The most important tip I can give you on Gambia  local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Gambia, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.

What to Eat in

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Benachin or Jollof rice — a traditional West African rice dish with onions, spices, tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with meat, fish or vegetables. Chicken Yassa — chicken boiled with onion, black pepper and lime or lemon. Domoda — meat stew with rice and peanut butter sauce. Lots and lots of peanuts, the main crop of The Gambia.


International food. Please don’t be put off by what you may hear about Gambian cuisine, everything may come with rice but don’t forget rice is a staple in most of the world. But if you’re after something your stomach is used to, then there is a plethora of international restaurants to choose from where you can have a Chinese or Indian curry, good old fish & chips or Japanese noodles, and there’s also Thai, Lebanese, German, Dutch and Mexican. In fact food in Gambia is truly international and the fish is to die for

What to Drink in Gambia

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