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75 things to do in Accra and Ghana - the full list

With tips on everything from Accra's best restaurants and shops to museums and sightseeing – read our ultimate guide to things to do in Accra

On New Year's Day 1957, Ghana officially became independent after years of rule by the British, Dutch and Portuguese. In the half-century since, Ghana has become known as the Black Star of Africa – a shining example of a stable and secure post-colonial African country. And nowhere is this more evident than in its vibrant capital. Below is Time Out's celebration of the city, and the country, as we bring you the 75 best things to do in Accra and beyond...

Bars and nightlife in Accra and Ghana

See authentic highlife at +233

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+233 (named after the Ghanaian dialling code) is an intelligently designed club that has live bands six days a week. Inside, there are two floors. The band play on a small stage downstairs, but can also be seen from the U-shaped upstairs. Probably the best place in Accra to see live music at the moment.

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Lounging at Rhapsody’s

There are two halves to the interior – an informal lounge, complete with panel-lit horseshoe bar and football on TVs, and a restaurant. Things crank up a notch on Fridays and Saturdays when DJs spin tunes: expect sizeable crowds.

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East Airport

Take in a concert at Alliance Française

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The Accra-based arm of the French cultural centre offers a large range of artistic activities every week. It particularly excels in live music events, but there are also regular art displays and talks from international artists. The obvious focus is on French and Ghanaian artists (often working together), which forms an artistic bridge between the two cultures in terms of language, education and artistic programming. There’s always something interesting on; be sure to look at the website before arriving in town.

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Airport Residential Area

Catch a game at Champs Sports Bar & Grill

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Champs is back! Expect all major sporting events on eight large screens TV and four project screens and a wide selection of regular events organised entertainment events, a quiz night every Thursday, regular live music,  Thursday Quiz Night, Accra DJs such as DJ Black, DJ KillerFingers, DJ Big L and DJ Vision and a Friday karaoke competition.

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Adabraka and Asylum Down

Live music in Accra and Ghana

Places to eat in Accra and Ghana

Indian dosas at Heritage Indian Restaurant

Heritage often gets pointed to as one of the best curry houses in the capital. We recommend one of their dosas – savoury pancakes with crispy edges and spongy centres filled with the likes of paneer cheese and fresh onion.

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Lunch in style at Coco Lounge

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Incredible space for sure, so what about the food? The tight menu of mains includes sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips. Plus there’s a wide range of salad dishes, rice bowls and that wood-fired pizza. Oh, and don’t forget the home-made ice cream and cakes.

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Accra

Posh fried chicken at Yard Bird

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Yard Bird mixes American-style diner food with Ghanaian spice and a funky environment in this new restaurant concept from the same team as Coco Lounge and Santoku. As the great branding attests, the flagship dish is fried chicken with Yard Bird’s own spice shake. The sweet, sticky ribs fall off the bone and are pretty special too.

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Accra

Superlative sushi at Soho

Firstly, let’s get the sushi out of the way. It’s good. Really good. The sushi chef knows what he’s doing – that much is clear. However, it’s across the rest of the Asian fusion menu where the creativity begins to shine. The crispy salmon takes the often indistinct texture of ceviche and cleverly added a tempura-style crunch packed with flavor.

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Art and exhibitions in Accra and Ghana

Pick up a bargain at the Arts Centre

You can find carvings, baskets, drums, bags, beads, fabrics, sandals, sculptures, stools, rugs and occasionally antiques. It’s a place to unearth some incredible finds and gifts. The best bet is to head past the hassle which you’ll inevitably encounter at the entrance and make your way towards the back of the complex, where it’s a bit more relaxed. Haggling is expected. There’s also an art gallery, which sells prints and paintings at reasonable prices.

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Accra Central

Go avant garde at the Goethe-Institut

The cultural offering at the Goethe-Institut just keeps getting better and better. Links between German art and that of Ghana are given precedence, whether through sound installations, mixed media pieces, performance art, photography or painting. 

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Cantonments

Find the perfect souvenir at Wild Gecko

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It’s foremost a workshop, employing artisans for the production of emblematic Adinkra collectables, beautifully finished wooden furniture, ceramics, bespoke textiles and jewellery wrought of silver and bull horn. It’s brimming with handmade art objects, collectibles, homewares, tables, handbags, musical instruments, soaps, Ghanaian children’s books, bangles and other design products. 

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Airport City

Delve into the past at National Museum of Ghana

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The National Museum is home to some of Ghana’s most absorbing historical finds. The museum gives an opportunity to travel through the country’s history from both an archaeological and ethnographic perspective. There’s also a gallery with pieces by Ghanaian artists that is getting better all the time.

