Updated: Dec 11, 2018
Visiting Lagos for the first time this Christmas? Be prepared for good time. As well as getting involved in the legendary club scene, make sure that you also hit up some the city’s best culinary offerings, because Lagos has some tasty ones. Enjoy these places with friends, or if you’re a foodie, go on your own and eat your way through the city with fewer distractions and opportunities to make friends with the locals.
Whilst you're there it’s important that you try as much Nigerian food as possible, and to that end we've shortlisted a few of our favourite restaurants.
1. Nok by Alara
Nok serves excellent Nigerian food but not as you know it. Housed within the David Adjaye- designed Alara concept store, the space is contemporary and light and features African art and design. The courtyard is one of the most instagrammable spaces in the city so make sure you save time to take some snaps. Try to catch their famous take on the Yoruba Abula (Ewedu, Gbegiri and Amala) whilst its still on the menu or try domestically grown ofada rice in the Trio of ofada rice balls. Wash it all down with glass of white from the best wine lists in Lagos.
12a Akin Olugbade, Victoria Island, Lagos.
2. Terra Kulture
The restaurant is situated in ground floor of this multipurpose venue. There is an art gallery upstairs where you can buy pieces from local artists, a book shop where you can get acquainted with some of Nigeria’s literary legends, and if you’re lucky you might catch a play. If you’re only interested in the food though, you won't be disappointed. We recommend you try their famous Ayamase stew with Ofada rice and fried plantain accompanied with some slightly alcoholic palm wine for the adventurous, or a classic chapman cocktail if you love something sweet.
Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos
Small are a mainstay of any Nigerian function usually including puff puff, samosas and meat grills or chicken wings. If you’re a big small chops fan or are hearing about them for the first time, you should make sure you try the Sugarcane platter. Arrive in style on a keke marwa and indulge in some of these Nigerian party classics.
No. 6 Ologun Agbaje St. VI, Lagos
A low-key hideaway with amazing Nigerian food, including their famous Banga soup. It's stylishly decorated, intimate and the perfect setting for a chill day. Relax after your meal with some indoor shisha and make sure you leave us a message on their black board.
16 Mayaki Usman Crescent, Lekki phase 1, Lagos 105102, Nigeria
5. The Yellow Chilli
Your trip to Lagos will not be complete if you don't have the seafood okra and pounded yam from The Yellow Chilli. We can't emphasize how good it is so make sure you try it for yourself.
The Yellow Chilli is one of the original fine dining Nigerian restaurants in Lagos and they have two locations within the city for you to choose from.
VI location: 27 Oju Olobun Close, Off Bishop Oluwole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Ikeja location: 35 Joel Ogunaike Street, Ikeja, Lagos