5 “Must do” Things to see & do in Accra: Part 2

Shop for gifts at the Artists Alliance Gallery

A great one-stop shop in Accra for all manner of locally made gifts: from children’s books to jewellery and beads, clothing, paintings, sculpture and antiques. This large space is located in Labadi, in a house perched on rocks overlooking a turbulent city beach. All items are labelled and priced so it’s the perfect stop if you want an authentic slice of Ghana without all the haggling.

Artists Alliance Gallery, La Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 24 525 1404

Catch a live music show at Republic

The bustling neighbourhood of Osu always has a lot going on. A prime staple in the area is Republic Bar and Grill, an ever-popular spot, as much for its pub-style atmosphere, finger food and locally brewed cocktails as for its impressive weekly live music selections, from highlife to hiplife. Friendly and cosy, it’s the best place to mingle with a large cross-section of the city.

Republic Bar & Grill, Asafoatse Tempong Street, Accra, Ghana, +233 24 631 4044

4 Republic Bar Accra

Take part in a chocolate tasting

As one of the largest producers of coco in the world, it’s a wonder why there aren’t more chocolate companies in Ghana. All that is changing, with new brands springing up and people experimenting with all manner of ingredients and flavours. Such is the case with ’57 Chocolate, the brainchild of two local sisters who hold tastings of their handcrafted chocolates out of their workshop in Legon. A fun day out, you can try wonderful flavours such as mocha, coconut and hibiscus, and you can buy the beautifully crafted and packaged products as gifts. For bookings and queries, please call +233 504 736 539.

4 Ghana Chocolate

Take in the panoramic view at Skybar

On top of the iconic Villagio, whose red and green towers stand like landmarks over the city, sits Skybar. The only place in the city to get an unobstructed 360-degree view of all that is Accra. An upmarket space with an elegant drinks area, as well as a restaurant, it also hosts live bands and the best DJs in town. One of a kind where booking is essential.

Villaggio Alto Rooftop, Alto Tower, North Airport Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 56 082 4725

Try local food at Buka or Country Kitchen

These two spots are highly rated for their Ghanaian food staples: fufu, banku, jollof rice, yam, plantain and beans, as well as much more, including local drinks such as bissap (hibiscus) juice and freshly tapped palm wine. At Buka, enjoy the ambience of their terraced dining and live highlife, and at Country Kitchen be prepared to encounter many politicians, as this open-air space is a favourite among those in government.

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