Lagos travel guide

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Lagos travel guide: Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria with the metropolitan area estimated 300 square km. The city is a group of islands endowed with creeks and a lagoon. Lagos is projected to be one of the world’s five largest cities by 2010.

It’s administrative and economic center, and chief port with industries that include railroad repair, motor vehicle assembly, food processing, and the manufacture of metal products, textiles, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, soap, and furniture.

The city is an old Yoruba town, beginning in the 15th century and grew as a trade center and seaport. From the 1820s until it became a British colony, Lagos was a notorious center of the slave trade. Britain annexed the city in 1861 and 1906, Lagos was joined with the British protectorate of Southern Nigeria.

In 1914, it became part of the small coastal Colony of Nigeria when Southern and Northern Nigeria were amalgamated. Lagos is bustling with restaurants ranging from traditional African to Japanese. However, dining out is not cheap.

Attractions
National TheatreNational Theatre
Located in the heart of Lagos, the theatre which was constructed in 1976, is a multi-purpose national monument for the preservation, presentation and promotion of Nigerian arts and culture. Read more


Kamp Ikare Beach ResortKamp Ikare Beach Resort
Kamp Ikare is a beach resort situated on a stretch of Lagos coast near Ikare village and it’s only accessible by boat. A day or night at Kamp Ikare is the ideal way to get away without going too far. Read more


Ikoyi Club Golf CourseIkoyi Club Golf Course
The Ikoyi Club Golf course is a par 71 course made up of 18 holes, totaling 5838 meters in length. Each hole is portrayed by unique features such as sand traps, fairway bunkers, water and huge trees. Read more


Lekki Conservation CentreLekki Conservation Centre
The nature park which covers a land area of 78 hectare is one of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) foremost conservation project sites. The centre serves as biodiversity conservation icon and environment education centre. Read more


Hermitage Garden ResortHermitage Garden Resort
With an expansive and soothing environment, Hermitage Garden Resort has luminous beach front and their luxurious mini-villas all offer wonderful ocean views with its own balcony. Read more


Lagos Bar BeachLagos Bar Beach
This is the main beach on Victoria Island, along Ahmadu Bello Way and one of the more popular beaches in Lagos State. The beach runs from the Institute of Oceanography in the west to the Eko Hotel in the east. Read more


Eko Tourist Beach ResortEko Tourist Beach Resort
Eko Tourist Beach Resort is a privately-managed beach that provides fun seekers and picnickers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of conventional beaches in Lagos State. There is also the beach restaurant serving quality foods and drinks. Read more


Halem Seaside ResortHalem Seaside Resort
This is a top Nigerian resort situated on an exclusive beach over-viewing the Atlantic ocean on the Lagos coastline. It is about 30 minutes boat cruise from Victoria Island. Read more


Takwa Bay BeachTakwa Bay Beach
This is a sheltered and arguably the most popular beach in Lagos situated along Lagos harbour. The beach which is accessible by boat from Osborne Jetty, provides a pleasant outing with a relatively safe swimming conditions. Read more


Whispering Palms Beach ResortWhispering Palms Beach Resort
Located in Iworo, Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State, the resort lies on the Lagoon and typifies the beauty of the area’s cool Atlantic breeze, sillica sands, palm trees and chirping birds. Read more


Lacampagne Tropicana Beach ResortLacampagne Tropicana Beach Resort
This resort offers a unique blend of natural environments which include a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. Read more


Jhalobia Recreation Park & GardensJhalobia Recreation Park & Gardens
Jhalobia Recreation Park & Gardens is a carefully planned beautiful and unspoilt park and garden space that provides an ideal setting for superb white weddings, Islamic Nikai, Traditional marriage, registry or engagements. Read more


La Manga Luxury Beach Villas, IlasheLa Manga Luxury Beach Villas, Ilashe
A little piece of paradise nested along the unspoiled Atlantic Ocean on the beautiful and alluring Island of Ilashe. It is surrounded by luscious and towering coconut palm trees and just 15 minutes boat ride from Ikoyi and Victoria Island. Read more


Casa IlasheCasa Ilashe
Casa Ilashe is a 12 bedroom nature coloured private beach club situated in a calm and relaxed beach front setting of Ilashe and offering a perfect getaway from the ethic city life. Read more


Terra KultureTerra Kulture
Privately owned educational and recreational centre. An ideal place for visitors to see Nigerian arts and crafts in display and also for those that want to learn more about Nigerian cultures and languages. Read more


Badagry Black Heritage MuseumBadagry Black Heritage Museum
Black Heritage Museum preserves artifacts and records from the slave route that once ran through Badagry. In the early 1500’s, slaves were transported from West Africa to America through Badagry. Read more


Eleko Beach, LekkiEleko Beach, Lekki
Just 45 minutes’ drive from Ikoyi on the Lekki Expressway, Eleko Beach is a palm fringed beach with several small expatriate owned beach huts. Quiet on Saturdays but very busy on Sundays with vendors selling fresh fruits, fish and various arts and crafts items. Read more


