Abuja is the capital of Nigeria, and an amazing city for travelers around the world — Funny how some people still think it’s Lagos 🙂
Abuja has some of the best cafés and libraries in the country for writers and readers to go on a date with a book.
People enjoy getting gigs done remotely in the cafés or to simply hanging out with new friends and taking memorable pictures.
Are you new in Abuja and would like to have some fun reading or writing a bestseller from Africa?
There you go. There’s two amazing cafés and libraries you could check out for a start — as there many to talk about when we get to that table.
Let’s begin with Classic Rock Coffee!
Classic Rock Coffee
Using a Google map when enjoying a Bolt or Uber ride, you can locate the café at Ajesa Close, just off the ever busy Aminu Kano Crescent.
The café is carefully named. It’s classic and the coffee is one in town. Rock on. The setting is designed to make you feel one with today’s architectural development and beauty.
The artworks hanging on the walls connect you with the greatest artists of all time as it makes you think of their albums. If you’ve good taste for music, you might wanna update your playlist. And if you enjoy listening to music while reading or writing, you’re definitely seated at the right spot.
Make the day whole with drinks and foods on the menu! It sure feels like home.
BMT Africa Garden Library
BMT Africa Garden Library is a nice-go-to as well. It’s just by the Swiss Embassy.
The mini zoo is mind-blowing and the fountains are so therapeutic by merely watching. The library is also designed with a mini exhibition of artefacts and photographs for your pleasure.
Explore the garden and have fun. It’s free.
But the main library has to be paid for.
Let’s take a U-turn to check out another café. Blimey! It’s Salander Cafe. This one is popular as many people frequent the joint for writing and reading.
It’s located in Wuse II — where you find some cool hotels as well to spend the night.
At Salander, you get to learn more about Nigerian authors and African authors at large. It is equipped with a bookstore for that purpose.
Dedicated to the former President of Nigeria, Shehu Yar’adua, the library is situated in Shehu Yar’Adua Centre.
You’ll definitely enjoy the aesthetic natural lights as you walk in. There are so many books to read that you can’t finish in a very long time and sections for you to pour out your imaginations for a new one.
So what are you waiting for?
By Elijah Christopher