Although the Gambia is a Muslim country, most restaurants serve alcohol, and there is a lively bar scene in the most touristy parts of the coast. You’ll find appealing beachfront bars, festive open-sided eating and drinking spaces and a few dance clubs. Once you leave the busier parts of the coast, things are rather sedate, and your hotel or guesthouse will be the only place to find a drink.

Local Specialities

The Gambia has great local juices, such as bissap (made from sorrel) and creamy bouyi (made from the fruits of the baobab tree). Ataaya (strong, syrupy green tea) is a great pick-me-up. For something more potent, try a cup of thick, yeasty palm wine or an ice-cold JulBrew beer.