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Nigeria's neatly-planned capital boasts quite a few intriguing landmarks. Among them are the National Mosque, Zuma Rock, the Ecumenical Cathedral and the arts and culture area of Garki. Take in the view from Kpaduma Hills and find event listings at (Guide to leisure in Abuja).

Bring on the bling at Wuse Market in Zone 5 which sells gold and bespoke jewellery along with stunning Nigerian fabrics. While you're practicing your shopping skills, pick up contemporary and traditional art at Life Strokes gallery (Dunes Center, 44 Aguyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, 0803-304-3822), and Signature Gallery (Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, 09-5233849)

Abuja has some of the best restaurants in the country. Find a comprehensive list of cuisine from around the world at our Food Board. There are a few family restaurants at Ceddi Plaza. If you're only in town for a drop-in visit, try a taste of Nigeria at Jevinik (494 Bengui Road, off Adetokumbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II). For upmarket dining, you can't beat the choice of restaurants at the Transcorp Hilton.

The international hotel chains are concentrated in central Abuja. Dignitaries mingle with the fashion pack at the Transcorp Hilton in the Maitama District which houses 4 restaurants, a large shopping area and a casino! (Transcorp Hilton,, Tel: 234(0)9-290-6119, 0804-211-6322).

Come for the annual Abuja Carnival towards the end of November. Spend the day along the parade route and the night partying alongside the country's celebrities at Tucano Bar (26 Maitama Sule Street, Asokoro).

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