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12 Accra restaurants to celebrate in this Christmas
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12 Accra restaurants to celebrate in this Christmas

Party time! Whether it's for a Christmas party, a special family event or a hot date, this is the time of year to really splash out. These are our picks of the best restaurants in Accra for a celebratory meal. 

Accra’s nomadic chefs
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Accra’s nomadic chefs

Welcome to Bishop‘s kitchen. Few things can compare to the feeling that takes over your body when food made with every ounce of tender love and care touches your palate. You are transfixed by the aroma and faced with the indecisiveness of the pace at which to devour this meal because you want to savour it for as long as you can.  If you share this appreciation for good food, you should be on the lookout for ‘biishville’; pop-up dining sessions hosted twice a month by up and coming Ghanaian chef, Kwame Annom Amfo-Akonnor, popularly known as ‘Bishop’.  After a couple of stints with acting and modelling, which Bishop describes as hobbies, the ‘kitchen slayer’ has found his way back to his first true love; cooking. Though some mothers in Ghana would have found the amount of time he spent in the kitchen odd, Bishop’s mother was and remains to this day his biggest motivator and number one fan. He was twelve when he first discovered his love for cooking. After attempting and not quite pulling off a shepherd’s pie, he has worked his way up the culinary food chain creating some really impressive delights.  Unfazed by Accra’s pricey property market, which deflated his plans of getting his own place, Bishop is winning hearts all over the capital with his pop-up dining sessions.  A combination of local and continental home-made dishes, expect a menu that caters to a food lover’s every need. The interactive three-hour sessions feature simple and healthy three-course meals born from Bi

The best cafes in Accra
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The best cafes in Accra

In the Rate Your City campaign we asked you to vote on the city's best cafes. Here are the results... 

Soul Food + recipes
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Soul Food + recipes

Ask any Ghanaian’s who cooks the greatest jollof rice and the number one answer is ‘Mum’, of course. Coming a close second place, occasionally first, is ‘Gran’. Third place is usually reserved for ‘me’. Jollof rice, a dish of rice, tomatoes, onion, spices and whatever is lying around in the pantry, is arguably Ghana’s national dish – well it would be if it wasn’t eaten widely in Senegal, Gambia and Nigeria (but they don’t count, it is Ghanaians who know how to do it properly). In a recent interview with Lethal Bizzle, an UK hip hop star with Ghanaian parents, told Time Out Accra, ‘I grew up eating Ghanaian food: yam, fufu and jollof rice that my mother used to cook. I still carry on making it in my own house myself. Jollof rice and chicken is probably my favourite dish of all time.’ For expatriates, ensconced in some far away country, it is a meal of their homeland that, perhaps more than anything else, often provides the idea of comfort. Yet it is more than the assemblage of ingredients. A meal is who you share it with – family, friends, a loved one – that is remembered. In Ghana, like in Mediterranean countries, the mealtime is to be savoured. Time is needed to taste the food, the love that went into it, and the company it is eaten with. It is something the sizable Ghanaian Diaspora feels acutely. Yet fret not, US-based, Accra-born Sandra Amoako has published a book that will help ease the longing for the homeland, and allow visitors to Ghana to recreate their favourite d

Cheap eats
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Cheap eats

Accra has a number of high-quality fine dining establishments - with equally high price tags. Thankfully, places to eat on a more modest budget also abound in the capital. Some of the best are often the simplest, doing a handful of dishes or a speciality dish really well - juicy chicken and traditional favourites like jollof rice often make great, affordable meals. And don't be put off by its humble appearance - often the roadside shack serves up some of Accra's most authentic, flavourful and wallet-friendly bites.

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Cafe Kwae
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Cafe Kwae

Café Kwae is an all day café/restaurant founded by Yvette Nana Ama Ansah and inspired by her love of good, simple food and her passion for travel. The aim is to create a casual space where you can grab a cup of freshly ground coffee or cold-pressed juice before work, sample a menu of fresh, simply made lunch fare, or meet up with friends and family over a long, drawn out evening meal (with loads of wine!). Oh! Be sure to indulge in the selection of tasty home-made desserts when you come in. 

