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Review of Makola Market

Makola Market
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Accra Markets Walking Tour
Ranked #7 of 59 things to do in Accra
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Owner description: The city's main market.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

I was impressed with the art work and the time that was put into this project which long over due.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Stephen D
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“An experience of a life time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

The market is noisy and unorganised but well located. It had virtually everything one can look for. I enjoy my shooping experince here but I advice any first time visitor to this market to go early because of heavy traffic which results in long hours on traffic.

Visited December 2011
6 Thank Felixo37
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Accra, Ghana
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“Ok To See Once, Not Much Different To Other Accra Markets”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

As a foreigner, but regular visitor to Ghana (based in Accra), I must say that for some reason or another, I do find myself at the Makola Market on most trips that I have taken. However, it's generally because someone else wants something, not because of my extreme desire to go back there. In fact, I don't recall any time where I went there since my first trip at my own behest.

It is a bustling, crowded, hot, sweaty bunch of streets, with narrow walkways, etc, and really, there is not much there that you can't buy at Kaneshie or any other area of Accra.

Much of the action is based around Rawlings Park, which is easily identified from it's landmark arch (or whatever that thing is supposed to be), and the Makola Market pretty much spread for about six or eight blocks to the north & north-east of Rawlings Park. In fact, I find it rather disappointing that Rawlings Park is nothing but a congested carpark, with a few chop bars in a row of eateries on the northern side of the park.

Most of the trade is pretty unremarkable - people are generally hawking anything they can, and you will find stall after stall of fabrics, homewares, local staples, and cheapo fashion sunglasses & the like.

To the south of Rawlings Park is Melcom & Lava, which were probably the places to go once upon a time, but nowadays, there are better Melcom outlets in the North Industrial Area, Spintex Road, and Tema. Lava's electronics & furniture are eclipsed by what you can buy up at Accra Mall, or at Somovision (in terms of electronics), but they seem to stay open & trade there.

Really, as a tourist, if you have been to another African market before, you could almost skip it, and if you are looking for arts & crafts, better to go to the National Cultural Centre (next to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park), or to the stalls at the northern end of Spintex Road (found intermittently between the Spintex Roundabout at Tetteh Quarshie Circle & Oak Plaza Hotel on Spintex. It was a shock to me that it featured so heavily in the Ghana episodes of "The Amazing Race", as there were simply better places that they could have incorporated into the show that was more interesting & likely to attract tourists.

Personally, I feel it is a bit of a pity that the beautiful old colonial buildings in the area can't be restored, and the area turned into an upmarket CBD, and move the market out of the area, as it looked at the time of Ghana's independence from colonial rule. Comparing it to some of the colour newsreels of the area when Kwame Nkrumah would drive down these roads in motorcades so his people could see him, it's a far cry compared to what you will find there now !

Visited January 2012
7 Thank PietroMorrizio
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“Makola Update”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

This market is a 'Must See' , though not for the novice to Africa . I always visit this central market when in Accra and after a dozen visits can buy native wax prints , find a tailor , and get a saturday night shirt made for ghc 50 ! If you can stand the heat humidity and congestion the market rewards exploring with the most amazing and helpful vendors ,recently had a seller send her 12 yo with me to find something down a long narrow alley which opened out into a yard full of bags and suitcases. TIP - buy a 'landlord bag' cheap ,3 to 6ghc large zipped plastic holdalls in a variety of kente patterns and also some kente wax print lenghts , 15 - 25 ghc ,make wonderful bed covers.Finding the food too spicy ?? Let a spice seller mix you a milder pepper from 6 ingredients and sample the dried shrimp snacks....they will so pleased to have a 'white' customer.

Visited May 2012
4 Thank turbofarmer
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Accra, Ghana
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“Big Market for tourist”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

Makola Market is a renowned market place and shopping district in the centre of the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana.

The market, dominated by women traders, sells fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, medicines, and pots and pans. [1]

Makola Market is currently under the observation of Transaid[2] which is developing a project Transport and Trade for Market Women[3] which is designed to improve the livelihoods and security of female market traders through the development of Women’s Transports Co-operatives in Accra.

Presently most women use “tro tros”, passenger mini-buses or taxis to fetch their goods to market. The co-operatives aim to reduce transport costs, bringing economic benefit, and providing a fast, reliable and secure means of transporting their goods for the female traders at Makola.

For travelers going to Makola Market, keep in mind that photography of the market it not allowed.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Aimhightours
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