Expatriate living and goods availability in Accra, Ghana

    Sep 08, 2020 @ 12:25 PM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    Marina Mall in Accra, Ghana. Photo provided by AIRINC Surveyor Lakeisha St. Joy.

    Bustling Accra's availability    

    In the bustling and colourful city of Accra, there is much to offer expatriates including a variety of recreation, shopping, and culinary exploration. While Accra has kept up with some Western customs, it lacks an abundance of Western clothing options.


    A lack of clothing but not tailors

    Western clothing brands like Levi’s, Zara, and Mango can only be found at a Marina Mall shop called Numero Uno. In many other cities we survey, these brands have their own dedicated retail stores. In Accra, there is very limited stock, since the brands are only available at this one store. Some expatriates I spoke with adapted to the clothing shortage by using tailors to purchase fitted, handmade clothing designed to their liking. Therefore, it’s quite common to have a tailor in Ghana.


    Food at home

    For supermarket goods, Accra has a good supply of brands like Nutella, Kellogg’s, Tabasco, Kikkoman, and other well-known international brands. Most food shopping is done in three major outlets: Shoprite, Marina Supermarket, and Palace Hypermarket, which are all in the airport residential region. Accra has much to offer new expatriates and the culture of generosity among Ghanaians can make anyone feel Ghana is their home too.



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    This post is part of AIRINC's On-site Insight series. On-site Insight provides readers with an exclusive “behind-the-surveys” perspective of new and existing expatriate locations based on commentary and photos from our global research team. Included is information on general living conditions as well as changing costs for both Goods & Services and Housing & Utilities, along with much, much more.


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    Lakeisha St. Joy

    Written by Lakeisha St. Joy

    Lakeisha joined AIRINC in 2019 as a researcher and analyst. She comes from an education non-profit background, where she served youth and families in Boston and San Jose, California. At AIRINC, she conducts international cost of living and housing research. She also assists the Social Media Team in curating Instagram post graphics. She recently worked on the Research Department portal page on SharePoint. She graduated from Boston College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice. She speaks Haitian Creole and is based in Dorchester.