Lagos during the week is the noisy, bustling, commercial capital of Nigeria. However, Lagosians know that it’s on the weekend that the city really comes alive. Check out our list below of all the very best ways to spend this weekend in Lagos.
In no particular order, here are the five best things to do in Lagos this weekend.
Cakes and Cream (20 Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island) is Lagos’ number one bakery and produces an amazing array of cakes, meringues, pies and other deserts. The bakery’s motto is “if you can dream it, we can cream it” and we guarantee you will not be disappointed. Cakes and Cream has three branches throughout Lagos, in Ikeja, Surulere and Victoria Island. The bakery also produces cakes for weddings and other special occasions and even catered for former president Olusegen Obasanjo’s farm-themed 77th birthday last year. The full price list of Cakes and Cream is unfortunately not available online so the best bet is to turn up to one of their branches or give them a call for more information.
Lagosians know that sometimes the hustle and bustle of the city can become a little overwhelming. A perfect retreat for the weekend can be found at the Ikoyi Club 1938 (6 Ikoyi Club 1938 Road, Ikoyi). Visitors can make the most of the club’s range of bars, shops, sauna, business centre, barber shop, swimming pool and even a golf course. The club, founded in September 1938, is steeped in history and used to be a gathering spot for British colonial officers. Nowardays, Ikoyi Club 1938 is a hang out for local businessmen, diplomats and your occasional Nollywood star. Entry for visitors isn’t cheap and will cost 1000 Naira per person for the day. You can also apply for membership but you’ll need to receive an introduction from an existing member and meet the club’s strict membership requirements.
Yellow Chilli restaurant (27 Oju Olobun Close, Victoria Island) is a must visit if you’re looking to indulge in some traditional Nigerian food in Lagos this weekend. The restaurant’s food has received rave reviews and includes classics such as Edikang Ikong soup, Jollof rice and Efo Riro. Yellow Chilli is named after Scotch Bonnet (a type of yellow pepper) which the restaurant uses to add a little spice to its dishes. The prices in the Yellow Chilli aren’t cheap with prices for an appetiser ranging from 1600 to 2000 Naira and prices for a main course ranging from 2500 to 3500 Naira. However, we definitely think it’s worth every last Naira. What makes the place particularly special is that Yellow Chilli has stayed true to its roots as a Nigerian restaurant and this is reflected both in the friendliness of its staff and the design of the restaurant whose walls are covered with locally made wall art and portraits of Tafa Balewa and other Nigerian leaders.
One pefect way to relax in Lagos is to visit one of its exclusive private beaches and Oniru Beach (19 Water Corporation Way, Off Ligaali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island) is second to none. The beach is one of the most beautiful strips along the Nigerian coastline and boasts white sand and clear blue waters. There is security at the site and lifeguards so you can swim and have a good time without worrying about your personal belongings. Entry to Oniru Beach is 1000 Naira but you will have to pay more if you want to eat from the BBQ or take a go at riding a horse. The beach really comes to life at night when party goers head to Oniru Beach’s many bars including the infamous G-12 bar.
The Muson Centre (8/9 Marina, Onikan) is the home of classical music and performing arts in Nigeria. The centre regularly plays host to the Muson Symphony Orchestra which is led by German conductor Thomas Kanitz and is the only professional symphony orchestra in Nigeria. If classical music isnt your thing, then the Muson Centre hosts other events including choral performances, piano recitals and even plays by Nigeria’s Renegade Theatre Company. The Muson Centre also holds special events for International Jazz Day in late April as well as the annual Muson Festival during October which has previously featured the likes of Grammy award winning artists Earl Klugh and Al Jarreau. Visitors to the Muson Centre can also check out the National Musem (Awolowo Road, Onikan) and the City Mall which are located conveniently closeby.