Although Banjul is the second largest city in Gambia, it is the business hub and official capital of the tiny West African country. Banjul is situated on the tip of a peninsula at the mouth of River Gambia. Fondly called the City of Lights, Banjul boasts a busy harbor, a lively market and a few of interesting attractions, enough to fill its delicate size.
The capital city is sort of laid back and serves mainly as administrative center while letting other cities run the show in terms of tourism. However, there are a few ‘Must See’ in Banjul and it will be unforgivable to miss out on them. The Arch 22 monument, National Museum, and the War Memorial and fountain near McCarthy Square are places to visit. The famous Royal Albert Market, Banjul Tourist Craft Market, and the St. Joseph’s Adult Education & Skill Centre are also places to visit where you can pick up nice souvenirs.
Rice is quite a popular staple in the country. Some of the famous Gambian dishes include Fish, Chicken or Beef Benachin. Benachin is otherwise known as Jollof rice. The word benachin means one pot, and is a reference to the way the meal is cooked. Chicken Yassa is also popular, as well as Dodoma which is peanut sauce. Chicken and beef are common features in most meals, as well as vegetables, and seafood like oysters, shrimps. However, there are several restaurants in the city offering intercontinental dishes for those who would rather stay in their comfort zone when it comes to dining.
The city offers a couple of thirst-quenchers which are quite popular around the country and are worth introducing to your throat. Wonjo is made from Roselle, a specie of hibiscus native to West Africa and the drink is common. Wonjo is called bissap among French-speaking West Africans, sobolo in Ghana and zobo in Nigeria. Bwi, made from baobab is another popular drink, while ginger beer is equally common. Attaya and kinkiliba are popular herbal infusions and are drunk like tea with milk and sugar. Palm wine is available, and the locally brewed Julbrew is cheap with a nice taste. As a largely predominantly Muslim country, most locals abstain from alcohol consumption. However, quality alcohol: wines and spirits are available at most tourists’ hangouts. Sodas and juices in cartons and cans are also available.