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Nada Moukarzel, La Maison, Accra, Ghana
Nada Moukarzel, La Maison, Accra, GhanaNada Moukarzel, La Maison, Accra, Ghana

My Accra: Nada Moukarzel

We speak to the Director and Creative Curation of Yolo Experiences and Founder and Creative Director of La Maison

Written by
Daniel Neilson

Where do you take visitors to eat? 

I'm lucky enough to be involved with four exciting restaurant concepts in Ghana. I take guests to dine at Urban Grill to experience our unique Afro-Latino concept there, and to Santoku for fine Japanese fusion food. Coco Lounge is great for day-time brasserie dining too.

Where would you put up your friends who come to stay? 

Of course close friends and family stay at our home, where the architect Hubert du Givenchy recently designed our pool house, which is a self-contained guesthouse as well. In terms of hotels, Labadi Beach Hotel means guests can relax beside the sea or La Villa Boutique hotel is good for those wanting to feel in the centre of things in Osu.

Where do you escape from the city? 

On the wonderful beaches of Cape Coast, Kakum and Elmina.

Where do you shop? 

I'm a very eclectic shopper, buying from inspiring places all over the world for my La Maison stores. 

In Ghana, Vlisco is not to be missed for fabrics, and Wild Gecko is great for local craft.

What sights do you think visitors shouldn’t miss? 

They should tour the markets and enjoy the crazy, weekly carnival that is Labadi Beach!

What do you miss about Ghana when you travel? 

My home, which is filled with Ghanaian art that I’ve collected over two decades. 

What Ghanaian music is on your playlist? 

Producer Panji Anoff is always working on amazing mixes, one of which he is launching at the Beyond exhibition at La Maison in October 2015.

What souvenirs do you like to give friends who visit? 

La Maison’s own signature-scented candle Queen of the Night. Its scent was inspired by this flower the first time I smelled it in my garden at sunset here in Accra.

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