Although not yet commonly known for its cuisine, the selection of restaurants to be discovered in Ghana is constantly increasing. The capital city of Accra is already home to Japanese, French, Spanish and African-themed restaurants. Here we highlight the ten best.
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One of the more expensive but truly exceptional restaurants in Accra, Bread&Wine is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Perfect for candlelit suppers and celebratory dinners, the cuisine here is classically French with a la carte menu options including daube de boeuf, margret de canard and blanquette de veau. Stop by for breakfast for a full English breakfast, eggs Benedict or plate of pancakes. The service here is some of the best in the city and the outdoor terrace is an ideal location to enjoy a glass of wine on a summer’s evening. The restaurant also has a bakery that serves fresh baguettes, croissants, donuts and cakes daily to take away.
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Kaya Energy Bar & Design
Kaya Energy Bar & Design believes that food should be enjoyed raw to ensure that no delicious nutrients are lost in the cooking process and specialises in creating tasty dishes and drinks using raw ingredients. In addition to the restaurant, Kaya also has a natural shop selling a range of organic superfoods, and a designer showroom featuring a range of furniture, jewellery and cosmetics. The ideal choice for the health conscious foodie, stop by to enjoy the raw food creations and grilled seafood dishes in the peaceful, relaxing outdoor garden setting.
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For innovative Japanese cuisine in the heart of Africa head to Santoku. The restaurant is contemporary both in design and cuisine. Guests here can choose to dine at the long bar or sit at a more private table. Chefs from the famous Nobu London worked with Santoku’s chefs to create the vibrant, unforgettable menu of seafood, tempura, sashimi and crisp salads. Try Santoku’s signature dish of pan-fried scallops with foie gras and orange tobiko or go for the teriyaki pork belly with ginger ponzu aubergine. Santoku is also popular for it’s brilliant cocktail bar and intimate terrace, making it a great restaurant choice for a lengthy dinner or romantic evening.
A French restaurant decorated simply with Ghanaian colours, Le Must serves top quality dishes in a beautiful, spacious setting. Stop by to try the set menu that changes daily and is available Monday to Friday or make a reservation for an elaborate dinner. Choose the chicken fricasse with seafood, the grilled chateaubriand fillet steak or the lobster thermidor for a delicious and succulent meal. Le Must puts on live music every Thursday evening bringing a special atmosphere to the dinner service. Cash only.
A truly African restaurant, Buka serves a variety of fusion dishes from Ghana, Coto d’Ivoire, Togo, Nigeria and Senegal. Diners can relax on the outdoor terrace and watch their choice of meats and fish being grilled in the open-air, or hide away from the heat in the air-conditioned sanctuary of the indoor restaurant whilst sipping on fresh coconut milk straight out of the shell. Buka is decorated in natural colours with furnishings made from woven bamboo giving it a truly authentic, holiday feel. Try the fresh fish soup, jollof rice, grilled guinea fowl and fried plantain for a scrumptious feast to share between two or three.
For fine French cuisine with a touch of North African spice head to La Chaumiere. The set up is particularly good for families and groups of friends. There is a wide choice of dishes available include classics like French onion soup and Nicoise salad, and more innovative dishes like grouper with harissa and mint yogurt. La Chaumiere also boasts a full bar with expert bartenders.
Referring to itself the best nightlife venue in Accra, Shaka Zulu is a bar and a club as well as a restaurant. Open daily from 10am until late, guests are welcome to stop by for lunch or dinner, as well as drinks well into the evening. The decor at Shaka Zulu is quite elaborate with a showcase bar acting as the focal point of the entire establishment. Expect big red leather seating areas that border on tacky but work here. Don’t leave without trying a dessert.
The first tapas bar to open in Accra, Toro is an authentic Spanish restaurant serving incredible paellas and tasty tapas. Stop by on a Thursday evening to listen to live music whilst feasting on beef in blue cheese, spicy garlic prawns and aubergine chips. There are also plenty of drinks to choose from to keep the atmosphere lively, including a delicious sangria and great mojitos. Toro is situated within the Afrikiko Complex but there is an indoor seating area too for those after a quieter night.
No trip to Accra would be complete without a visit to The Republic to sample some indigenous Ghanaian dishes and listen to traditional music. This revolution-themed bar serves up a wide mix of cocktails that are made using local spirits as well as an abundance of authentic dishes at really affordable prices. It’s not unusual for patrons to pour out onto the street in front of The Republic to have a dance as the evening turns into night. Try thehibiscus cocktail for a refreshing alcoholic beverage and remember to bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards.
Perfect for both romantic dinners and party nights, Firefly is a lounge bar and restaurant situated in Accra’s lively entertainment district, Osu. The menu is a fusion of Mediterranean dishes including a variety of tapas and pasta dishes, salads, and heartier mains such as stuffed chicken breast, steak medallions and calamari. There is an extensive drinks menu to complement the food and attract customers in its own right. Warm chocolate fondant and homemade tiramisu ensure that diners don’t leave without sampling dessert first. As the night continues and the party really starts, expect an eclectic mix of underground house music, afrobeat, indie, disco and hip-hop.