Accra area guides • Airport

Your guide to the best shops, restaurants, clubs, live music, art and culture and bars in the most rapidly developing part of Ghana's capital city

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Santoku, one of Airport's newest restaurants

Santoku, one of Airport's newest restaurants © Steven Adusei Photography

Airport is not only the first place you'll see in Accra, it is, as you'll notice, where most of the development is happening. New malls, hotels (we hear reports of new openings by Radisson Blu, Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton and Hotel Sun by the Villagio group), bars and restaurants - including the unmissable Santoku - are all in what's loosely defined as 'Airport' or 'Airport Residential'.


In this site we have split up 'Airport' into 'Airport East' that covers Accra Mall and the Spintex road north of the Airport. In Accra Mall, you'll find plenty of high-end shops such as La Maison and Kiki Clothing, as well as supermarkets, pharmacies and bars, including Rhapsody's.


Airport Residential is largely around the southern end of the airport and includes three of Accra's best restaurants: Il Cavaliere Pazzo, La Chaumiere and Santoku, as well as one of the city's most active cultural venues - the Alliance Francaise d'Accra. Also being home to many of the city's offices you'll find other upmarket restaurants such as Nicolino's, Osteria Michelangelo and Branche in the Golden Tulip hotel.


Finally Airport City is loosely defined along the Liberation Road and includes places such as the new Marina Mall and Holiday Inn. But best not to get too hung up on the nomenclature - just head to Airport for Accra's most upmarket vibes. Dare we say it? It's overtaking Osu as Accra's hottest neighbourhood.


Restaurants and bars in Airport

Santoku Restaurant & Bar

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Santoku is the best restaurant in Ghana right now. There are other pretenders to the throne opening up soon, but the blend of incredible food, effortless service, and truly well-designed surroundings make this a cut above the rest. Firstly, the

  1. Ground Floor, Azure, Villagio Vista, Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, Near African Regent
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Rhapsody’s

Rhapsody’s close to both the airport and surrounding hotels, ensuring the South African chain gets a steady supply of expats and moneyed locals to sample its extensive drink and cigar selection. There are two halves to the interior – an informal

  1. Shops 66-68, Accra Mall, Spintex Road
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Nicolino

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The best pizza in town? Despite stiff competition from Bella Roma and Mamma Mia, the wood burning pizza oven at Nicolino and a super tasty crust pip the other two. The set up is professional too, the staff are efficient and courteous, but it’s the

  1. Alliance Francaise, Liberation Link, Airport Residential Area, behind Opeibia House
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Il Cavaliere Pazzo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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 also one of the most impressive buildings in Accra, making effective use of wood, both on the interior and

  1. Next to Accra Polo Club, Liberation Road, Airport
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La Chaumiere

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

La Chaumiere’s sophisticated French dishes have been delighting Accra’s discerning diners for more than a decade. There is a smattering of North African flavours for good measure – find dishes such as grouper with harissa and mint yoghurt –

  1. 215 Liberation Road, opp Woolworths
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DeliFrance

  • Rated as: 3/5

Iced cupcakes, golden pastries, crunchy baguettes and bulging paninis are the staple at this very European of cafés. From the humble sausage roll to a light and salty spinach and ricotta puff pastry, find a bevy of bakery favourites chalked up on

  1. 11th Lane, off Cantonments Road (Oxford Street) immediately adjacent to Venus
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Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino

  • Rated as: 4/5

This café serves light lunches and brunches. Sandwiches are popular, especially the calorific chicken, cheese, bacon and avocado version. Apart from sandwiches, the menu contains rice and chicken dishes, lots of salads, burgers and a breakfast

  1. 3rd Close Ringway, off Volta Street, Off Partrice Lumba, Airport residential area
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Branche

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Branche, at the Golden Tulip hotel, is the kind of chic, understated hotel restaurant (or bar, lounge, call it what you will) that wouldn’t feel out of place in any global five-star property. There’s a full choice of Ghanaian dishes, as well as

  1. Golden Tulip Hotel, Liberation Road, Airport
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Shops in Airport

Accra Mall

Clothing boutiques, global sports brands and high-end furniture outlets populate the ground floor of Ghana’s largest shopping mall. Glamourous African-inspired fashions fill the racks of Kiki Clothing and Jil Boutique, and a branch of African

  1. Tettah Quashie and Spintex Road
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Kiki Clothing

Run by the delightful Titi Ademola, this boutique sells dresses, traditional kaftans, bags and shoes. She has demonstrated her prowess on the international stage with bold yet wearable designs that sculpt traditional African designs into confident

  1. Accra Mall, Shop G39a, Tetteh Quarshie
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TM Lewin

Smart clothes for smart guys, the London-based brand TM Lewin is a stylish men’s fashion shop along the lines of Gap with well-designed off-the-shelf suits and accessories such as cufflinks and colourful retro ties, to more casual polo shirts.

  1. Shop G38, Accra Mall ,Tetteh Quarshie
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Woolworth’s

Woolworth’s is Ghana’s answer to Marks and Spencer. The South African-owned store focuses on quality clothes (including a good children’s section) and homewares. This is the place to pick up last minute slacks and a shirt for golf or a

  1. Horizon Plaza, 60 Liberation Road, Woolworths Building, Airport Residential
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Apple iShop

Ghana’s only Apple store has a ‘café’ and terminals offering broadband access (GH¢ 1.25 for 30 minutes). The store also runs a repair service.

  1. Accra Mall, Tetteh Quarshie and Spintex Road
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