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Time Out Accra - Rate Your City: The Results

The results are in. Thousands of votes were cast in our Rate Your City campaign and here is the outcome. There are a few clear winners, but some real surprises too.

Thousands of people cast their votes in the Time Out Accra Rate Your City campaign. We wanted to get a snapshot of the hottest places in Ghana from you, our discerning reader. We are on a mission to highlight the best in hospitality in Ghana and push the standards even higher.

We had sixty shortlisted venues and also gave readers the opportunity to vote for a venue of their choice outside of the shortlist offering some very interesting feedback...

Competition was very stiff – and very close, with the lead changing almost daily in some categories. So a massive congratulations to the winners and runners up, and of course to all shortlisted venues. 

The Campaign is a prequel to the inaugural Time Out Accra Awards 2015 scheduled for May this year, when readers and judges will continue to vote for the very best venues that make up Accra's growing hospitality sector. From the best restaurant to the best nightclub, from the best spa to the best boutique, we'll have them all covered... 

This is your city - let's make it even better. 

Best traditional food

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Buka

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.

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Osu
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The Chop Bar

Enjoy authentic Ghanaian cuisine in a modern atmosphere at The Chop Bar. With all the mouthwatering Ghanaian dishes on the menu, you won't be disappointed. Reasonably priced and with great service, the Chop Bar is a great lunch spot.  

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Maquis Tante Marie

There are three branches of Maquis Tante Marie. The menu is definitively African, with authentic dishes predominantly from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

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Labone
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Chez Afrique

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 hits before returning with a highlife set that gets everyone up and dancing.

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East Legon
5
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Katawodieso

More of a street stall than a restaurant, Katawodieso is semi-legendary in Accra. It serves excellent traditional Ghanaian food – and the queues at lunchtime attest its success.

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Labone
6
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Country Kitchen

Recommended

The main appeal is hearty home cooking that remains true to Ghanaian classics. The atmosphere is as relaxed as the staff are, but the food is freshly cooked – fufu, banku and jollof rice all come with a choice of chicken, beef, mutton or fish, (usually ‘red fish’).

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Osu
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Best pizza

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Mamma Mia

Recommended

Set around an agreeably rustic courtyard some five minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, Mamma Mia, now well into its second decade, combines quality thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas with an attractive setting, easily making it easily one of Accra’s best options for Italian food. 

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Osu
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Coco Lounge

Recommended

From the leather bar seating to the tilework in the private dining room, the attention to detail in Coco Lounge is quite amazing. The pizza oven is dressed up as an old Italian truck and a sight to behold.

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Accra
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Nicolino

Recommended

The best pizza in town? It’s certainly up there with Mamma Mia and Coco Lounge. The wood-burning oven at Nicolino’s – not to mention a super tasty crust – help the matter.

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Airport Residential Area
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La Piazza, Pinocchio & The Grill

This pleasant complex in Osu encompasses Pinocchio, a colourful café and ice cream parlour, and La Piazza, an outdoor seating area for pizzas, pastas, salads and chicken dishes.

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Osu
5
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Shisha Lounge

Hidden in the back roads of Osu, near Koala, is the always happening Shisha Lounge. Munch on brick-oven pizza and watch Osu at night from the second floor in the tree house, while smoking a shisha. 

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Accra

Best burger

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Burger & Relish

Recommended

Burger & Relish is Ghana’s first gourmet burger restaurant and cocktail bar – and what a place. The interior is vintage industrial design, quirky urban art and curiosities together to create an eclectic East London/Soho New York style vibe.

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Accra
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Coco Lounge

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. 

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Accra
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Champs Sports Bar & Grill

Recommended

Champs is back! After a brief flirt with being called The Lexington, the bar has become Champs again.

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Adabraka and Asylum Down
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Bread & Wine

Recommended

Great French food, a wine cellar, a beautiful location, real croissants made by a French pastry chef – what’s not to like? This is a serious set-up. The bakery alone will no doubt be marked out as the best in Ghana. 

