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  Every year a new place pops up. Thanks to COVID-19 everyone is realizing there is money in the food business, not just agriculture. The beauty is, it’s not only delicious food that guarantees profit from potential customers these days.
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Business owners now need to put extra effort into the aesthetics/ambience to make the dining experience amazing for foodies. So try to check out these cool places below if you have the time if you are a foodie visiting or live in Abuja or Lagos.
  1. Coco Loco Restaurant
COCO LOCO BBQ SMOKEHOUSE, Cabo Rojo - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews -  Tripadvisor
Have a taste of African Cuisine in a serene and beautiful environment. The entrance to this restaurant is a stairway dotted with potted green plants. Woven baskets line the walls of the restaurant’s interiors and woven placemats decorate the tables. Combining earth colours with the backdrop from the greenery outside makes this place feel authentically African. Be it peppered Turkey with fries, tilapia pepper soup with boiled potatoes, native rice & beans with Titus fish, white rice with Ofada sauce, ‘swallow’ with soups like Seafood Okra and Afang, Oxtail pepper soup, cocktails, mocktails, porridges, etc., they’ve got you covered. Address: Rockville Park, Abubakar Koko Avenue, Life Camp (just after Stella Maris), Abuja.
  1. Dodo Pizza Nigeria
DODO PIZZA, Ikeja - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor
This fast-food joint is perfect for a hangout alone or with friends. From the colourful art deco at the wooden tables, it is the ideal place for dine-in, pickup, or placing orders for delivery. If you are looking for a place to get coffee, cheesy Pizza, Sharwama, Chicken wings or Strips, sausage rolls, cheese rolls, cinnamon rolls and Pasta. They open from 9 am–10 pm daily and they boost Free Delivery. Word on the street is you get a free pizza with your first order through their mobile app if you download it and create your profile on it. Address: Bishop Aboyade Cole, Victoria Island; Ikeja City Mall, Alausa; Herbert Macaulay, Yaba and 15, Centro Mall, Admiralty, Lekki. Telephone: 09058515151, 09055493311, 08055702707, 09055493314.
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  1. The Pier Restaurant and Lounge
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The grounds here are a feast for the eyes. You may see Ducks wading around or in the mini pond behind the well-placed gravel stones within the premises. The most attractive part of The Pier is the translucent dome. When decorated to perfection, it looks amazing. It becomes an ideal place for parties and wedding proposals. At night the lights make the whole environment look dreamy. You can have Karaoke nights here every Thursday from 7 pm with 15% off any mocktail or cocktail you order. Karaoke nights come with free entry and live music. Address: Plot 498, Ahmadu Bello Way (just before NAF Conference centre), Kado, Abuja. Telephone: 0703498192, 07010600814, 07034622369, 08030862120.
  1. The Garden
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As the name suggests, The Garden has a wide-open space displaying fresh flowers and plants for sale. Various lights, coloured dangling umbrellas, artistic structures and Chinese lanterns hanging from trees illuminate The Garden, giving the ambience a surreal feeling. The furnishing adds its own dimensions to the beauty of the place. There is a gorgeous indoor space, perfect for those who don’t like being outdoors for long. The vibe of the Garden is banging with the on-point DJ and great food. You can expect to get food like grilled meat and prawns, cocktails, seafood, and tasty sauces. Also, sides of yam, chips, potatoes, fries and plantain. The food is super affordable. What people love about this spot is you can bring in your own food if you want to stage your own picnic in The Garden. But beware of flies… you know they love flowers and gardens. Last but not least is a tiny gift shop. Although they are closed on Mondays, they are open from Tuesday to Saturday 9 am–9 pm and Sundays 12 noon–9pm. If you want exclusivity, you can book Mondays as your day to rent out the place for your special events like photo shoots, weddings, birthday parties, proposals/romantic dates and reunions. Address: 8 Bayo Kuku Road, Ikoyi Telephone: 09091408255 Which of these awesome places have you been to and which do you recommend for newbies to visit first? Featured Image Source: Princess Audu
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This article was first published on 7th July 2021 and updated on July 11th, 2021 at 12:11 am


Ann Esievoadje is a freelance writer who is passionate about encouraging a reading culture and personal development. She has authored two books, The Quilt (fiction) and Being Mummy and Me (non-fiction). She manages Pulchra Publishing which offers a content creation/editing, transcription, different forms of writing (including Ghostwriting) service and her blog, Life Love and Anything Goes at You can reach her at

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