125 things to do in Accra and Ghana - 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

We love Accra. We love the food, the music, the nightlife, the wildlife, the people. Everything. So for our celebration of the city, and the country, as we bring you the 125 of the best things to do in Accra and beyond...

Bars and nightlife in Accra and Ghana

Drink a cocktail at One2One at the Mövenpick Hotel

This newly refurbished and chic bar has ushered in a new era of sophisticated socialising, and a return to the glamour of the hotel lounge bar. It reflects the contemporary style and sense of luxury that permeates the Mövenpick hotel itself. The resident mixologists can knock up a mean cocktail and there’s a good range of snacks and light meals.

Take in the views from Skybar 25

SkyBar 25 is a members-only rooftop venue at the top of one of Ghana’s highest buildings, the Alto Tower, in the Villagio Vista complex. It’s made up of a bar, restaurant and rooftop pool. Don't miss the fantastic views. 

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Pre-party drinks at AM:PM

Located in the iconic Villaggio Towers, the three colourful buildings that can't be missed is the trendy-yet-casual bistro-meets-sports-bar AM&PM. The menu has something for everyone. AM&PM is a down-to-earth venue for a relaxed time out with friends or before a party. A good place to start the day, weekend or evening. 

Hear live bands at Rockstone’s Office

Head to Rockstone's Office to see some local and visiting bands play live. Weekends are always happening, often with booming hiplife playing into the wee hours of the morning. Their terrace is a great spot for sipping cocktails and people watching. 

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See the 'big game' at Champs Sports Bar & Grill

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Champs has long been one of Accra’s best sports bars – airing aall major sporting events on their large TVs. Bar menu includes typical sports bar fare, such as burgers and chicken wings. The only place to head to when you want to watch the 'big game'. 

Adabraka and Asylum Down

Get dressed up and enjoy drinks at Firefly Lounge Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Firefly is a confident nightspot – the industrial chic of its whitewashed brickwork, dim lighting and edgy beats attracts a preened international clientele. A backlit bar glows with premium blends, with cocktail aficionados, spirit lovers and wine drinkers alike pull up stools to confer with chatty staff who sport braces and the odd jauntily angled hat.

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Soak in the beats at Plot 7 Dance Club

Situated in Nyaniba estates, Plot 7, this converted warehouse space provides more variety to the Accra clubbing scene. With trendy inustrial decor, Plot 7 provides a welcome alternative to other clubs. Providng a range of music from Pop, Dance, House, Afrobeats and more. 

Dance with the beautiful at Carbon

Carbon heralds the arrival of London-style nightlife in Accra. The club has been conceived by after-hours visionary Nick House (the man behind Mahiki, Whisky Mist, and The Punch Bowl) in collaboration with Blacksheep, the interior design team responsible for Whisky Mist and Cuckoo Club. DJs from around the world visit, as well as fire performers and other artists.

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Get down old-skool at Twist

Twist club and lounge is one of Ghana's longest exisiting nightclubs. Located in the heart of Labone, yo can dance all night long or watch others in people-watching-perfect booths.

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Sample wines at SAI Wine & Champagne Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Sai is the place that Accra has been crying out for: a wine bar that actually puts wine at the forefront of its offering. It also holds regular events too, including a book club and ‘Bottomless Bubbly’ for a couple of hours on Friday evenings. 

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Live music in Accra and Ghana

Check out the music +233 Jazz Bar & Grill

Recommended

A hugely popular venue and probably the best place in Accra to see live music at the moment. This jazz club brings in the best musicians who either live here or are visiting the city. There is decent seating for the audience and a generous outdoor area as well. 

 

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Be inspired by performance art at the Alliance Française d’Accra

Recommended

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. One of the best venues in Accra for cutting edge cultural events. 

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Hear highlife at Chez Afrique

3 out of 5 stars
Recommended

This popular restaurant often has live bands, including highlife musicians. The food’s good, but the music’s better. Many sets start off with a mixture of reggae, and other (random) hits before returning with a highlife set that gets everyone up and dancing. The musicianship is usually excellent.

