Jabu Ngwenya discovered in Accra that to truly experience a city’s intricacies and nuances, you need to speak to the people on its streets. Here’s where to stay, eat, meet the the beautiful people of Ghana.


Tang Palace Hotel

This is a popular hotel among business travellers as it’s located in the convenient and affluent South Airport Residential Area, has excellent facilities and is just a 20-minute drive from most tourist sites. Rates: from US$380 (includes English breakfast buffet). Visit: tangpalacehotel.com.gh.

Chez Delphy

This quaint bed & breakfast is on the outskirts of Osu in Labone. The artistic decor gives it a uniquely welcoming feel and the homemade jams are delicious. Rates: from US$99-$115 (for two adults, which includes breakfast and wifi). Visit: chezdelphy.com.

La Villa Boutique Hotel

Luxury and style make this the preferred home away from home for the discerning traveller. Located on what was once the grounds of the Russian embassy, it is a stylish oasis in the heart of Osu. Rates: from US$170 for single occupancy, with an additional US$25 for double occupancy (includes breakfast, airport shuttle and wifi). Visit: lavillaghana.com 

Eat and drink


For some of the best sushi in the city, make this your first stop. The menu also includes other European fusion and Japanese cuisine. On fine evenings sit on the terrace and enjoy Osu’s nightlife. 41 Oxford St, Osu, Accra. Tel: +233 (0) 302 782307

Toro Tapas Bar

Located in a lovely setting, this restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine and the service is top-class. Liberation Rd, Accra. Tel: +233 (0)20 226 1001.

Chez Clarisse

If you’re looking for fried plantain and tilapia, fufu and goat soup, and the famous jollof rice made as only a real Ghanaian mother can make it, then make your way to Chez Clarisse. Don’t expect any airs, because everyone sits together and digs in. 8th Lane, Accra. Tel: +233 (0)55 459 8685

Honeysuckle Pub

This is where all the young people hang out, watch sports, drink beer and eat pub grub. A great place to make Ghanaian friends. Ringway Estates, Ring Rd, Accra. Tel: +233 (0) 30 278 0774

Republic Bar and Grill

Discover a different side of Accra when you head to this spot for cocktails with a kick, karaoke and dancing. 3rd Lane Kuku Hill, Osu Re, Accra. Tel: +233 (0) 24 631 4044

Out and about

Sun Trade Beads

Kati Torda started this shop to showcase the best of local jewellery design and beadwork. You won’t go home without a gift and one is just not enough. Visit: suntradebeads.com

Nubuke Foundation

This is a small art gallery that showcases exceptional talent. Phone ahead. Visit: nubukefoundation.org

Makola Market

Street markets are fun, but they can be overwhelming when everyone wants your attention. Just say no politely if you do not need anything and negotiate prices for what you do want.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

The memorial park also has a small museum you can visit and lovely grounds. Taxi drivers will know how to get you there.

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