Food Lover's Guide to Kumasi

Food is a fundamental part of the culture no matter where in the world you are, so you definitely can’t leave Kumasi without sampling some authentic West African cuisine. Here are some of the best local dishes and food experiences in the capital of Ghana’s Ashanti region. 

Must-Try Dishes
If you try only one West African dish while in Kumasi, make it fufu and groundnut soup. Fufu, the starchy portion of the meal, consists of pounded cassava, plantain, or yams formed into a big doughy ball, typically served in a bowl of spicy peanut soup and eaten by reaching in with your fingers to pinch off a piece and swallowing it whole. Waakye, one of the most popular dishes in Kumasi, is made from seasoned rice and beans; another vegetarian-friendly option is red red, a stew made from mashed beans served with fried plantain slices. To satisfy a carb craving, sample Jollof rice, a fried rice dish prepared with tomato and often served with egg, chicken, or beef.

If you’re looking for a quick snack from one of Kumasi’s street vendors, be sure to try chichinga (beef or sausage kabobs) or kelewele (fried plantain served with ginger and peanuts), two popular street food favorites.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Get familiar with the local foods and ingredients of the Ashanti region on a guided tour of Kejetia Market, the largest open-air food market in West Africa.
  • Uncover the secrets of the Ghanaian kitchen under the guidance of a home cook during a Kumasi cooking class.
  • Feel the rhythm of Kumasi nightlife with a bar crawl to the city’s hippest bars, pubs, and nightclubs.
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