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The 19 Essential Restaurants in Lagos, Nigeria

Find spectacular street food, chef-driven fine dining, and more in the entertainment hub of West Africa

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A globally recognized technology hub and the entertainment heartbeat of West Africa, Lagos has a boundless, creative energy wired into the fabric of the city. The biggest names in Afrobeat are, more often than not, native or adopted Lagosians, and the food scene here pulsates with equal force. First-time visitors encounter a barrage of sights, sounds, street food, and restaurant options representing the foods of immigrant populations from across West Africa, much of it lush with spice and oil. Rice dishes anchor Nigerian cooking: specialties like jollof, white rice with a tomatoey sauce, and locally grown ofada rice with a stew of peppers and palm oil. Fish pepper soup dispensaries double as photography galleries, and international tech-industry transplants have brought with them the flavors of Ethiopia, Lebanon, south India, and beyond. By day, vendors selling crispy puff puffs and other “small chops” line the sidewalks, while flickering streetside grills illuminate the night. The forthcoming Eko Atlantic City project — a 4-square-mile patch of land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean that plans to house 250,000 new residents — is expected to bring an influx of new chef-driven and fine dining restaurants, but amplified flavors and a boisterous spirit infuse all levels of eating here, in Nigeria’s buzziest metropolis. These are the most essential eateries in Lagos.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

Prices per person, excluding alcohol:
$ = Less than 500 naira (Less than $1.40 USD)
$$ = 501 - 2,000 naira ($1.40 - $6 USD)
$$$ = 2,000 - 5,000 naira ($6 - $14 USD)
$$$$ = Over 5,000 naira ($14 USD and up)

Kay Ugwuede is a Nigerian writer and photographer based in Lagos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Seven Eagles Spur

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Ikeja City Mall, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Oregun\ 100271
Ikeja, Nigeria

Spur outlets aren’t widely popular in Lagos. The South African family restaurant and its franchises are predominantly steakhouses, but also serve a variety of family-friendly items. Thus the interior is laid out in intimate booths and round tables that can sit groups of four or more, with playpens for kids. The outlet at the Ikeja City Mall serves the best, sizable cups of rich milkshakes that come in a variety of flavors: classic strawberry, banana and chocolate, or kiwi. Couple your glass of milkshake with Spur’s signature burger, a ground beef burger served with a side of fries or salad, and you have a filling meal worth every naira. [$$]

2. University of Suya

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62 Allen Ave, Allen
Lagos, Nigeria

Suya is a popular barbecued chicken or beef usually grilled over an open fire and served with a northern spice mixture, yajichurri, lots of onions, and sometimes a helping of cabbage or some other vegetables. If you ever find suya being prepared or served before the sun goes down, please — I cannot stress this enough — do not buy it. It’s an adage that suya tastes best after day is done, and that the best ones are prepared and sold under the cover of night. This acclaimed university, named to attract foodies, on Allen Avenue in Ikeja attracts long lines most nights for its famed suya — best washed down with a cold drink of your choice, or milk to temper the spice. [$$]

3. Ocean Basket

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58c Isaac John St, Ikeja GRA
Lagos, Nigeria

Ocean Basket might be one of the pricier places to eat on the Lagos mainland, but it’s also home to the best seafood platter in Lagos. Add to that the aesthetically pleasing space — think handwritten food notes on a white-chalk wall, pastel furniture, and chandeliers hanging from a ceiling that mirrors a sea wave — and the rooftop dining-area restaurant, and suddenly the bill doesn’t seem so bad. The full-deck platter with prince prawns, mussels, calamari, calamari steak strips, and fish is ideal for a party of five or more, but there are smaller versions too, if you’re splurging solo. [$$$$]

A hand reaches across a table with a fork to take an item from a large platter of various seafood, on a table filled with other dishes including a tray of oysters, fried seafood with French fries, Greek salad, and glasses for wine
Seafood platter, oysters, salads, and fries
Jaw Designs

4. Madam Tique’s

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45 Ajose St, Mende
Lagos, Nigeria

If you are keen on photography in Nigeria, updates on its very dramatic political scene, or just everyday Lagos banter, then you should spend some time at Madam Tique’s, a family-owned restaurant on the Lagos mainland that doubles as a hub for young photographers under the tutelage of ace photographer Uche James Iroha. Be sure to ask for a bowl of fish pepper soup (fresh fish cooked with peppers, onion, local spices, and scent leaves, with utazi leaves served with the broth) to wake up your palate, followed by a mixed platter of jollof (a one-pot rice dish cooked in richly spiced tomato sauce), fried rice, coleslaw, and well-barbecued chicken. [$$ - $$$]

