Osu, Accra

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Osu District
Osu marker.jpg
Location Roughly:
W: Independence Avenue
SW: Castle Road/Sir Charles Quist Street
N/NE: Ring Road East
S: Gulf of Guinea
Coordinates 5°33′14″N 0°10′30″W / 5.55389°N 0.17500°W / 5.55389; -0.17500Coordinates: 5°33′14″N 0°10′30″W / 5.55389°N 0.17500°W / 5.55389; -0.17500
Governing body Accra Metropolitan Assembly
Aerial view

Located about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) east of the central business district, Osu is a city in central Accra, Ghana, known for its busy commercial, restaurant and nightlife activity. It is locally known as the "West End" of Accra.[1] Bounded to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, Osu's western boundary is the Independence Avenue. Ring Road separates Osu from the northern district of Labone.

Owing to its establishment as a settlement around the Danish fort of Christiansborg in the 17th century, Osu offers a mix of houses dating from the early 20th century (both low-rise apartment blocks and detached houses) to modern office towers. Ringway Estates, a gated residential community between Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue and Cantonments Road is located in the western section of Osu.

The main thoroughfare, Cantonments Road (colloquially known as Oxford Street) features large supermarkets and appliance shops, and is renowned for its food joints and lively nightlife. At its southern end is the site of the 17th-century Fort Christiansborg, a former Danish colonial fort, which formerly housed the seat of government, and relocated to The Flagstaff House near the 37 Military Hospital after it was reconstructed by Former President, John Kufuor.[2]

Osu-RE[edit]

Osu-RE is arguably the liveliest part of Accra and Ghana as a whole, the most preferred hang-out spot for tourists visiting the city. With most of the countries entertaining places located in the Osu-Re, the town hosts people with diverse cultures and entertainment from different countries.

Economy[edit]

The head office of Starbow is in Osu.[3]

Landmarks/Places of interest[edit]

Dining[edit]

  • Monsoon
  • Frankie's Restaurant
  • Bella Roma
  • Container
  • Osu Blue Gate
  • Osu Night market
  • Regal Chinese Restaurant
  • Papaye Fast Food
  • KFC
  • Chics & Ribs
  • 18th Lane Resto
  • Xigi's
  • Rockafellas
  • Jeggous Place
  • Purple Pub
  • NourishLAB Smoothy's

Entertainment[edit]

  • Honeysuckle Pub
  • Firefly Lounge
  • Baze Lounge and Bar
  • Don's Place
  • Shisha Lounge
  • Makumba night club
  • Piccadilly Casino
  • Venus Cocktail Bar
  • Duplex
  • Calabash night club
  • Republic Bar and Grill
  • Epo Sport
  • Hot Gossip
  • Sai Wine and Champagne Cafe
  • Purple Pub
  • Eyes Right

Shopping[edit]

  • Oxford Street Mall
  • Koala Shopping Center
  • Lara Mart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osu Oxford Street. traveltodiscoverghana.com.
  2. ^ Accra Medium Area: Labone/Osu (Christianborg). accra.wantedinafrica.com.
  3. ^ "Contact us." Starbow. Retrieved on 6 May 2013. "832 First Street Adjacent to the Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters Osu, Accra"

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Osu, Accra at Wikimedia Commons