key A magazine for travelers by travelers • january / february 2013
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Akwaaba Welcome to Ghana. As the Information AttachĂŠ of the Embassy of Ghana in Washington DC, I am pleased to invite you to share the unequaled opportunities that our country offers and to experience all that makes Ghana a wonderful place to live and visit. Explore our worldclass museums and attractions, including Independence Square, The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & Museum, The Ghana National Theater, The National Museum and much more. We hope that this guide will help you to explore Accra, whether itâ€™s finding a place to shop, something to do, a place to stay, or a place to eat. There are plenty of options for all of these in Ghana. On behalf of the people of Ghana, I am proud to welcome you to explore this ever changing country and we wish you a meaningful and memorable stay. Sincerely, Vanessa Mensah-Adu (Mrs.) Ghana Embassy,Washington DC
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Gbele Game Production Reserve
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LANGUAGES English (official), Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe & Ga.
CURRENCY Cedi ETHNIC GROUPS Akan 44%, MoshiDagomba 16%, Ewe Abidjan 13%, Ga 8%, Gurma 3%
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GOVERNMENT Multiparty Democracy
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AREA 238,537 sq. kilometers
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Kumasi Atewa Forest Aburi Boin National Park Ankasa Game Reserve Amansuri Lake
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Clockwise from above: Mövenpick Hotel’s buffet, CapeCost Castle, Ankobra Beach.
A l o o k a h e a d : G h a n a’ s b r i g h t f u t u r e This past year Ghana has taken its place as the jewel of West Africa. A safer and more stable country than its neighbors, it has been able to welcome new development and foreign investment, which has resulted in a boom in tourism. In Ghana you can find traditional culture alongside of western-stlyle accommodations and services, an eclectic mix of food, and enough activities to keep you busy for days. The Accra Mall, continues to thrive, with several South African chain stores, a movie theater, an Italian furniture design store, Nike, Puma and a food court. Accra, Ghana’s capital, is full of expats, and business 4
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executives. You will find that many of Accra’s nightlife spots feature world class music and also serve excellent food during the day. Best of all Ghana is full of some of the friendliest people on the continent. We hope that you enjoy this issue of Key Ghana; which is focused on giving you advice, tips, and stories that will make your stay in Accra more meaningful and memorable. You can now find Key Ghana magazine at the Ghana Embassy in the U.S., Kotoka International Airport, The National Theater of Ghana and many other locations in Ghana.
Key Ghana • volume 7 / 2013
jan. & feb. contents
Here we invite you to share the unparalleled opportunities that Accra offers. 12
From fine dining to street food in Accra 26
Shopping index From neighborhood markets to unique boutiques
Discover Accra’s music, performing arts, galleries, sports etc.
Luxury to budget hotels and holiday rentals
Explore Accra This travel map includes streets & locations 19
Accommodation index 31
beyond Accra Discover the unique wildlife, historical monuments and so much more. 22
Discover Accra’s many venues for music, film & theater
Key Ghana LTD P.O. Box AT 517
Achimota - Accra, Ghana Emmanuel Arthur, Publisher
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This is a list of our 10 favorite things to do in Accra. Discover these must-do attractions that distinguish this great metropolis from any other city in the world.
Aburi carving Center Here craftsmen can be seen at work on magnificent carvings and drums which are available for purchase. If you are feeling creative, you can design your own piece.
UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, LEGON BOOKSTORE
This bookstore is situated in the heart of Legon University and is a gem of a bookstore if you are looking for great African literature and textbooks that you canâ€™t find anywhere else.
Check out the African writers series, I couldnâ€™t put this one down.
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Take the quick boat ride across the Lagoon to this pristine sand bar.
gallery hopping Artist Alliance Gallery is a fantastic African modern art gallery located right on the coast. It is packed with art. Three floors of art, sculpture, carvings and artifacts, a haven for anyone looking to be inspired or simply enjoy some incredible work. Omanye House. Beach Rd. La, before LaPalm Hotel Tel: 0245251404 Also, cool stuff like this, at the Hershel Gallery. Mankrato St East Cantonments herschelgallery.com Tel: 0243380668
Accra sports stadium
Experience the passion of Ghana soccer. To get in on the fun, buy a copy of the Daily Graphic on a Friday/Saturday to get accurate times and dates for the matches taking place that weekend.
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catching some local music
For centuries music has been an integral part of Ghanaian life. Intensely rhythmic and infused with meaning, music marks the cycles of life, animates religious rituals, and communicates social values. It is therefore not surprising that you will find an abundance of amazing live music in Ghana. (P. 22 lists some of our favorite spots.)
M.anifest at the Alliance Franรงaise was amazing!
To find good street food you have to go where Africans eat on the run: bus stations, markets, busy intersections, construction sites. Look where people stop and rest a minute.
Make sure to get the guide, Otherwise you will miss small plants like the mimosa, whose leaflets fold up when you touch them!
Aburi Botanical Gardens A 65-hector garden with some amazingly large trees along with a variety of beautiful indigenous and exotic plants set in peaceful parkland, that seems to have a special ambience. The drive into the mountains is beautiful. This is an ideal place for a family outing or a picnic.
KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL PARK AND MAUSOLEUM This park is dedicated to the founding father of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. There is a very decorative and interesting mausoleum that marks his final resting place. The park is expansive and beautiful, and there are numerous fountains and statues that are dedicated to Ghanaâ€™s independence. Keep an eye out for the many beautiful peacocks roaming freely on the grounds.
lose yourself in makola market
If you are looking for an insight into Ghanaian culture and life, plunge into one of Accraâ€™s colorful markets and feel life happening around you. Makola is a huge open air market right in the center of Accra. In this bustling market dominated by women one can find just about anything for a good price.
