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.