Osu is one of the six coastal neighborhoods in the Greater Accra Region; these consist of La, Teshie, Nungua, Tema, Accra, and Osu.
Osu has two main sections; Oxford Street, which is one of Accra’s main shopping and recreational districts, secondly – the residential area which is located a little at the outskirts of the Oxford street. This neighborhood is home to Ghana’s Osu Castle (formerly Christiansborg Castle), which served as the nation’s seat of government in the 19th, and 20th century even till today in addition to the Jubilee House. The castle can be seen on the fifty Ghana Cedi bill further embossing the rich history it has in the country.
When Accra’s bubbliest areas are mentioned, Osu is always amongst the top three. This is due to the popularity of Oxford Street, also known as “the street that never sleeps”. The street has almost everything that makes up a business friendly as well as a recreational neighborhood. The street begins from the Danquah-Circle to the Osu traffic light.
Just at the entrance of Oxford Street is the Koala Shopping Centre, one of Ghana’s exclusive supermarkets, which can boast of an extensive range of international products. Also, located on the top floor of the Koala building is the recently opened Italian food center Cigusta which serves some of the best: gelatos, crepes, waffles and customized frozen yogurts in town.
Further into Osu’s Oxford Street is a wide-ranging pick of vendors offering various Ghanaian and African inspired artifacts for sale; this has contributed to making it a great tourist attraction for many Ghanaian souvenirs.
For the nocturnal crew, Osu is also known for its extensive selection of pubs, nightclubs, casinos and restaurants to suit every preference and budget. There’s the recently opened Shisha Lounge for all the shisha lovers, which also turns into a nightclub on some nights with good food for those cravings. Venus, Republic, Crossroads and Purple pub, just to mention a few are great places for a drink. Osu also has some of Accra’s best hangouts and nightclubs; these include Bella Roma, Firefly, Diamonds, etc.
Foodies are not left out of the fun, for those occasions when you crave Ghanaian staples Osu has Buka Restaurant and Mazera just to mention a few. Mamma Mia’s also offers amazing authentic Italian pizza and Chez Clarisse is another great ‘hidden’ Ivorian spot for authentic francophone food. For your sandwiches and salads, there’s also the Sunshine Salad Bar and Deli France. Dynasty, Regal, and Noble House are some of the restaurants that offer Chinese cuisine and other fast food joints like: Frankie’s, KFC and the Osu Food Court.
For Business obligations, Oxford Street also has all major banks with 24hr ATMs available, fashion showrooms, hospitals and clinics, telecommunication offices and the recently opened Osu Mall.
If you’re looking to live in all this excitement Osu also offers amazing places such as the Roots Apartments, Upscale Apartments, Penta Hotel, Carlton Properties, the amazing La Villa Boutique hotel and the Chateau Towers. The area is just south to Accra’s central hence offering alternative routes to prime locations such as Ridge, Labone, Cantonments, Accra-Central and Kanda.
Living in Osu will definitely be an experience, in the least, the fun and hustle and bustle of an area that never sleeps is guaranteed.