Eating and shopping or visiting museums, sightseeing, and hanging out with friends – spending a laid-back and affordable day in Accra is easy with Uber. Here’s our roundup of a few cheap activities and free things to do in Accra for a fun day out and about in the city, while keeping transportation costs under GH₵ 70 with uberX.
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Starting Point: Oxford Street to breakfast at Kukun
The day begins in centrally-located Oxford Street. Catch an Uber ride to Kukun (GH₵ 5-6) for an affordable and filling breakfast – or brunch if you want to do some shopping in Oxford Street first. Items on the menu include organic granola with Greek yogurt, coconut and soy milk porridge with local honey, light meals like baps and pancakes, all the way up to a full English breakfast. Vegetarian options are also available.
Surf or turf? Labadi Beach or Makola Market
After breakfast, take an Uber to Makola Market (GH₵ 10-12) where you can haggle to your heart’s content for anything from clothing, and jewelry to kitchenware and car parts. Make sure to check in at the neighboring Kantamanto market if you’re looking for clothes – whether you’re looking for winter jackets, sports jerseys or high-quality kente cloth, this is the spot.
Alternatively, Labadi Beach is also just a short Uber ride away (GH₵ 5-6 ride). There are few better days out than a day at the beach – sunbathe and relax whilst listening to some reggae tunes and enjoying the sunshine. Don’t forget to have a dip in the sea to cool down. The many waterfront restaurants provide an ideal vantage point for people watching while sipping an ice-cold Star lager.
If you’ve had enough of the sun or shopping, visit the Artists Alliance Gallery (GH₵ 8-10 ride from Labadi Beach, GH₵ 10-12 from Makola Market) where you can browse exhibits of huge metal sculptures, antique Asafo flags, kente cloth, furniture, and elaborate masks, among other things. It’s also a great one-stop shop for gifts – from children’s books to jewelry and beads, clothing, and paintings. Entrance is free.
Dinner Option One: Browse Osu and surrounds
After your gallery excursions, it’s time to kick back for a pre-dinner breather at the Republic Bar & Grill (GH₵ 18-23 ride), where you can sample some flavored akpeteshie and beats from local DJs.
From there, dinner is within walking distance at Chez Clarisse, a popular eating spot known for its tasty Ivorian and Ghanaian dishes enjoyed in a covered outdoor dining area. Their signature offering, atcheke, and large platters of fabulous grilled fish or chicken are ideal for sharing.
You can also opt for the nearby Ivorian Place behind Accra Mall, where you can watch the world go by while enjoying an alfresco meal right on the street.
Being right in the middle of Osu, both restaurants are a great starting point to a stroll around town afterwards.
Dinner Option Two: Night-time cityscape
For sunset or after dinner drinks, or a slightly more upmarket dinner experience, head to Skybar 25 (GH₵ 17-22) at the top of the Villagio. Enjoy a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the city as you chill out with pulsating house music from local and international DJs. Keep in mind though that booking is essential.
Spending less than GH₵ 70 on transportation costs, you can spend an enjoyable day roaming Accra, soaking in some of the best that the city has to offer.