I don't know...: Makola Market
At the main parking lot there is a nice little restaurant where they serve local Ghanaian food. I don't know the name of the place but I had some good food here.
The place has a big indoor with two levels and a nice atmosphere, and a big outdoor terrace where you can eat in the shade in the outskirts of the market.
The food varies from nice meals like fried of "jollof" rice with fish or chicken, but also dishes like fufu, riceballs, banku and other Ghanaian meals. For me the dishes with rice are the only tasty alternatives, because things like banku and fufu are really disgusting if you ask me. However, all the meals here are very cheap (25.000 cedis, $ 2,50) and you get more then enough to fill your stomach.
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White Bell: White Bell
Close to Nkrumah Circle in the area of Adabraka, you will find the nice restaurant White Bell. It has a nice and breezy upstairs restaurant that also is used as a dancing place later in the evening. Due to this, the music can be very loud, but when there is nobody dancing, you can just ask the DJ to turn the volume down a little bit.
The food at White Bell is good, but not super. The most popular dish with travellers and expats is the Cheese Burger, but there is much more good food. Besides the typically Ghanaian dishes, they have good chicken and fish meals. I tried the Red Snapper; a nice fish meal.
The personnel at the White Bell is something very special. The waitress that served us had to ask for the orders three times because she didn't understand it the first two times. She brought me pineapple juice when I ordered fresh pineapple and the most hilarious thing: when she brought a bottle of beer she asked if we wanted a straw with it!
But the restaurant is a nice place to eat and drink and the prices are pretty OK.
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Osu Food Court: Osu Food Court
One of the best places in Accra to get your fast food is the Osu Food Court, in the area of Osu. Because there are no American companies like Mc Donald's or Pizza Hut in Ghana, places like this are the only place where you can get some nice fast food. Normally I prefer local food everywhere I come, but since the Ghanaian cuisine is not that great, a burger or a slice of pizza can be heaven sometimes.
Osu Food Court is part of a South African food chain that has several little restaurant under one roof:
- There is a "French Patisserie" where you can get great raisinbread, croissants, but also cakes, pies and of course real coffee or cappucchino.
- There is a place where you can get all kinds of roasted chicken with fries or rice.
- Next to the chicken-place you can get pizza, from very small to very big. Typically South African is the "Boerewors-pizza", with some kind of sausage on it. Every wednesday it is very interesting to go to this place because then you can get every second pizza for free!
- And finally there is the "Mc Donald's"-ish place where you can order fries and several burgers like beef-burgers and cheese-burgers.
You can choose to sit outside at the fricking hot terrace, or inside in the airconditioned restaurant area.
There also is a very good internetcafe inside the Food Court. The connection is the best I had in Ghana and the computers are very modern.
Bay Watch Restaurant: Labadi Beach bar restaurant
In Labadi beach there are a lot s of beach restaurants, but we prefer to go every time in one just in front of the beach door of Labadi resort......Alex, the weiter is friendly, the food is good, u have to waist time cause the african clock is different from the European clock so if u are hangy u have to be patient.
Papaye: First restaurant in Oxford Street
Papaye was the first fast food restaurant in Osu, settled in 1993. It has been often copied, but nobody could succeed to do better.
It is a kind of fast food, but with real fresh food, based on chicken, grilled or roasted with rice.
You can go there every day at any time, but on Sundays, there are too many people and you might wait hours before being served.
Favorite Dish: We like to share of full grilled chicken with rice and ***o.
We like to go on the first floor, dining outside with a view on Oxford street.
Sometimes on Sundays, you have a band in the street playing highlife music.
Dynasty: Best Chinese restaurant of West Africa
Decoration is luxury, Ghanaian waiters are dressed like Chineses, you feel yourself in a very rich Chinese house.
It is not cheap Chinese food made with local food on the Chinese way, it is real CHinese gastronomy with imported Chinese ingredients.
A real good experience, even if you coem to Ghana for only some days.
Le Borsalino: French food, close to Macumba
French food: Le Borsalino, located off Danquah Circle. They speak French and English. Very good food and nice French wines.
Te manageress is from Chad, married to a French.
