Accra area guides • Osu

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

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Oxford Street in Osu

Oxford Street in Osu © Daniel Neilson


Osu is probably the most happening part of town. The busy Cantonments Road, known to virtually everyone as Oxford Street, is a hub of activity 24 hours a day. Many of Accra's best bars, restaurants and shops are in Osu. Stalls line the street and hawkers hound tourists selling personalised wristbands, fake Rolexes and football shirts.

Cantonments Road, between Lokko Road and the busy Danquah Circle, might be known as Oxford Street, but shares little with London's shopping hotspot. The only similarity is the volume of people and traffic. Probably the busiest street in Accra, it's the site of bars, clubs, restaurants and boutique shops. There are no specific tourist sights, but its constant bustle makes it an essential part of any visit.

Expect some friendly hassle at the northern end (one scam is to ask your name and then appear 20 minutes later with it embroidered on a wristband), but this dissipates further down. The area is even busier during the evenings when revellers hit the bars. Many of the shops and restaurants are actually off Cantonments Road, on the quieter numbered lanes. At one end of Cantonments Road is the busy Danquah Circle, a roundabout on the Ring Road, named after one of Ghana's founding fathers JB Danquah. The circle is generally crowded day and night.


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Restaurants and bars in Osu

Buka

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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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,

  1. 10th Lane, near the old American Embassy
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Bella Roma

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Fresh and bold Mediterranean flavours reign at this friendly Italian eatery. It’s recently been expanded, and diners have a choice between an indoor restaurant area, outdoor patio, or lounging on the banquettes in the bar area. Patrons devour

  1. Off Cantonments Road, (Oxford Street), behind Frankie’s
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Monsoon

  • Rated as: 3/5

Even with the nearby purple bulk of Citizen Kofi luring many city-centre pleasure-seekers, lively Oxford Street venue Monsoon still succeeds in drawing the crowds. It’s a popular choice for the expat community, and its broad street-facing terrace

  1. 41 Cantonments Road, Oxford Street, above Osu Food Court
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Firefly Lounge Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Industrial chic has arrived in Accra. As if plucked from the streets of Manhattan, this confident nightspot has effortlessly slid to the forefront of the city’s social scene; its whitewashed brickwork, dim lighting and edgy beats attracting a

  1. 11th Lane, Embassy Road
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Heritage Indian Restaurant

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The Ghanaians are fans of Indian food, and Heritage often gets pointed to as one of the best curry houses in the capital. The atmosphere inside is elegant and quiet, with some fabulously detailed Indian carvings on display. The food is equally

  1. Off Salem Road, near Papaye
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Khana Khazana

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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In keeping with Accra’s penchant for hiding away great eateries and bars, Khana Khazana is literally sat behind a petrol station. What you find really is surprisingly charming. A thatched dining area overlooked by trees shades tables clad in green

  1. Behind the ENGEN filling station, Kojo Thompson Road
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Cuzzy Bro's

Ryan’s Bar is dead. Long live Cuzzy Bro’s. The good times are still rolling in this large Osu bar, with even more live music, barbeques and excellent food. Its owners, a South African restaurateur and a Polynesian Kiwi opened the place in June

  1. Troas Street, off Cantoments Road (Oxford Street)
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Shops in Osu

Christie Brown

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While the Christie Brown label has been exciting fashion folk for a while, it celebrated the official launch of it first boutique in Accra in February 2012. This high-design store is a sophisticated shopping venue where ladies with an eye for the

  1. Ist Lane, Osu
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La Maison

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A charmingly edited selection of furnishings, art and decorative items can be found inside this cool and airy space designed by Lebanese architect Robert Abou. You’ll find chunky sofas, gilded mirrors, reclaimed leather chairs, eye-catching

  1. Annexe, 6th Street, Osu
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Jil Boutique

This ‘lifestyle boutique’ has an abundance of colourful African-print dresses as well as a nice selection of stylish Italian shoes and sparkly accessories. This attractive shop offers kaleidoscopic racks of individually designed long dresses,

  1. 6th Lane, off Cantonments Road (Oxford Street) Osu
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Eleanor’s Closet

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The simple idea behind Eleanor’s Closet is to provide affordable quality clothes in Ghana (and soon elsewhere in Africa), something that has actually been hard to find in Ghana. Most of the clothing carries the Eleanor’s Closet label, and it’s

  1. 1st Ringway Estates, opp. Alexander Plaza Hotel.
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AACD African Market

After the chaos of the Arts Centre, this shop in Osu is a bit of a relief. Much of the same items can be found in the many rooms of this large building, but the prices are fixed. All the usual Ghanaian knick-knacks can be browsed, alongside some

  1. Abebresem Street
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Viva Boutique

Viva has been supplying high-end clothes and accessories to the label-conscious urbanites of Accra for more than two decades. There’s good reason for the boutique’s continued success, primarily in the form of the broad selection of haute couture

  1. 809 11th Lane, Osu
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