5. Kaldi House

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1, Adeyemi Bero Crescent, Ilupeju Industrial Estate, Anthony-Oshodi
Ikeja, Nigeria

Kaldi House brings the best of East African cuisine to the West, along with stellar Ethiopian coffee, roasted and brewed on-site. First launched as a coffee roastery, it’s expanded into a casual restaurant serving Ethiopian meals like injera, a spongy flatbread that doubles as a utensil for the dollops of vegetable sauces and stews covering its surface. The East African couple running the place are more than willing to give a tour of the coffee roastery. [$$ - $$$]

A large folded injera flatbread sits on a white plate beside two bowls of toppings, one already ladled into the center of the bread, on a placemat on a decorative wooden table
Injera with stews
Kaldi House [Official Photo]

6. Gypsy’s

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34a Gbolade Adebanjo St, Ilupeju 100252
Lagos, Nigeria

This intimate restaurant, tucked away in an industrial area on the Lagos mainland, is a perfect spot to try the best of both Chinese and Indian cooking. Think: fried rice, sesame rolls, chicken tikka masala, and tandoori prawns. Come hungry — you’ll need plenty of room for Gypsy’s massive portions. [$$ - $$$]

Four dishes of different materials and shapes hold various Indian-Chinese dishes including pita, tandoor-cooked meat, rice, and curry, on a dark tabletop near a colorful wall
A full spread at Gypsy’s
Adetona Omokanye

7. Bukka Hut

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Gbagada - Oworonshoki Expy, Gbagada
Lagos, Nigeria

Street-food vendors in Lagos, with their makeshift kitchenettes under large umbrellas, are referred to as bukas. Bukka Hut, although not a street-food vendor, serves Nigerian meals that its proprietors swear are prepared the same as street-food bukas, and so have the signature flavors that make them so irresistible. Try the ofada rice at Bukka Hut, a locally grown rice which, because it is not overly processed, is slightly brown when cooked. The rice is served with an accompanying sauce called ofada sauce, which is prepared using fermented locust beans, assorted meat, smoked fish, palm oil, bell peppers, and Scotch bonnet peppers. [$$ - $$$]

A sculpted mound of rice sits on a plate beside a small bowl of chunky stew with a fork resting beside all on a gingham tablecloth
Rice and stew
Bukka Hut [Official Photo]

8. White House

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9 Chapel St, Yaba 100001
Lagos, Nigeria
0703 336 3483

No relation to that other White House, this busy semi-street-food restaurant on the Lagos mainland makes one of the best jollofs in the state. While most street-food stalls in Lagos are makeshift kitchenettes under large umbrellas, White House is a modest, white-walled restaurant with an open kitchen where customers are served food straight from the fire. What makes a good jollof is constantly up for debate, but a distinct smoky taste from an open fire is one of them. White House jollof tastes like firewood jollof, as we like to put it. [$]

A woman stirs a large metal tray of rice next to other pots in a bare, rustic space
A cook preparing the joloff rice
Adetona Omokanye

9. Best Shawarma

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18 Randle Ave, Surulere
Lagos, Nigeria

Imported by the Lebanese, Nigerian shawarma has quickly become the most popular street food in Lagos. Nigerian shawarma doesn’t differ much from the original: It comprises vegetables, sausages, and marinated chicken grilled on a vertical spit, along with some sour cream, all wrapped in flatbread. At Best Shawarma, you can choose between a chicken or beef shawarma and have the option of adding thin sausages to the roll. [$$]

10. Olaiya

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109 Akerele St, Surulere
Lagos, Nigeria

Making your way through a bowl of Olaiya’s amala and ewedu/gbegiri soup is a rite of passage for western Nigerians. Amala is a fluffy meal made from dried yam, cassava, or plantain flour that gets made into a super-soft light brown or black meal served with a generous helping of gbegiri, a bean soup that is often mixed with its slimier twin, ewedu. Ewedu is made from its namesake vegetable, which is cooked, ground, and seasoned. You can also get amala with any of the other soups offered here, or a spinach and tomato sauce called éfọ́. [$]

11. Nylah’s

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61 Queen Street Alagomeji Yaba, Yaba 100001
Lagos, Nigeria

Don’t let the empty dining room deceive you: Nylah’s is one of the busiest kitchens in town; home deliveries make up the majority of the orders. It looks a bit like your mom’s kitchen, putting out excellent Nigerian classics, like rice and stew and eba (cassava meal) served with a variety of soups, including afang, a vegetable soup from south Nigeria and oe egusi, melon soup from southeast Nigeria. Be sure to try one of Nylah’s signature lemonades, which are just like the ones sold on street corners throughout Lagos. [$$$]

