There is no wonder Bread in The Gambia, but the country hosts some
delicious homemade varieties. The most common are long pieces of bread
in the shape of a French baguette. Senfur is most similar to the taste
and texture of a baguette, though shorter, thicker around, and a bit
less crunchy than the French style of bread.
Tapalapa is much
different and more widely available, especially outside of the Greater
Banjul area. It is heavy and dense, with a taste and reminiscent of
the inside of soft pretzels. Senfur and taapa laapa are sold in almost
any local shop for about $0.10 and $0.15 respectively; for other types
of bread, including familiar loaves of white bread and Italian style
bread, you must go to a bakery.
There are numerous bakeries
in Gambia dotted about the Kombo areas who
usually have finished baking around 4 in the morning and begin
to deliver their loaves just before dawn to the local Pulaar and
Mauritanian Arabs' shops.