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Osu
6
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Bistro 22

Recommended

This new venue is a great addition to the Labone eating scene. It is the kind of place that takes the marbling of its beef very carefully and therefore the kind of place we like.

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Labone
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Best sushi

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Santoku Restaurant & Bar

Recommended

Despite some stiff competition, not least of all from the same group in the form of Urban Grill, Santoku remains Ghana’s best restaurant, if not West Africa’s (wealthy people from Lagos have been known to fly over for dinner). 

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Airport Residential Area
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Monsoon

Three eateries in one, all of which are likely to leave you happily replenished. Monsoon’s centrepiece is its bar, a reasonably plush spot that wouldn’t look out of place in any city, and its main à la carte selection offers a good choice of seafood and meat options.

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Osu
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Rockafellas

Rockafella's accra, a well established restaurant in Osu, can easily be described as one of the best restaurants in town.  Offering a range of international cuisine,ranging from ribs to pasta to sushi, there is definitley something for everyone.

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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. 

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Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel

Recommended

Backed by 16 acres of palm-studded grounds and a sweeping azure pool, Accra’s luxury bolthole is certainly living up to its hype. Waiters on in-line skates glide across the gleaming patio, supplying fresh snacks and icy drinks to holidaymakers stretched out on loungers around the pool.

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Accra Central
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Chase

This popular Labone eatery houses a sports bar and lounge with banquette seating, a large projector and a stack of TVs, as well as the main restaurant. There’s now a teppanyaki bar indoors. 

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Labone
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Best cafe

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Vida e caffé

Recommended

On the same complex as Coco Lounge and Urban Grill, and from the same team, this excellent Vida e caffè is already very popular.

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Bread & Wine Bakery & Delicatessen

This bakery is a serious operation. All the equipment and grain is imported from France (as is the pastry chef), and all the bread and patisserie is freshly baked each day. The croissants are a highlight, obviously, but the cakes are fabulous too.

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Osu
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D–Cafe Osu

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.

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Osu
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4
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Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino

This café serves light lunches and brunches. Its sandwiches are popular, especially the calorific chicken, cheese, bacon and avocado version.

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Airport Residential Area
5
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Cafe Kwae

Café Kwae is an all day café/restaurant founded by Yvette Nana Ama Ansah and inspired by her love of good, simple food and her passion for travel. 

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Airport City
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Ci Gusta

Ci Gusta, an international franchise bringing a wide array of gelato, frozen yogurt, waffles and many other desserts. This cafe, located conviniently in Airport, provides a perfect place to relax during rush our.

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Airport City
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Best bar

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Firefly Lounge Bar

Recommended

Firefly is a confident nightspot – the industrial chic of its whitewashed brickwork, dim lighting and edgy beats attracts a preened international clientele. 

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Osu
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Honeysuckle Pub and Restaurant

Based on a regular local boozer, the Honeysuckle in Osu is a homely place for homesick Brits who want a dose of Premiership football and some recognisable food. 

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Osu
3
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Champs Sports Bar & Grill

Recommended

Champs offers an international menu, wide coverage of 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. 

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Adabraka and Asylum Down
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Shisha Lounge

Hidden in the back roads of Osu, near Koala, is the always happening Shisha Lounge. Consisting of an elegant outdoor eating area, an indoor bar (almost always witha  DJ spinning some discs), and a delightfully rustic ‘tree house’, it has carved a niche for itself in Ghanaian nightlife.

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Accra
5
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SAI Wine & Champagne Bar

Recommended

Sai wine & champagne cafè is open for business and a wonderful addition to Accra. Sai sells nothing but wine and champagne from key wine producing countries through out the world.

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Republic Bar & Grill

Recommended

We’ll still keep recommending this bar as it remains one of the most happening bars in Accra right now, thanks to its relaxed, music-forward approach to the good things in life: alcohol, fried food and really great music.

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Best live venue

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+233 Jazz Bar & Grill

Recommended

Formerly Bassline Jazz Club, +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.

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Ridge
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Republic Bar & Grill

Recommended

We’ll still keep recommending this bar as it remains one of the most happening bars in Accra right now, thanks to its relaxed, music-forward approach to the good things in life: alcohol, fried food and really great music.