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See the city's best at Republic Bar & Grill

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

We’ll still keep recommending this bar as it remains one of the best bars in Accra right now, thanks to its relaxed approach to the good things in life: alcohol, fried food and really great music. It’s a tiny space that tumbles out onto the street when things really kick off, late on a Friday or Saturday. There’s always live music on a Wednesday too.

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Snap up tickets for excellent acts at the Goethe-Institut

This German cultural centre has now been established in Ghana for more than 50 years and offers an impressive array of musical events, art exhibitions, dance and film nights. 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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Feel the love at Labadi Beach

Recommended

Reggae DJs play on Wednesday night near an open bar that is stocked with local and imported beers. There are occasional live bands, as well as acrobats and other entertainment. Reggae groups come from around Accra as well as from neighbouring countries. The beach draws a mix of international students, reggae lovers and rastafarians. 

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Top restaurants in Accra and Ghana

Dine in style at Santoku Restaurant & Bar

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Despite some stiff competition – not least from Urban Grill, its stablemate in the same group – Santoku remains Ghana’s best restaurant, if not West Africa’s. Dining here is a world-class experience, with expertly trained staff and a blend of well-executed and inventive Japanese dishes that stretch well beyond sushi and sashimi dishes (although these are both fabulous). Santoku also serves some of the best cocktails in town, including ‘saketinis’, best enjoyed on their new, supercool terrace. 

Airport Residential Area

Escape the crowds for lunch at Buka

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Conveniently situated close to the centre of Osu, Buka is, without question, one of the best lunch spots in the city – and more often than not has full tables to show for it. Set on the first floor, it gives a sense of escape from the throng. The food itself hinges largely on Ghanaian and Nigerian specialties – dishes include okra stew and eba (a dough ball eaten with stews). 

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Enjoy modern taste at Coco Lounge

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

From the leather bar seating to the tilework in the private dining room, the attention to detail in Coco Lounge is quite amazing. Local artist Nana Anoff has installed pieces alongside thoroughly modern and brave design touches, as you’d expect coming from the same stable as design store La Maison next door, which also curated the restaurant’s interior. 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.

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Satisfy your carnivorous cravings at Urban Grill

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Urban Grill is one of those restaurants that breathes quality: the food, the décor and the ambience are all excellent. Essentially a high-end steak house, the meat is corn-fed and imported directly from Nebraska, then cooked over a charcoal grill to perfection. The best steak in Ghana.

Airport City

Do your date night right at Bistro 22

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Bistro 22 has a balanced menu with gourmet burgers as well as local fish dishes. The restaurant's leafy terrace out the back is the perfect spot for an evening dinner or a romantic date location. 

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Splash out at Le Magellan Restaurant

4 out of 5 stars

Le Magellan is a good dining-out choice, particularly in the evenings when business colleagues, friends and couples convene to wind down at the end of a day. Service is polite and well-practiced, and both the menu – full of pastas, seafood and steaks – and wine list reflect the fact that this remains one of the more upmarket dining options in Accra.

Osu

Impress guests at La Chaumiere

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

La Chaumiere’s sophisticated French dishes have been catering to Accra’s discerning diners for more than a decade. It offers a smattering of North African flavours for good measure – dishes such as grouper with harissa and mint yoghurt – but the mainstay is classic and honest French cuisine, from a crispy niçoise salad to a wonderfully thick and sticky onion soup au gratin. It’s popular with visiting dignitaries.

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Polo Club Restaurant

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Set in one of the most prestigious spots in the city, overlooking the Polo Club’s playing field, this restaurant has a beautiful atmosphere. It’s one of the most impressive buildings in Accra, making effective use of wood both on the interior and exterior. It’s also refreshingly understated. The recently revised menu is unswervingly Italian, with risottos, gnocchi and ravioli with spinach and ricotta. The steaks and the grilled fish are also excellent. Their service is attentive here as well. 

