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.
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
£0.13 for either; 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.