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coming events Eyes from the Wild Lovers Agony Feb 2
Goethe Institute 5 pm
Eyram Adorkor’s new comedy will touch on common lessons but serious issues “you wish your mother had told you before you got married”.
Ghana chocolate day Feb 14
Alain Angé puts African memories into pictures Alliance Française - January 31 at 7 pm Having spent a long time traveling throughout all Africa, Alain Angé transforms emotions onto paper or glass. Alliance Française is happy to welcome the self-taught artist in an exhibition that celebrates nature in all its details. www.afaccra.com 12
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An upsurge in demand for high quality chocolate is putting Ghana’s cocoa producers on the international stage. Valentine’s Day has, therefore, been designated as ghana’s official “Chocolate Day”, which means we need to go out and sample one of society’s permissible vices, fine chocolate!
passed away a year ago. Staff, friends, family and artists will commemorate the life of this great man. All proceeds will go to his wife and children. Alliance Française, 8 pm
Nightlife Awards As Accra continues to become a world-class destination, Ghanaian nightlife industry professionals play an important role. Some of the award categories will be: Best Ambriance, Best DJ, Best Late Night Snacks. One of the highlights will be a performance by United States rapper, Cassidy. Event Haven
Benefit concert with Austrian opera star Eva Lind. Internationally acclaimed opera star Eva Lind will perform a benefit concert for Plan International Ghana an NGO that focuses on promoting children’s rights and helps lift millions of children out of poverty’. All proceeds will benefit Plan International Ghana. Alliance Française, 8 pm
u A Tribute to Cephas Sackitey. This concert is a tribute to Cephas Sackitey, Head of Alliance Française’s cultural department, who
Rotary Club Music & Dinner Gala Night The Rotary Club of Accra is first Club in Englishspeaking West Africa. After a successfull Wine & Cheese Jazz Night in November come enjoy a Presidential Classical Music & Dinner Gala Tickets: GHc 200.00 per person (kwasifgyabaa@ yahoo.com) Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, 7:30 pm
La Paillote Takpekpe: SNAKE &/OR LADDERS Laboratory de Caméléon is an intercultural & cross-cultural program of the University of Ghana, students from the various departments will rock the Paillotte Tapkepke with contemporary dance, puzzled drama, unplugged spoken word poetry and tuneful body percussion supported by instructors from Germany, Burkina Faso, Turkey and Ghana. Alliance Française, 8 pm
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film & theater January
And Along Come Tourists A German feature film from 2007, based on the experiences of director Robert Thalheim, during his community service at Auschwit, the concentration camp. We follow the relationship of a 19 year old Sven, who takes care of Stanislaw Krzeminski, a survivor of Auschwitz. Goethe Institute 7:30 pm
Kebab Connection - a feature film by Anno Saul, 2005 A German feature film set in the Schanzenviertel, a multicultural district in Hamburg. A young Turkish man, Ibo, produces small commercial films for local cinemas. However being a huge fan of Bruce Lee,
he dreams of becoming the first German Kung-Fu film-maker. One day, a commercial film for his uncle’s kebab restaurant becomes unexpectedly successful and fame seems to be as close as ever... Free entrance. Goethe Institute 7:30 pm
Lovers Agony After showcasing “LiebesNe(s)t“ in 2012, young producer Eyram Adorkor’s new comedy will touch on common lessons but serious issues “you wish your mother had told you before you got married”. Theatre Production by Kritikproduction Goethe Institute 5:30 pm
the ideas embodied in the celebration of the international migrants Day on December 18th. In particular, IOM Accra hopes to raise awareness of migration and the ways it affects us collectively. In aid of this, The IOM is hosting a three-day film showing at the Alliance Française Accra. The films will serve to advance understanding of migration issues in a convivial atmosphere while providing a platform to discuss and explore issues relating to migration and, foster a deeper understanding of the related themes. Alliance Française
a-f IOM Film screening Showing: Surprising Europe, Les Martyrs du Golfe d’Aden, Entre Les Murs, Dirty pretty things and Intouchables. The leading International Organization for Migration (IOM) film launch is an extension of efforts to create awareness of migration issues and a continuation of
Alliance Française Liberation Link, Airport Area Tel: 0302 77 31 34 / afaccra.com Goethe-Institut 30 Kakramadu Rd (next to NAFTI ) Cantonments Tel: 0302 779 769 / goethe.de 14
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events - art / sports Africa, Alain Angé, a selftaught artist celebrates nature in all its details and transforms his memories and emotions into art. Alliance Française, 7 pm
Nii Amasah: Paintings (until Feb 26) Storytelling genre paintings by Nii Amasah. In cooperation with Amorkor Gallery, various storytelling genre oil paintings will be displayed. Among his most popular art expressions are illustra-
tions of children playing. Opening by Ato Keelson at W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Center 7pm.
