Bukom Café reflects the true essence of the original Bukom Square. Bukom Square is land tucked in the heart of traditional Accra, home of the “Ga” people, later to become the political capital of Ghana. At sunset, colorfully-clad women arrived with their oil lamps. They set up their little shops for ready-to-eat food, labored over at home while the square sat. Then they lit their fires, and got busy with what had to be cooked on the spot, usually whole fish.
Bukom Square suddenly became a throbbing food market, ready-to-serve anyone with the palate for a home- cooked meal, less the labor. Some carried food home to share with the family. Others hung around, ate, and traded views and opinions. Children played and exchanged tales from their little ones’ world. Even a courtship or two may have carried on.
Our “joint” in Adams Morgan lights up way before sunset. But we embody all that was clean, tasty, homely, convenient, and simply fun about original Bukom. Since our doors opened on the 14th of February 1992, we have built a growing clientele out of the International and American dining communities with a desire to savor exciting, home-grown tastes of West Africa, which is remarkably similar to Caribbean, Latin American and Creole cuisine. Our congenial environment is a cozy international ambiance, created through our decor and a diverse selection of music, reflecting all genres throughout the Diaspora.
Bukom Café is known as one of Washington, DC’s best spots for live music and good eats. We have an extensive catering service. We cater parties, business meetings, fund-raisers, weddings, and any other social event on and off the premises. Some of our past and present clients include: DC Mayors, The world bank, Friends of various African Peace Corp, various international organizations in the DC metropolitan area and Universities.