Where to eat, drink and stay in Lagos - EVENING STANDARD UK
Pool parties meet high fashion and a vibrant music scene in West Africa’s biggest, brashest city, says British Nigerian designer, Irene Agbontaen
Lagos tuk tuks ( Shutterstock / UnsulliedBokeh )
Where to stay
The Wheatbaker (thewheatbakerlagos.com), located in the upscale Ikoyi neighbourhood, is a luxury boutique hotel with a fabulous spa near the Ikoyi Club 1938 golf course.
Maison Farenheit (maisonfahrenheit.com) is another good option — it has only 30 rooms and hosts excellent late-night parties on its rooftop.
The Eko Hotel (ekohotels.com), meanwhile, has a wonderful spa and delicious poolside brunch on Sundays — the best choice if you want to be in the heart of the action.
Where to shop
Alara (alaralagos.com), the luxury lifestyle store from Nigerian fashion guru Reni Folawiyo, showcases global brands such as Off-White and Christian Louboutin next to local designers including Kenneth Ize and Maki Oh.
Concept shop XII Glover in Ikoyi is a mecca for Lagos’s alté crowd and retail heaven for new gen — it sells Palace, Supreme and Vans alongside its own collection.
Started by young Lagosian and former Leeds resident Jomi, WAFFLESNCREAM (wafflesncream.com) on Victoria Island connects streetwear, skate culture and social impact.
Where to drink
Moist Beach Club (moistbeach.com), best-known for its miles-long cocktail list and jumbo Atlantic shrimp, is the place to kick off your weekend. Join those in the know and head up to Secret Garden in Ikeja for the latest DJs at Mainland Block Party, or get down to Hard Rock Beach, where Major Lazer has performed.
A night out in Lagos wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Pablo by Cubana (cubanagroup.com.ng), the famed superclub.
What to see
Immerse yourself in Lagos’s growing art scene. Owned by entrepreneur Nike Davies-Okundaye, her Nike centre for art (nikeart.com) is the largest of its kind in West Africa with a collection of around 8,000 works.
The New Afrika Shrine (felabration.net), a homage to prodigious artist and human rights activist, Fela Kuti, is an open-air entertainment venue that doubles as a photo gallery and live act hub. Music lovers gather weekly, but it is best known for the Felebration festival, held each October.
Where to eat
For an upscale restaurant with tasty vegetarian options, plus a secret Prohibition era-style bar, head to RSVP (rsvplagos.com) — the watermelon punch is my favourite cocktail.
Run by talented female chef Nkesi Enyioha, HSE Gourmet (hse-gourmet.business.site) serves hearty comfort food inspired by meals from around the world.
For authentic local cuisine, try the yellow chilli, famous for its seafood okra soup (yellowchilling.com).