Real French atmosphere, Togolese waiters, a place where you hear more French than English in the country.
Favorite Dish: As main dish, I often take the
tournedos sauce roquefort, unique in Ghana.
The cellar is well furbished with French and South African wines.
When the captain of the French soccer team is in Ghana, he uses to go there. (He was a Ghanaian before).
Paloma Arcade: Paloma Arcade
When you go there, ask for a good drink: a fresh pineapple juice
(And it is cheaper than a coke.
Food is excellent and cheap.
Favorite Dish: You have several kitchens in which they prepare European and Ghanaian food.
You have a restaurant and take away for Ghana dishes like fufu, banku, akple konkonte.
A good music, nice waiters, and sometimes live bands.
Haveli: Best Indian Restaurant of Ghana
This is the best restaurant with Indian dishes of Ghana and maybe West Africa.
You have very large choice of different dishes and a lot of delicious vegetarian dishes.
Decoration has been done to remember India, so the music is.
The restaurant is successfull, so it is sometimes difficult to have a place, and these days, service can be very long.
Favorite Dish: The best is to go with Indian friends who can monitor you into the menu.
I enjoy when I reserve a large table with plenty of friends and we try a little bit of everything.
El Gringo: True Ghanaian dishes
You feel in a real Ghanaian place, where everything is set for Ghanaians.
The restaurant is alongside a small street in Osu, and fully covered as a nice patio.
Tables and chairs are simple.
You received only local dishes for local prices.
Favorite Dish: You have to eat Ghanaian tradition, with your hands, just receive a spoon for soups.
Red-red with plantain are particularly delicious there, a grilled tilapia with ***o is also very good.
Frankie's: Italian French and Lebanese
Italian and French dishes
Everybody knows this big white building in the centre of Cantonments road in OSU.
Everybody goes there at night fall to eat an ice cream.
Frankie's has now lost its supremacy in Osu. There were almost the first in the area and had a lot of people at all times. However, today there are far better bakeries, ice cream shops, pizza restaurants, etc.
It is not anymore a must.
Favorite Dish: They had the best pizze, but it is not anymore the case. They also had the best viennoiseries and ice cream, but quality has really fallen down whilst prices were raising up drastically.
Lalibela: Ethiopian restaurant.
Price are ranging 25.000 - 35.000 cedis, but you share it.
Favorite Dish: Take the mix of all dishes.
Dishes are suitable of at least two. It is served on a very large plate with a kind of local pancake and several meat or vegetable.
Ask for the cafe and tea to end a meal. The ceremonial is lovely.
Brunchie: Nice place in Osu
Some small tables, two pool tables, video games. Don't go there after 6:30 PM, too many small boys playing and making noise.
Favorite Dish: Some fast food restaurant, but good quality.
On cantonments Road, what they call Accra Oxford Street, there are a lot of Lebabese who run fast food restaurant. Menu are as infect as our Mc Do.
Brunchie is good and offers the best ice creams in town.
I visited Brunchie again in 2004: the place is not anymore like before. managers are no anymore behind the bar and so, food quality has decreased together with ambiance.
Ice cream has also lost quality.
La Chaumiere: Best restaurant of Accra
The best French restaurant of Accra.
Favorite Dish: A lot of different French dishes. Nice atmosphere, in fact very cold since they play too much with the Airco. Only rich expatriates and diplomats, Bill is never below the 150 USD.
La Trattoria Romana: Giorgio's place
Just go there to see how people can enjoy live in Africa.
Giorgio is an old typical Roman. Inide his restaurant, only pictures from Rome, only music from Rome and he only speaks Italian, but with some English words. Typical food, antipaste and paste, pizze.
Price may differ from time to time, since he may need money to have a girl...
Anyway, one of my favorite place in Accra, moreover on MOnday before going to Waikiki
Favorite Dish: Giorgio's choice
Trust him, you will get real Italian food, antipaste, with a carpaccio...
Then caffe con Sambuca, but be careful, very good but it kills.
Last time, we celebrated the last night in Ghana of a Belgian friend of mine.
We drank all his Sambuca and song till 1 AM.
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