Top Shop


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Top Shop

The Gambian Top Shop has nothing to do with its well-know British namesake. Instead of latest fashions, the shop's several locations stock authentic African art from the region, and offer a refreshingly hassle-free shopping experience for those who prefer to purchase items at fixed prices rather than go through the stress of haggling.


One rule to remember when shopping in Gambia is to be ruthless at haggling - in most cases, prices may be brought down by at least one-third of the original number. Neither Banjul nor its surroundings offer much of the western-style shopping some travelers may be expecting to find - there are little to none of glass display stores or shopping centres, with most shopping carried out at local markets or straight off hawker stalls. Items worth bringing back home include woodwork (masks, especially), fabrics, traditional jewelry and crafts, and even local treats and foodstuffs.