Eyes from the Wild (Alain Angé) Having spent a long time traveling through
Flea Market with the Open Air Stock Exchange An interesting blend of national Ghanaian and international arts and crafts and some exotic and local culinaria! Goethe-Institut how well are the other African teams ready? Until Feb 10 Confederation of African Football www.cafonline.com/competition
9-e Vodafone Accra Open Polo Championship Come and support your favorite team and enjoy polo talents being demonstrated. Finals will be on the Jan 12. Polo Grounds at the north end of Airport Bypass Rd, 3 pm
Shala Yoga with Guest teacher Elonne Stockton (two days) Breath, asana/postures & the origins of yoga: A deeper look at the specific practices and background of hatha yoga. www.ghanayoga.com
African Cup of Nations African football is getting ready for the next African Cup of Nations, taking place in South Africa. Will Zambia hold its tittle and
Monthly Bird-Walk A free monthly bird-walk open to everyone, young and old. Car pooling is greatly encouraged. Sakumono Lagoon. Meet at Celebrity Resort, just beyond the Celebrity Golf Course. Samuel Temidayo 0234237732 / taymida@ yahoo.co.uk or Reuben Ottou 0244 893 528 firstname.lastname@example.org birdlife.org ghanawildlifesociety.org
Alliance Française Liberation Link, Airport Area Tel: 0302 77 31 34 / afaccra.com Goethe-Institut 30 Kakramadu Rd (next to NAFTI ) Cantonments Tel: 0302 779 769 / goethe.de W.E.B. Dubois Center 2nd circular Rd g h a n a k e y. c o m 1 5
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events - festivals
festivals Festivals are very important in many ways, historically, religiously, socially, economically & culturally. This is a great opportunity to witness Ghanaâ€™s rich cultural heritage. January Bugum Festival Dagbon, Gonja, Mamprusi and Nanumb Jan 9 The fire festival (Bugum) is observed by the Muslims to mark the landing of prophet Noahâ€™s Ark after the flood. It is celebrated in the night with bundles of grass used as torches. Non-Muslims make offerings to their ancestors and God, since the festival marks the beginning of a new year. Edina Buronya Festival Elmina, 1st week of Jan. This is the native version of Christmas which is 18
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exclusively celebrated by the people of Elmina (Edina). The festival was influenced by the Portuguese settlers who celebrated a similar event every January. For the people of Edina, it is a period of purification, sacrifices to the gods, remembrance of the dead, and the welcoming of a new year. Families pour libations and invite friends to participate in dining, and merry-making, throughout the town. Rice Festival Is celebrated by the people of Akpafu, in the Volta Region.
Kpini-Kyiu & Tenghana Festivals Is celebrated by the people of Wa & Tongu, in the Upper East Region. Danso Abaim & Ntoa Fukokuese Festivals Is celebrated by the people of Techimentia & Nkoranza, in the Brong Ahafo Region. Apafram Festival Is celebrated by the people of Akwamu, in the Eastern Region.
February Papa Festival Is celebrated by the people of Kumawu, in the Ashanti Region Dzawuwu Festival Is celebrated by the people of Dabala, in the Volta Region. It is an Annual traditional and thanksgiving festival of the Agave people.
beyond Accra Beyond Accra discover the unique wildlife, historical monuments and so much more.
Castles & forts
played in the slave trade.
Cape Coast Castle
After the passage of numerous foreign powers, this castle became a British possession in 1664. Millions of slaves were shipped to the Caribbean and the United States through this castle before becoming the seat of British colonial administration. The cannons still face seaward, stirring the imagination to scenes of exploration, discovery and great tragedy. The Museum of West African History, describes the role that these great structures
Ten kilometers west of Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle is the earliest known European structure in the tropics. Built in 1482 by the Portuguese during early world exploration, the castle was taken over by the Dutch in 1637, who retained control for 274 years. Inside the vast fortification is the first Catholic church in SubSahara Africa. The Castleâ€™s damp, unlit dungeons served as horrific holding areas for the human cargo of the infamous slave trade.
For St. Jago
Walking distance from Elmina Castle, this fort unlike others was not used for trading activities but provided military protection to Elmina Castle. Be sure to bring your camera since it provides an excellent view. Axim - Fort Santo Antonio
Built by the Portuguese in 1515 and expanded between 1642 and 1872 by the Dutch. It is now run by the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board and is open to the public. Look for the beautiful off-shore islands and lighthouse.
Cape Coast Castle Prince’s Town - Fort Gross Friedrichsburg
This is the only German fort in Ghana, built by the Brandenburg Africa Company. Take a guided tour, and hear the history of the Brandenburgers’ involvement in trade along the west coast. Enjoy the fort’s unique Germanic exposed stone architecture. Dixcove - Fort Dixcove
An English-built fort which was completed in 1698, that dominates the fishing harbor and town from a bluff located on the eastern side of the town. Butre- Fort Batenstein
Built by the Dutch West Indian Company to establish its trade against Swedish competition. Its name means ‘profit rock’.
Wildlife Shai Hills Resource Reserve
The closest wildlife park to Accra. The vegetation of Shai Hills is dry, coastal evergreen savannah and 40% of the park is made up of hills covered with 20
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jan / feb 2013 dry forest. Major wildlife to be seen include olive baboons, green monkeys, kobs and bushbucks, as well as monitor lizards, pythons and snakes. Bird lovers will also find many bird species including the Senegal Parrot, Grey Plantain Eater, Hornbill, Red Northern Bishop and Violet Turaco and many more. Don’t miss a to visit to one of the three caves, Adwuku, Sayu or Hiewey Kakum National Park
Kakum is about 60 miles west of Accra. By road the journey takes about 3 hours A dense tropical rain forest is home to over 40 species of larger mammals. The bird life is fantastic with over 250 species living in the forest. The highlight, is a stroll on the Canopy Walkway that is built 40 meters above ground, crosses several bridges and is over 330 m in length. Mole National Park
Mole is about a 1 hour drive from Tamale. Tamale is about 600 km from Accra (a 13 hour bus ride – or a 1 hour 20 min plane ride for $130) The largest of its kind in Ghana. Its savannah woodland and forested
areas cover a staggering space which measures just less than 5000 square kilometers. You can expect to see antelope, elephants, baboons, warthogs, buffalo, hyenas and if you’re very lucky, leopard. Lions have recently been reintroduced to the park as well. There are also more than 250 species of birds to enjoy. The park has a simple motel with a pool and restaurant located directly above the elephants’ bathing pond. Owabi Forest Reserve and Bird Sanctuary
15km from Kumasi Winter home to a variety of migratory birds as well as tropical birds who live there year round. Also home to hundreds of the endangered Mona Monkeys. Further to the northeast is the Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary, containing the spectacular Bomfobiri Falls. The salt marshes of the Songow Lagoon are also worth seeing. Lake Volta
At Akosombo Dam, board the Yapei Queen ferry and cruise up massive Lake Volta on a 24-hour trip past wooded hills and farming villages and
beyond accra into Ghanaâ€™s arid north, docking at Yeji. Amansuri wetland
90 km west of Takoradi A complex of peat, swamp and mangrove forests, flood plains, and sandy shores with streams, rivers, a fresh water lake, lagoons and the sea as environmental features. It is the largest intact swamp forest in Ghana and home to many species of plants and animals. Ninety-three of these species made up of reptiles, mammals and birds are of global and national conservation interest.