The Neem Grill
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The Neem Grill

The Neem Grill is an intimate outdoor restaurant & bar specializing in a variety of grilled meats, fish, seafood, and vegetables. The focus is on good quality produce, free-range meats, and fresh seafood. The outdoor space is a green oasis to be discovered! Trees, well-nourished lawns, modern woodwork, and an all-round welcoming and Zen atmosphere is equally a strong focus.  

Burger & Relish East Legon
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Burger & Relish East Legon

Burger and Relish East Legon is the sister restaurant to the now famous Burger and Relish Osu. Gourmet burgers, American diner food and cocktails. Full review to come soon. 

Urban Grill
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Urban Grill

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest restaurant of all? The shiny new Urban Grill is one of the most talked about restaurants in Accra and for good reason: the food, the décor, the ambience are all superlative. It is located at Icon House, a new building that also hosts equally-hyped Coco Lounge, Vida e caffé and La Maison, all from the same team that started Santoku. This group of eateries is seriously raising the bar in Ghana for food, service and interior design. So what of Urban Grill? At its heart, it is a high-end steak house. The meat is corn-fed and imported directly from Nebraska, and cooked over a charcoal grill to perfection. It’s the best steak in Ghana. At the helm in the kitchen is Andrew DiCataldo who cut his teeth at Patria in New York City where the New York Times said: “Mr. DiCataldo can splash color and flavor all over the plate – what’s the point of nuevo Latino if you don’t – but he has a fine, disciplined hand. He understands subtleties.” . As good as the steak is, the menu really gets interesting when he fuses his Nuevo Latino passions with local ingredients in dishes such as squid three ways, the amazing pork belly with kumquat glaze on crispy fried cassava or, his signature dish, the plantain-encrusted grouper. The desserts highlight is the sticky toffee pudding. The staff strike the right balance of being attentive while giving you time and space. Be sure to pop in a bit early and grab a dry martini or their deconstructed Bloody Mary, which

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Best for local cuisine
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Best for local cuisine

Where to sample traditional Ghanaian fare While Accra offers a wide range of international cuisine, there's nothing quite like sampling traditional dishes in some of the capital's best-loved spots. From jollof rice to waakye, freshly-caught fish to spicy stews, you're bound to find something on the menu to tickle your tastebuds. Dining Ghanaian-style is an experience for the novice - you'll often find yourself navigating a dish without a knife and fork, for starters. It's all part of the fun. Here's our pick of the best places in Accra for some local flavour.  Buka Conveniently situated close to the centre of Osu, Buka is, without question, one of the best lunch spots in the city. More often than not it has the full tables to show for it. Set on the first floor, so there’s a sense of escape from the throng, with lively music and wraparound wooden trellises adding to the ambience. The food itself hinges largely on Ghanaian and Nigerian specialties – dishes include okra stew and eba (a dough ball eaten with stews). Service can slow down during busy lunches. Country Kitchen You would have thought, judging by the government officials, the occasional tribal leader and the Reverend Jesse Jackson (whose picture in the restaurant hangs in pride of place) that Country Kitchen is an upmarket joint. However, the main appeal here is hearty home cooking that remains true to Ghanaian classics. The atmosphere is as relaxed as the staff, but the food is freshly cooked. Fufu, banku and jollof

Best for international cuisine
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Best for international cuisine

Time Out recommends the best places to eat without borders - the top tier in Accra's cosmopolitan dining scene Over the centuries foreign influences have seeped into Ghanaian culture - from its days as a West African hub for trade with Europe in the 1400s right through to the colonial era and beyond. This cosmopolitan outlook is reflected in its capital city's restaurant scene, where international cuisine is flourishing. Here are Time Out's recommendations on the best restaurants to find the best non-local delicacies...

