24 Hours in Accra
We’re excited to announce the launch of our 24 Hours series, where we’ll be sharing the coolest places to eat, visit, and stay around Africa. First up: Accra, Ghana.
WHERE TO EAT:
For a great breakfast or lunch, try Café Kwae. Located in Accra’s Airport City neighborhood, the small café is tucked away at the bottom of the iconic, eco-friendly One Airport Square building which features a gorgeous façade inspired by the diamond patterned bark of Ghana’s palm trees. Café Kwae is a growing hub for the city’s professionals and creatives. Grab a cup of freshly ground coffee or locally pressed juice while sampling some of their delicious standard breakfast fare.
For a midday pick-me-up, check out Tea Baa, located in Osu near Ako Adjei Park. Its cozy Afrocentric set-up is rustic and chic, and features beautiful paintings by local artist Maku Azu. Enjoy some traditional and modern board games while sipping on some delicious homemade ice teas—the vanilla is my particular favorite. Not an ice tea fan? Tea Baa’s smoothies are similarly divine. Do yourself a favor and order their grilled chicken wings with coconut rice and prepare to be amazed. On Friday nights, swing by and jam to ’90s R&B throwbacks over dinner.
For a true taste of Ghana for dinner, venture out to Gold Coast Restaurant in Airport Residential Area, which features a divine array of classic Ghanaian dishes. As you enter the restaurant, you’ll be greeted with gorgeous black-and-white photos of glamorous Ghanaians from the ’60s and ’70s. Sit outside on weekend nights to hear a wonderful selection of highlife hits from the live band.
If you’re looking for a more intimate date-night vibe, head over to Neem Grill, an urban Garden of Eden located in East Airport, near Lister Clinic. The outdoor oasis serves up a mouth-watering variety of grilled meat, seafood, and vegetables over some artisanal cocktails.
WHERE TO HANG:
Located within the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Gallery 1957 is Accra’s newest contemporary art gallery. Under the direction of celebrated curator Nana Oforiatta Ayim, the gallery hosts the work of the region’s most celebrated artists, old and new. Launched in March 2016 with an exhibition featuring artist Serge Attukwei Clottey, upcoming exhibitions will feature Zohra Opoku, Jeremiah Quarshie, and Yaw Owusu.
Twist Nightclub, located in Labone, is an Accra stand-by. If you want to groove to the hottest hip-hop and Afrobeats, you’re guaranteed a great night out. The amazing ventilation will help ensure you don’t sweat out too much of your blowout.
Stop by a concert at Alliance Française, the Accra-based arm of the French cultural center. A wide range of French and Ghanaian artists perform in its open-air amphitheater every month.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Based in East Legon, off Papa’s Pizza road, is Chic by Siba, an affordable local shop with beautiful, handmade jewelry and accessories. Another unique destination for clothes and accessories is Christie Brown in Osu—but be warned, the price may give you sticker shock! Chez Julie in East Legon is another favorite for upscale contemporary Ghanaian fashion while Naya Naturals in East Legon and Teiva in Osu are go-to locations for your shea-based bath and beauty products.
Check out Ghanaian fashion portal Auntie Oboshie for details on trending designers and fashion events in the city.
WHERE TO STAY:
Nestled in a quiet corner of Osu’s Nyaniba Estates is Olam Colonial Suites, a gorgeous boutique hotel with old-school glamour in the midst of the urban jungle. Lounge in the sun by the gorgeous pool surrounded by tropical trees and flowers, and enjoy the classic interiors in this home away from home.
Formerly the Russian Embassy, La Villa Boutique is now one of Accra’s finest boutique hotels. Enjoy a drink after you take a dip in their beautiful freshwater pool surrounded by lush green trees. A perfect retreat for those looking for a great staycation or for travelers passing through.
Located in Accra’s Airport Residential area, La Villa Monticello is one of the capital’s most luxe intimate hotel destinations. Take advantage of their amazing brunch options every day of the week.
For the businessmen and women among us, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is the go-to place to stay. Located near State House and the Financial District, the hotel not only boasts one of the most gorgeous grounds in Accra, but also is home to the recently opened Gallery 1957.
Have time? Venture outside the city and stop by the Royal Senchi. At the luxury hotel located on the banks of the Volta River, you can kayak, enjoy a river cruise, hike, and take advantage of its wonderful array of spa services.
Have you been to Accra (or do you live there)? What else would you add? Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in contributing to a “24 Hours” Guide!