Dope views, dope tunes and dope food, need I say more? If you’re looking for a good time in Accra, look no further – we have got you covered!
Happy 62 Ghana! March has truly proven to be a month of madness with the celebration of Ghana Independence Day and International Women’s Day packed into one week. In honour of both holidays, my girl Kimberly Hayes (last featured in On the Representation of Women and Forming a Togolese Identity) visited Ghana for her very first time and I wanted to make sure that she experienced Ghana in style.
We started off our trip with Accra, the capital of Ghana.
The bustling metropolitan of Accra is a melting pot of different cultures, activities and festivities as it is often the entrance and exit point for many travellers. The hustle is real though in Accra, and with her expanding food and drink culture, we wanted a taste of her best as we celebrated what it meant to be Independent Women.
Best of Accra by day: Suncity hotel apartments
As one of Africa’s warmest cities, Accra gets reeal hot during the day. Depending on what time of year it is, the humidity can be stifling; it is a wonder how hawkers and sellers manage to roam the streets all day in the sun. We selected our first rooftop for the day based on these key features: good drinks, good food, and an even better place to cool off. We naturally gravitated towards Suncity Hotel Apartments, a chic hotel, bar and restaurant situated in the trendy neighbourhood of Osu.
By day, you can have one of their signature cocktails to bring down the heat while enjoying one of their seafood specialties by the pool. By night, they open up their skybar on the top floor illuminated by pixie lights, jazz rhythms and hip hop beats – making it a great place to catch up for a drink, grab a bite to eat and meet fellow Ghanaians, travellers and city goers in addition to artists and musicians passing through the country. (Take note that their skybar is only opened on weekends.)
Why we love Suncity?
We love Suncity Hotel Apartments because of their jaw-dropping sunlit pool on the 6th floor of the hotel giving us a rad view of the ocean and Accra coastline. It is one of the very few rooftops in Accra that gives you access to a pool, making it a hot spot for pool parties, gatherings and day-drinks. They also host grill-nights and live bands every Friday, so you can grab your crew to enjoy the live music, delicious food and 360 views for an amazing start to the weekend.
It was hard to resist ordering their entire French-inspired menu since their chef is actually the main man behind La Chaumière, famed for being one of the best restaurants in Accra. We decided to keep it light by ordering the calamari and prawn starters and pairing them with a gin-mojito and strawberry daiquiri, which were di-vine. The food, drinks, setting and overall laid-back vibe made Suncity the perfect start to a boozy Saturday afternoon.
Best of Accra by night: Skybar 25
We dried off and headed to Skybar 25 for a change of skyline. Skybar 25 is located on the 25th floor of the Villagio building in the airport area, giving you unbeatable views of the Accra metropolis. Towering at the tallest building in West Africa, the venue boasts much more than just good views.
The electronic tunes are perfect for the cityscape-backdrop and create an inviting atmosphere that keep the good vibes rolling. The cocktails are stellar, made with fresh fruity ingredients that – to our demise – make us forget that there is any alcohol in them in the first place. The food is some of the finest that you’ll find in Accra, offering a wide range of sharing plates to specialty dishes. Each plate and cocktail is crafted with immense care, making them almost too beautiful to consume.
We of course left no crumb nor drop of liquor untouched.
We started off with the venison carpaccio signature club and pan fried Atlantic scallops, which left our mouths watering for more. Our favourite of the two was the scallops due to the differing textures and contrasting yet complementing tastes between the eggplant puree and mango and mint sauce (#neverforget). I mean, look. at. that.
The next course consisted of the “not only bread” vegetarian dish and red snapper. “Not only bread” was so divine both on the eyes and the tastebuds that it could break the internet on its own (move over Kim K). The red snapper, however, was the pièce de résistance. Perfectly prepared and paired with the colourful ratatouille, we will probably be sending each other messages saying, “Remember the red snapper from Skybar 25?” long after we grow old.
We ended the meal with the passionfruit semifreddo, a pineapple martini and strawberry mojito just in time for sunset. Everything was flawless. Big ups to Chef Alessio and his team for a sensational service.
Why we love Skybar 25?
We love Skybar because of their great taste in every-thing. From the music to the decor, the food to the drinks, our entire experience was phenomenal. But above all, we love their hospitality. Their GM and co-owner, Nick, made it his business to chat with every table, and despite being new to Ghana, the staff made Kim and I feel at home. Skybar 25 is the type of place that makes you remember, not because of the view, the food, or the music, no – that can be easily replicated. We remember because of how they made us feel. In the end, that is truly why we return, and why we will definitely be back at Skybar 25.
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