Jakes Club, Abuja
Jakes Club is a hidden jewel at the center of the city located at Silverbird Cinemas in Central Business District, Abuja. If you are looking for chilled nightlife and enjoyable scenery, definitely check out this rooftop restaurant/bar scene. The restaurant offers local food and cocktails and great Afro beats music by the club's DJ. Dining is both indoors and outdoors seating with a magnificent view of the city's night light. Entry is free but at the club's discretion and for those looking for more privacy, the club offers indoor VIP rooms to guests.
Discovery Park at Discovery Mall, Abuja
Looking for a unique experience? Follow the brick road to Abuja's Discovery Park. This amazing plot offers guests access to the city's museum with a walk through pre-independence to Nigeria today. Here you can enjoy an interactive 3D experience or browse through ancient art and music. The mall also has two of the best restaurants in the city, Lagos Bistro, and Amazonia, both giving guests a taste of exquisite dining from traditional Nigerian meals to western cuisine. Discovery Mall/Park/Museum is located in Wuse 2 at the famous, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent.
If you need a quick breather from the busy city, look no further than Jabi Lake. You can take a private boat ride across the lake or dine in at restaurants situated at the lake front. Watch local fishermen throw out their nets at sunset or enjoy jet skiing during the day. Great restaurants near the lake include, Jabi Boat Club, and Argungu restaurant, or enjoy a walk by the lake from other locations like the main deck at Jabi Mall.
BMT African Garden
This garden/zoo is a pleasant surprise and perfect for family fun. With local wild life from lions to crocodiles it is definitely a to-do for locals and tourists. The garden also offers guests access to art exhibitions from local artisans and the location is right in the center of an open garden perfect for birthday parties and hang outs. For a small entry fee, BMT African Garden visitors can explore an up close and personal encounter with the animals or choose to enjoy a picnic in the garden.
Aso Rock by National Children's Park and Zoo
If you want to get a good view of the well known landmark Aso Rock, then head to the Abuja National Children's Park and Zoo! This open zoo provides a relaxing landscape perfect for outdoor picnics and is a well known location for birthday parties. The park has obstacle courses to keep the kids busy and a beautiful walk way leading to the zoo.
Blog written by Jamila Delly Musa Abdulkadir, a communication consultant with recent publication, Abuja Through My Lens now available at Spine and Label Bookstores, and Roving Heights in Abuja, Nigeria. Get your copy of the photobook here.