jan / feb 2013 Kumasi-Accra highway. Tel: 024 646 5993, A bewildering experience as clouds of mud-puddling Whites and Yellows take flight as well as Swallowtails and pure gold or red Gliders, Mother-of-Pearlsâ€™. The butterflies are plentiful. There are also very good guided tours of the plants, explaining their interesting commercial and medicinal uses. The
Birding Ghana Bird Walks
Join a monthly bird walk on the last Saturday of every month from 7am to 9am. The birding site and meeting point for each month will be communicated. Contact Samuel Temidayo Tel: 0234237732 email@example.com or Reuben Ottou Tel: 0244 893 528 firstname.lastname@example.org Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary
Located 30km from Kumasi and about 25km from Konogo, along the
Tel: 0243606911 Cycle city trails on mountain bikes starting from Osu-Total on Sunday mornings Cyrils bike group
Tel: 0277760600 Cycle city trails on mountain bikes starting from A&C mall in East Legon on Saturday mornings
Beaches Relax on the beaches of the Atlantic coast. Labadi Pleasure beach, Kokrobite beach, Coco Beach, Dixcove, Busua and Ada all offer tropical palms, spectacular Atlantic breakers and swimming (but beware of the strong currents and tides).
tours guesthouse on site serves basic food, and has a pleasant staff.
biking Ghana / Aburi Bike & Hike Tours
Tel: 0244209587 ghanabike2.com Explore the bush and forestland; discover remote villages as well as colonial style houses in the beautiful Aburi or Busua area.
Melian Travel & Tours
Tel: 233 (0)302 423390 www.meliantnt.com Provide tailor-made and packaged tours for customers as well as flight and hotel reservations, assisting with visas, airport pick-ups and car/ bus rental study abroad, african drumming, dancing & languages classes.
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THE REPUBLIC PATIO | photo provided by The Republic
The Republic Bar + Grill Whether you’re coming for a Tuesday happy hour or a Thursday live music jam or Sunday DJ lounge session, this popular new bar won’t disappoint you.
Aphrodisiac 35 Osu Badu Street, Dzorwulu Tel: 0302 766 738
DJs serve a mix of hip hop and R&B, hip life, garage and techno. Ladies night on Thursdays. Fridays DJ Flava Nite open from 11pm - 6am
+233 jazz bar & grill 75 Ring Rd, North Ridge Tel: 0244 276 027
Ghana’s premiere jazz and live music club. Open until 4 am on week-ends Bywell Okodan Rd off of Oxford St, Osu Tel: 0302767793
Thursdays a live band performs high life music. 6pm -1 am.
Citizen Kofi Off Oxford St.,Osu Tel: 0302 787811
One of the swankiest places in Accra. Groundfloor bar, a nightclub with a VIP section, a theatre and sports bar and a fifth-floor Sky Bar with stunning views over Osu. citizenkofi.com
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Duplex 2nd Kuku close off oxford st, Osu
Definitely the most down to earth place you will find.
Jazztone No.3 Third Ringway, Airport Res. Tel: 0302 761082
Live Entertainment Fri & Sat from 8:30 pm
Jokers Labadi Road, La Tel: 024 4370752
Not very far from La Beach, this is a very popular place to play pool, tourists & locals meet here to have a drink and a game.
The Lexington next to Paloma Hotel, Kokolemle Tel: (0) 240 959 406
An upscale lounge/sports bar specializing in cocktails with fancy bar snacks frequented by ex-pats and locals alike. Next Door Beach Resort Beach Road, Teshie (opposite the Military Academy) Tel: 024 4318697
Live music on weekends, Sunday afternoons catch some traditional song and dance performances. The one2one Bar Mövenpick Hotel, Central
A chic cocktail bar where you can escape, socialize and launch your evening in style to the sound of African lounge music or live performances. The Republic Bar & Grill 3rd Lane Kuku Hill, Osu Tel: 024 631 4044
This place has quickly become the hot spot in Accra. Like the every-week-kind-of-spot to chill, catch up with friends, and listen to some cool music over beer and food. Robi Dutch Pub Dade walkstreet 14, Labone Tel: 0242201087
The only authentic Dutch pub in Ghana, with Dutch cuisine, beer, music and ambiance.
