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Take a tour through Serekunda Market with us

My Magazine 2022/08
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Last month we shared some tips on how to barter in the local market. This time around, we decided to give you a tour around the biggest market in The Gambia, Serekunda Market. Spreading across the fair share of the town, the market allows you to go on a neverending shopping spree.

Here you can find almost anything you desire. Maybe not in the shape of well-stocked spacious shops in the mall but with an authentic feel of overcrowdedness, push sales, sounds, tastes and colours.

Make a stop to buy your favourite fruits and vegetables, then continue to search for the fresh fish or oysters from the creek. In need of imported goods? You can find brand new or second-hand clothes or shoes in the covered area of the textile section.

Although it seems confusing for first-time visitors, the market area is divided into sections depending on the items of sale. The physical shops are minimarkets stocked up with everything you need in one place – be it rice, oil, matches, cleaning solution, batteries, flip-flops, spices or condensed milk – it is all available at one place, carefully distributed on the shelves, with the skills of the best Tetris player. In front of the shops, vendors with their tiny points of sale, usually on the covered floor or on the plate on the chair or wooden stall, would sell everything from soap, fruits, jewellery and make-up, fake branded watches, and phone accessories, car accessories and attaya. Moving around, you will spot baby centre shops, perfume shops, fashion shops, electricity supply shops, and shops selling plastic pans, cups, brooms, baskets and bins. You might spot bookstore and paper shop, continuing into the whole street of shops with colourful materials.

It has magic, our Serekunda. You must experience it. We suggest you take local transport for a more authentic feel, but we strongly recommend a guide to help you barter, prevent you from getting lost and make your shopping a bit more relaxed. Try everything you don't know – Serekunda hides a lot of treasures.

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