Your perfect Accra weekend – Sunday
Time Out's guide to the best shops, restaurants, clubs, live music, spas and bars in Ghana's capital city
Your Sunday itinerary...
10am • Coffee and pastry at Café dez Amis
Feeling a little shaky this morning? Let’s start the morning off gently with a coffee and croissant in the leafy surrounds of Café dez Amis. When it gets a bit warm, hop in a taxi to...
11am • A swim at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel
The pool at La Palm Royal Beach is one of a number of great hotel pools in Accra for cooling down in. Alternate with reading those weekly news magazines you only buy on holiday and jumping into the deep end of the pool. Drinks and nibbles will be brought to your sun lounger. If you fancy a wander, head to nearby Labadi Beach to watch Ghana in Sunday mode (football, Star beer, and football).
1pm • Tuck in to a traditional buffet at Holiday Inn
Here’s your chance to try all of Ghana’s culinary delights in one go. The Holiday Inn’s Sunday lunch is a vast affair, with many traditional dishes. We’d recommend the goat soup, groundnut soup and, well, anything else really.
3pm • Cheer on the Hearts of Oak
All together now: 'Arose, arose, arose. Be quiet and don't be silly. We are the famous Hearts of Oak! We never say die!' Get practising what may be the world’s quaintest football song for a game at the Ohene Djan Stadium. Football, as you’ll have noticed, is huge in Accra. The Hearts of Oak is the biggest team in Accra, and when they are playing their arch-rivals from Kumasi, Asante Kotoko, the noise from stadium can be heard far away.
8pm • Dinner at Nicolino's
The best pizza in Accra? It’s a toss up between Mamma Mia, Bella Roma and Nicolino's. What is sure, is that Nicolino's, at the Alliance Française, is set in a lovely breezy spot outside. The pizza is fired in a bespoke oven and the Italian head chef keeps an eye on proceedings. It should be said that the service is excellent.
11pm • See live highlife at +233
The lively +233 Jazz Bar & Grill is the only place in Accra where you are pretty much guaranteed to see brilliant live music, often highlife. The party ethos is strong at this club. It’s a cleverly designed venue with an inside stage that you can see and hear from the outdoor patio. Grab a large Star beer, order half a dozen delicious meaty kebabs, hear some of Ghana’s best music and join the party.