Hunks of meat in a thick sauce sit next to a pile of rice and on a bed of vegetables on a broad white plate
Rice and stew
Nylah’s [Official Photo]

12. Puff puffs at Lagos Marina

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lagos state, 64 Broad St, marina 143657
Lagos, Nigeria
0813 827 9428

“Small chops” is a Nigerian term for street snacks, a tradition of small bites somewhere in the realm of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that can include everything from Indian samosas to Chinese spring rolls, barbecued meat, peppered gizzard, and beignet-like puff puffs — the most popular item in the ensemble. While there are a hundred or more places to buy puff puffs in Lagos, check out the vendors around the Lagos Marina, where the famous Cathedral Church of Christ sits. Puff puffs are light and fluffy, made with a generous amount of oil — and you get so much for so little money. [$]

13. Danfo Bistro & Dives

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2 Alexander Ave, Ikoyi
Lagos, Nigeria
+234 812 110 0111
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At Danfo Bistro, one of the city’s popular street foods — ewa agoyin— has been repackaged and is served in a space that’s pure Lagos. Ewa agoyin is made of beans cooked to mush and served with freshly baked bread. At Danfo Bistro, fried plantain cubes top the classic street-food combo. Finger foods like chicken wings are served in strips of newspaper-like packing material, mirroring how street-food vendors pack them. The space is also worthy of note: The decor reimagines Lagos’s popular yellow buses as eating booths, showcasing the signature black-and-yellow stamp of these buses as well as other iconic motifs of Lagos. [$$$]

Cubed plantains and beans in a dark sauce pile on top of a large slice of white bread on top of a newspaper-like placemat with the name of the restaurant Danfo
Ewa goyin
Adetona Omokanye

14. Circa Lagos

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2 Kola Adeyina Cl, Lekki Phase I
Lagos, Nigeria

Circa is the place to go on a date if you want them to swoon over your incredible taste. Here, the restaurant offers a local and Continental menu, including fresh Greek vegetable salads prepared using vegetables grown in the restaurant’s hydroponics farm. At the bar overlooking the lagoon, however, be sure to ask for the signature cocktail, a sweet, peach concoction served with a wedge of lemon called Okoloko. The recipe is a secret, but the potent wallop of the rum is hard to miss. [$$$]

A white bowl of thick meaty curry with tomatoes, potatoes and chunks of meat visible and diced greens for garnish, on a wooden table with another bowl of food blurred in the background
Lamb curry
Circa [Official Photo]

15. Cactus

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20, 24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Rd, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

Sure, you can come for the wide-ranging menu of burgers, pasta, salads, and seafood, and stay for the views of the Lagos Lagoon and kid-friendly collapsible play houses. But you’re really here for the doughnuts: large, golden-brown, filled with sweet custard, and topped with a sprinkling of sugar. You would do well to consider the red velvet cake and hummus plate, too, but really it’s all about the donuts. [$$ - $$$]

Four donuts of various styles and colors on a tray receding into the background
Donuts at Cactus
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16. My Coffee Wings

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17 A Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, WINGS
Lagos, Nigeria

If you are a coffee lover looking to get your fix in Lagos, visit My Coffee Wings, which sits on the first floor of a new office complex along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue on the Lagos Island. The spacious outdoor coffee shop overlooks the Lagos Lagoon and skyline, making it perfect for a personal or business meeting. Note the little angels on the walls that usher you into the space, placed there by artist Peju Alatise. The thin pancakes with strawberry sauce go well with a latte, or consider ordering a proper English breakfast with some sweet crepes on the side. [$$ - $$$]

A frothy cappuccino in a branded My Coffee Wings mug on a white saucer beside a folded branded paper napkin
A cappuccino at My Coffee Wings
Polina Buchak

17. Eric Kayser

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864 Bishop Aboyade Cole St, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

Chef Eric Kayser’s restaurant may be known for its Italian offerings, like the delicious pastas, but you should visit for the freshly made pastries. His eponymous franchise is a French bakery and patisserie, but its Lagos debut is a full-fledged restaurant with starter and main-course dishes. Make sure to try the quiche and award-winning croissants. [$$ - $$$]

From above, a round loaf of bread studded with chocolate on a cutting board with a quarter cut out and arrayed in slices
Pain coco choco
Maison Kayser [Official Photo]