Best for a quick snack
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Best for a quick snack

Our top three recommended places for your fast-food fix - where to go for burgers, fries and fried chicken with an African twist Barcelo’s Chicken This branch of Accra’s favourite chicken chain also has a bakery and an ice cream parlour. Think Nando’s and you are pretty much there, and the food is of similar quality. The chicken is very juicy, the jollof rice has a bite, and there’s a selection of pepper and peri-peri sauces from mild to steam-coming-out-of-your-ears cartoon style. Salad, coleslaw and other embellishments are available for side dishes. There’s also a selection of chicken burgers. With prices from around GH¢12 for chicken and chips, it’s a reliable and quick option – with a good ice cream for dessert. Chicken Republic Is there room for another fried chicken joint in Accra? Judging by the constant stream of people in here, and at the other two recent additions, it seems so. Rotisserie and fried chicken pieces are on offer as well as burgers, jollof rice and salads. Other locations Spintex (0302 817 094); Ring Road (0302 233 869). KFC Yes, this is a KFC. But as KFCs go, it is one of the more eye-catching – largely owing to a gigantic bargain bucket on a pole out front that glows well into the night. Its arrival on Oxford Street caused a great deal of commotion back in 2011, and this shiny three-floor chicken emporium has been serving streams of enamoured locals cartons of its golden-crumbed fast food ever since. A second branch has opened in the Melcom Plus bui

Accra's cheap eats
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Accra's cheap eats

Accra has a number of high-quality fine dining establishments - with equally high price tags. Thankfully, places to eat on a more modest budget also abound in the capital. Some of the best are often the simplest, doing a handful of dishes or a speciality dish really well - juicy chicken and traditional favourites like jollof rice often make great, affordable meals. And don't be put off by its humble appearance - often the roadside shack serves up some of Accra's most authentic, flavourful and wallet-friendly bites.

Al fresco dining in Accra
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Al fresco dining in Accra

Places to dine al fresco are plentiful in the Ghanaian capital. Whether you're after beachside dining or looking for a breezy terrace, Accra will have something to offer.  Time Out's pick of open air restaurants - or restaurants with outdoor space - serve up a range of dishes, from traditional West African to less traditional - but equally delicious - pizza, fresh from a proper wood-burning oven. Here's where to go for great food in the great outdoors.

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Buka
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Buka

Conveniently situated close to the centre of Osu, Buka is, without question, one of the best lunch spots in the city – and more often than not has full tables to show for it. Set on the first floor, it gives a sense of escape from the throng, with lively music and wraparound wooden trellises adding to the ambience. The food itself hinges largely on Ghanaian and Nigerian specialties – dishes include okra stew and eba (a dough ball eaten with stews). Try and avoid peak lunch hours.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Mamma Mia
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Mamma Mia

Set around an agreeably rustic courtyard some five minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, Mamma Mia, now well into its second decade, combines quality thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas with an attractive setting, easily making it easily one of Accra’s best options for Italian food. But it’s not just pizzas – we’d also highly recommend the large and reasonably priced seafood platter. The outside area has a trattoria-like feel, with rough-hewn paving, terracotta tilework and warm, simple decor. Air-conditioned dining is also available inside.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Il Cavaliere Pazzo
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Il Cavaliere Pazzo

Set in one of the most prestigious spots in the city, overlooking the Polo Club’s field, Il Cavaliere Pazzo rises to the occasion. It’s one of the most impressive buildings in Accra, making effective use of wood both on the interior and exterior. It’s also refreshingly understated. Its recently revised menu is unswervingly Italian, with genuine (and genuinely good) risottos, gnocchi and ravioli with spinach and ricotta. The steaks and the grilled fish are also excellent. New items include Gnocchi al Pesto and Scaloppine alla Sorrentina (thinly sliced beef fillet with tomato sauce and mozzarella. The service is attentive too, among the best in Accra. It’s also worth saying that the proximity to the airport makes it a good stop on the way out. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
La Chaumiere
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La Chaumiere

