One of my earliest memories of going on holiday was visiting my extended family in Ghana around the age of 6. I remember the sweltering humidity, the rich aromas of spices and well-marinated meat in the air...and the smell of gently boiled child flesh as I spent the entire holiday stewing in my own sweat underneath a cardigan and jogging bottoms.
Lonely Planet Local Elio Stamm moved to Accra three years ago. Although the humidity and sheer volume of everything were a little overwhelming to start, he quickly fell for the bustling energy and creativity with which the city’s inhabitants go about their daily life. He's since discovered a quickly evolving arts scene, cuisine from four corners of the globe, and that Accranian politeness is even starting to rub off on him.
Do you know your waakye from your fufu? Or your Jollof from your red-red? Not a worry. Here we lay bare the secrets of Accra's best local food and tell you where to find it. The bottom line – it's a fulfilling proposition, and your stomach will love you for it.