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Art and exhibitions in Accra and Ghana

See the original at Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop

This is one of the original workshops for the fantasy coffins that are now collected and exhibited as contemporary art all over the world. Caskets shaped as birds, fish, aeroplanes, shoes, beer bottles, cars and anything else that stretches the imagination are displayed as pieces of art, and sometimes sold as miniatures.

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Browse and marvel at the Artists Alliance Gallery

Recommended

The hugely respected Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover established this renowned arts venue, which has become one of the most important of its kind in Ghana. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries. Some are by established artists, such as Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes, whose paintings are reminiscent of Jean Michel Basquiat and Willem De Kooning, while others are by new and upcoming artists like Ebenezer Borlabie. 

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Love local art at Loom

Recommended

Loom’s Frances Ademola has a popular gallery that exhibits paintings and sculptures by a good selection of Ghana’s foremost artists, with a smattering of expressive Nigerian pieces. The modest space has been here since 1969, and is bursting at the seams with the work of nearly 100 artists. 

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See Ghanaian art at the Nubuke Foundation

Recommended

The Nubuke Foundation is one of the most important art galleries in the city, dedicated to Ghanaian visual art, culture and heritage. It was set up to provide an artistic space for Ghanaian artists to show off their talents. It also holds vibrant cultural offerings such as poetry evenings, Saturday workshops, art walks, film and music. 

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Uncover a treasure at the Arts Centre (Centre for National Culture)

Along the seafront near Black Star Square is the Arts Centre. Hawkers attack from all sides as soon as you arrive, but if you’re not exhausted by the scrum you can find carvings, baskets, drums, bags, beads, fabrics, sandals, sculptures, stools, rugs and occasionally antiques. Haggling is expected. There’s also an art gallery, which sells prints and paintings at reasonable prices.

Accra Central

Grab some culture at the Goethe-Institut

This German cultural centre has now been established in Ghana for more than 50 years and offers an impressive array of musical events, art exhibitions, dance and film nights. There’s also a pleasant bar in the grounds. 

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Shop for keepsakes at Wild Gecko Handicrafts

Recommended

This multi-faceted workshop-cum-art-shop emporium is foremost a workshop employing artisans who produce characteristically Ghanaian and West African goods. It’s brimming with handmade art objects, collectibles, homewares, furniture, handbags, musical instruments and other design products, many created through humanitarian projects in Ghana. 

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Go contemporary at Gallery 1957

Gallery 1957 is a new gallery with a curatorial focus on contemporary Ghanaian art presenting a programme of exhibitions, installations and performances by the country’s most significant artists. 

Don't Miss Chale Wote Street Art Festival

Artists take to James Town’s streets for this vibrant alfresco art festival that spans acrylic street painting, stencil work, side walk painting, chalk art and vast graffiti murals. Past events have also featured large art installations and photography displays, as well as live music, DJ sets and theatre and spoken word performances. The festival takes place along High Street James Town between the Light House down to Ussher Fort. One of the best events of the year.

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Heritage and history in Accra and Ghana

Learn about Ghana's history at the National Museum of Ghana

Recommended

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. Much of the display is dedicated to indigenous art and crafts: there are regalia, musical instruments and the all-important royal Asante stools. 

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Meet Mr Du Bois WEB Du Bois Memorial Centre

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an African-American civil rights activist who became a citizen of Ghana in the 1960s. He was known as the ‘Father of Pan-Africanism’. The centre, where he and his wife once lived, and where they are now buried, houses his personal library, a small museum with a handful of personal effects such as his graduation robes. 

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Gain a new perspective at Jamestown Lighthouse

This colonial-era lighthouse was built in the 1930s. It’s not a tourist attraction in the usual sense – no gift shops or ticket offices here – but stray within twenty metres and you’ll inevitably be accosted by a ‘guide’ offering to take you to the top for a few cedi (usually around GH¢5 each). If you’re willing to part with the cash, there’s a good panoramic view from the top of the (possibly not overly safe) spiral staircase.

