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Sprinkled everywhere through the streets of residential areas in The Gambia. Though they can vary greatly in size and selection, most have certain staples that Gambians would purchase on a day-to-day basis. A short-list includes bread (taapa laapa and senfu), laundry soap, mints, matches, oil, eggs (raw and hard-boiled), mosquito coils, Nescafe, powdered juice and milk packets, and Attaya. For a more complete list with Wolof translations, see the phrases section. One of the best reasons for visiting local shops are the made-to-order sandwiches—your choice of bread with egg or potato and mayo with a sprinkle of Jumbo.

These shops are primarily owned and run by people from the Fulani or Mauritanian communities. Their prices tend to be a lot lower than you would pay at  the various supermarkets and they are ideal for small basic items.


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