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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Kumasi Food Tour: Market Visit and Cooking Class

Get a glimpse of daily life in Kumasi on a 3-hour small-group food tour with a market visit and cooking class with a local home cook. Browse for fresh produce, herbs and spices as you explore a neighborhood market with your guide, and learn the fundamental components of the West African kitchen. Bring your ingredients to a nearby home and prepare a meal of traditional Kumasi dishes like ‘wakye’ and ‘koose,’ then finish your tour around the table as you enjoy warm Ghanaian hospitality and Ashanti cuisine.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kejetia Market Walking Tour in Kumasi

Discover West Africa's largest open-air market with a small group on a 4-hour walking tour of Kumasi’s Kejetia Market. Follow your guide through the sprawling maze of stalls to browse vibrant displays of Kente cloth and Ashanti sandals, and practice your bargaining skills with some of the market’s 10,000 vendors. Find handicrafts and souvenirs from around the country, including glass beads, batik fabrics, and woodcarvings, then watch metal traders transform scrap into innovative new pieces, and sample freshly-made delicacies in the bustling capital of Ghana’s Ashanti region.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Kumasi Nightlife Tour

Hit the town and dance like a local on a 5-hour nightlife tour of Kumasi’s most vibrant bars, pubs and nightclubs. Discover the town’s hippest spots as you walk alongside your guide, and hop from one venue to the next. Listen to rap, reggae and dancehall that blasts from every street corner, move to the rhythm of Ghanaian ‘hiplife’ music as you take in a live show, then finish your tour in the heart of the city.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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