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Respect the past at Cape Coast Castle

The city was founded by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the solid white bulk of the castle acted first as a fortified base for overseeing the export of gold and other goods before ‘market forces’ initiated a move into human trafficking. The Castle is now listed as a World Heritage Site, and gazing down today from its old ramparts at the late-afternoon hubbub of fishermen and red-dust footballers, it’s hard not to be stirred by the human cost of its past.

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Visit Elmina Castle

From a historical perspective, Elmina Castle is a key attraction. Like its Cape Coast equivalent, it has strong links with the slave years and is registered as a World Heritage Site.

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Add it to your check list - Independence Square and Independence Arch

With modernist and Soviet- influenced lines, the stands around Independence Square can seat 30,000 people. The vast area, built under Kwame Nkrumah, is designed for huge events and military marches, but it is usually empty except for a few soldiers sheltering from the sun. The only times the square comes alive are at commercial events such as concerts and fashion shows, which take place throughout the year. 

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Shopping in Accra and Ghana

Style up your wardrobe at Kiki Clothing

5 out of 5 stars

The KIKI Clothing brand for women is synonymous with style, elegance and simplicity. Through the use of carefully selected West African-inspired fabrics, they create simple yet distinctive pieces with just the right level of detail. 

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Invest in the enviable at Christie Brown

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

This high-design store stocks clothing and accessories that incorporate African prints into wearable high-street trends: think statement jewellery, business chic and cocktail elegance. Since the brand was launched in 2008, the label has appeared on international runways and been stocked in both in Africa and across the world.

Osu

Treat your home with something from La Maison

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

A design-savvy edit of home accessories, furnishings, art and decorative items can be found inside this vast and airy space, curated by Nada Moukarzel. You’ll find chunky sofas, gilded mirrors, reclaimed leather chairs, eye-catching artwork and some fabulous African-themed ornaments (some by local artists), all wonderful to browse. 

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Jump into the jungle that is Makola Market

The loosely defined borders of Makola Market enclose what might be seen as Accra’s most dynamic commercial hub. It’s certainly one of the most entertaining. Hot, noisy and insistent, it’s an initially bewildering sprawl of kitchenware, jewellery, textiles, shoes and anything else your cedi might conceivably buy, hawked from floors, racks, shelves, ceilings and head-perched baskets. 

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Update the old at Trashy Bags

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Trashy Bags is an initiative which was set up in 2008 as a means of recycling and reusing the endless plastic water and yoghurt wrappers deposited on the streets of Accra. The refuse is washed and treated before being stitched together to form bags and accessories. The project employs a full-time staff of around 60, as well as paying a legion of litter-pickers for their efforts. 

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Get something gorgeous at Global Mamas

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

This wonderful store is run by the NGO Women in Progress. Everything sold here is fairly traded and made in Ghana, mostly by women. Its clothes for men, women and children of all ages are absolutely gorgeous. 

Osu

Browse and buy in Elle Lokko

Elle Lokko is the epitome of urban cool. An exciting hybrid concept space fusing fashion with art, design, and culture, here you’ll find a diverse collection of creative and beautifully designed clothing, hand-crafted luxury shoes and bags, as well as natural organic beauty products. 

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Heed to the high end at Untamed Empire

A concept store with a myriad of high end clothing, accessories, art and décor pieces from across the African continent. Featured brands waiting here to tempt you include: 1981, Ann Milinery, Bello Edu, Caven Etomi, Totally Ethink, and others.

Find a bit of fabulous at Joe’s Perspective Art Boutique

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

This luxury art boutique, set up by Kukua Ampah, has recently opened a branch at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel. Many of the elegant and creative pieces on show are bespoke and adapted by Kukua herself, incorporating the rich cultural influences of West Africa. 

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Sport and well-being in Accra and Ghana

Enjoy all the mod cons at Pippa’s Health Centre, Osu

Pippa’s is one of the best gyms in Accra, with a wide range of Life Fitness equipment, air-con, satellite TV and a modern music system. It has a wide variety of activities on offer, including body combat, spinning, pilates, zumba and modern African dance. For the little ones there’s a tumble-tots class. 