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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.

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Airport Residential Area
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Toros Tapas Bar

The tapas revolution has finally hit Accra, and with customary Latin style. This is a lovely if unsubtle space (it’s all red and black with pictures of bulls on the wall) that lends itself to a jovial atmosphere.

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Ridge
5
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Chez Afrique

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.

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East Legon

Best shopping malls

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Accra Mall

Accra Mall is looking lively again, with nearly all the units now open. Clothing boutiques, global sports brands and high-end jewellery outlets populate the ground floor of Ghana’s largest shopping centre.

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East Airport
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Marina Mall

Marina Mall is made up of three floors of shops, with a food court taking up the top level. There’s a welcome branch of D-Café, as well as fast food outlets including Marina’s, which sells burgers and kebabs, and KFC.

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Airport City
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West Hills Mall

Designed for excellent access and visibility, West Hills Mall is on the new motorway in west Accra. West Hills is a 30-minute drive from the Accra CBD, and forms the gateway into the Greater Accra Region from Western Ghana.

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The Junction Mall

Located in the suburb of Nungua in Accra, Ghana, the Junction Shopping Centre is the go-to venue for residents in search of popular clothing brands and restaurants. 

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Accra
5
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Melcom Plus Complex

In the last 25 years, Melcom has become one of Ghana’s great retail successes. It’s now the country’s largest chain of retail complexes, with almost 30 up and running, including a new location in East Legon.

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Accra Central
6
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A&C Square

Set in Accra’s East Legon residential community, A&C Square offers a mix of shopping, dining and entertainment – plus access to banking, health clinics and other services.

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East Legon
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Best hotel

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Labadi Beach Hotel

Recommended

Labadi Beach has always been one of, if not the, highest end hotel in Ghana, as the wall with photos of staying digitaries attests. But in the light of new openings, it has had to up its game.

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Labadi
2
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Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel

Recommended

Backed by 16 acres of palm-studded grounds and a sweeping azure pool, Accra’s luxury bolthole is certainly living up to its hype. Waiters on in-line skates glide across the gleaming patio, supplying fresh snacks and icy drinks to holidaymakers stretched out on loungers around the pool. 

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Accra Central
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4
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Holiday Inn Accra Airport

Recommended

This hotel is a cut above the standard you might have come to expect from the Holiday Inn brand elsewhere in the world, and the cluster of expensive suits usually found milling around in the bar area is an accurate sign of the property’s popularity with the business world.

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Airport City
5
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Fiesta Royale

The Fiesta Royale has smart rooms, efficient service and a good bar and restaurant, making it an ideal bet for business travellers and families. Its location, no more than 15 minutes from the airport, is superb. 

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Dzorwulu
6
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Golden Tulip Accra

The Golden Tulip is one of the most popular hotels in Ghana, thanks to its sizable rooms, its conference facilities and its location near the airport.

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Airport Residential Area
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Best Ghanaian resort

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Royal Senchi

Recommended

The Royal Senchi Resort is a bold undertaking; a largely thatched 84-room complex with facilities for large conferences just west of the town of Akosombo.

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Out of town
3
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Blue Diamond Beach Spa Resort

*Time Out Accra review soon* Blue Diamond Beach Spa Resort say: Blue Diamond Beach Spa Resort currently includes - 10 sea view chalets and 1 suite. - A professional camping ground with a BBQ, shawarma grill and African Kitchen. -

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Out of town
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Aqua Safari Resort

Recommended

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.

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Out of town
5
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Lansdown Ibru Heights

Recommended

‘Hidden away’ doesn’t really do justice to the location here. This smart new villa complex in the lush folds of the hills around Aburi isn’t somewhere you’d stumble across – it’s only accessible via a long and winding road, and that’s just how the owners want it.

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Out of town
6
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Best Western Atlantic Hotel

There’s no missing the 100-room Atlantic Hotel, a huge white monolith overlooking the ocean around Takoradi. The rooms in the main building are modern and well-appointed – ask for one with ocean views.

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