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Key to the City

5 Accra Must-Stops, Straight from Two Insiders

Key to the City BY leah bhabha 08/30/2016

At this point, Molly Keogh and Maryanne Mathis, the designers behind Osei-Duro, fall somewhere between Ghana tourists and locals: Since 2009, the duo has run a studio in the capital city of Accra, overseeing production of the colorblocked, hand-batiked fabric that makes their line of shift dresses, crop tops, and wrap skirts extra-special. Here’s Molly’s guide to the places you’ve got to go to really know the city.




“Kokrobite is the closest beach town outside of Accra, so there is always action. I highly recommend a surf lesson with Mr Bright’s Surf School, dinner at Kokrobite Gardens, and a game of pool and a large Club beer at Big Milly’s.




“This restaurant tucked away in a residential neighborhood is one of Accra’s best secrets. The owner—who is also one half of the dynamic dj duo Accra House Music—is obsessed with details, from finding the freshest local ingredients to designing the bathroom sink himself. The result is an incredibly special and very mellow garden space.”


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“Head towards the ocean on a little dirt road, away from bustling Osu, cross over the rickety bridge, and keep going until the very end. You are at Osu Beach Bar, which is a low-key rasta joint with unrivaled views of the Osu Castle and fisherman at work. Recommended drink: two shots of Herb Afrik with one shot of lime cordial on ice.




“This working photo studio converts several times a month into one of Accra’s most cutting-edge venues. Art talks, jazz shows, performance art pieces, and even an Osei-Duro runway show have been held here. The Studio is run by the photographer Frances, the stylist Daniel, and the event-planner Rhoda, who focus on immersive, exciting programming.”




“Makola is the wildly over-stimulating source of everything in Accra. Market days are officially Wednesday and Saturday, but it’s crowded everyday except Sunday. Whether you’re shopping for live snails, plastic prayer mats, shea butter, or miles and miles of wax print fabric, this where you need to go.”

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