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The Shop Accra by Eyetsa
One of Ghana’s rising lifestyle brands, The Shop houses a café, bar and events space, as well as organising activities like bike rides around the city. Alongside clothes, home furnishings, food and drink, you’ll also find items from boutique designers and suppliers, such as Kwasi Osei-Kusi’s Jamestown coffee, the only coffee brand to be grown in Ghana and roasted in Accra.
Lokko House and Elle Lokko
Accra’s first urban concept stores, Lokko House and Elle Lokko are dedicated to promoting and cultivating the afro-urban art, fashion and cultural scene. The carefully curated selection of established and emerging designers and artists showcases the best the country has to offer, and is a must-visit for anyone with a sartorial eye.
Du Bois Centre and Goethe Institute
William Du Bois, one of the founders of the NAACP, moved to Ghana towards the end of his life and his house is now a museum chronicling his work. The Centre and the Institute host colourful markets for clothes, homewares, food and body care, making them an essential stop for all your souvenir needs. Goethe’s market is the first Saturday of each month, while the Du Bois Centre is every Saturday with a bigger affair once a month.
One of the best-known designers in Ghana, Aisha Obuobi’s work fuses traditional Ghanaian prints and fabrics with a modern style. Her accessories are particularly striking – if you want one bold statement piece as a reminder of your visit, this is the place to find it.
Nana Kwame Adusei began by making clothes for his mother and sisters and has grown his humble beginnings into an upscale ready-to-wear brand with two shops in Accra. Every piece is limited edition and can be tailored to fit you perfectly in a matter of days.
This tiny shop hidden in the centre of Osun was started by Georgette and her husband many years ago, and the pictures on the walls chronicle a long list of high-profile visitors who have bought unique pieces of silver jewellery here. You’ll need to ring the bell to be let in to sift through the piles of treasure laden on tables – expect to pay for your finds based on weight.
Ghana is famous for its woven baskets, and Florence’s is the best place to buy them. Find her little roadside stall on a corner near the old residence of the British Deputy High Commissioner, where you can choose from pre-made creations or put in a bespoke order.
All Pure Nature
Ghana grows a huge range of plants and fruits, many of which are very good for the skin. Coconut, shea, moringa, hibiscus, baobab, or the famous black soap – you’ll find them all used by this Ghanaian-owned brand skincare brand to make all-natural body care products completely free of additives and chemicals.
Ghana’s lack of clean drinking water has resulted in a booming business of pure-water sachets. On the flip side, this means that streets and gutters are littered with the empty sachets, with limited refuse collection to clear up the mess. Trashy Bags collects, cleans and recycles them, combining them with scraps of colourful wax-print cloth to create beautiful bags and laptop cases. You can visit their factory to see how they make their products before choosing your own from their showroom.
One of Accra’s best-kept secrets, you’ll need to fight your way through rolls of fabric to make it to Velma’s, a millinery and accessory brand from the St Martin’s-educated visionary Velma Owusu-Bempah. Fans of one-off clutch bags and unique hats will be tempted by the offerings in this tiny showroom.
If you’re a fan of batik, don’t leave Accra without visiting this shop. Global Mamas is a community of over 300 women in Ghana hand-making beautiful batik products using traditional methods, with production and sales managed in a way that creates financial independence and prosperity for women. Every item you buy has its own story and comes bearing the name of the woman who made it for you.
Both a showroom and a gallery, La Maison houses a varied selection of jewellery, furniture and accessories from Ghana and beyond year round, plus short exhibitions of renowned artists. If you want to see La Maison’s style but don’t want to risk your bank balance by visiting the shop, head into Coco Lounge or Urban Grill to see interior decor under La Maison’s instruction. If La Maison is your thing, check out the Nu Afropolitan design studio for similar style.
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