National Museum, LagosNational Museum, Lagos
Established in 1957, National Museum has a great collections in archaeology, ethnography, and traditional art. The museum displays contemporary arts and historical monuments. It opens daily (except Sundays) from 9am to 5pm. Read more


Funtopia, LagosFuntopia
Funtopia is a complete entertainment park for the entire family. It is set on 2 acres of land and packed with activities for all ages. It offers 3 giant water slides and 3 interconnecting pools which include an in-pool bar for adults. Read more


Silverbird GalleriaSilverbird Galleria
Silverbird Galleria is a modern galleria with entertainment package. It offers multiplex cinema screens with five cinema halls fitted with a large sitting capacity. Read more

Drink & Eating Out
Chocolat RoyalChokolat Royal Cafe: Here you can get a variety of French patisserie with a large selection of bread, croissants, ice cream and coffee. The various treats that are available include the soft, all buttered croissants; the moist chocolate fudge brownies etc. Contact: AIM Plaza, 267A Etim Inyang Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234 1 262 3055, 271 4155


Bungalow RestaurantBungalow: One of the best cocktail and  food bars in Lagos. A good place to get healthy salads, sandwiches, burgers, crepes, pizzas, platters etc. It also has a nightclub and bar for club lovers.  Take away and delivery services are also available. Contact: Plot 1296, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234 1 261 0235, 261 7644


Bambuddha Restaurant & Lounge BarBambuddha Restaurant & Lounge Bar: This sleek, modern haven in Lagos is alive with unique interior decor, abundant and pulsing to an eclectic mix of ambient, afro jazz, bossa nova, jazz, funk, samba, salsa and some of the most attractive sounds of world music has got to offer. Contact: 21 Plot 1310,  Karimu Kotun, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234 1 761 4198, 761 4199.


Cactus: A reliable name that provides superb services to its customers, Cactus has a large selections of main courses with outside patio overlooking the five Cowrie Creek. Provides pizzas, salads etc. Contact: 20–24, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island. Tel: +234-1-262-4928, 262-4929


Candy Patisserie: One of the top name restaurants in the city of Lagos with large selection of ice cream, salads and sandwiches. Contact: 21A Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island. Tel: +234-1-2627548-9


Flower Stalk: Small upstairs cafe, creamy cappuccino and toasties. Overall good service! Contact: 114 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. Tel: +234-1-270-1629, 267-1819


Frenchies: Located above the bakery, provides food like pizzas, sandwiches and grilled food with excellent espresso and cappuccino. Contact: 29 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-261-0096, 264-7263


Pearl Garden Cafe: The perfect place for delicious cake. You can also have a special message written on your cake such as happy birthday at no extra cost. A surprise for your loved one. Contact: 10A Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-270-8889


Moorhouse Sofitel: An excellent selection of intercontinental food with Sunday buffet lunch. Contact: 1 Bankole Oki Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-267-0237


Roberts Cafe: A bright airy place with rich tasting coffee and frappuccino, with a large selection of snacks. Contact: 283A Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-270-2606


Golden Gate: Good Japanese, Chinese and Thai food reasonably priced. Sushi must be ordered 24 hours earlier. Contact: Alfred Rewane Road, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-269-5337, 5339


Bangkok Restaurant: A good spot for Thai food, take away is also available upon request. Contact: 244 Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-261-9124, 555-8772


Bonzai: A restaurant specialising in Japanese cuisine with delicious sushi and Kyoto stlye interior. Contact: 1303, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island Tel: +234-1-792-0157


Churrasco: A Brazilian BBQ with delicious food and fun night out. Contact: 1C Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island. Tel: +234-1-261-1888, 261-8334


Tako Juice Bar & Restaurant: Tako offers delicious food and drink in a warm, laid back atmosphere. It is a comfortable spot to enjoy a social get together, a drink with friends or a meal. Contact: Sandiland Arcade, Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island. Tel: +234-1-4740616


Caffe Vergnano: Located at The Palms Shopping Mall, Cafe Vergnano is one of the trusted names in the city of Lagos. Visitors are spoilt with the choice of salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, milkshakes, coffees, and plenty of desserts. Contact: The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos


The Regent: A good Chinese restaurant, very clean with good decor, great service and delicious food. Contact: 6 Ahmed Onibudu Street, Victoria Island


Reeds: A very good Thai restaurant in Ikoyi. Contact: Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. Tel: +234-1-271-5593


Saipan Restaurant and Bar: Modern and spacious restaurant with excellent food. Contact: 3rd & 4th Floor, Dream Plaza, Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island. Tel: +234-1-461-2056, 461-2057, 261-4388


Marco Polo: A Chinese restaurant with a cool flavour. Offers a menu of food and beverages with a distinctive taste. Contact: 9A Karimu Kotun Street Victoria Island. Tel: +234-1-270-0248, 4448938

Shopping
Falomo Shopping Centre: An ultra-modern, multi-faceted shopping centre on Awolowo Road in Ikoyi has specialty shops for books, local fashion, banks, travel agencies and restaurants. There is a special area with outlets for arts and crafts, offering dresses made from local materials and a wide selection of works or arts, like paintings and sculptured objects. Contact: Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.