La Chaumiere’s sophisticated French dishes have been catering to Accra’s discerning diners for more than a decade. It offers a smattering of North African flavours for good measure – dishes such as grouper with harissa and mint yoghurt – but the mainstay is classic and honest French cuisine, from a crispy Nicoise salad to a wonderfully thick and sticky onion soup au gratin. It’s popular with visiting dignitaries and Ghanaian politicians.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Country Kitchen
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Country Kitchen

You would have thought, judging by its clientele of government officials, the occasional tribal leader and even the Reverend Jesse Jackson (whose picture in the restaurant hangs in pride of place) that Country Kitchen is an upmarket joint. The main appeal, however, is hearty home cooking that remains true to Ghanaian classics. The atmosphere is as relaxed as the staff are, but the food is freshly cooked – fufu, banku and jollof rice all come with a choice of chicken, beef, mutton or fish, (usually ‘red fish’). The larger grilled tilapia comes with banku.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Buka
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Buka

Conveniently situated close to the centre of Osu, Buka is, without question, one of the best lunch spots in the city. More often than not it has the full tables to show for it. Set on the first floor, so there’s a sense of escape from the throng, with lively music and wraparound wooden trellises adding to the ambience. The food itself hinges largely on Ghanaian and Nigerian specialties – dishes include okra stew and eba (a dough ball eaten with stews). Service can slow down during busy lunches.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Chop Bar
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The Chop Bar

Enjoy authentic Ghanaian cuisine in a modern atmosphere at The Chop Bar. With all the mouthwatering Ghanaina dishes on the menu, you won't be disappointed. Reasonably priced and with great service, the Chop Bar is a great lunch spot.  Be sure to visit. Its Chop Time! You're Invited!

Maquis Tante Marie
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Maquis Tante Marie

There are two branches of Maquis Tante Marie.  The newer is in Accra Mall, but the original Labone branch is the most atmospheric. All the seating is open-sided and the tasteful bamboo furniture and bright yellow tablecloths add to the exotic vibe of the place. The menu is definitively African with authentic dishes predominantly from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, such as tilapia and banku, nyama choma (grilled, spiced meat, usually mutton) and fish yassa (grilled in a tangy lemon marinade). It’s a great place for some traditional West African food. Other location Accra Mall (0224 322 5181).

Chez Afrique
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Chez Afrique

This popular restaurant often has live bands, including highlife musicians. The food’s good, but the music’s better. Many sets start off with a mixture of reggae, and other (random) hits before returning with a highlife set that gets everyone up and dancing. The musicianship is usually excellent.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Katawodieso
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Katawodieso

More of a street stall, Katawodieso is almost legendary in Accra. Run by the matriarch Ruby Duff-Tay and her sisters, it serves traditional Ghanaian food. Within a courtyard are bubbling pots of banku, fufu and jollof rice. The speciality here, however, is waakye – a dish of refried beans, rice, spicy sauce, some well-cooked meat and a bit of fish, usually eel. Walk in, take a seat if there is room, or order in the kiosk from one of the smartly dressed waitresses and see what arrives. The restaurant has been at this location for a quarter of a century and is known by everyone in Accra.

Country Kitchen
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Country Kitchen

You would have thought, judging by the government officials, the occasional tribal leader and the Reverend Jesse Jackson (whose picture in the restaurant hangs in pride of place) that Country Kitchen is an upmarket joint. However, the main appeal here is hearty home cooking that remains true to Ghanaian classics. The atmosphere is as relaxed as the staff, but the food is freshly cooked. Fufu, banku and jollof rice each come with a choice of chicken, beef, mutton or fish, usually ‘red fish’. The larger grilled tilapia comes with banku, a bowl of water, washing up liquid and a lack of cutlery. It offers a take-away and delivery service.

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