Ghana’s most populous city, Accra, is filled with mystery and unique entertainment away from its rooted culture. From eating authentic Japanese food at Santoku to understanding the memory of its founding fathers at the era of civilisation at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, it is a small city with big possibilities and experiences. Accra is developing into a megacity, with new hot spots being erected by the day. With breathtaking bars and ‘Instagrammable‘ spots, these are the ultimate guide to being chic in Accra.
The Hotel: Fiesta Residences
The Restaurant: Santoku
With Santoku, contemporary and sophisticated Japanese dining arrives in West Africa. The fine dining restaurant offers the delights of world-class Asian fusion cuisine in an environment crafted by international talent. The team behind Nobu in London and Dubai worked with Santoku to create a range of dishes, from Otsumami snacks and Zensai sharing dishes to soups and noodles.
The Museum: Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is a stunning edifice erected in memory of Osagyefo (the Messiah) Doctor Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president and one of its founding fathers. Built on a former British polo field, it was the point where Nkrumah declared independence in 1957. The park consists of five acres of land and holds a museum tracing Nkrumah’s life. There are many personal items on display, but the centrepiece is the mausoleum, Nkrumah and his wife’s final resting place. Tours in English can be taken. Kwame Nkrumah is an essential part of Ghana’s history and a good half-hour here will fill you in on most of the details. Events are held on Independence Anniversary celebrations on 6 March and the Celebration of Emancipation Day on 1 August.
The Bar: Sky Bar 25
Sky Bar 25 is a new bar redefining the drinking experience in Accra. Perched at the very top of the imposing and magnificent Villaggio Alto tower, Sky Bar is an exclusive upscale venue catering for customers looking for an esteemed night out with the best gins and tonics. Enjoy the breathtaking view of nighttime Accra from the tallest building in the city as you chill out with pulsating house music from their team of local and international DJs.
The ‘Instagrammable‘ Spot: Zen Garden, grill and juice bar
This is a lovely, verdant spot in Labone, featuring a large garden as the backdrop for this popular and relaxed eatery where there is an extensive juice and smoothie bar as well as a huge varied breakfast and brunch plates, all in a gorgeous setting that is just perfect for your alternative Instagram post about your trip to Ghana.
The Shop: Elle Lokko
Elle Lokko is the epitome of urban cool. An exciting hybrid concept space fusing fashion with art, design, and culture, here you’ll find a diverse collection of creative and beautifully designed clothing, hand-crafted luxury shoes and bags, as well as natural organic beauty products. Brands stocked by Elle Lokko include Osei Duro, Anao Bags, Della, Jermaine Bleu, Raffia, I am Isigo, Monaa and Skin Gourmet.
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