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After an eventful first day in Kumasi, Ghana, I set out the next morning to explore the famous craft villages in the area! Come with me as I enjoy an authentic Ghana street food breakfast and go on an unforgettable West African craft village tour in Kumasi, Ghana!
My morning began with a drive out of the city to Ahwiaa, a large craft village north of town. It’s famous for its woodworking and is the perfect place in Ghana to buy handmade souvenirs.
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Just to get out of the city, it would take us more than an hour. The traffic there can be very heavy. We passed through an extension of the Kejetia Market, the main central market in town. We also passed by motor shops selling spare car parts and lots of tires.
After arriving in Ahwiaa, we stopped by some food vendors on the side of the road, but it would be another hour before the food was ready. Instead, we headed into the market and would come back later.
There, we came across a vendor sanding a Hear No, See No, Speak No Evil wood sculpture of the three wise men. There was another making a board for a board game.
Inside the first shop was a painted Three Wise Men carving, elephant figurines, masks, giraffes, hippos, fertility dolls, carved stools, and much more. One of the elephants was made from teak but had metal plating on its head.
I got a beautiful mask with the Ghanaian flag colors and a gorgeous stool for 200 cedi, or about $40 USD. They were gifts for one of my best friends and my assistant!
Further on, I visited another craft shop with a ton of masks. I had to be conservative with what I bought though!
I found some green and red elephants and some musical instruments, and then checked out a third shop selling more animal figurines, masks, and more.
The next shop was full of bright, colorful masks, including animal masks. Some of the masks are used in nocturnal rituals! I found a mask that I loved and negotiated down to 100 cedi, or about $20 USD. I also found an ebony lion, some hippos, an lots of necklaces!
I was getting pulled into every shop because there was so little tourism. There were so many colorful crafts in the next shop. I saw chairs and stools, canes, animal figurines, and more.
Then, I went outside to watch the artisans craft their goods! One man was carving a stool, while others were making part of a shoe, a board for a game, a cane, and more. I love supporting the local craftsmen when I travel.
I watched a man cut, design, and apply some metal plating to a mask. Then, I visited another shop and saw come completed versions of the masks I saw being made outside. They start at only $20 USD!
Then, we headed back to the food vendors selling plantains, yams, fish, and beef. I wanted some yams, plantains, fish, and beef. I washed my hands and then dug in!
The plant dish I had was super tasty and full of textures, and was almost like scrambled eggs with vegetables, seeds, and herbs. The greens in it reminded me of spinach or kale.
The yams were very dense and soft, almost like cassava. The food wasn’t spicy at all but was full of flavor.
It also came with a boiled egg and was full of delicious, red palm oil.
The beef was also fantastic. While the boiled plantains weren’t my favorite, I still enjoyed them. The red palm oil was my favorite part!
In all, our food cost 25 cedi, or about $5 USD. I gave the vendor an extra $5 because she let me film. What a morning!
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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last 13 years, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,200 destinations in 82 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.
I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.
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