As a true “Ghana Girl” I love the fact that Accra is getting people’s attention as a cosmopolitan yet truly AFRICAN city. From the sights to the views to the food and most of all the people, Accra is definitely more than meets the eye.
Friday is the ultimate day to get the complete vibe — if you’re in town and want to have your African City moment — here’s what to do:
Breakfast at Villa Monticello
Say what you will about us keeping some trappings of yesteryear, but the full English breakfast at this boutique hotel’s restaurant is what morning dreams are made of.
Fluffy eggs, beans, and sausage served against Monticello’s beautiful backdrop are the perfect place to sip some tea (especially if it’s being spilt by Sade!).
Address: No 1A Jasmine Road, Airport Residential Area
Phone number: + 233 26 630 7398
Lunch at Chez Clarisse
While your morning eats may have been all about being proper, your afternoon should be spent indulging in African goodness. Chez Clarisse (whose secret menu can be found in the TSTMKRS app is becoming an institution).
Tilapia and chicken served Ivorian style, complete with attieke (ground cassava) and alocco (sweet plantains). On Fridays, Clarisse the owner is in full force, you might even get a dance lesson that takes “shake what your mama gave ya” to an entirely new level.
Address: Maman Africa, 8th Lane, Osu.
Boutique Shopping at Mina Evans and Christie Brown
Photo via Mina Evans Boutique
If your waistline hasn’t expanded too much be sure to check out two of our favourite boutiques in the city. Mina Evans and Christie Brown. Evans’ silhouettes are designed to flatter anyone’s figures and evoke a sophisticated woman with a lot of spunk.
Christie Brown has dressed everyone from Beyonce’s dancers on the Mrs Carter World Tour to my African City co-stars. Get a personal style consultation while you are at it and pick up something for the long night out.
Address: 6th Ringway Link, Ridge (next to Pippa’s)
Phone number: +233 24 422 8120
Address: H P Nyemitei St, Osu.
Phone number: +233 24 441 8477
Art Collecting at Omanye House
Now that you’re in the zone for all things beautiful head to the Artists Alliance Gallery inside Omanye House to check out beautiful African Art from around the continent. My favorite pieces are the Ashanti drums and some of the original works by the gallery’s founder Ablade Glover.
Address: La Road, Accra
Phone number: +233 24 525 1404
Ocean Views and Sunset Hues at Maya Cova
Photo courtesy of Ameyaw Debrah
At the end of the day, it’s time to catch the sunset and some beautiful beach views at the Maya Cova. Located just behind the Artists Alliance Gallery it’s my favourite way to wind down (and look fierce while doing it). Grab some cocktails, sign the last deal of the day, and relax — you’ll need the energy later on.
Address: Plot 229 Labadi-Teshie Nungua Road
Phone number: +233 30 296 4380
Dinner and People Watching at Bread & Wine
Accra has a great emerging restaurant scene but sometime’s a girl’s gotta go with an old fave. Bread and Wine have long been a favourite in Accra for good reason — their Salmon is to die for!
On a Friday night, you’re sure to see some movers and shakers on the scene and they have a damn good cocktail to keep the conversations flowing.
Address: House 13, 13th Ln, Osu
Phone number: +233 57 651 9799
MINT Friday’s at Yasmina
Accra is a late-night sort of place, your best suited to pre-grams at Republic Bar or have cocktails after dinner before showing up at any of the nightclubs. At the moment, MINT at Yasmina is THE place to be on a Friday night. Hosted by Moët and Chandon this is not a low-key night spot — this is beautiful people and bottle popping at it’s finest.
Address: Marina Mall, Airport City
Phone number: +233 24 288 8884
To learn more about some of my favourite places in Accra and beyond be sure to look out for my new show “Girl Going Places” or go ahead and book a Tastemakers Tour and have an African City moment yourself!