ADD TO LISTLocated in the Ashanti region in the south-central part of Ghana near lake Bosomtwe, Kumasi is sometimes known as the "Garden City" for its many species of beautiful plants and flowers. Its proximity to gold mines has made Kumasi a wealthy town. Many original landmarks were destroyed during the Third Anglo-Ashanti War in 1874, but some some rebuilt landmarks are now museums. Kumasi has a central market that is considered the largest in West Africa and is one of the more popular Ghana attractions and destinations.
Travel Tips from people who've been to Kumasi
In general Kumasi is a very safe and accessible city for travellers. It has Bureau de Change everywhere as well as a security guarded Barclays ATM for accessing money. Internet cafes are easy to find as well. Must sees are the Central Market- an amazing expanse of tinned rooves, get lost in the labrynth of meat, shoes, cloth and spices- you will love it. Also, the Cultural Museum and the Asantehene's Palace. I don't recommend the Zoo- it is overpriced and under cared for. It was depressing if anything. Try the amazing street food- the koko(maize meal drink) and roasted plantain at the Trotro station especially, the food at Lonely Planet recommended restaurants is overpriced and made me feel elitist and excluded. If you are missing your dairy products, which it is likely you will if you are a Westerner then Vic Baboo's Cafe is good for fruit smoothies that you can trust. Women, expect to be grabbed ta when winding your way through the pressing crowds on the street, don't take it as a threat. Keep your money mimimal and close by you at the Trotro station. Alway always greet someone on the street before asking for directions. Give to beggars, the locals do. Take a trotro when t you can, the prices are set and they are way more fun. Shared taxis are also reasonable. If you take a private taxi be prepared for a haggle- keep it lighthearted. Kumasi isn't as bad as Accra for this though. When I was there, there were incidents of taxi drivers stealing bags/purses etc., but just be alert, most are just trying it on.
I'm not sure if it still exists today but since it was so popular among the Kumasi tourist crowd I doubt it's gone:
Damn fine veggie pizza and milkshakes.
Other food tips:
"Ice watha" means water from the tap, only chilled
"Pu watha" is purified water in sealed bags
Of course the water from the tap is cheapest but if you just started your travels begin with purified. Just to get your bowels used to the local "fauna and flora".
The same with the street food: it's great, cheap and quick but ease into it!
Check out the Miklin hotel in Kumasi, very nice with a pool and concert space
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