A Millennial's Guide to East Legon, Accra

East Legon, Accra
East Legon, Accra | © Addy Cameron-Huff/Flickr
Photo of Kwame Aidoo
11 May 2017

One of the best places to lodge, have fun, and connect to the corporate life is East Legon. Located in the Accra Metropolitan district of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, East Legon also allows visitors and tourists to come into contact with interesting art, objects, ideas, and history.

East Legon’s prestigious residential community aside, its proximity to the Kotoka International Airport (around a 15-minute drive) makes it a pivotal location in Accra. The town is bordered by the Tema motorway and Spintex roads to the south; Madina and Ashaley Botwe to the north; The University of Ghana and Achimota to the west; and Trasacco Estates to the east.

Art at arm’s reach

An ‘oasis in the city’, those visiting East Legon’s Nubuke Foundation can have a refreshing experience of Ghanaian culture, heritage, and art. The art institution has been operating since 2009, and it holds a reading club for kids from 3-4pm each day. The well-stocked library allows patron to enroll in their community projects, workshops, and open mics.

On the Lagos Ave link, Touch of Bronze Gallery houses pottery vessels, metal objects such as bronze and brass pieces, stone objects, and items of personal adornment such as buttons, jewelry, and clothing. On the University of Ghana’s campus, the Arts Department welcomes networking with the art circles in Accra.

Couch | © Addy Cameron-Huff/Flickr

Lifestyle and looks

Several distinguished personalities like parliamentarians, diplomats, internationally-acclaimed athletes like the legendary Ghanaian footballer Abedi Pele, and a handfull of celebrities call East Legon home. Security remains a high priority in the neighbourhood, and the police as well as private-watchdog outfits work around the clock.

For outdoor activities, there’s the Lizzy Sports Complex for everything sports; soccer and gym mainly while Bedouin Pool Lounge caters to swimmers. Meanwhile, Sports Direct sells gear for the physical demands of life and sport.

For the freshest cuts in fashion, visit GTP’s Woodin at A & C Square, Jungle Road 8:00am-8:30pm from Monday to Saturday and 1:00pm-7:00pm on Sundays. For hand-crafted women’s couture, go to Charlotte Prive.

Gated House | © Addy Cameron-Huff/Flickr

Food basket

DNR Turkish Restaurant offers tasty dishes from 10am to 10pm each day. The A&C Square and its sub-unit, A&C Shopping Centre, offers a one-stop shopping place. For the best in fast foods, go to Starbites Food & Drinks, Lord of the Wings, Papa’s Pizza, and KFC. Those with an appetite for some Ghanaian delicacies, Bush Kanteen on the university campus is the place for fufu with palm nut, banku and light soup, omo tuo, and groundnut soup.

Fufu with palm nut soup and fish | © benketaro/Flickr

Choicest nightlife

Saturday nights bring out the lights of the city here. Chez Afrique provides a high-end, high-life jazz bar and serves banku and tilapia. Meanwhile, Jerry’s Pub remains open 24 hours a day serves cold beer and Ghanaian spirits at affordable prices. Kikibees, Classroom Lounge, Efia’s Place, Honeysuckle, and Bar Naas have great cocktails to enhance your East Legon nightlife experience.

Kikibees, Accra, Ghana, +233 26 784 0777

Bar Naas, Accra, Ghana, +233 24 424 3115

Cocktails | © chispita_666/Flickr

Transport tips

Tetteh Quarshie—the cloverleaf shaped six-lane motorway interchange—connects to East Legon directly through the turn at Shiashie junction. Trotros also run everyday and close around midnight. Taxis are easy to find at Okponglo junction, IPS, or Madina Atomic junction. Uber services are also available and with the app, it is easy to track one and get the best rates for salon-vehicle transactions in Accra. Fuel stations are in reach from any point of the East Legon area.

Ghanaian tro tro | © Charlie/Flickr | © Charlie/Flickr

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