Accra is the capital and the largest city in Ghana – and the thirteenth largest in Africa. It’s an increasingly cosmopolitan city, and as such, its gastronomic offer, both local and international, is quite rich and varied, even for the most demanding foodies. Whether you’re a resident or visiting Accra for the first time, you don’t want to miss the ultimate Accra Restaurants Guide we’ve created at Green Views.
2019, the year of return
In 2010, Accra was designated by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network think tank as a Gamma level world city, meaning an increase in international influence and connectedness.
But the Year of Return also played a big role in Accra’s cultural diversity. The tourism sector in Ghana has rapidly expanded over the last three years and is playing an increasingly important factor in the development of Ghana through economic growth and job creation. This has brought with it an array of new international and local ventures within a variety of sectors which have attracted international visitors to the capital.
Without further ado, we invite you to immerse into Accra’s gastronomy scene; local & International restaurants, vegan & vegetarian dishes, traditional food and everything you need to know if you define yourself as a true “foodie”. Bonne appetit!
The ultimate Accra Restaurants Guide
- Authentic Ghanaian food
- International options in Accra
- Coffee break & networking
- Brunch in Accra
- Food options in Airport Residential Area
Authentic Ghanaian food
Ghana is not only famous for their great leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah, but also for a cuisine that is deeply rooted in their culture and history. Ghanaian food is as diverse as its people, with every ethnic group having a special dish of their own.
Ingredients that are prevalent are corn, beans, millet, plantains, cassava, hot peppers and tomatoes. You will find at least one of these ingredients in their dish preparation. Seafood in Ghana is also very popular.
When it comes to their eating culture, it is pretty similar to the European one – breakfast, lunch and dinner, the difference is that there is no clear distinction between what type of food is taken during what meal of the day. So what is taken for breakfast, can equally be taken for lunch or dinner.
Breakfast tends to be an important part of their meal and you’ll be surprised to find so many culinary delicacies for breakfast, you’ll want to try them all!
International Accra Restaurants
Having spoken about some local food options, now let’s dive into the foreign gastronomic scene. International restaurants in Accra couldn’t be more varied. You can almost travel across the world through food being within Accra. You will find Ethiopian options, Mexican, Spanish…you name it.
However, if you have been living in Accra for a while now, you may have noticed the big Chinese and Indian community in the city. The Indian community in Accra is vast and no wonder, the Indo-Ghana ties have been in existence for more than 100 years now. Indians haven’t missed their chance to incorporate some of their culture into Accra, bringing an amazing array of indian restaurants with them.
The same applies to the Chinese community in Accra. Have you ever tried a typical Chinese breakfast? (Do you even know what a typical Chinese breakfast looks like?). Give it a go and check some of the top Chinese restaurants in Accra.
You may have noticed by now that Ghana is a country of meat lovers. However, due to an increasing number of citizens switching to more healthy lifestyles, this includes reducing meat consumption, more light has been shed onto the vegetarian and vegan food options.
On another note, we know that arriving in an African country for the first time may be a little overwhelming, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. Thoughts like, “will I find vegan cheese options or veggie burgers?” may come to mind. Not to worry because Accra features an interesting offer of vegetarian restaurants with plenty of vegan options also.
Coffee break & networking
Generally speaking, the Ghanaian culture is not one you would associate with coffee drinking. Despite that, the selection of coffee shops in Accra keeps growing. Theia Coffee House, for instance, is a great option, not only for its vast selection in beverages & food bites, but the calm and serene atmosphere you experience.
Baa and Bean is another great coffee option located in East Legon, also offering a calm, pleasant and quiet ambience if you want to pop in after work to wind down or enjoy an intimate time with friends & family.
Are you maybe looking for alternative places to work in or network? Somewhere with a stable wifi to change your working atmosphere? Or you have a meeting with a colleague or business partner and don’t know where to go? Check other 5 outstanding coffee shops in Accra and you’ll be covered.
Brunch in Accra
Coffee shops are not only a good option for working, networking or to enjoy a coffee, but they are the best spots for brunch. Our Accra Restaurants Guide could not be complete without mentioning the best places to go for brunch in Accra. Who doesn’t like to enjoy a delicious brunch on a Sunday morning to cure that hangover from the crazy Saturday night you had or simply have some quality time with the family and friends?
Brunch has become a very popular activity in Accra and as such, there are many delicious and cozy spots to enjoy a great brunch experience in Accra.
Food options in Airport Residential Area
Knowing the area you live in is very important. Not only that, you may have a gem of a place just next to you and not know. On the other hand, Accra is a very big city (not to mention traffic). Sometimes it is just nice to be able to walk somewhere to enjoy a nice meal and have a break from driving.
Green Views’ exclusive community is located in the Airport Residential Area, one of the best neighborhoods in Accra. Situated just a short drive away from Kotoka International Airport, it features great shopping malls, health centers, private schools and, in just a range of 2km, some amazing restaurants as well.
If you’re looking where to eat in this great Accra neighborhood, be sure to check our selection of the best restaurants in Airport Residential Area.
Feeling lazy to cook or even to go out for a restaurant? Food delivery services are becoming very popular in Accra, with more options and faster delivery times and also with a wide array of food options; local dishes as well as international options.
We hope you enjoyed our Accra Food Guide – Ghana, the Gateway to Africa, awaits to be discovered within its culinary scene, with its array of cultures and interesting and exciting traditions. Though it is a small country, its heart is big to accommodate everyone (and their bellies!).