Ghanaian dinner

Accra

Eat, drink, and be merry

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 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.

Delicious Dishes

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


Accra

Students eating breakfast

Nightlife

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. 

  • Visit a palm wine bar during your stay. You can find these along the road, usually tucked away and not much more than a family run pit stop where you drink from coconut shells.
  • Listening to live music is a must while in Accra. There are many fun places to go, such as Afrikiko Leisure Centre in Kanda (close to the TV3) where you can listen to highlife music on the weekends. There is also +233, a Jazz venue where you will find many locals and expats. Here is more information on live music venues in Accra.
" 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


Meal Plan

Students are provided with light breakfast and lunch items to prepare in their residence. There are also clean water dispensers. For dinners during the week, there is a meal plan that is split between two restaurants:

Buka (Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights)

This restaurant serves traditional Ghanaian, Nigerian and West African food. It is a safe and delicious way to sample local and regional food, and a great place to take your parents or friends if they come visit. 

Sunshine Cafe (Tuesday and Thursday nights)

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.