20 Top Things to Do in Ghana in Your Twenties

Gyedu Blay at Chale Wote
Gyedu Blay at Chale Wote | © Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng/Flickr
Rajaa Banda

With diverse activities both in and out of cities, Ghana is a fun-filled place for those in their twenties of various interests and likes. From outdoor activities like attending sporting events and watching the sun rise to indoor experiences like tequila nights trying out food from local restaurants, here are 20 things that 20-somethings should try while visiting Ghana.

Explore Jamestown

Hang out at the Jamestown Café, drink in the vinyl-record haven of Tee’s Tavern, and explore the magnificent street-art backdrops for the ultimate selfie and Instagram posts. Jamestown is a mecca for the bright, young, and hip. It is also, appropriately the centre of Ghana’s burgeoning art scene and the focal point of the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival. A drink in Accra’s Osikan, perched high on the rocks, is a great cap to any Jamestown day.

Jamestown Café, High Street, Opposite Ussher Fort, Accra, Ghana

Tee’s Tavern, Asafoatse Nettey Rd, Accra, Ghana

Osikan, Accra, Ghana, +233 024 324 4803

Jamestown Lighthouse

Party at Asa Baako

For six years, Asa Baako has been the top music festival in Ghana. Thousands make the annual trek to Busua in the Western Region for a long weekend filled with live performances, conservation workshops, trekking, surfing, delicious food, and the now-legendary final night jungle party.

Weekend at Kokrobite

The ultimate Accra getaway, this lively beach resort centres around a strip in a local fishing village. Sun and surf during the daytime and prepare for a lively evening. On Friday night, listen to some highlife at the lovely beachfront Dizzy Lizzie’s while eating dinner and relaxing. On Saturdays, don’t miss the festivities at Big Milly’s Backyard where a band from Burkina Faso, local acrobats, and the ever popular reggae party will keep patrons dancing and entertained until dawn.

Dizzy Lizzie’s, Kokrobite, Ghana, +233 020 560 0990

Big Milly’s Backyard, Kokrobite, Ghana, +233 024 999 9330

Kokrobite

Friday night in Osu

The ultimate neighbourhood for a big night out, Osu teems with bars, clubs, and restaurants of every description including seafood, Mexican, and pizza. Street bars and laid-back venues such as Purple Pub and Kona Cafe & Grill intermingle with more upmarket fare like Shisha Lounge, and there are always places on hand to dance like the Firefly Lounge and Plot 7 that attracts the best DJs in town.

Purple Pub, Ring Rd E, Accra, Ghana, +233 024 819 4653

Kona Cafe & Grill, Oxford Street, Accra, Ghana, +233 026 446 4712

Shisha Lounge, Adjoate Street, Accra, Ghana, +233 026 580 6935
Firefly Lounge Bar, H P Nyemitei St, Accra, Ghana, +233 030 277 7818

Plot 7, Osu, Accra, Ghana, +233 050 273 4228

Explore Osu’s night market

Once a month, the Ga fishing community hold a night market, closing down a long road off of Osu’s Oxford Street and filling it with stalls that sell local produce such as kenke, banku, fried fish, fresh avocado, and a multitude of drinks from cold beer to wine and akpeteshie. Tables fill the area and a live band plays jazzy, Afrobeat hits. Drinking, dancing, and reveling are a must here, and it is a unique opportunity to mix with the local inhabitants and have a great time.

Go to a football match

Football is huge in Ghana, and fans are super passionate. If the Black Stars (the national team) are in town, watch them play a match in Accra or Kumasi. If possible, try to catch one of the national club teams duke it out with one another. Atmospheric and exciting, cheer passionately while guzzling beers.

Ghana fan

Sunrise at the beach

With such an expanse of coastline and an exhaustive supply of beach resorts, it’s only fitting to watch a sunrise either solo after waking early or with friends. Returning from a beach party at Labadi or while visiting Axim or Ankroba beaches, a beach sunrise is never too far away.

Axim Beach Hotel, Axim, Ghana, +233 031 209 2397

Ankobra Beach Resort, Axim Ankobra River Rd, Axim, Ghana, +233 031 209 2323

Ghana beach sunrise

Sleep under the stars at Castle Fredericksburg

A one-of-a-kind experience, sleep near the ancient cannon of this 17th-century German-built fort that overlooks a deserted beach in Princesstown in the Western Region. The stars light up at night like a planetarium in this secluded spot and the watchman is on hand to grill freshly caught seafood in the evening and provide a good breakfast in the morning for up to 10 people.

Fort Gross Fredericksburg, Princesstown, Ghana, +233 33 213 2529

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