Accra vs Kumasi: 9 Fascinating Places That Make The Capital City Better Than The Garden City

Kumasi appears trying in the Accra vs Kumasi game, but no matter how much the Garden City tries, it cannot measure up with the Capital City!

Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana. It is also the capital of the Greater Accra Region and of the Accra Metropolitan District.

Kumasi on the other hand, is a city in the Ashanti Region of Southern Ghana. It is among the largest metropolitan areas of Ghana. Kumasi which is alternatively known as “The Garden City” because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants,  seems to be competing with Accra in terms of population, activity and beauty. Moreover, there are so many things you find in Accra that you could also find its likes in Kumasi.

But, no matter how Kumasi tries, it cannot win the Accra vs Kumasi game! BuzzGhana has gathered the 9 major things you’ll find in Accra that are lacking in Kumasi.

Also See: 10 Best Places to Visit in Accra

1. The National Theatre, Accra

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The National Theatre is located in the Victoriaborg district of Accra, Ghana. With a building area of 11,896 square metres (128,050 square feet),  the National Theatre houses the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players. The National Theatre of Ghana which built by the Chinese and offered as a gift to Ghana, officially opened in 1992. The building was equipped with a state-of-the-art fitting that makes it possible to host concerts, seminar, conferences and other large gatherings.

2. University of Ghana, Legon

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The University of Ghana is not just the oldest but also the largest university in the whole of Ghana. It was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees. It gained full university status in 1961 and now has over 40,000 students. The University also has about 20 different institutions affiliated to it.

3. Makola Market, Accra

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Makola Market is a renowned marketplace and shopping district in the centre of the city of Accra. From its entrance, the market exhibit highly organised shops where varieties of products are sold. Constructed in 1924, Makola market stands at the heart of the urban Ghanaian life as it is one of the nation’s most important social and cultural institutions.

4. Django Bar, Accra

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I call it the home of Ghanaian celebs. This bar is owned by Ghana’s Hiplife godfather, Reggie Rockstone. Unfortunately, it isn’t two in Ghana, it can only be found in Accra. The bar is located in Cantonments behind the Ghana Police Headquarters.

5. West Hills Shopping Mall

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The 27 700m² West Hills Mall is not just the largest in Ghana, it is the biggest shopping mall in West Africa. The Mall offers a wide variety of product categories such as lifestyle, beauty and wellness; electrical, electronics and telecommunications; banking and financial services; a pharmacy with outpatient consulting facilities; restaurants; designer fashion and clothing stores; gifts and other merchandise of high value. None of the malls in Kumasi can be compared to this.