Contact Address Details:
Royal Albert Market
PO Box 996
Tel no: +220 4373080
Go down Independence Drive until you reach the roundabout then
turn left and continue until the end of the road.
8am to 7pm
Market is in
Banjul on Liberation Avenue and is the capital's
main urban market. It was named after Queen Victoria's husband
Prince Albert Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. It is essentially an
emporium that is pungent, lively and bustling with a
large selection of vividly designed fabrics, carved
and fresh produce which is packed to the brim. All this is laid
out within a labyrinth of alleys and hundreds of rickety stalls
and purpose built shops. It is open from 8am to 7pm.
The market used to be called the
Colonial Engineer’s Yard and later re-named the Liberated African Yard.
It stood on what used to be called Wellington St. which was later
re-named Liberation Avenue.
Really there are 3 distinct markets here.
The wholesale and retail market, that sells everything the local
people could possible want, from clothes to hardware.
The produce market, selling
fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and dried
tourist market and craft stalls, catering for the tourist trade,
the size of it makes it impressive and there is plenty of choice.
You may get frustrated by the crowds and the jostling
before you have seen it all, but you are only moments away from
the river or the African Heritage Centre for a few moments to
If you are visiting Banjul, the market is a must, but don't just
visit for the market, Serrekunda
is just as good if not better.
The river bank is only a few metres away behind Albert Market
and this is a different world. Pirogues cut across the river, the large
boats come and go and a whole mini community lives on the foreshore
in make-shift dwellings.