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Tee off at Achimota Golf Club

It’s been 80 years since Achimota Golf Club was first opened. Just 10 kilometres outside of Accra city centre, this is a friendly club that is happy to host visitors. The course is an 18-holer with a par of 72.

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Become one with the board at Mr Bright's Surf School

British national Brett Davies (aka Mr Brights) has devoted his life to surfing. After leaving a top rung job at the head office of Rip Curl several years ago, he decided to take the plunge and open up his own surf school in Ghana (the second love of his life). A formally trained surf coach and lifeguard means surfers can’t be in better hands to try out Ghana’s exhilarating waves. Beginners to advanced are welcome, as are children, with boards and equipment naturally provided.  

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Hear the thundering of hooves at Accra Polo Club

Anyone interested in hobnobbing with the city’s elite can head to the prestigious Accra Polo Club (Liberation Rd, Airport Residential Area, 024 435 8922, Facebook page), located behind the Woolworths building. Originally founded back in 1902, the club is still going strong, attracting moneyed expats from around the world. The polo season starts in September and runs until around Easter. Matches are held every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm. It’s a good chance for anyone new to the sport to learn about polo – local spectators are talkative and will fill you in on the game’s rules and point system. The best bet is simply to turn up – there’s occasionally a charge, especially for the big matches. Several national teams visit Accra every season.

By: Daniel Neilson
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Paragliding Festival

What started out as a grass roots project three years ago, has become an integral part of the annual Easter celebrations in Ghana. With amazing aerial displays, music and a jovial atmosphere, the festival get bigger year after year.  The idea behind the festival is to have tandem paragliding jumps for visitors and local people so that they may see the natural beauty of the land in a minimal impact way. And with consistent thermals, trips are relaxing and enjoyable. The organisers want to create a special adventure for local residents of the area to have a go, an opportunity of a lifetime when their daily struggle is tediously hard.   Trips are fully catered; complete with arranged hotel accommodation, transportation, meals and cultural immersion. Some pilots also coordinate their itineraries to stay longer, beyond the festival dates, in order to travel together and experience more of the beauty that Ghana has to offer. The festival has also helped local businesses as well with services such as taxi drivers, hotel owners, food vendors and souvenir sells earning more income from the event.  http://www.ghanaparagliding.com/

By: Daniel Neilson

Ohene Djan Stadium

This FIFA-standard venue hosts national team games and is the home of one of Ghana’s most popular teams, Hearts of Oak. Concerts and other public events are held here too. This is also where the biggest boxing bouts are held.

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Family activities in Accra and Ghana

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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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Getaways and breaks in Accra and Ghana

See wildlife at Zaina Lodge

Wildlife watching done well with expert guides who will take you on a drive to see animals including kobs, waterbuck, roan antelope, baboons, patas monkeys and guinea fowl and the park’s famous elephants.

Learn about the past at Elmina Castle

From a historical perspective, Elmina Castle is a key attraction. Like its Cape Coast equivalent, it has strong links with the slave years and is registered as a World Heritage Site, although it tops Cape Coast Castle on age; founded in 1482, Elmina Castle (also known as St George’s) is the oldest extant European building in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s had a few facelifts over the years and little resembles the original structure, but still makes for a fascinating (not to mention hugely disquieting) tour. 

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Get your binoculars out at Kakum National Park

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Half an hour’s drive from Cape Coast, Kakum National Park’s verdant slice of semi-deciduous rainforest offers a fresh green alternative to the bustling cities and stifling heat of the coast. The 607 square kilometres of protected rainforest are home to an assortment of wild residents, including forest elephants, giant hogs, flying squirrels, leopards and various species of monkey. However, with much of the elusive wildlife buried deep in the forest’s flora, there’s little chance of seeing anything more than a millipede or two.

