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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Accra is complete without tasting the traditional Accra food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Accra to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Akkara balls: black-eyed peas, salt, black pepper.
  • Amandazi: deep fried donuts.
  • Banku: fermented corn/cassava dough mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water.
  • Fufu: thick paste usually made by boiling starchy root vegetables in water.
  • Garri: popular West African food made from cassava tubers.
  • Ghanaian peanut balls: dessert with peanuts, all-purpose flour, butter, powdered sugar icing, slivered almonds.
  • Kenkey: staple dish similar to a sourdough dumpling.
  • Oto: mashed yams with eggs.
  • Palaver sauce: type of stew, traditionally made with beef, fish, cassava, taro (cocoyam) leaves, and palm oil.


  • Abenkwan: palm nut soup.
  • Egusi soup: a kind of soup thickened with the ground seeds and popular in West Africa.
  • Ground nut soup: a spicy meat stew filled with rich peanut flavor.
  • Nkrakra: beef and vegetable stew.
  • Okra soup: local soup made from dried and ground okra and vegetables.


Main courses


Fast food

Street food

  • Kelewele: fried plantains seasoned with spices.
  • Kubecake: chewy coconut ginger rum candy.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • West African hot chocolate: classic hot chocolate drink made from a blend of milk, dark chocolate, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and rum.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Akpeteshie: home-made alcoholic spirit produced by distilling palm wine or sugar cane juice.
  • Palm wine: an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree.
  • Pito: type of beer made from fermented millet or sorghum.


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Kelewele - a Ghanaian plantain snack

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