Silverbird Cinema First Floor, Shop 39, Accra Mall, Tetteh Quashie Interchange Tel: 021 823270-4
silverbirdghana.com Goethe-Institut 30 Kakramadu Rd, Cantonments Tel: 0302 779 769
Regularly show films on Thursdays. www. goethe.de
Drama / music Alliance Française Accra Liberation Link - Airport Residential Tel: 0302 773 134
A large producer of cultural events in Accra, including live music, poetry readings, theater, art exhibits and much more, that reflect the diversity and the quality of France and Africa’s artistic offer. afaccra.com National Theatre of Ghana South Liberia Road, Central Tel: 0244272884
This elegant and imposing theater is the hub of music and theater in Accra. It houses The National Symphony Orchestra, The National Dance Company and The National Drama Company. It is also a regular venue for Ghana’s world acclaimed satirist Kwaku Sintim-Misa popularly called KSM. The National Theater is also worth a guided or self-visit in the daytime (for a minimal fee). Nubuke foundation 7 Adamafio Close, East Legon Tel: 028 910 21 63
nubukefoundation.org Enjoy programs ranging from drama and music to art exhibitions, poetry, and films.
Art Afia gallery No. 2 Liberia Rd Ext, Osu Tel: 0302 681465
Packed with local wood carvings and crafts. afiavillage.com
Artists Alliance Gallery Omanye House. Beach Rd, La before LaPalm Hotel Tel: 0245251404
A fantastic African modern art gallery located right on the coast. The gallery is huge and more museum-like; three floors of fabric, paintings, sculptures, and odds and ends like coins and games. Hershel Gallery Mankrato St, East Cantonments Tel: 0243380668
herschelgallery.com Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop Teshie First Junction TEL: 0244 114719 / 5
Workshop of Seth Kane Kwei who invented the famous design coffins in the 1950’s which are carved into shapes that represent something important and relevant to the deceased person, such as a fish, airplanes, etc. Meet Eric Adjetey Anang, grandson of Kane Kwei, and hear stories about these fantastic coffins.
history Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & Museum High St., central Tel: 233 671 610
An obligatory visit for history buffs. Dr. Nkrumah serves as a loose approximation of George Washington for Ghana. This museum is an introduction to a complex personality. It is a great source of information, including photos of Nkrumah with a wide range of world leaders, his books, his clothing, and artifacts. National Museum of Ghana Accra Barnes Rd, central Tel: 021-221633
Established in 1957, this museum’s collection ranges from pre-historic, archaeological discoveries, to colonial antiquities and exhibits of contemporary African art. Don’t miss the outdoor sculpture garden. Open from 9am 5pm Tuesday through Sunday W.E.B. Dubois Center 2nd circular Rd, Cantonments
This is the home, library and final resting place of American-born crusader for social justice, William Edward Burghardt DuBois.
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arts & culture
photo from Maquis Tante Marie
dining Tilapia Lake Volta in Ghana is the world’s largest man made lake with a thriving fishing community. Combine that with the costal fishing and you find a lot of seafood in Accra. Fried, grilled, and smoked versions of the fish can be found in many different places in the city.
Ghanaian Village Restaurant La Palm Royal Beach Hotel No 5 La Bypass Rd Tel: 0302 215100
Country kitchen 2nd Ringway Estates Tel: 0302229107
Enjoy an African lunch or dinner with seafood with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. La Buka
10th Lane Tel: 030 2782953 osu
Christine’s Unique Café 150m off Ring Rd at Nima Junction Tel: 0302 222 265 Chez Afrique Near Yemoh Plaza Tel: 030 2911591 24
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Le Grand Ecuyer Ring Road, just west of Danquah Circle Tel: 0302 768 64 Maquis Tante Marie 5th Norla Link Tel: 0244612832
Next Door Restaurant Beach Rd (op. the Military Academy) Tel: 024-4318697
Old Bob’s Place Niger Hse, 59 Okadan Tel: 028 8266378
Captain Hooks 4 Kakramandu St Tel: 0302762228
The Orangery Crepe & salad bar Farrar Ave Tel: 030 2232988
papaye Cantonments Rd Near MTN store Tel: 030 2773754 Osu
Chop Bars range from a woman serving dishes out of a bowl on the side of the road to sit down spots with full kitchens. Here are few that we recommend: Asanka Local 18th lane Tel: 0302786328
This is good place to go if you are looking for a local experience. Find delicacies like Banku, fufu, soups, chicken etc. osu Auntie Muni Waakye off Josiah Tongogari St & orphan cres., TEL: 233246980070
Though it looks like little more than a roadside stand Aunti Muni’s is one of the most popular spots for weekend Wakeye. Cantonments
Peace Palace off of 6th st accross ecobank osu
Barcelos Op. Dynasty Chinese Tel: 030 2933784 Osu
Chicken Republic Cantonments Rd south of Papaye Tel: 030 2775496 Osu
KFC Cantonments Rd Osu
ASian Royal Dragon Chinese Restaurant La Palm Royal Beach Hotel No 5 La Bypass Rd Tel: 0302 215100
Enjoy a Chinese dinner with special teppanyaki every evening. La Dynasty restaurant Oxford St Tel: 030 2775496 Osu
Nobel House Kuku Hill, Salem Rd Tel: 0302785151 Osu
Zion Thai Restaurant Okodan & mission St Papaye Down Tel: 054-996-7644
Try spicy penang curry, true pad thai, and lots of vegetarian
options. Afterwards, enjoy a sweetened Thai iced tea. Osu Padthai Restaurant 10 Monrovia Rd Tel: 0302962788 East Legon
italian Arlecchino 674 Oxford St Tel: 0245 410 403 Osu
Bella Roma Fourth Lane Tel: 024 74 74 007 Osu
Eddy’s Pizza 66 Ring Road Tel: 54 413 3397 central
Il Cavaliere Pezzo Accra Polo Grounds Tel: 0302 823131 Airport Res
Mama mia Pizzeria 7th Lane Tel: 0244 264 151 Osu
Osteria Michelangelos House No.3 Nortei Abadio St Tel: 024 4233533 Airport Res
Picasso Crown Apartamento Premises Tel: 0302771712 Airport Res
The Venue Adamafio link Tel: 024 3323425 East Legon
Heritage indian off Salem Rd Noble Chinese Restaurant Bldg Tel: 0302785151
Little Indian Sunshine Salad Bar 11th Lane Tel: 030 2780599
Koh-I-Noor Grisfarm Hotel off First Tel: 030 2771999
Sankofa Restaurant Mövenpick Hotel Tel: 0302611000
Daily breakfast and lunch Buffet from Mon to Sat. Sunday Brunch Buffet. Dinner includes a starter buffet and a la carte main courses.
