Steamed, stuffed, and cream-smothered lobsters are the specialty here, a great place to meet locals and expatriates and talk over a drink. Classic seafood preparations such as fried fish and sole meunière are also on the menu, with steak and pizza among seafood alternatives. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Locals love this clean, efficient, friendly place—the husband is German, his wife is from Ghana, and together, the couple has created a solid restaurant serving both Continental and Ghanaian dishes. Choose from assorted seafood dishes, including simple preparations such as fried red snapper in spicy tomato sauce or more elaborate concoctions like grouper gratin. Chicken with jollof rice is oh-so-Ghanaian. If you're feeling far from home and hankering for pizza or steak and fries, they have those, too.
A state-of-the-art Italian coffee machine and fresh grounds are used to prepare Italian-style espresso, macchiato, Americano, latte, and cappuccino. Iced coffees and coffee milkshakes are refreshing on hot days in the city, and European pastries and croissants make a perfect late-afternoon pick-me-up. Don’t miss the tompouces, thick pastry cream sandwiched between two flaky layers. Quiche and sandwiches provide more substance. The signature T-rex stacks turkey, cheese, boiled egg, lettuce, and tomato on your choice of bread.
This lively daily market is truly in the heart of downtown, in the middle of a traffic circle, and is the place to experience the local economy. Arrive early to get the best pick of Ghanaian and African handicrafts, raffia furniture, carved wood items, and masks. Over the years, the market has grown to enormous size. Banking, trading, grocery shopping, and, of course, lots of hawking happens. Be prepared for noise, crowds, and muddy areas (don’t wear your good sneakers).
African Art Work
Contemporary style with a touch of Africa are among the offerings at this shop, including African print tunics, jewellery, and prints showing colourful African scenes.
Pick up a modern special-occasion dress in bright colours that will never let you forget your vacation in Africa. Back home at parties and receptions, the looks designed here will be conversation pieces for sure. Menswear is an option.
Kakum National Park
Get up into the rain forest canopy and see how the monkeys live at this park about 90 minutes northwest of Tarkoradi. Six treetop platforms and a canopy walkway, all reaching 30 meters (98 feet) above the ground, provide an unparalleled view of the rainforest ecosystem. The jungle-like habitat is home to seven primate species, more than 500 butterfly species, and about 250 bird species. Don’t forget to look down, too—you might see elephants foraging for fallen fruit.
Fort San Sebastian
Ghana’s third-oldest fort shows both Portuguese and Dutch influences in its distinctive white walls. Described as a small-scale copy of St. George’s Castle, the fort was built in the 1520s by the Portuguese to deter English sailors from interfering in Shama trade. The Dutch took over and renovated the structure in the mid-1600s, and traded gold and slaves there until it came under British rule in 1872. The fort is a landmark, but not well tended. It helps to read up before visiting.
Busua Pleasure Beach
Make a day of sunbathing, swimming, and exploring at this beach about 32 km (20 miles) down the coast. The Takoradi–Tarkwa Road leads to Agona Junction. A left turn from there lands at gentle surf that's great for swimming. An outdoor bar and restaurant serves light meals. Chalets are available. Just 5 km (3 miles) away, you can discover the Fort Metal Cross, over which the British and Dutch fought for more than 200 years. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: swimming; walking.