The Palms Shopping Centre: A shopping and entertainment mall situated on the Lekki road near Victoria Island, Lagos. It is the first and largest centre of its kind in Nigeria and is on par with similar shopping centres anywhere in the world, providing an international standard shopping and cinema experience to Lagos. Contact: Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki. Tel: +234-1-2714491-3; Fax: +234-1-2714495. Web: http://www.thepalmsshopping.com


Elpina Plaza: Specialises in hair and body care shops, toy shops, children clothes and shoe shops, large home appliances shops, men shirt shops, material shop, pharmacy supermarket and more. Contact: Elpina Plaza, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-269-2842, 261-1390


Ruff “N” Tumble: Ruff n Tumble is Lagos’s prime children wear shop, with designs from top of the range designers. If you want your kid to make an impression, visit Ruff n Tumble. Has a few outlets in Lagos. Contact: 23A Isaac John street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-4932387


Century 21 Mall: Sports shops, office furniture shops, clothes shops, electrical and household appliances shops. Contact: 21st Century Mall, 14 Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-2624624


Goodies: Fairly comprehensive range of toileteries, cleaning items, tinned/dried/fresh and frozen foods and wines. Goodies are reasonably priced. Contact: 237 Kiofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-267-0623, 262-5470


Park N Shop: Large supermarket, gift section, watches, electrical appliances, furniture, bed linen, office furniture, lightning etc. Contact: 47B Guru Plaza, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-262-3091, +234-1-262-3295


Shoprite: The main activities centre of the Palms Shopping Mall is this South African supermarket with a well stocked selection of goods. Contact: The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-271-4481/2/3. Fax: +234-1-271-4484


Silverbird Galleria: Cinemas, coffee shop, chinese restaurant, arts shop, dress and accessories shops and more. Contact: 133 Ahmadu Bello Way, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-270-1413, 791-9900


Lafayette Shopping Mall: Childrens and adults clothing shops, African material shops, designer clothes and ladies underwear shops, shoes and bags shop, gift and card shops, computer shop, pharmacy, mobilephones shop etc. Contact: 1436 Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-545-0688; Fax: +234-1-545-0688

Hotels
Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria IslandLagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island
Lagos Oriental Hotel is a top-class luxury hotel offering quality service with a competitive edge in an elegant, comfortable and modern rooms. Lagos Oriental Hotel prides itself in. Read more


The Avenue Suites, Victoria IslandThe Avenue Suites, Victoria Island
Strategically located in the business district of Victoria Island, Lagos, and overlooking the Kuramo waters as well as the Atlantic ocean, The Avenue Suites has one of the most envied panoramic views of the city. Read more


Hotel Bon Voyage, Victoria Island, LagosHotel Bon Voyage, Victoria Island, Lagos
Hotel Bon Voyage is a luxury and affordable boutique hotel offering elegant, comfortable and modern rooms, delicious meals and other top modern facilities you will hardly see in other boutique hotels. Read more


Southern Sun, IkoyiSouthern Sun, Ikoyi
Southern Sun, Ikoyi, is an impressive synergy of stylish sophistication and luxurious elegance, combining classic contemporary design with modern trends and rich textures. Read more


Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel, Victoria IslandVictoria Crown Plaza Hotel, V.I.
Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel offers 45 luxuriously appointed rooms and suits – a perfect destination for business travellers looking for relaxation, comfort or adventure. Read more


Four Points by Sheraton LagosFour Points by Sheraton Lagos
The hotel provides a hassle-free stay in a traditional comfy room – 234 great rooms all equipped with comfortable beds and many other top-quality in-room facilities. All rooms have both bathtubs and walk-in showers. Read more


Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, LagosRadisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos
Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel offers 170 rooms and suites decorated in two original styles. These spacious, modern rooms, which range from standard to opulently furnished suites, feature spectacular views of Lagos city. Read more


Hotel Ibis Lagos AirportHotel Ibis Lagos Airport
Ibis is a global brand in the world of hotel and the Lagos branch is staffed by friendly, well-trained and helpful people. It is the perfect escape for short and long breaks as well as business travellers. Read more


Sofitel Lagos Moorhouse, IkoyiSofitel Lagos Moorhouse, Ikoyi
Sofitel Moorhouse is ideally located in the heart of the Ikoyi residential district, just 5 minutes from the new business district. It offers 94 rooms and suites, a cigar bar, swimming pool and fitness facilities. Read more


Hotel 1960, Ikeja, LagosHotel 1960, Ikeja, Lagos
This is a top-class boutique hotel offering spacious, luxuriously furnished and elegantly decorated rooms and suites. Hotel 1960 is designed to offer premium convenience to make the experience a remarkable one. Read more


Eko Hotel & Suites, Kuramo WatersEko Hotel & Suites, Kuramo Waters
Eko Hotel & Suites is one of the most prestigious international hotels in Lagos, strategically positioned near the heart of Nigeria’s economic activity. Offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuramo Lagoon. Read more


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