Tandoor Indian near Land Tours Tel:0243 151 417 Labone
lebanese Basha Kojo Thompson Rd Niagara Hotel Adabraka
Le Magellan Restaurant Ring Road East at Labone Junction Tel: 0302 777 629
spanish El gaucho Abrebrensem Tel: 0289117575 Osu
Le Tandem 6 Mankralo St Tel: 030 2762959 Livingstone Safari near Akai House across from Kohinoor Tel: 024 6485135 Osu
Japanese 3121 Sushi 14th Lane Behind Barclays Tel: 026 777 3121
Seafood-grill, cocktail bar & cigar lounge, sushi/teppanyaki bar email@example.com Monsoon 41 Oxford St Osu above Osu Food Court
Tel: 030 2782307
honeysuckle bar Ring Rd Tel: 030 2780774
3rd Close, Tel: 030 2773412
Bus Stop Bar & Restaurant
Ryan Irish Pub Troas St Tel: 030 2762334
The Lexington next to the Paloma Hotel in the Kokolemle neighbourhood Tel: 0240 959 406
Also serves French food. Osu
Serves deep fried brie, bruschetta, burgers, pulled pork. White Bell Cnr Farrar Av Adabraka Tel: 0302227066 Frankies Cantonments Rd Tel: 0302 77 35 67 Osu
La Chaumiere 215 Liberation Rd across ShangriLa Hotel
Tel: 0302772408 Airport Res
Café Chez Des Amis Liberation Rd, Across from French Embassy Le Must No 28, Orphan Crescent Tel: 0244661069
Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino
brunch melting moments No. 78/5, 1st Norla St Tel: 0302770834 Labone
Labadi Beach Hotel No.1 La Bypass Tel: 030 277 2501/6 La
La Palm Royal Beach Hotel No 5 La Bypass Rd Tel: 0302 215100 La
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malls Accra Mall Spintex Rd, Tetteh Quarshie Interchange
Mostly modern high-end goods including: an apple store, books, electronics, fashion, footwear, jewelry, travel, a supermarket and much more. accramall.com Airport Area
woodCARVering One of Ghanaâ€™s famed crafts is woodcarving and Aburi is host to one of the finest wood markets not only in Ghana but in all of Africa. In the Aburi woodcarving village market, located in the Akwapim Ridge, craftsmen make everything from bowls, cutlery, canes and masks, sculptures, fertility dolls and royal stools and fine drums.
A&C Square Block 232, Jungle Rd Tel: 302.517518
High-end goods including: women, men and children apparel and accessories, fabrics, groceries, wine & liquor. ancsquare.com East Legon
supermarkets It is best to get your fruits and vegetables in the local outdoor markets, however, if you are looking for imported food items, frozen meat & poultry, breads, cakes, pastries you can probably find them in one of these supermarkets.
Makola Market Kojo Thompson Rd
Koala Supermarket Off Danquah Circle at Cantonments Rd Tel: 0302773455
Dominated by women this bustling market of Accra is situated right in the center of the city. There you will find: jewelry, fabrics, plastic hair decorations, traditional Ghanaian glass beads, batiks, wigs, bags, shoes, toiletries, as well as shea butter, fish, beans, meat, vegetables, fruit, flour, eggs, pots & pans, grills and much more.
