Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region, a very important and historical centre for Ghana. Tradition is held very high in Kumasi and blends very well with modernity. There is a wide range of attractions in Kumasi. The Manhyia Palace, the seat of the King of Ashanti and members of the royal family is situated in the northern part of the city.
Rolling green hills and a vast central market as vibrant as any setting in the region surrounds Kumasi. The major attraction of the city is the National Cultural Center, just few minutes’ walk from the market. The complex comprises of a fascinating museum of Ashanti history, a popular library, amazing craft shop and an exhibition hall. It houses the huge Kejetia market, throbbing like a local talking drum and its wares spill across the city so that you can feel the large marketplace no matter where you are in the city. Kumasi is alternatively known as “The Garden City” because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants. It Is the 2nd largest traffic hub of Ghana.
Kumasi is Ghana’s cultural headquarters and home to the Ashanti king. A visit to Kumasi is not complete without seeing the Palace of the Asantehene, the Kumasi Fort, the Military museum and the Centre for National Culture. A common feature of these must-see places is that they reveal the distinct cultural and historic aspects of Kumasi. Kumasi also has the largest open-air market in West Africa at Kejetia—the Kumasi market. There are also a number of Asante traditional buildings which are UNESCO world heritage sites that you would love to see. If you are a birdwatcher, the Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Crater Lake Bosomtwi are well worth a visit, while walkers will enjoy the Bobiri Forest Reserve and its arboretum. The hills around Lake Bosomtwi are also nice to see.
Taste buds differ so are appetites and Kumasi understands this and is well prepared to take good care of everyone’s food and drink need. Bantama High Street is a vibrant place in Kumasi lined with numerous open air pubs serving all kinds of continental and local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as meat-on-sticks (kebabs). There are beautiful hotels, restaurants and bars across Kumasi as well offering wide range of local and foreign food and drinks. Chinese, Lebanese, continental and other non-Ghanaian cuisines are available, but you must not miss the local Kumasi food and drink when you are in town. A common ingredient used in the menu is hot pepper—this is what makes the food spicy-hot. Fufu with light soup and smoked fish or groundnut soup, and spicy kebabs sold by the roadside as well as banku and grilled tilapia are all staples of the Kumasi diet. Other popular meals in Kumasi are wakye—a dish of rice and beans, and koose, a popular street-food snack.