dining in The Gambia
 
 
 

General

The Gambia boasts a large variety of eateries, ranging from casual beach bars and family-run restaurants to more formal dining rooms offering international cuisine. Indeed, high class restaurants have become a much more common sight on the Gambian dining scene of late.

Western food is available at most tourist hotels and restaurants. Some hotels and restaurants organise Gambian-style barbecue-buffet nights featuring freshly grilled local fish and chicken, spicy stews and rice dishes.

For most visitors it is a case of choosing between the various beach-side family restaurants and bars that cater for The Gambia's tourists. The majority of them are concentrated in Kololi and the surrounding resort area. Kairaba Avenue is also home to a large number of dining establishments and cafés. It is worth noting that the capital city of Banjul offers a very limited selection of restaurants, considering its status.

With only a few exceptions, Gambian bars and restaurants are more frequented by tourists than locals. Many Gambians don’t drink alcohol, and most prefer to entertain at home, only eating out when away from home or on business.

Places to Dine

Westerners who visit The Gambia will be very well aware that even their smallest home towns will boast at least 50 to 100 eating houses of which perhaps ten will be of excellent standard.

In the tourist area of The Gambia, there are over 500 hundred restaurants and bars offering a variety of food styles. For instance, you might try Memories (Malay/Thai), Al Amir (Lebanese), Flamingo (International), Mama’s (Swiss/African) or Antonico (Suriname).

Those who take their food seriously should try out one of The Gambia's more upmarket restaurants. These include the Butcher's Shop and the Ngala Lodge, both of which reside in Fajara, on the Kairaba Avenue and the Atlantic Boulevard respectively. The latter offers fantastic views as well as fine Mediterranean-style food. The Avocado Restaurant in Kololi is also highly regarded.

The Clay Oven Restaurant (Satang Jow Road, Fajara) has been serving genuine Indian food to dine-in or take-away for many years now and is one of the best Indian restaurants in Gambia. The main restaurant is exquisitely furnished and has a seating capacity for 70 diners.

For Italian cuisine, head to either La Valbonne, All Italiana, Paradiso or Luigi's, all of which can be found in the Senegambia Strip, Kololi.

Many of the main tourist hotels, including the Kombo Beach Hotel, the Senegambia Hotel and the Ocean Bay, have at least one restaurant of their own.

At the budget end of dining out, The Gambia offers plenty in the way of street food. Wherever you go, you will be tempted to try out a takeaway served Gambian style, whether it is a plate of grilled meat and chips or a bowl of vegetable stew.

 

 
 

 



 


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