As Heineken Lagos Fashion Week approaches, guests from around Africa and the world will be coming to the Urban Metropolis that is Lagos State. Lagos offers more than enough places and activities to take up what free time you have while visiting, here are the best places to go:
FOOD AND DRINKS
2 Alexander Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos
2 Saka Jojo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
An elegant restaurant, located in a leafy by-lane of Victoria Island, Lagos that offers garden green views and a space with moonlight hues, Vanilla Moon restaurant and bar has an à la carte menu and offer variety from tapas bar food to gourmet dinners. The restaurant has a teatime menu and drinks, created by mixologists, that leave you sighing with utter satisfaction.
NOK by Alara
12a Akin Olugbade, Victoria Island, Lagos.
It is a contemporary African restaurant that recreates classic African meals with an innovative twist. Cocooned within a lush bamboo-framed garden, NOK is an intimate dining space displaying contemporary Art and Design from all over the continent.
20-24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
The restaurant offers a great view of the Lagos Lagoon from its terrace which adds to the Instagram worthiness of the restaurant’s decor. This restaurant is well known for both sweet and savory foods.
Hans and Rene
1a Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island, Lagos
The dessert place with ice cream, sorbet and gelato in a range of flavours that cater to all, including those that are lactose intolerant. What makes this place special is the fusion of Nigerian flavors in its menu items.
Nike Art Gallery
No. 2 Oba Yekini Elegushi Rd, Lekki Phase I, Lekki
Four floors of African art from paintings to sculptures to clay work and tye dye or batik. You might have an opportunity to meet the owner, Nike Davies Okundaye.
Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos
This is an educational and recreational organization that promotes the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture. You can learn at the Nigerian languages and craft school, spend time at the reading and documentation center, eat delicacies at the food lounge and purchase/view art in the Terra art gallery.
Lekki Arts & Crafts Market
Put on your bargaining hat and comfortable shoes as you explore the bustling market and see the different types of art it has to offer.
Lekki Conservation Center
Km 19 Lekki – Epe Expy, Lekki Peninsula II, Lekki
The conservation and relaxation centre is a scenic area that offers a tranquil escape from the buzzing city of Lagos. It is home to the longest canopy walkway in Africa, an experience that you shouldn’t miss out on when in Lagos. You can also take a walk around the nature park and play a game of chess with lifesize piece.
That Henna Place
20a Babatunde Anjous Ave, Lekki Phase I, Lagos
This is a traditional spa which offers the best body treatments using natural ingredients and the best body and beauty secrets from Northern Nigeria. It’s a good place to pamper yourself and buy products that would keep that glow.
Your Spa and Fitness At Four Points By Sheraton
Plot 9/10 Block 2 Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Ikoyi
This is an all-round fitness center where you can also practice Yoga. With a serene ambiance, Spa and Fitness is a smooth and classy place to keep fit and relax and connect with your inner self.
Centro Lekki Mall, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1 100100, Lekki
This store sells purses, clothes, shoes, turbans, and cute stationery, among other things that would have you swooning.
Centro Lekki Mall, 15 Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
This fashion brand is known for bespoke handcrafted slippers and sandals and recently launched “Neons” which are beach footwear that will have you looking stylish still.
12a Akin Olugbade St, Victoria Island, Lagos
Alara Lagos is a concept store stocking everything from clothes to arts and accessories in its four-storey architectural marvel at Victoria Island, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE.
KICKBACK AND UNWIND
Rufus and Bee
TwinWaters, Okunde Blue Waters scheme off, Remi Olowude St, Eti-Osa, Lekki
This arcade is more than just a place to connect with your inner child whilst playing arcade games and bowling, you can also get drinks by the bar and order food when you’re feeling peckish. If there’s a big game, there are large screens that project Super Sports and you can always go to the IMAX cinemas to watch the latest blockbuster.
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Eat Drink Lagos
If you’ve heard of an eating spot, but want to know what the critics think, then this is the website you should have bookmarked. They have witty, yet honest and trustworthy, reviews of restaurants in Lagos.
Lost in Lagos
If you’ve exhausted the above list and have energy for more, this website is where you should look when deciding where to spend the rest of your time in Lagos.