Food Lover's Guide to Kumasi

By Viator, March 2018

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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Kejetia Market Walking Tour in Kumasi, Kumasi, null

Kejetia Market Walking Tour in Kumasi

Explore Kejetia Market, West Africa’s largest open-air market, with a guide on a 4-hour walking tour! From local food delicacies to arts and crafts, live ...  Read more

Location: Kumasi, Ghana
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Kumasi Food Tour: Market Visit and Cooking Class, Kumasi, Cultural Tours

Kumasi Food Tour: Market Visit and Cooking Class

Uncover some of the secrets in the subtle flavors of West African cuisine on this 3-hour food tour of Kumasi. Follow a guide through one of Kumasi’s busy ...  Read more

Location: Kumasi, Ghana
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00
Kumasi Nightlife Tour, Kumasi, Food Tours

Kumasi Nightlife Tour

Dive right into Kumasi’s vibrant nightlife scene on this 5-hour tour and discover how Africans love to party. Stroll from pub to bar and hit some of the best ...  Read more

Location: Kumasi, Ghana
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00

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