Top tips to do/places to visit while in lagos
New to Lagos or not touring Lagos well as an indigene? Welcome!
Lagos, popularly referred to as “Eko” is a beautiful and vibrant city with numerous side attractions ranging from relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Lagos to visiting museums, art galleries, relaxation spots, markets, shopping malls, etc.
There are also tons of parties, festivals, and events you can attend while in Lagos. Being a bustling and lively city, there’s an abundance of historical and cultural landmarks to visit as well as sport activities to engage in in case you’re the sporty type.
Lagos has something for everyone. So, if you’re in Lagos alone, with your partner, friends and family, there are lots of activities to engage in and places to visit to make your stay fun and worthwhile.
So, why don’t you get your favourite snack, or if you prefer a glass of wine, or you’d like to sip your tea; get comfy on your favourite chair, and let’s show you the treasures and fun activities you won’t find anywhere except in Lagos.
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1). Visit Festac Town
Festac town was built for participants of the festival of arts and culture in 1977. The town has a rich cultural heritage and makes for a good place to visit for people looking to explore Lagos.
2). Gyrate To Beautiful Songs At The New Afrika Shrine
Having being renovated and transformed by Fela’s famous children, The New Afrika Shrine is an entertainment sanctuary, a place to catch real fun for fun seekers. You can visit the shrine on Thursday night for a free show with Femi Kuti.
Similarly, on the last Saturdays of the month, Seun Kuti, the last of the Fela’s boys does his thing (Afrobeats Sessions with Seun Kuti) on stage. At each jam session, you’ll enjoy getting educated about African politics. Plus it’s a god way to dance, socialize, and listen to good music.
3). Go window shopping at Ikeja Shopping Mall
Feeling intimidated with the fancy products displaced around the Ikeja Shopping Mall? No need to be! You can visit the mall and enjoy the aesthetics that come with these magnificent malls and galleries.
There are lots of places to visit in this shopping mall; from the 5-screen Silverbird Cinemas, to Africa’s largest supermarket chain, Shoprite, Mr Price, Apple restaurants, Mango, Wrangler, Casabella, Essenza, Rhapsody, Barcelós, beauty shops/salons, banks and lots more. To have some fun, go round, window shop at the stores and then treat yourself to a meal and cold drink at Mr Biggs restaurant located in the mall. You can find some hotels in ikeja if you are planning on staying the night.
4). Visit Beaches
Does the sound of seagulls appeal to you? Or does the sound of the waves as they tide and crash against the surf soothe your nerves? Then, visiting a beach in Lagos should be one of the top things to do. Being a coastal city, Lagos is home to number of beaches such as Lekki Beach, Elegushi Beach, the popular bar beach (located at Ahmadu Bello Way), La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, amongst others.
5). Take A Trip To Markets
Trust us when we tell you that your stay in Lagos will not be deemed as complete without a trip to its popular markets. Ditch the thoughts of online stores and shopping malls, and treat your legs to a trip to markets including Oshodi, Yaba, Aswani, Computer Village, Eko, Jankara, Balogun Markets, and many more.
6). Blend with Culture and Tradition By Taking A Trip To The National Arts Theatre
Located in Iganmu is the architectural masterpiece the National Arts theatre, home to Nigerian entertainment, art, and cultural preservation. The environment is serene and spacious and is a perfect place to unwind during the weekends and vacation for entertainment and relaxation. Plus, there are some nice restaurants and bars in the theatre great for chilling and hanging out with friends.
7). Go Clubbing!
Who wants to show some moves? Yay! Lagos is known for its awesome night life. And let’s make some confession here *in whispers* *the city comes alive as soon as the sun sets*. With lots of clubs at your disposal, you shouldn’t have a hard time having fun. Club Quilox, Club 57, and Spice Route are some of the best clubs to visit in Lagos.
8). See Banana Island?
Want to see some class? Or you’d like to get inspiration from classy real estate decked in breathtakingly scenery and structure? Or curious to see the place that’s home to some of Nigeria’s elites? Then, you’d better take a trip to Banana Island. Banana Island is located in Ikoyi and boasts of some of the most expensive real estate in Nigeria; since its home to a lot of Nigerian millionaires and billionaires.
9). Let’s Go A’ Bowling
Fancy a bowling experience while you’re in Lagos? No problem! Pinpoint Shop 3 located at The Palms Shopping Mall and featuring ten lanes of 10-pin bowling, a full-service bar, billiards, and an arcade is the place to check out!
10). Escape Your Worries With Box Office Movies At Cinemas
Watch Hollywood and Nollywood movies at the different cinemas in the Lagos. There’s Ozone Cinemas in Yaba, Silverbird Galleria in Victoria Island, and Filmhouse in Surulere. The malls also have cinemas in them. There is no better place to sit back and watch the latest box office movies in Lagos than these cinema houses.
