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A Foodie’s Guide to Lagos, Nigeria

Places to Eat, Chill, and Work

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I’ve returned from yet another absolutely refreshing week in the motherland. Although I’ve been frequenting Lagos this past year for work, it always serves as a perfectly timed creative retreat. Per usual, my favorite thing to do in any city is eat and find inspiring places to work, so I’m sharing my quick list of my go-to places in Lagos.

This is not an exhaustive guide, Lagos is a large city with a ton of places to grab food. This is an “I’m on the Island for a week, I like nice interiors, here’s where I’m eating” list. It’s important to note that all of these places are on the Island, hopefully the next version of this will include the Mainland eats as well.

Sugarcane

Breakfast + Brunch

Sugarcane (Victoria Island) – My personal favorite, the decor is modern and hip, the pancakes are glorious. It’s owned and designed by two young and talented Nigerian women, so if you go anywhere while in Lagos – go to Sugarcane.

Nuts About Cakes (Lekki Phase I) – If you’re in Lekki, there’s a cafe here that’s a great place to get some work done or have a breakfast meeting.

Craft Gourmet (Victoria Island) – Everyone loves Craft. It’s a beautifully designed restaurant, and you can always find the husband and wife chef/owners there. They recently started opening on Sundays which makes it ideal for a Sunday brunch, if you’re craving chicken and waffles especially.

Nok by Alara (Victoria Island) – Get the Agege French Toast. This restaurant makes my list in three different sections. Obviously it’s a winner.

Lunch

Nuli Juice (Ikoyi) – I ate Nuli for lunch too many times to count. I hope they keep their Jollof Quinoa and Couscous on the menu forever.

Craft Gourmet (Victoria Island) – Craft is mentioned above, I prefer their lunch offerings rather than breakfast, but try both.

Art Cafe (Victoria Island) – Come during the day to work (and eat suya), stay after 5pm when the cafe gets a little active.

Sweet Tooth

Hans & Rene’s – Just go here. It’s a bakery plus gelataria, and the gelato was great. They have a wealth of interesting flavors to chose from. This feels very “boutique dessert shop”. It gets a ton of extra points from me because it’s Nigerian owned (you’ll find that many of the restaurants on the Island are run by expats).

Ice Cream Factory – If you have a sweet tooth and are craving serious dessert, Ice Cream Factory is your go-to. I had a chocolate cake-vanilla ice cream concoction, and it was marvelous.

Nok by Alara (Victoria Island) – Again.

Alara Lagos

Happiest Hour/Dinner

Izanagi (Victoria Island) – Sushi, expats, the go-to if you’re craving Japanese food. If you’re there pretty late, stay behind and hit Velvett downstairs.

Tarragon (Ikoyi) – I almost didn’t put this on the list, because I thought about keeping this a secret. In my opinion, it’s the best restaurant in Lagos and phenomenal for “get dressed and go on a date” evenings. The service and food are impeccable.

Nok by Alara (Victoria Island) – Alara is Lagos’ contemporary boutique, and behind the main store is Nok, the beautifully designed restaurant that offers a twist on traditional Nigerian food. Brunch at Nok is great, but I fell in love with their shareable portions in the evening.

RSVP (Victoria Island) – They have “farm to table” written on a chalkboard, so that should give you a better idea of the vibe. Nice place for meeting with friends, cocktails and good food.

Shiro (Victoria Island) – Beautiful interior, over-priced “Pan Asian” food, but sometimes you want to have sushi while sitting in a cabana on the beach, in which case, go to Shiro.

Crossroads @ Eko Hotel (Victoria Island) – I’m a Texas girl, so of course I had to add Lagos’ Tex Mex restaurant on the list. Its very existence makes me happy, the food was pretty good too.

Places to Work

Cranium One (Victoria Island) – A small yet great space with even better people. I’m biased because my friends work from here, but community is probably most important when co-working.

Workstation (Victoria Island) – The newest co-working space in town and it’s beautiful. It’s very reminiscent of WeWork here in the US, even with an organic cafe on the first floor and yoga studio + gym opening soon.

Cafe Neo – You can find Cafe Neo locations all over the island, always a good go-to when you need a place with good coffee and reliable wifi to work.

Vestar Coffee (Victoria Island) – One of the newest coffee shops in town. Great ambience, free wifi, and cute lattes.

Photos courtesy of Alara and Workstation