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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.

Written by
Daniel Neilson
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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

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Ghanaian
  • Osu
  • price 2 of 4

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.

  • Restaurants
  • Ghanaian

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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • North African
  • Labone
  • price 2 of 4

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

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • North African
  • East Legon
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Ghanaian
  • Labone
  • price 1 of 4

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Ghanaian
  • Osu
  • price 2 of 4

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’).

Best pizza

Mamma Mia
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Osu
  • price 2 of 4

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. 

Coco Lounge
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Accra
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Airport Residential Area
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Accra

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. 

Best burger

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Accra

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.

Coco Lounge
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Accra
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Osu
  • price 3 of 4

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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Labone

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.

Best sushi

Santoku Restaurant & Bar
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Airport Residential Area
  • price 3 of 4

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). 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Osu

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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  • Restaurants
  • International

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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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants

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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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • International
  • Labone
  • price 2 of 4

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. 

Best cafe

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • 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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  • Bars and pubs
  • CafĂ© bars
  • Airport City

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. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Airport City

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.

Best bar

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Osu

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

Honeysuckle Pub and Restaurant
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Osu

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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Sports bars
  • Adabraka and Asylum Down

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. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Accra

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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Republic Bar & Grill
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs

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.

Best live venue

  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Ridge

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.

Republic Bar & Grill
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs

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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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Tapas bars
  • Ridge

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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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • North African
  • East Legon
  • price 2 of 4

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.

Best shopping malls

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • East Airport

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.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Airport City

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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  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres

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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Melcom Plus Complex
  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Accra Central

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.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • East Legon

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.

Best hotel

Labadi Beach Hotel
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • Labadi

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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hotels
  • Airport City

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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hotels
  • Dzorwulu

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. 

Best Ghanaian resort

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • Out of town
  • price 3 of 4

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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  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Out of town

*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. -

  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Out of town

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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  • Travel
  • Out of town
  • price 3 of 4

‘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.

Best Western Atlantic Hotel
  • Hotels
  • Chain hotels

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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