11). Ride Horses at Oniru Private Beach
The Atlantic Ocean overlooks this ideal destination for fun seeking people with little money. There are horses to ride, spaces for a romantic getaway and a free Atlantic Ocean to swim around for the adventurous type.
12). Visit the National Museum
You may not know a lot about the history of Nigeria until you take a trip to the National Museum located around the Muson Centre in Onikan. The National Museum is a destination of historical and cultural significance in the country, as it has a notable collection of Nigerian art, including statuary, carvings, archaeological, and ethnographic exhibits. Plus, this is a chance to take great selfies here if you are the picture taking type.
13).Get In Touch With Biodiversity At Lekki Conservation Area
Located at Lekki Conservation Centre Road in Lekki Peninsula, Lekki Conservation Centre is the best place to see natural savannah habitats and swamp that have wildlife activities.
Located in a tropical rain-forest in the outskirts of Lagos, there are lots of places for picnic, kids’ playground and open grasslands for animals like bushbucks, mongooses, hogs and lots more. The lush vegetation and boulevard of coconut trees makes it perfect for a romantic stroll.
14). Visit Fela At The Kalakuta Museum
Kalakuta Museum used to be the home of legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. A trip to the museum would take you through the times of the late legend while on earth.
15). Visit Lagos With LagBus
Explore Lagos via the easiest way – the LagBus. The LagBus and BRT route ensures that you enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lagos without having to deal with its notorious traffic jams. And while at it, take pictures and make videos with your camera or camcorder.
16). Nike Art Gallery and Cultural Center
Visit Nike Art Gallery and get lost in culture and arts expressed via paintings, drawings, textile works of Adire, sculptures, dancing and drumming
17). Terra Kulture
Terra Kulture is a place you shouldn’t miss. It’s your go-to for everything art education, culture and socializing. Trust us when we tell you there’s always an art related event or the other going on there.
18). Feel The Vibe At The Jazzhole
If you love books, music and African artworks and antiques, there’s no perfect place to visit in Lagos than Jazzhole. The Jazz Hole is perfect for jazz and soul music lovers.
19). Feel The Sea At The Lekki Leisure Lake
One of the most beautiful places perfect for enjoying the seaside atmosphere is Lekki Leisure Lake. The lake-side resort features numerous recreational activities such as jet skiing, quad biking, pedal boat riding etc. overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the lake-side resort is definitely one of the fun places to visit in Lagos.
20). Wave Back At The Three Elders
If your entry point into Lagos is via Berger, then, you will likely see the statue of the three elders (known as “Awon Agba Meta”) placed on the side of the road. These three elders signify the rich culture of Lagos and bid you welcome as you enter the city. So, wave back!
21). Visit The University of Lagos.
Located in Akoka, Yaba, The University of Lagos (popularly known as UNILAG) is a famous higher institution of learning and is a tourist attraction for many people. The university is reputed for having produced some of the best minds in Nigeria.
22). Muson Center
Fancy a play or concert? The Muson Center is worth checking out. MUSON Centre is an embodiment of music, arts and culture. It is also the most prestigious and exclusive performance hall in Lagos.
23). Enjoy Delicious Suya At University of Suya
Do you love spice and pepper? Then, take your taste buds on a tasty journey at the University of Suya. Located at Allen Avenue, Ikeja, the University of Suya offers succulent, tender and juicy barbecued meat, known as Suya.
24). Experience Happiness With Karaoke And Drinks
Sing your favourite songs to your heart’s content with an array of live bands and affordable drinks. You can get experience these at popular karaoke bars in Lagos, such as Shaunz Bar in Victoria Island, Channel View Bar, etc.
GET Arena Go-karting is fancied by the new-generation in Lagos. Have fun!
26). Visit Local Canteens/Restaurants
Who says classy restaurants are the only ones who serve the best food? Take your taste buds on a trip to local mama put joints and they’ll forever be grateful.
27). Attend An Owambe Party
‘Owambe’ is Yoruba slang for party. This could take the form of a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or burial ceremonies. Owambe parties feature the best of music, cold drinks, and food cooked with firewood like jollof rice, small chops and other delicacies.
So whichever way possible, make sure you go to at least one party in Lagos, which shouldn’t be difficult considering the fact that there are uncountable parties happening around Lagos every Saturday – just pick a location.
28). Have A Slice Of The Ultimate Shopping Experience At The Palms Shopping Mall
The Palms in Lekki is complete with restaurants and a state-of-the-art cinema. The complex houses Shoprite, The Game, Genesis Deluxe Cinemas and other awesome brands.
29). Order A Medium-sized Pizza From Domino’s
Invite your friends for a night out at your place by ordering a medium-sized pizza from Domino’s Pizza, top it with beers or wine and have fun.