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Escape to Bojo Beach

Bojo is a delightfully simplistic set up of sand, water and seating. The current here is a powerful one, however – there are lifeguards, but it is advised that only good swimmers go out of their depth in the hardy surf. But what appeals compared with the overall feel of city-front Labadi, is Bojo is well-maintained, clean, and the urban hubbub seems eons away. 

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Slow down your pace at Aqua Safari Resort

Recommended

From an open-sided restaurant and bar you can watch island-dwelling locals 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 from one of the pontoons. Game-fishing excursions can be arranged too. Best of all is the option to spend a lazy couple of hours exploring one of the most beautiful areas of Ghana by boat. 

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Explore Ghana from Royal Senchi

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

If you want to discover the Eastern Region, this is the place to stay. The Royal Senchi, one-and-a-half hours drive from Accra, is a beautiful resort – peaceful and comfortable, with everything conspiring to make this a relaxing stay. The resort sits alongside the often mirror-flat Volta river, that serves as the view for all 84 rooms and suites. This is certainly one of the most beautiful areas of Ghana and taking a boat trip along the river from the hotel to the Akosombo dam is well worth the time. 

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Splash about at Kokrobite Beach

An hour or so out of Accra is Kokrobite. This small beach town has become a destination for sun seekers and pleasure seekers. The long-established Big Milly’s has become somewhat of a backpackers classic – a laid back hostel with an open bar. Nearby is Bah’doosh, an Australian-owned bar and restaurant where there always seems to be someone strumming a guitar (Bob Marley is a favourite). But the beach is the main attraction – the finest near Accra.

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Pretend to be a celebrity at White Sands Resort

5 out of 5 stars

Those willing to splash some cash for the millionaire treatment can stay at the deluxe private members White Sands Beach Club near Fetteh; slide into the infinity pool, sample the top-notch cuisine and enjoy some of the best service in Ghana. It’s exclusive enough to require you to email info@whitesands.com.gh before even seeing prices. However, non-members can visit between Mon-Fri.

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Markets in Accra and Ghana

Urbanbox's Enjoyable Market

Buy local and eat fresh has become a global trend, especially in the bigger cities. As a country with a long history of farming, the road from soil to city shouldn't be long in Ghana. The popular home delivery veg box service, Urbanbox, now has their own weekly market in Dzorwulu, where visitors are free to browse around and buy veggies, herbs, snacks and the rest, knowing the produce is sustainable and fresh. It is a lovely way to spend the day, tasting samples of local products like Ghanian coffee (worth it alone), sausages, juice and fruits. A few convenience products such as coconut oil and local black soap can also be found both at the market and online. This little market is great for families as there is a playground for kids to run around while parents shop and the market itself is comfortably protected from the sun by a big patio awning. Market address: Mmfoa place, Dzorwulu (next to Marvels minigolf) Opening hours 9 am – 1 pm (advertised online on Facebook and website) Website www.urbanboxgh.com Facebook https://web.facebook.com/urbanboxgh/?ref=ts&fref=ts  

By: Daniel Neilson

Accra Green Market

The Accra Green Market is Ghana's first 100% local and organic farmer's market. The market links small farmers who use sustainable agriculture practices with consumers in a friendly community gathering.  The aim of the community is to promote a healthy lifestyle and grow produce in a sustainable way. Good quality produce and amazing flavours are important to everyone.  Typical items for sale include herbs, seeds to plant at home, hot peppers, handmade tinctures and oils, fresh fruit, jams and preserves; as well as cooking workshops, talks on agricultural practices, how to grow produce at home and more.   

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Accra Food Festival

This two-day celebration brings the best chefs, the best Ghanaian cooking and people who love food all together for an enjoyable weekend. See traditional dishes cooked alongside contemporary inspirations. Ingredients you are fond of and some you've never thought about make for creative cooking and tasty family meals.  The festival is of course all about food, but there are also live bands, dance troupes, shopping, handmade items to browse and entertainment for the kids. 

