From the local Accra markets, to the luxurious, “western style” shopping malls in Ghana, Accra is a haven for shopping. But beyond all the traditional shops in Accra malls you can find, this article is about the “hidden gems” of the ghanaian capital. Welcome to a comprehensive guide to shopping in Accra.
Best shops in Accra
The Lotte store was launched in 2019 by Adeline Akufo-Addo Kufour, daughter of the current president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo. In 2021 they relocated from Airport City, to Cantonments.
You will find a selection of high fashion brands from Ghana, but also from other African countries, selling a range of products from clothing, art, accessories, furniture, cosmetics and more. Some brands you can shop are Kaeme (premium Ghanaian company specialising in personal care products), Christie Brown (luxurious women’s clothing brand), or Oba Style (handbags signed in Paris, handcrafted in Ghana), amongst many others.
Not only will you get to shop curated merchandise but you will also have access to unique and multi-dimensional experiences from pop-ups, to installations, signature events and more. Keep an eye out for more information on their website.
- Location: 33 C, Josif Broz Tito Ave, Accra, Ghana
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am – 8:30pm
Bonobo Concept Store
Bonobo Concept Store sells and produces wooden design furniture and home decor with the “made in Ghana” seal of quality. All their furniture is produced in their workshop space using local wood.
The whole idea was born in 2018 by Celia and Peter, who started this business as a side business which slowly gained interest by the public and now Peter is working full time, managing the team, drawing the designs, following up on the production in the workshop and training the members of the team.
It all started when they both noticed a gap in the Ghanaian market for international standard furniture. They believed that shipping from abroad wasn’t necessary because you could produce very good quality furniture in Ghana, plus support the local craftsmen.
They have three different approaches to work: You can come up with your own design, come up with a design in collocation with them OR have them create a unique piece for you.
- Location: Lilongwe Ave, Accra, Ghana
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 7pm, Sun closed
NuAfropolitan is a design studio that serves as an immersive experience and a retail destination for lifestyle furniture that has been sustainably made and sourced in Africa. Established by University of Arts London alumnus Jewel Arthur, you will find distinctive furniture and interior decor items that reinterpret traditional crafts and symbols from ancient tribes of Ghana.
Some of the pieces you can find are root tables, cane-and-raffia dining set, a sun mirror with ostrich-feather detailing, cowrie necklaces, and feature lamps composed of recycled paper.
- Location: No. 20, 5th circular road, Labone opposite Alisa Hotel, Accra,Ghana
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am – 7pm, Sun closed
Elle Lokko Tropics and Modern
Elle Lokko first opened its doors in September 2015, as Accra’s first women’s Concept Store. You will find an array of brands including clothing, accessories, home decor, and organic beauty products.
This store marks the beginning of the total shopping experience here in Accra, maintaining a strong sense of tradition expressed by a nostalgic feel of Africa’s fashion, art, lifestyle and culture.Shopping is not the only activity you can do at Elle Lokko, they also host numerous exhibitions you should look out for.
- Location: N. 14 Lokko Rd, Accra, Ghana
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am – 7:30pm, Sun 12-6pm
Studio 189 – Clothing store
Want to buy some African handcrafted textile clothing? This is your place. All clothing in Studio 189 is produced locally in Ghana in craftsmen communities that specialize in traditional textile techniques, such as hand-printing batik patterns and using plant-based dyes. The result? Beautifully made, vibrant pieces of clothing.
- Location: 12th Lane, Accra, Ghana
- Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat-Sun closed
Studio Badge has been in existence since 2015, launched as a furniture design and manufacturing house. Currently they have developed into more of a lifestyle home products store, selling pieces such as platters, bowls, stationary holders, and many other products you should check out.
Many of their pieces are crafted using concrete (as well as local wood). Their popularity has grown with time, to a point that in 2020 they were selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. Now you can also find their stock in the US.
- Location: 1 Salem Ave, Accra, Ghana
- Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat – Sun closed
Sun Trade Beads
As the name already suggests, Sun Trade Beads is a small boutique offering some of the best stock in beaded concoctions you can find in Accra; from jewellery to beaded home furnishings.
Entirely made in Ghana, beads come in a range of raw materials, from glass to bronze, and various recycled materials. The shop has its own line of products, and also stocks other designers from Ghana and beyond.
- Location: Mango Tree Ave, Accra, Ghana
- Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun closed
Wild Gecko is a good option if you’re looking for a handcrafted gift as it offers an array of traditional product and accessory options.
Their range includes such items as jewellery, textiles and clothing, furniture, frames, stationery, sculptures and carvings made from materials such as brass, horn, glass, aluminium, wood and grass. You can also find them in the duty-free shopping area at Kotoka Airport departures.
If after you’ve made all of your shooping in Accra you still want to continue exploring the city’s hidden gems, take note that you can find great markets for fresh groceries. Accra is a city where you can find anything and beyond.
And if you’re looking for home decor specifically, we also have a guide on the best shops in Accra for home decor.