As tourism in northern Kombo has expanded in recent years, so has the choice of restaurants & bars, with a huge range of styles on offer, from modern European to Lebanese, from simple barbecues to elaborate Asian banquets.
The resort area has the greatest concentration of international-style restaurants in the country – in fact, it’s not all that easy to find traditional Gambian food in any of the tourist restaurants.
Go to restaurants in a relaxed mood, because you’re likely to find that the service is a bit slow. If you are on holidays, you should anyway not rush and adjust yourself to Gambian atmosphere.
Most of the tourist places have a terrace so you can dine in the sun by day or under the stars by night. Local places may just be a few wooden benches and oilcloth-topped tables.
The bar and club scene here is similarly divided into two camps – tourist places and local places – although there’s often a healthy overlap of clientele between the two. Many tourists get their taste of the resort nightlife on a “Gambia by Night” tour organized by their hotel reps – a coach-driven bar crawl for a flat fee of around 25€/15£, where you are driven from bar to bar, sampling a free glass of something at each, and dancing to whatever sounds they’ve slapped on to celebrate your arrival.
For live music, local radio, guides and taxi drivers can be good source of information about forthcoming events – many of which aren’t widely advertised. If you are planning a full-on night out, remember that nothing really gets going before midnight here.