The best places to go shopping in Abuja are certainly the local
markets, of which the Wuse Market is the most established and the
most foreigner-friendly. Everything you can think of is available
at the Wuse Market, and it is a wonderful place to buy Nigerian
souvenirs such as adire (patterned, dyed cloth), batiks and pottery
from the southwest, leatherwork and kaduna cotton from the north,
and carvings from the east. Traditional beadwork, basketry and
ceremonial masks are also popular choices. You are expected to
bargain at the Wuse Market: initially offer a third of what the
vendor quoted you, but be prepared to part with half of the
original asking price.
For those not keen on braving a local market, Abuja abounds with
ritzy shopping plazas - largely designed for wealthy Nigerians and
for foreigners doing business in Nigeria. The best of these include
the Ceddi Plaza, Banex Plaza and Maclewis Plaza.
There is a wonderful fresh fruit market in Maitama, one of the
wealthiest areas of Abuja. Again, the majority of this market''s
clientele are foreign businessmen working in Abuja.