Nigeria’s relatively young capital sits in the center of this lively and vibrant country. Just over 30 years old, the city, which was extensively planned, sits between two major monoliths—Aso Rock and Zuma Rock—which stand sentry-like beside the city; Zuma Rock is known locally as the "gateway to Abuja."
Flights to Abuja deliver you to a purpose-built city split into logical and easy-to-navigate districts. For business or international malls head to the Garki or Central Districts; the city’s main market is in the Wuse District. After you’ve tried your hand at haggling, stop into the nearby Unique Gardens for an alfresco drink or meal at one of the park’s small dining spots. Thanks to the international flux of the city, restaurants serve a range of cuisines within every price bracket.
In Maitama, the city’s most upmarket area, it’s easy to find a refreshing coffee or a more relaxing drink while enjoying the best views of Aso Rock from Millennium Park.
After dark, things get lively, with live music playing every night of the week throughout the city.
Beneath the structure, Abuja has plenty of culture if you know where to look. It’s famous for its pottery, and there are several studios you can visit, including the Bwari Pottery Village on Old Suleja Road, which acts as both a cultural exchange and an educational center to train new potters. For local presents to take home, the Abuja Art and Craft Village in the Central District has handmade clothes, bags, and jewelry on offer.
As one of the wealthiest cities in Africa, Abuja has a raft of new skyscrapers under development and the range in accommodations reflects the city’s newfound popularity . Check in to everything from modern luxury apartments to local B&Bs and even Nordic-inspired boutique hotels.