I love food, yeah I said it, but as you already know, I’m on a diet so everything in moderation. 😉

I love checking out new restaurants and it’s lovely to try a new place and add a new meal to my list of favourite foods-if you have no such list, shame on you!lol

Abuja has some real cool places to eat out and I’ve made a list of a few of my favourites. It’s not just about food but the ambience and how I feel whenever I visit these places. I’m a confirmed Ajebutter so forgive me if these places are too posh for your enjoyment…hehehehe!

1. BluCabana Restaurant and Cafe
Hidden in an unassuming area of Mabushi, this is the perfect relaxation spot when you just want to get away from it all. At night, the pool lights are turned on and makes a late night swim possible.
Address: Mabushi District, by Setraco Building, Abuja.

2. Al Basha Restaurant
A quintessential Lebanese restaurant and a definite location for that intimate/romantic dinner with le boo, especially if you sit outside. I have visions of being proposed to right here *blushing*
Address: 11 Cassandra Crescent, off Usuma Street, off Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja

3. Beer Barn
Although not typically a restaurant, this pub is one of my favourite places. Cocktails, small chops (finger foods), burgers and fries are on the menu and makes it a fun place to go on a Friday night out with the girls. The Manager, Tony, is a very nice host and he goes around from time to time, making sure everyone is doing ok. I always feel like I’m at a friends house. It turns into a house party when it’s around 11pm and the clubbers leave and we, the early birds, are left with enough dance room to get our grooving fix before turning in for the night.
Address: 72 Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

4. Dunes Center
This multi-purpose mall is one of my favourite places to chill, eat or shop.
The whole building is a supermarket with restaurants and cafés interlopped on each floor. There’s the restaurant on the ground floor where food is served on paper place mats with sudoku puzzles you can actually fill in. I love sudoku!

Just one floor up, you’ll find a café of some sort with ice-cream, cupcakes and coffee on the menu. A must try!

There’s more to Dunes than I’ve mentioned – the building has six floors – so enjoy window shopping.
Address: 44 Aguiyi Ironsi way, Maitama, Abuja.

5. City View Restaurant
In the hustle and bustle that is Wuse zone 4, you’d be pleasantly surprised by how quiet this restaurant is. My favourite meal here is the boneless chicken breast with fries and I always order a large mug of Chapman. Whatever you order, always ask for Garlic mayo. It’s incredibly tasty and goes with everything.
Address: Plot 2407, Cape Town street, off IBB way, Zone 4, Wuse, Abuja.

6. The Clubhouse
The first thing you notice when you walk in is the tree in the centre of the room. The decor is basic but that’s what makes it a killer. Makes me think that I’m on an island in the Caribbean having a meal under a thatched roof. Has both indoor and outdoor sitting. The ambience is relaxing and there’s even jumbo prawn on the menu, if you like a fancy meal.
Address: TAK Continental Estate, Life camp, Abuja.

7. Grills In and Out Restaurant
The concept of building your own meal isn’t entirely new to Abuja residents but the Mongolian grill at this restaurant takes it up a notch by having guests select, from a display of raw ingredients, exactly what goes into their grilled sauce. Guests can then choose to accompany their new creations with rice or noodles. A Nigerian grill is also available on the menu and so are cocktails and mocktails. Ask for your drinks in a fun cup and you’ll be served in a huge plastic cup that looks very much like a dumbbell. It’s lots of fun.
Address: Food City, 1 Kinda Close, off Bangui street, Wuse II, Abuja.

8. Woks and Koi Chinese Cuisine
If you’re looking for a place to eat out on a first date, you can’t go wrong with Woks and Koi. The soft lighting is perfect for a romantic evening with a new beau or even a casual dinner with an old friend. The menu is diverse with delicious starters – the prawn springrolls are a must try, main course meals and both cocktails and mocktails. The beauty of the entire experience is that the food is reasonably priced.
Address: Second Floor, Silverbird Entertainment Centre, Central Area, Abuja.

9. Chloe’s Cupcake Heaven
This is my the go-to location for mouthwatering cupcakes and ice-cream at it’s finest. The cakes are soft and moist and topped with delicious buttercream. There’s Southern red velvet, coconut surprise, monkey banana, malty malteasers…the list is endless. Nothing goes better with cupcakes than ice-cream and Chloe’s is privy to the fact. I always order a scoop of Dolce de leche to go with a red velvet cupcake. On the menu is also pie, waffles, cookies and crepes…you gotta live a little right?!lol
Address: 35, Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

10. Bunna Cafe
A coffee shop with smoothies, shakes, mini burgers and sandwiches also on the menu. It’s a nice place to read a book on a Saturday afternoon or to play catch up with friends. The Oreo freeze, a must try, is perfect for a sunny day on the go.
Address: Third Floor, Silverbird Entertainment Centre, Central Area, Abuja.

11. City Park
City park serves up barbecued fish at it’s finest. It’s absolutely delicious on it’s own or paired with fries. Fish types include catfish and tilapia and you get to select the fish you want cooked from a tub of live fish. It doesn’t get fresher than this. The fish is so good that you wouldn’t mind eating with your bare hands since cutlery is unavailable here.
Address: Ahmadu Bello way, Wuse II, Abuja

12. Salamander Café
A bookshop-cum-restaurant, with free wifi and light music, this café has all that is required for a relaxing meal or for getting some much needed work done. The menu is diverse and incredibly delicious and the entire experience is well worth the cost of the food. The bookshop section offers an array of books for sale.
Address: 5 Bujumbura Street, off Libreville Street, Wuse II, Abuja

Hope you enjoy visiting these places. Bon Appétit!



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