18. Marco Polo

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9A Karimu Kotun St, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria
+234 817 727 6552
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Marco Polo is one of a number of restaurants in Lagos that specialize in regional Chinese specialties. As Sino-African relations continue to blossom, the city, as an important economic hub in western Africa, is receiving an ample share of Chinese nationals, mostly concentrated at Ilupeju, an industrial area on the Lagos mainland. The wonton soup is flush with plump shrimp dumplings in a rich vegetable and chicken broth, and the vegetable fried rice is beautifully prepared, with perfectly formed egg clumps and colorful veggies. [$$$$]

Cubed pork in a heavy sauce piled on a serving plate with cubed peppers and pineapple, and covered in sesame seeds
Sweet and sour pork
Marco Polo [Official Photo]

19. NOK Garden by Alara

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Alara, 12a Akin Olugbade St, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

Alara is a high-end African fashion brand that has expanded its luxury aesthetic to African cuisine via its fine dining restaurants, NOK and NOK Garden. Chef Pierre Thiam is behind dishes like abula, which it only serves on Thursdays. Abula is a more luxurious version of amala, a light brown or black fluffy meal made from cassava or yam flour. Also in the service offering is thiebou jenn, the Senegalese version of Nigerian jollof, served with a generous portion of flavourful steamed onions. [$$$ - $$$$]

A sunny patio surrounded by large hedges, with small colorful varied seating options on a colorful patchwork of blankets with arc lamps nearby
NOK Garden
Adetona Omokanye

1. Seven Eagles Spur

Ikeja City Mall, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Oregun\ 100271, Ikeja, Nigeria

Spur outlets aren’t widely popular in Lagos. The South African family restaurant and its franchises are predominantly steakhouses, but also serve a variety of family-friendly items. Thus the interior is laid out in intimate booths and round tables that can sit groups of four or more, with playpens for kids. The outlet at the Ikeja City Mall serves the best, sizable cups of rich milkshakes that come in a variety of flavors: classic strawberry, banana and chocolate, or kiwi. Couple your glass of milkshake with Spur’s signature burger, a ground beef burger served with a side of fries or salad, and you have a filling meal worth every naira. [$$]

Ikeja City Mall, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Oregun\ 100271
Ikeja, Nigeria

2. University of Suya

62 Allen Ave, Allen, Lagos, Nigeria

Suya is a popular barbecued chicken or beef usually grilled over an open fire and served with a northern spice mixture, yajichurri, lots of onions, and sometimes a helping of cabbage or some other vegetables. If you ever find suya being prepared or served before the sun goes down, please — I cannot stress this enough — do not buy it. It’s an adage that suya tastes best after day is done, and that the best ones are prepared and sold under the cover of night. This acclaimed university, named to attract foodies, on Allen Avenue in Ikeja attracts long lines most nights for its famed suya — best washed down with a cold drink of your choice, or milk to temper the spice. [$$]

62 Allen Ave, Allen
Lagos, Nigeria

3. Ocean Basket

58c Isaac John St, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, Nigeria
A hand reaches across a table with a fork to take an item from a large platter of various seafood, on a table filled with other dishes including a tray of oysters, fried seafood with French fries, Greek salad, and glasses for wine
Seafood platter, oysters, salads, and fries
Jaw Designs

Ocean Basket might be one of the pricier places to eat on the Lagos mainland, but it’s also home to the best seafood platter in Lagos. Add to that the aesthetically pleasing space — think handwritten food notes on a white-chalk wall, pastel furniture, and chandeliers hanging from a ceiling that mirrors a sea wave — and the rooftop dining-area restaurant, and suddenly the bill doesn’t seem so bad. The full-deck platter with prince prawns, mussels, calamari, calamari steak strips, and fish is ideal for a party of five or more, but there are smaller versions too, if you’re splurging solo. [$$$$]

58c Isaac John St, Ikeja GRA
Lagos, Nigeria

4. Madam Tique’s

45 Ajose St, Mende, Lagos, Nigeria

If you are keen on photography in Nigeria, updates on its very dramatic political scene, or just everyday Lagos banter, then you should spend some time at Madam Tique’s, a family-owned restaurant on the Lagos mainland that doubles as a hub for young photographers under the tutelage of ace photographer Uche James Iroha. Be sure to ask for a bowl of fish pepper soup (fresh fish cooked with peppers, onion, local spices, and scent leaves, with utazi leaves served with the broth) to wake up your palate, followed by a mixed platter of jollof (a one-pot rice dish cooked in richly spiced tomato sauce), fried rice, coleslaw, and well-barbecued chicken. [$$ - $$$]