shoprite Accra Mall Tel: 0302823020 Airport Area
Malata Market Elephant Walk Rd
If you want a true local market experience, youâ€™ll find it here. No tourists, no African masks, no tourist handcrafts, but you will have the opportunity to eat some authentic Ghanian fare Kaneshie Market Mallam-Odorkor Rd
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Excellent assortment of local and imported goods; bread selection is highly recommended. Carries Cottage Farms frozen pork. koalashop.com.gh Osu
crafts Centre for National Culture 28th February Rd Tel: 021 664099
A sea of stalls selling arts and crafts. It is also referred to as the Arts Centre. This is the place to shop in Accra for crafts. The level of aggressive hassling may discourage you but if you have the patience you can come away with good-quality handicrafts from all over Ghana. central
Loom 117 Kwame Nkrumah Ave Tel: 0302224746
Sells spectacular paintings as well as woodcarvings, fabrics and statues. central Global Mamas 14th Lane Near Koala Supermarket Tel: 24 453 0467
globalmamas.org Osu Wild Gecko Handicrafts Near Tetteh Quarshie exchange Tel: 030 250 8500
Unique handcrafted furniture, household decorations, accessories & jewelry. www.wild-gecko.com Cantonments
Woodwork ABURI CARVING CENTer Akwapim Ridge On the way to the Aburi town center
Here craftmen can be seen at work on magnificent carvings and drums which are available for purchase. If you are feeling creative, you can actually design your own piece. ABURI
Jewelry Pmmc Mark Cofie Building Tel: 233 (0)302664579
bookstores Silverbird bookstore Accra Mall Tel: 030 282 3270-5
Current fiction, nonfiction, business and religious books. Airport Area University Bookshop University of Ghana Legon Tel: 0302 500398
Current fiction, nonfiction & textbooks. Great if you are looking for books by local authors. Legon
fabric & fashion Woodin Boutique Oxford St Tel: 0302764371
A temple of high fashion fabrics. 14 artists create ever changing designs. Osu DA viva Boutique 17th Lane Tel: 0289529770
Pure cotton fabric with a subtle mix of elegance and color. Osu Kiki clothing Accra Mall Tel: 020 817 4362
Unique ethnic designs for children and adults. Airport Area
Buys precious minerals such as diamonds and gold directly from local small-scale miners and make a large variety of jewelry we especially love the unique jewelry representing traditional Ghanaian symbols. pmmcghana.com central
modern Art Artists Alliance Omanye House Tel: 0245251404
A fantastic African modern art gallery located on the coast. Packed with artistic expression. Three floors of art, sculpture, carvings and artifacts. The best part is that most of it is for sale. artistsallianz.com LA
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Luxury The African Regent 237-238 Airport West, Tel: 233 302765180
A refreshing taste of Africa in a classy establishment. Enjoy an enviable collection of African Art. A spa, a health club, outdoor pool, a fitness facility, wireless Internet in public areas. Cantonments
THe Lansdown A beautiful new resort located in the verdant atmosphere of Aburi hills. The drive there is a little rough, but worth it, because you will find yourself in a little paradise.
Labadi Beach Hotel No.1 La Bypass, Accra Tel: +233 (30) 277 2501/6 firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring 152 rooms, each with its own private balcony, laid out in chalet fashion, creating the feeling of a village complete with 8 bars and restaurants, large swimming pool, souvenir shops, fitness center & casino. la Ramada Resort Coco Beach Awi Koonaa St Nungua
Tel:+233 (30) 271 7235 ramadaresortaccra.com
This hotel is located in the quiet outskirts of Accra. A large outdoor pool and a children’s pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Breakfast included.
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A hidden gem situated in the peaceful suburbs of Accra near Trasacco Valley and also within easy reach of the city centre. This chic boutique hotel offers style, charm and personal service, where you are guaranteed to be treated as an individual and not just a room number. The hotel has a restaurant, bars and an outdoor pool along with standard rooms, and junior suites both of which come with complimentary breakfast and wireless internet access.
Includes a health club, an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, and a children’s pool, a business center, small meeting rooms, and secretarial services. la La Palm Royal Beach Hotel 5 La Bypass Tel: 233 30221 5100/5111 gbhghana.net
The Aknac Hotel Trasacco Valley Tel: 233 302824235 theaknachotel.com
Golden Tulip Liberation Road Tel: 233 302213161 goldentulipaccrahotel.com
A business-friendly hotel close to U.S. Embassy. It includes a health club, an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, and a children’s pool. Business amenities includes a business center, small meeting rooms, and secretarial services. The Lansdown Kitase junction, Aburi Tel: 233 (0)269601541 email@example.com
If you are looking for a refreshing get away, this new resort is located in the Aburi Hill’s verdant atmosphere and within easy reach of the Accra business district, 30 minutes drive from the Kotoka International Airport Accra, 10 minutes from the edge of Accra. It provides conference facilities, Wifi, DVSTV in all villas, tennis court, and pool complex with Infinity edge pool and restaurant/bar. They also offer short and long term rentals. Aburi
The Mรถvenpick Ambassador Hotel Independence Ave, Ridge Tel: +233 302611000 moevenpick.com
Ideally located in the central business district of downtown Accra, close to major financial institutions, the International Conference Centre and government ministries. The Hotel has 260 rooms include 61 Executive Club Rooms, 15 Junior Suites with balconies and view of the Swimming Pool, one Ambassador Suite & a 320sqm Presidential Suite.
Villa Monticello No.1A Mankata Ave Link Airport Residential Tel: 233 302773477 villamonticello.com
A boutique hotel in the heart of Accra with beautifully designed themed rooms - the Marrakech suite is our favorite. Restaurant, outdoor pool, full-service spa, bar/lounge. Televisions with digital channels.
