Tips from 35,000 Feet: Accra

Tips From 35,000 Feet: Accra

Jamestown rooftops © Kofi Debrah

Accra is often known as the “Centre of the World”, as the closest capital city to where the Greenwich Meridian line crosses the equator. Although the Meridian line actually passes through Tema, it certainly deserves such an accolade.

When we stay in the city, we’re always drawn to the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra, set on 16 acres of landscaped gardens in the Ridge district. As well as an almost endless list of leisure facilities, including a jogging track and tennis courts, the rooms are ultra-luxurious. We are almost tempted never to leave the grounds, and the great children’s pool and play area are perfect for those of us travelling with little ones.

Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra
M̦venpick Ambassador Hotel Accraʩ M̦venpick Ambassador Hotel

Ghana is known for its vibrant music scene, and there is no better place to sample it in our opinion than +233 (named after Ghana’s dialling code). It regularly plays host to some of Ghana’s best jazz, highlide, blues, afrobeat and soul musicians, making it the perfect place for us to relax, grab a drink and soak up the spirit of the city. We love the outdoor area here, where occasionally the band will play while we enjoy some delicious food from the international grill.

Alliance Francaise | Accra
Alliance Francaise, Accra © Alliance Francaise

 You can’t ignore the contribution of the French towards the arts in Ghana, and we think the Alliance Francaise is the culmination of it. We always try and catch a live performance or art exhibition here when we visit Accra, and they never fail to amaze us. We usually check the website when we arrive to see what’s on, then turn up and enjoy the show – usually stopping off at their restaurant for some great Ghanaian cuisine afterwards to reminisce and book the next event! 

Asanka | Accra
Some of the local foos at Asanka, © Asanka Local


For some of the best local food in Accra, we always go to Asanka. Not only is it delicious, but it’s great value too, with classics such as kenkey (fermented cornflour balls), Kontumbre (cocoyam leaves) and of course, the national treasure, fufu (pounded yam and cassava or plantain). This place has a ongoing buzz throughout the day and we never leave without having their banku and tilapia special – trust us, you won’t regret it! 



Have you been to this delightful city before? Let us know your tips!

About Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning
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