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Accra Central

Heritage and history in Accra and Ghana

Shopping in Accra and Ghana

Couture at Christie Brown

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This high-design store is a sophisticated shopping venue where those with an eye for style can browse premium clothing and accessories. Christie Brown specialises in incorporating African prints into wearable high-street trends.

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Osu

Custom T-shirts at Renée Q

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Renée Q Boateng has expanded from the back of her car to a new boutique, specialising in bespoke T-shirts. The shop also sells her jewellery accessories – freshwater pearls, crystals, contemporary or traditional beads and custom-made couture pieces.

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Ghana

Jewellery at Tebazile

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Elizabeth Dankoro specialises in beautiful statement jewellery pieces, no matter your budget. The Tebi brand is funky, chunky and colourful, but there are also more refined ranges available.

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Osu

Interiors at La Maison

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A charmingly edited selection of furnishings, art and decorative items with chunky sofas, gilded mirrors, reclaimed leather chairs, eye-catching artwork and some fabulous African-themed ornaments.

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Osu

Sport and well-being in Accra and Ghana

Luxury at the Labadi Beach Hotel

Labadi Beach is a high-end resort that retains its colonial cool. It boasts a sizeable, turquoise swimming pool, with a smaller children’s pool and fountain. Sporty types will be more than satisfied with the gym, floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court and table tennis equipment; sauna and massage services are also available.

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Ringside for boxing

Ghana's boxing heritage is remarkable – in terms of international boxing heroes the country punches well above its weight. To see some boxing head to the district of Bukom (with someone who knows the area) – where there are 20 boxing schools. Also try the Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association (+233 302 760 892).

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Horse play at Accra Polo Club

Anyone interested in hobnobbing with the city’s elite can head to the prestigious Accra Polo Club. Originally founded back in 1902, the club is still going strong, attracting monied expats from around the world.

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Airport Residential Area

Family activities in Accra and Ghana

Take the to the theme park at La Palm Royal Beach

The La Palm Kids Theme Park is a pleasant and safe enclosed park right by the main pool, and there’s also a shallow pool well suited to kids. All pool facilities are open to non-residents for GH¢30 for adults and GH¢15 for children, and it’s well worth taking up this opportunity.

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Labadi

Climbing wall at Marina Mall

There’s a children’s play area, although the video games make more of a racket than the kids. There's a little climbing wall at the mall, as well as lot's of other games. 

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Airport City

Getaways and breaks in Accra and Ghana

Spectacular Elmina

Elmina must be one of the most colourful places in the world. Most of the town comes out twice a day, to wish its fishermen a safe trip and greet them again as they return. Brightly painted boats, everyone wearing football shirts, the flip-flopping catch being sold on the dockside: it’s an overwhelming site...

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Surf's up at Bojo Beach

Thatched umbrellas stud the shoreline, looking out over the area’s characteristically crashing waves. Rustic to say the least, Bojo is a delightfully simplistic set up of sand, water and seating. Bojo is well-maintained, clean, and the urban hubbub seems eons away.

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Out of town

Escape to Aqua Safari Resort

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We were rather taken aback by Aqua Safari. It faces out to the estuary of the River Volta, a mile or so upstream from the ocean. From an open-sided restaurant and bar you can see Ghana’s island-dwelling folk crab-fishing and clam-diving in the water. The forward-thinking owners offer guided tours to the islands for boat-building and basket-weaving workshops – there’s also a lot of water to play around in on a jet-ski or one of the pontoons. 

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Out of town

Explore Ghana's past at Cape Coast

Cape Coast might be the former capital city, but when held up against Accra, it's the very picture of serenity. The centre is an appealing place in which to watch and wander - particularly down by the crescent-shaped harbour - it also has a sharply sobering history. You'll most likely be aware that Cape Coast Castle was where some of the worst atrocities of the slave trade era were committed.

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Chill for cheap at Big Milly’s Backyard

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hose unwinding in Kokrobite can enjoy fresh and tasty meals at Big Milly’s onsite restaurant. The menu includes fresh seafood such as lobster and barracuda, as well as a wide selection of vegetarian options.

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Ghana

Live it up at White Sands Beach Resort & Spa

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Those willing to splash some cash for the millionaire treatment can stay at this deluxe private members’ club near Fetteh. Slide into the infinity pool, sample the top-notch cuisine and enjoy some of the best service in Ghana. 

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8 comments
ina h
ina h

Check out friday nights at the Abajo Art + Culture Cafe next to the Arts Centre. They give musicians a stage to perform. Nice and warm environment.

Wyatt C
Wyatt C

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Wyatt C
Wyatt C

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JayBaba
JayBaba

Awesome, thanks for the list.