Guys, I’m recovering from typhoid. Ghana showed me that I’m obroni *wails*
Been out for the count for the past 2-3 weeks but I’m feeling much much better. I was taken very good care of by the folks at Health Link hospital in East Legon. Many thanks to you guys.
How are you all doing? I hope you’re well!
I said I’d tell you all about some lovely places I’ve been to since I’ve been here (Can’t believe it’s coming up to the 6 month mark!) so here goes…(pics to come later, internet is shaky). Most are food places (don’t judge me – I need variety in my diet). I’ve already told you about the wonderful CrossTrain Ghana fitness bootcamp I’ve joined. Branch Fitness is also a very good gym to check out if you’re in the Spintex area. They’re opening a branch in East Legon soon too!
Okay so here goes…Where to start…
NIOBE SPA – Niobe Spa started off in the African Regent Hotel near Spanner Junction (not far from Accra Mall) and they established their own branch in East Legon in the Sansiro/Lizzy Sports Complex. As soon as you walk in, you know you’ve arrived. It’s a well-designed modern space and it could have easily been a spa you’d see in London or elsewhere. Staff are attentive and welcoming, and the service is really good. Very professional and they offer a wide range of services. I think they’re the only place in Accra that does threading? Ding, ding, ding! Winning! I normally go here for my mani and pedicure needs (O.P.I. products galore), as well as my eyebrows. The pedicures are amaze balls. (Ask for Felicia Sarpong and tell her I sent you ;-)) and my nails always receive rave reviews. Price wise it’s on par with what I pay in London e.g. £4 for eyebrow threading but they’re aware they’re one of the upscale beauty monopolies and their prices reflect that. I ain’t mad. My favourite memory here was seeing the beautiful John Dumelo. I still get hot flashes. Call me boo.
EXOTIC TRENDZ – Hair, hair, hair! If you want your hair done with finesse, don’t go anywhere else. Again, very professional. Service is good too. They have 5 branches, I used to go to the Accra Mall branch but it’s just so busy. I now go to the A&C Mall branch in East Legon which is much bigger and less busy. I’ve seen people of different ethnic backgrounds come here so it’s not just for the Ghanaians amongst us. They have a barber in each location too so the gents can get a nice trim too! Ladies, they do every treatment you can think of. Beauty services are available too but I wasn’t really a fan of their waxing, a bit rough and always left me with some sort of mark. Their manicures and pedicures were okay but it never looked neat to me. I must warn they can be pricey (hair wise), but they do gorgeous blowouts and don’t just pile grease on your hair so you fry in the sun ☺
For the Foodies
SANTOKU – The best restaurant in Ghana. Go there. The end.
No but seriously, Santoku has excellent Japanese food. Not just by Ghanaian standards, just in general. Located in Villagio Vista by African Regent Hotel and ex-President Kufour’s house, Santoku aims to impress. As soon as you walk in: class. The menu is creative and there are lots of fun things to try. Only downside is that if you go for an early dinner, it feels like the staff are just staring at you and checking how you’re doing every 5 seconds so it gets a bit awkward lol but once the people traffic picks up everyone’s busy so you can enjoy your food in peace.
My personal recommendations: their spicy endamame, new style salmon and avocado sushi which is…*salivates* as well as their tuna tataki salad with and white fish tempura.
NourishLAB – NourishLAB Smoothys. Name says it all. With over 40 different fruit smoothies, you’re spoilt for choice and you can still mix and match what you’d like! Smoothies are 7 cedis now which is just over £1.50 which is brilliant. My absolute fav is #25 – the Super Muguyaro which is passion fruit, lemon and pineapple. They also sell little pastries, fresh salads made in front of you and have free wifi so you can take your laptop and chill out for a while. A great café-style spot, affordable and healthy! Woop!
BAKESHOP CLASSICS – For all your cake needs, I present to you BakeShop Classics. Located in Trade Fair, behind Zenith College, BakeShop came as a recommendation from a colleague. I wasn’t wowed when I got there, service was pretty slow and I was waiting a while but once I tasted their glorious carrot cake I bought for a friend, I was bowled over. We were still eating it in the office a week later and it STILL tasted so good! (Trampy I know. But don’t judge us). They do any cake you want with lots of different designs, Spiderman, Barbie, Cinderella etc for the young’uns or Louis Vuitton bag cakes for the bag fanatics. The prices are great too. Definitely worth it and very reasonable. The next time I went service was much better. Go ahead. Check em out! http://www.bakeshopclassics.com
LITTLE INDIAN SUNSHINE SALAD BAR – This hidden gem is off Osu Oxford Street, literally next to Firefly. They have an actual sit down restaurant and then the salad bar in a greenhouse style building in front. The salads are absolutely lovely and portions are massive too. My fav: 3 spice chicken salad. You’ll be stuffed after even eating half so it’s easily 2 separate meals. They are pricey though approx. 18 cedis but they have lovely options for vegetarians and other dietary requirements. They also sell wraps, sandwiches, samosas, spring rolls, cake, pastries and so on!
DNR TURKISH RESTAURANT – Shawarma, shawarma, shawarma! Actually owned and run by Turkish folk this is a lovely place for authentic and tasty Turkish food. Prices are reasonable and again portion sizes are massive so make sure if you’re ordering from here you have at least one other person with you. Staff are really nice too and are good company as you wait for your meal. Average meal prices are around 18 cedis. I’d personally recommend the chicken shawarma with chilli. If you want to visit, DNR Turkish is located on the Lagos Avenue road by the Zenith Bank.
THE LUNCHBOX GH – The Lunchbox GH is a relatively new mobile company which recently relocated from Joyce Ababio College of Fashion in Cantonments to East Legon. Strengths: the company has a great menu – barbeque chicken sandwiches, lemon pepper chicken, red velvet brownies, grilled chicken, fruit salad, smoothies, Caesar salad wraps (just to wet your appetite) and they’re always trying out new recipes to add to their repertoire. The average meal is about 12-15 cedis but fruit salads are much cheaper at say 3-4 cedis. My only gripe is the wait for delivery. The company is very new (only had their official launch in December) but waiting up to 1 hours after you’ve order for your food when you agreed on a time isn’t cool. If you’re nearby and you can pick up yourself definitely check them out. They’re on Twitter (@thelunchboxgh) and Instagram (@thelunchboxgh) too.