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IFLY tipsWuse Market (1 ½ hrs)
Wuse District is the northwestern part of the city, with the Maitama District to its north and the Central District to its south. In this district you will find the Wuse Market. This is Abuja's principal market.
It is really huge and is an absolute typical African market. You will see Fruits, vegetables, beats, household stuff and copy dvd’s. And the good thing is, if you ask for a movie with Bruce Willis for example, they will give you a dvd with ALL his movies. And the quality of the movies is quite ok.
If you don’t want to buy something there, it’s just nice to have a look at it. It’s not recommended to eat something at the market at the hygiene is not very good.
Just take a taxi, the driver will know where Wuse Market is. Ask him to drive all the way to the back of the market and tell him to wait for you.
Hang out at Hilton (½ day)
One of the most popular places in Abuja to hang out is the Hilton Hotel. It’s already wonderful to watch the people. This is the place were all expats and rich and famous Nigerians go. See them walking around completely dressed up.
Hanging out at the poolside is wonderful as well. During the weekends there’s a nice outside buffet. But the hotel has many more restaurants. The Hilton Oriental for example, a lovely Asian restaurant, including Mongolian Barbeque.
You will find Hilton at: 1 Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama. Call them at: 234-9-461-3000.
Wakki’s Indian restaurant (2 hrs)
One of the best restaurants in Abuja is Wakki’s Indian restaurant. They serve East Indian food at its best. The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere and friendly service. The buffet style serving gives opportunity to sample many unique dishes. But a la carte is wonderful as well. If you know about Indian cuisine and you miss something at the menu, you can always ask them to make that, and they can do it!
Sometimes you need to wait a long time for a table and that tells all about the restaurants popularity. So reservation is recommended. You will find them at Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, near JUTH Guesthouse and Park ‘n’ Shop. Call them at: 09-7802929 or 097803000.
Silverbird Galleria (1 - 2 hrs)
Nearby Sheraton Hotel, next to Abuja Arts and Craft Center, you will find Silverbird Galleria. There will be many nice shops in this mall in future. These shops havn’t opened yet (2009), but there is a huge Cinema complex that is on now.
And don’t be afraid, it’s not only ‘Nollywood movies’ they play. You can watch the latest movies from America in this complex. Look here for their movies and showtimes.
Rooftop restaurant (2 hrs)
A nice place to go for lunch or dinner is the Rooftop Café, which is located above the British Council. They serve wonderful pizzas and shawarmas. The British Council Rooftop Cafe is open for everybody from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.
It’s a place where you will see many visitors and expats. General fare changes on a daily basis with specials on the menu. They also do outdoor catering in African/Continental cuisine.
You will find them at Plot 2935, IBB Way, Maitama 09 4137870 ext 4434,08033073380
Hash (½ day)
A lovely way to meet new people is to do a hash. Every other Saturday, a group of 70 to 90 avid runners and leisurely walkers explore the countryside around Abuja. The walk, accessible to all, from elders to kid, is around 4 to 6 km while the run is around double that distance with a drink stop along the way.
After the run, for those willing, there is a dinner at a local establishment. Don’t come just for the run or just for the beer. It’s a good way of combining leisure sport with friendly socializing. An opportunity to meet people from different nationalities, background and professions
The cost is 800 Naira for basic hash amenities and another 1200 Naira for dinner afterwards. Meet at Hilton at 2.30 pm, in the parking lots on the left, just beyond the entrance gate.
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