Blending modern style with strong colonial and African influences, lovely comfortable king size beds, fluffy duvets and pillows and thick towels, spectacular views overlooking the surrounding hills. Includes a bar, restaurant, infinity swimming pool. Aburi The Rest Inn $80-130 No. 15, 7th Rd, Tesano www.therestinn.com
Architecturally inspired residence set in lush greenery, with a swimming pool, a terrace bar, a meeting room. Mahogany Lodge $175-195 No. 9, Kakramadu Link Tel: 233-302-761162 mahoganylodge.com
A very pretty courtyard with pool. Two computers with free wireless. East Cantonments
moderate Afia African Village $65-170 2 Liberia Road Osu Tel: 233 302681465 afiavillage.com
Afia African Village is sensitively designed to take full advantage of the expansive ocean views and cooling sea breezes. Its traditionally styled architecture evokes the very essence of Africa. Singles, doubles and family suites. Breakfast included. Alisa Hotel $80-130 21 Dr. Isert Rd Tel: 233 302 214244 alisahotels.com
Hillburi Aburi $150 Gyankama Tel: 0244385008 www.hillburi.com
173 rooms including a penthouse. A state of the art gymnasium with on-site tennis court and swimming pool and a full service business center. North Ridge
Chez Lien GHc 80-100 H/N F 333/4, Dadebu Rd Tel: 233 0302775356 hotel-chez-lien.com Osu
Bed & breakfast Spintex Inn $60 #1 Fourth Nii Kwaofio Link, Spintex Tel: 0207768243 spintexinn.com
Spintex Inn is a Bed & Breakfast with a homelike atmosphere and convenient location
Budget New Ampax Hotel $20-40 Achimota Rd. Pokuake Junction Tel: (0)302-932158 ampaxhotelgh.com
Frankies Cantonments rd. Tel: 0302 77 35 67 firstname.lastname@example.org Osu Beachcomber Guesthouse Nungua near Coco Beach Tel: 0302712986 email@example.com
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huts & cottages Big Milly’s Back Yard GHc17-125 Tel: 0249 999 330 or 0262 999 330 www.bigmilly.com
Twenty rooms, all have fans and are beautifully decorated with African art. Double huts are of local clay bricks with thatched roofs. Most cottages are self contained. Several have A/C. 150 trees and a large menagerie of pets in the garden.Entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Kokrobite
Big Milly’s Backyard Pretty little thatched huts, copious greenery, bucket-shower blocks, a bar, a chill-out area, a couple of viewing towers and a restaurant overlooking the beach, a perfect place to kick back and relax.
Starlite Lodge No 2 Volta River Ave. Teshi-Nungua Estates Tel: 233 302 712829 starlitelodge-ghana.com
A family friendly lodge
holiday rentals In a holiday rental you can do your own thing anytime and take your time about it. Discover local markets, small neighborhood businesses. Choose to buy & cook local produce and learn how to live like locals.
Pink Hostel Tel: 233-302-256710/256712 firstname.lastname@example.org
from $20 (with continental breakfast) Pink Hostel, has 19 rooms containing 55 beds comprising of 10 Standard rooms & 45 bunk beds (shared dormitory). All Rooms have private en-suite facilities with airconditioning and WIFI. Bedua Home Suites $40-60 Tel: 233-241-234-234 NO 58 Genesis Estates at Mariville off Spintex Road in a gated community
Rooms en suite with shower, toilet and secure closets. All rooms have air conditioners and ceiling fans. Common living/dining room, kitchen is fully stocked with cooking utensils ready for independent cooking. Study room/ OfficeDSTV satellite cable. Washing machine
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Legassi Gardens Apartments ADDIS AVENUE,POKUASE JUNCTION, NEAR ACP ESTATES JUNCTION Tel: 233 277 522229 email@example.com
Furnished and serviced apartments, in serene garden setting. Listen to our many birds, watch our garden butterflies, and play a game of Oware under the palm frond canopy! Convenience /craft store on-site & vegetarian café.
La-Paradise Inn Tel: 233 302 762085 4th Ostwe Street South La Estate (Opposite Jokers Pub)
Right in the heart of vibrant Osu area, these apartments are surrounded by a diverse array of shops and restaurants. Each apartment has a modern living space with internet access and satellite t.v. Outside of the apartment enjoy the swimming pool and the tropical garden.
Antrak Air Tel: (233) (0) 302 765377, 765378 antrakair.com
A wholly Ghanaian owned limited liability company incorporated in December 2001 has flights to Kumasi, Takoradi, Sunyani, Tamale and Wa. The tickets can be reserved at their website or at their offices in all the cities they fly to in Ghana. In Accra they have one at the Kotoka Airport and one at Danquah Circle in the north of the city. Citylink Tel: (233) (0) 24 431-001/2/3/4 flycitylink.com
Operates for the public as well as charter flights for corporate clients within Ghana between the major economic centres of Kumasi, Tamale, Sunyani, Takoradi and Accra. Fly 540 Tel: (233) (0) 202 250 208 fly540africa.com
Offers internal flights to several locations around Ghana. They fly from Accra to Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale and Sunyani.
Buses: STC (State Transport Corporation) Tel: (233-21) 221-912 or 252-835 or 221-314 The main, government owned and operated, intercity coaches. You should buy the tickets in advance so that you are given an assigned seat. Buses from Accra to Tamale leave daily at 7am and 3pm, a 9 am bus continues on to Bolgatanga. Buses from Tamale to Accra run daily at 6.30am and 4pm, Kumasi at 7am (10am weekends). A service from Tamale to Takoradi runs twice a week, at 8am on Tuesdays and 3pm on Saturday.
Buses run frequently all day and night. A good alternative for a long drive. opposite Africa Motors OA Travel and Tours Tel: 0243-3177620 Tamale: 0242-767694 / 0208-083644 Kumasi: 03220-41925
Much like the STC and is located 200m from STC station in Accra. OA offers very new buses for a reasonable price, they also have multiple drivers for longer trips with an armed guard for security. The other main attraction of this bus system is the scheduled times it travels. Leaving at 3pm daily (promptly!) from Bolgatanga to Accra (just outside the metro station), costing only GHc30.00. It leaves Tamale to Accra (across the street from metro station) daily at 5pm, costing GHc25.00. You are also able to book tickets in advance. Insist on it a day or two ahead, sometimes you get the odd clerk who doesnâ€™t want to sell in advance, but ask for a manager if this occurs.
Car Rentals: Atlas Rent-A-Car
Tel: 024 427 7871 ghana-car-rentals.com Tel: 0.264.264.246 ghana-car-rentals.com
A one-stop-shop for online car hire in Ghana. With a wide selection of vehicles for personal as well as business car rental needs. Rental options range from saloon cars, to luxury cars, 4 wheel driven off-road cars, minivans and buses with competitive rates and unlimited mileage.
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