To experience African society, know their local culture, see them speaking their distinct languages, learn about their amazing history and taste their sumptuous authentic cuisines, the best way is to embark on a local walking tour of the bustling markets. The markets of Accra are therefore no exception. To know about Ghana, its people, local culture and traditions, consider visiting the famous markets in the capital city of Accra.
Ghana’s capital Accra is home to three famous markets – Makola Market, Kantamanto Market and Osu Night Market. These markets are favorite hunts for all the tourists visiting Accra. If you are visiting this West African city, you will enjoy spending a day out exploring the markets here.
You will enjoy browsing the premier and renowned market in Ghana and West Africa – the Makola Market. This market is situated in the center of downtown Accra. The Makola Market is dominated by women entrepreneurs, who can be seen selling all kinds of wares including textiles, bags, jewelry, implements, cooking pots, clothing, and other items. The tourists love to visit this market, primarily to experience the local culture, know about people, traditions and their way of life. This is surely not a great place to buy mementos, though you may surely purchase local items that are of day to day use. The market is a great learning experience indeed. It helps you know the goods sold here that are important for the people of Ghana. The clothing section is enjoyable to visit. It seems as though you are visiting a primitive shopping mall with piles and piles of clothes being sold at the stalls. It’s a fascinating sight to see the stalls appearing to be a series of discos brightly illuminated with colored lighting and cloths hanging in them.
The Kantamanto Market in Accra is yet another famous place to go shopping for. It has been in existence for over 30 years now. The Kantamanto Market is situated near the Makola Market area, but is distinct and has its own identity. This market is a premier destination for locals for secondhand trade. The market is home to over 30,000 traders, most of them selling secondhand clothes, household decoration items and spare parts. The market comprises of various sections such as women’s clothing section, men’s section, electronics section and shoe section. The women’s clothing section is vast and situated near Merchant Bank’s entrance. Here vendors can be seen selling ladies’ shirts, skirts, nail polish, women’s belts, dresses and suits. Items like T-shirts, suits, jeans, and furniture dressings including towels, curtains and bed sheets can be seen being sold in the men’s section. If you want to purchase CDs, DVDs, and other electronics goods, head to the electronics section of the Kantamanto Market. This market also makes an interesting visit.
The Osu Night Market in Accra is also a great hit with the tourists. This market is situated in the busy Oxford Street. Visitors head to the market, particularly during nighttime, to gorge on local African food. This market is famous for local food such as roasted pig, grilled fish and various kinds of stew.
These famous markets of Accra are a great joy to visit and the best place to learn about the African people, culture, traditions and their way of life.