The food in Ghana is delicious! The menu often revolves around rice or another starch like a pounded dough that you dip into soup or stew. There is a lot of chicken, tilapia, and some beef and goat. Beans are almost always on the plate along with any type of plantain that you can imagine: fried, roasted, in chip form, double fried, sweet or salty. Beware - the food is usually spicy!
Many students in the program are kosher, vegetarian, and even vegan. Cuisine in Accra is heavily centered around meat and fish, but don't let this deter you. The restaurants affiliated with the NYU Accra meal plan do a great job of making vegetarian friendly dishes. Additionally, as supplement for protein, beans, yogurt, nuts, and groundnut paste (peanut butter) are great options. Also, there is some tofu at the meal plan restaurants every once in a while. As far as eating out at traditional Ghanaian restaurants, being sure your meal is vegetarian is a lot more of a challenge. Be sure to communicate your dietary restrictions to the student life staff and they will be happy to accommodate you.
Accra's nightlife is diverse. There are clubs harder to get into than some in New York City, with covers and strict dress codes. While some bars are not much more than a full cooler, a beaded curtain, and a good view of the African night sky. You can often find live music or street performers. In addition, a lot of ex-pat bars and casinos are scattered around Osu.
" At least once a week , many of the students would get together and make brunch or dinner in one of the houses. Learn how to make Ghanaian cuisine or an American meal you have been missing."
Student recommendations from Fall 2009. Let us know if this list should change!
For dinners during the week, there is a meal plan that is split between two restaurants:
This restaurant, which serves mostly traditional Ghanaian food, was the first to provide the meal plan for NYU. The servers did special things for birthdays and were great about making the food we missed or requested. It is a safe and delicious way to sample all of Ghanaian cuisine and a great place to take your parents or friends if they come visit.
A new favorite that serves Mediterranean, Indian and Ghanaian food, as well as sandwiches and large, delicious salads. Close to dorms it is a great place to go for lunch as well. They also have fabulous desserts - big slices of cheesecake, carrot cake, brownies, and more.
Banku - a dough made from fermented corn and cassava
Fufu - a dough made from mashed yams and plantains served with a soup or stew
Groundnut - peanuts
Jollof Rice - a rice cooked with onions and tomatoes
Kelewele - plantains that are deep-fried and heavily seasoned with ginger and spices
Kenkey - a dough make from cornmeal, with a sourdough-y flavor, usually served with sauces and vegetables
Pepe - spicy mixture of chilli peppers and tomatoes, serves as sauce for rice or other food
Red-Red - a bean stew usually served with plantains
Waakye - mixture of rice, beans tomatoes, spices, and meat