Royal Albert Market
PO Box 996 Banjul
Tel no: +220 4373080
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 wooden masks 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 goods.
The 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 recover.
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 ferry boats come and go and a whole
mini community lives on the foreshore in make-shift
Go down Independence Drive until you reach the roundabout
then turn left and continue until the end of the road.
Opening Hours: 8am to 7pm