By: Daniel Neilson

Get some fabric at Makola Market

The loosely defined borders of Makola Market enclose what might be seen as Accra’s most dynamic commercial hub. It’s certainly one of the most entertaining. Hot, noisy and insistent, it’s an initially bewildering sprawl of kitchenware, jewellery, textiles, shoes and anything else your cedi might conceivably buy, hawked from floors, racks, shelves, ceilings and head-perched baskets. Evangelical bands play on stairwells, clothes-filled alleys channel you down dead-ends, sea snails fill plastic buckets and rainbows of peppers lie in towering heaps. Forget the camera, it’s best to just slip into the flow and enjoy it for what it is – a colourful open-air department store spread over several blocks.  It should be said that many of the fabrics used by designers here find their fabrics here.

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The Vibrant Accra Goods Market

The Accra Goods Market is a lovely local shopping experience where you can buy clothes, leather goods and other handmade items.   Here you can chat with the young and stylish, shop till you drop or just chill out at the food stalls until the sun goes down.   A great place for food, fashion, and lifestyle gifts, the market is set up for entrepreneurs to showcase their new products and it attracts a good crowd of shoppers who are after unique items and gifts. It is a vibrant and loud place where shouting and bargaining is part and parcel of the terrain, so not ideal for small children.   The market is held either on weekends and occasionally on weeknights too and makes for a fun Saturday evening shopping excursion.    Info:   Where: Various places around Accra   Website http://www.theaccragoodsmarket.com    Facebook https://web.facebook.com/theaccragoodsmarket/

By: Daniel Neilson

Grab a bargain at Kaneshie Market

Kaneshie Market is on the road leading west out of Accra. In character it’s very much like Makola Market – a sprawling chaos of stalls, shops and street vendors. Everything you could possibly imagine can be bought here. It’s also an important transport hub, with tro tros and regional buses picking up and dropping off passengers. However, if you’re keen to see a market purely for the experience (and it really is an experience), Makola is more accessible.

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Beauty in Accra and Ghana

Nurture your skin at Niobe Salon and Spa

With attentive staff and a relaxing, polished decor, your visit to this modern spa will be a positive one. Not only do they have a reliable team of hairdressers, but all other beauty treatments are naturally available, such as eyebrow threading, pedicures, manicures, facials, and massages.  Manicures and waxing also available for men.  The spa is located at Lizzie's Sports Complex. 

Let the Labadi team take over

For ultimate pampering, head to the Labadi Beach Hotel Spa for the utmost professional of spa services. The beauty technicians here know exactly what your type of skin will need for optimum rejuvenation. Private treatment rooms have their own shower facilities and there is even a double suite for couples' therapies. Manicures and pedicures are allocated to a special lounge and make sure to immerse yourself in their spa hydro pool and relaxation area.   

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Spoil yourself at Allure Spa in the City

It might not look like much from the outside, but enter the inconspicuous door here and give in to the gods – or devils – of vanity, you may never want to leave. Its pampering possibilities are manifold: from skin therapies and manicures to pedicures and massages, and more.  

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Be pampered by professionals at Marie Noelle’s Salon and Spa

Signature treatments such as nail art and deluxe pedicures have made this salon the Go To place for dedicated beauty lovers. And it's not just hands and feet that get special attention, as a day spa the list of treatments includes eyelash extensions, facials, massages and more. There is a full hair salon offering haircuts, extensions and custom made wigs. Customers can pop in for a trim or book an afternoon for a whole new look. 

Osu
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Spice up your look at Red Ginger

A stylish salon for people who take their hair seriously. This place knows how to treat every kind of hair. For cuts, colours, up-dos (especially weddings), Red Ginger can spice up your look. A professional group of ladies on hand for excellent service and hair treatments. They also do hair extensions as well as regular beauty treatments such as mani-pedis.   

