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Accra, Ghana

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Dubbed Africa's ‘Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, Accra offers a safe and inviting atmosphere abundant in tradition and contemporary customs. The city’s history as a colonial battleground fortifies its modern status as Ghana's economic and cultural hub. Accra beckons travelers to experience the colorful textiles, diverse art, traditional cuisine, and lively nightlife. Accra's vibrant streets pulse with energy, welcoming visitors to explore its markets, museums, and iconic landmarks. Whether strolling along the relaxing coast of Labadi Beach or dancing to the rhythms of Ghanaian Highlife music, Accra promises an enriching journey for Black travelers. Best time to travel: June to September, December (peak season) January to April (off-season), October through November (shoulder season)  Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) Currency: Ghanaian Cedi (GHS or GH₵) Language: Twi, English Noteworthy: Chale Wote Street Art Festival (August), AfroFuture Fest (December), Afro Nation...

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  • Chale Wote Street Art Festival (August)
  • AfroFuture Fest (December)
  • Afro Nation (December)
  • Detty December (December)
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Gourmet: Places To Eat In Accra, Ghana
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The Gold Coast Restaurant &amp; Cocktail Bar

The Gold Coast Restaurant & Cocktail Bar highlights Ghanaian gastronomy with an elevated twist. The menu includes traditional recipes including spicy kelewele, waakye with fish stew, chargrilled king prawns, and more.

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Kōzo Restaurant

This Asian fusion restaurant has a dreamy outdoor atmosphere inspired by modern and tropical Asian minimalism in Accra’s city center. Kōzo is a popular place to share a farm-to-table meal that supports local African farmers with the freshest ingredients.

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Jamrock Restaurant and Grill

Ranked among the top places to dine, Jamrock Restaurant and Grill brings Jamaican and Caribbean cuisine to Accra. Serving authentic dishes and mixologist-approved cocktails, the menu offers traditional recipes like curry chicken, brown stew fish, and oxtails.

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NsuoNam

As one of the newest fine-dining restaurants in Accra, NsuoNam is the brainchild of Edwina Akufo-Addo, daughter of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The special Pan-African menu includes dishes like lamb shank with smashed cassava and mango gravy and a 3-course dinner specially crafted for vegans.

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Rosé Garden

Reserve a seat and sit pretty in pink at the Instagram-worthy outdoor Rosé Garden restaurant. The menu includes all-day breakfast, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and their famous boozy towers with mimosas, sangria, and more. 

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The Tunnel Lounge

The Tunnel Lounge in Accra redefines culinary and beverage experiences in Ghana with a warm and inclusive atmosphere. The menu features continental dishes like American chicken fingers, Thai fish cakes, and Jollof seafood paella.

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Stay: Places to Stay In Accra, Ghana
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Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City

Close to Black Star Square, the 5-star luxury Kempinski Hotel showcases Afro-European hospitality at the largest hotel in the country. Along with spacious suites, guests enjoy luxurious amenities like an on-site health club, restaurants, spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.

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Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel

On sixteen acres of palm-studded grounds sits the beautifully designed and globally renowned Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel. The 5-star hotel amenities include a complimentary airport shuttle, on-site luxury shopping, a large pool, and spa services.

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Labadi Beach Hotel 

Notably one of Accra's most high-end places to stay, Labadi Beach Hotel offers luxury rooms and two on-site restaurants & bars. Guests have access to a gym, inviting pool, volleyball, and tennis courts with equipment.  

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Embassy Gardens Luxury Apartment

Embassy Gardens Luxury Apartment offers spacious two-large bedroom spaces, a full kitchen, and a dedicated workspace. With access to shared amenities including a pool and gym, guests enjoy comfort and convenience during their stay in Accra.

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D'avenue Boutique Hotel Accra

Roughly 10 miles from Kotoka International Airport, D'avenue Boutique Hotel Accra has convenient airport shuttle services and car rentals available. With luxurious amenities such as an in-room hot tub and sauna, guests can relax before visiting attractions like Legon Botanical Gardens and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

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Spacious Antique Mansion East Legon

Dubbed ‘The White Buckingham Palace’, Spacious Antique Mansion East Legon gives royalty vibes with Neoclassical Era architecture surrounded by lush gardens. With its full kitchen, backyard, and outdoor dining area, this mansion makes for an elegant and family-friendly destination experience in Accra. 

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Play: Things To Do In Accra, Ghana
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Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park &amp; Mausoleum

Dedicated to Ghana’s first president and Pan-Africanist Movement founder, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is located in downtown Accra. With rare artifacts relating to Ghana’s independence, guests learn about the Sub-Saharan struggle for independence.

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Black Star Square

Also known as Independence Square, Black Star Square contains several monuments commissioned by Nkrumah to celebrate Ghana’s independence. Locals celebrate major national public gatherings, festivals, and parades at the Independence Arch and the Liberation Day Monument.

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W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Center for Pan-African Culture

The W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Center includes the Marcus Garvey Guest House Bed & Breakfast and the tomb of DuBois and his wife Shirley Graham DuBois. Visitors can explore DuBois’ curated library, his Pan-African collection, and other personal items.

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Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle offers guided tours of historical features like Dalzel Tower and a dining area with a captivating backdrop. The West African Historical Museum exhibits cultural artifacts like ceremonial drums and slave trade relics.

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Home Cooking Class by Auntie K

Join Auntie K's Home Cooking Class to learn to make authentic Ghanaian dishes like Jollof rice and flavorful stews. Guests will prepare and savor these delicacies while learning the culture behind the food with engaging conversations.

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Boti Waterfalls, Aburi Botanical Gardens, and Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm

Book an incredibly memorable day on this waterfall, botanical garden, and cocoa farm tour with amazing photos at stunning locations. Visitors learn about local medicinal plants and cocoa cultivation alongside the seasonal spectacle of the Twin Falls.

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The Ancestral Naming Ceremony and Homecoming Experience

This ancestral naming ceremony leaves guests with a profound sense of connection and identity. Guests receive a meaningful African name, participate in village activities, and witness heartfelt reunions.

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Sandbox Beach Club

The Sandbox Beach Club offers travelers food, music, art, fashion, and culture in one sophisticated experience. The Sandbox caters to every foodie’s palate on a gorgeous backdrop of poolside relaxation, spa indulgence, and lively parties. 

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Wiz Khalifa Speaks Out After Being Arrested And Charged With Illegal Drug Possession In Romania

Rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested in Romania on July 13 for drug possession after his performance at the Beach, Please! festival in Costinești. Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, the 36-year-old addressed his foreign arrest via X on July 14. The Grammy-nominated artist didn’t deny sparking up on stage. The soon-to-be father of two — currently expecting his second child with his girlfriend, Aimee Aguilar — briefly shared his experience cooperating with the Romanian authorities. He noted that he was released from their custody. Overall, Wiz said his Beach, Please! set went well and that he’d revisit Romania. “Last night’s show was amazing. I didn’t mean any disrespect to the country of Romania by  lighting up  on stage,” the rapper told his nearly 36 million X followers. “They [the authorities] were very respectful and let me go. I’ll be back soon. But without a big ass joint next time.” Last nights show was amazing. I didn’t mean any disrespect to the country of Romania by lighting up on...

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