A City Pulsing with Possibility
You’ll feel the rhythm of Ghana’s capital city as soon as you arrive. Traffic buzzes, bars and clubs (and many a car) blast infectious music, and friendly locals often have a song in their hearts they can’t help but sing.
We dock in Tema, an hour’s drive from the capital, but Accra is where you’re “Ghana” want to be. Get your bearings at Independence Square. You’ll get Arche de Triomphe vibes from the Black Star Monument, and some “golden arch” vibes from Independence Arch. The cultural heart of the city is in the Osu district. It’s full of boutiques and restaurants, and Oxford Street is home to dozens of stalls selling local treasures. If you’re not in the mood to haggle, the Accra Arts Centre is your best bet. The biggest art market in Ghana, you’ll find authentic drums, beads, jewelry, and Kente textiles.
Jet over to Jamestown (a former departure point for slaves bound for America), where old colonial architecture has been given new life as a canvas for colorful, unique street art. Climb the lighthouse for sweeping views of the city, stop in at Jamestown Cafe for cool cocktails made from local spirits, and take in some live music.
You can’t leave Accra without experiencing its food scene. Locals call light bites and snacks “small chops” and every kind of spice is referred to as “pepper”. If you’re not one who likes it hot, be sure to speak up! Some must-try staples of West African and Ghanaian cuisine include jollof rice (served in a tomato sauce, often with stewed meat), fufu (dumpling-esque cassava and plantain dough in a spicy soup), kelewele (plantain chunks soaked in garlic and peppers, then fried), and waakye (rice and beans with some seriously eclectic sides).