Treat your body at Mövenpick Marn-Dah Spa

The Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel has one of the best sports facilities in the city right now. Its hugely inviting pool is a great way to cool down on hot days (that’s to say every day), with comfy chairs and waiters on inline skates to whizz you round a cold drink. The pool itself is large, with a good shallow end for children, and wide enough to do a few token lengths. It’s in the middle of the city, but you’d barely realise. It costs GH¢40 Mon-Fri and GH¢60 at the weekend. The gym, overlooking the pool on the second floor of the hotel, is well equipped with all you’d expect, and friendly personal trainers are on hand if you need a bit of advice or impetus. There’s a spa and two Thai massage treatment rooms with outstanding masseurs, plus a sauna. It offers a comprehensive range of membership packages depending on the level of access you want. ‘Platinum’ includes access to the gym, pool, tennis courts and sauna, as well as a massage.

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Cafes in Accra and Ghana

Reboot at Vida e caffé

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

These guys brew a very fine coffee (although their signature frios, with blended ice, may be better in this heat) and there is a fantastic energy to the place. Next to coffee, there is also an appetising array of sandwiches, pastries and muffins.    

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Do lunch at Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino

4 out of 5 stars

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

Airport Residential Area
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Consume a few extra calories at Cupcake Boutique

4 out of 5 stars

Cupcake Boutique has beautifully made and indulgent delights. Popular cupcakes include Bella Nutella and Ruby Red, but for an interesting twist, try the Sweet Dede, a banana-infused cupcake with cream cheese icing and topped with a plantain chip. There’s also excellent coffee and wi-fi, if you want to sit in the shady terrace

Catch up on life at Café Mondo

4 out of 5 stars

A lovely little Labone café which has good coffee, pastries and lunch-time sandwiches. The baked goods have always been of a decent quality and freshly made; time has also been spent on training the staff to make a good coffee. There’s a nice seating area outside and an air-conditioned bar inside.

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Unwind at D–Cafe Osu

3 out of 5 stars

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 giant blackboards behind the serving counter. 

Osu

Cool off at Ci Gusta

3 out of 5 stars

The international ci gusta franchise specialises in frozen yogurt, ice cream, smoothies, coffee and pizza. It’s a lovely little air-conditioned spot for a cooling break.

Airport City
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Best traditional food in Accra and Ghana

Grab your waakye at Auntie Muni’s

4 out of 5 stars

Although it is practically a roadside bar, Auntie Muni’s has earned a formidable reputation in Accra for waakye (waa-chey), a mélange of dark black-eyed beans and rice, with meat and some fish, often eel. Customers queue up at a netted bar to pick from ingredients. Stringy noodles, hard-boiled eggs, various vegetables and hunks of steamed meat tumble in the waakye (only available on weekends) like an ungainly salad. The hub of the assemblage is shitor, a peppery condiment made of chilli, dried shrimp and ginger. The place for authentic Ghanaian cuisine – on our last visit we saw a Bentley outside. 

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It's has to be hot kenkey at Duncan's

Located in Osu, this bar does more than just keep you refreshed – the food served is a local hit too. The tables are always full, the music is loud, and the smell of freshly grilled fish welcomes guests. The most popular dish by far, evident from the long queues, is the banku and tilapia. Near Republic Bar. Kenkey Boutique. For years, Kenkey Boutique has forged a reputation for serving the hottest kenkey and the freshest fried fish. Food served is prepared on site and is always hot and tasty. Near Sarah Fabrics, Osu. Philipo’s. A local Ghanaian restaurant serving banku and tilapia. Philipo’s is set up as a classic roadside bar, with a wide open space under a canopy. It serves banku with a well garnished tilapia and pepper. Opposite Jerry’s Pub, Atemuda, East Legon. 

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Kenkey Boutique

For years, Kenkey Boutique has forged a reputation for serving the hottest kenkey and the freshest fried fish. Food served is prepared on site and is always hot and tasty. (Located near Sarah Fabrics, Osu.)

It has to be tilapia Philipo's

A local Ghanaian restaurant serving banku and tilapia. Philipo’s is set up as a classic roadside bar, with a wide open space under a canopy. It serves banku with a well garnished tilapia and pepper. Located opposite Jerry’s Pub, Atemuda, East Legon. 

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Comments

8 comments
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

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Wyatt C

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JayBaba

Awesome, thanks for the list.