45 Ajose St, Mende
Lagos, Nigeria

5. Kaldi House

1, Adeyemi Bero Crescent, Ilupeju Industrial Estate, Anthony-Oshodi, Ikeja, Nigeria
A large folded injera flatbread sits on a white plate beside two bowls of toppings, one already ladled into the center of the bread, on a placemat on a decorative wooden table
Injera with stews
Kaldi House [Official Photo]

Kaldi House brings the best of East African cuisine to the West, along with stellar Ethiopian coffee, roasted and brewed on-site. First launched as a coffee roastery, it’s expanded into a casual restaurant serving Ethiopian meals like injera, a spongy flatbread that doubles as a utensil for the dollops of vegetable sauces and stews covering its surface. The East African couple running the place are more than willing to give a tour of the coffee roastery. [$$ - $$$]

1, Adeyemi Bero Crescent, Ilupeju Industrial Estate, Anthony-Oshodi
Ikeja, Nigeria

6. Gypsy’s

34a Gbolade Adebanjo St, Ilupeju 100252, Lagos, Nigeria
Four dishes of different materials and shapes hold various Indian-Chinese dishes including pita, tandoor-cooked meat, rice, and curry, on a dark tabletop near a colorful wall
A full spread at Gypsy’s
Adetona Omokanye

This intimate restaurant, tucked away in an industrial area on the Lagos mainland, is a perfect spot to try the best of both Chinese and Indian cooking. Think: fried rice, sesame rolls, chicken tikka masala, and tandoori prawns. Come hungry — you’ll need plenty of room for Gypsy’s massive portions. [$$ - $$$]

34a Gbolade Adebanjo St, Ilupeju 100252
Lagos, Nigeria

7. Bukka Hut

Gbagada - Oworonshoki Expy, Gbagada, Lagos, Nigeria
A sculpted mound of rice sits on a plate beside a small bowl of chunky stew with a fork resting beside all on a gingham tablecloth
Rice and stew
Bukka Hut [Official Photo]

Street-food vendors in Lagos, with their makeshift kitchenettes under large umbrellas, are referred to as bukas. Bukka Hut, although not a street-food vendor, serves Nigerian meals that its proprietors swear are prepared the same as street-food bukas, and so have the signature flavors that make them so irresistible. Try the ofada rice at Bukka Hut, a locally grown rice which, because it is not overly processed, is slightly brown when cooked. The rice is served with an accompanying sauce called ofada sauce, which is prepared using fermented locust beans, assorted meat, smoked fish, palm oil, bell peppers, and Scotch bonnet peppers. [$$ - $$$]

Gbagada - Oworonshoki Expy, Gbagada
Lagos, Nigeria

8. White House

9 Chapel St, Yaba 100001, Lagos, Nigeria
A woman stirs a large metal tray of rice next to other pots in a bare, rustic space
A cook preparing the joloff rice
Adetona Omokanye

No relation to that other White House, this busy semi-street-food restaurant on the Lagos mainland makes one of the best jollofs in the state. While most street-food stalls in Lagos are makeshift kitchenettes under large umbrellas, White House is a modest, white-walled restaurant with an open kitchen where customers are served food straight from the fire. What makes a good jollof is constantly up for debate, but a distinct smoky taste from an open fire is one of them. White House jollof tastes like firewood jollof, as we like to put it. [$]

9 Chapel St, Yaba 100001
Lagos, Nigeria

9. Best Shawarma

18 Randle Ave, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

Imported by the Lebanese, Nigerian shawarma has quickly become the most popular street food in Lagos. Nigerian shawarma doesn’t differ much from the original: It comprises vegetables, sausages, and marinated chicken grilled on a vertical spit, along with some sour cream, all wrapped in flatbread. At Best Shawarma, you can choose between a chicken or beef shawarma and have the option of adding thin sausages to the roll. [$$]

18 Randle Ave, Surulere
Lagos, Nigeria

10. Olaiya

109 Akerele St, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

Making your way through a bowl of Olaiya’s amala and ewedu/gbegiri soup is a rite of passage for western Nigerians. Amala is a fluffy meal made from dried yam, cassava, or plantain flour that gets made into a super-soft light brown or black meal served with a generous helping of gbegiri, a bean soup that is often mixed with its slimier twin, ewedu. Ewedu is made from its namesake vegetable, which is cooked, ground, and seasoned. You can also get amala with any of the other soups offered here, or a spinach and tomato sauce called éfọ́. [$]

109 Akerele St, Surulere
Lagos, Nigeria

11. Nylah’s

61 Queen Street Alagomeji Yaba, Yaba 100001, Lagos, Nigeria
Hunks of meat in a thick sauce sit next to a pile of rice and on a bed of vegetables on a broad white plate
Rice and stew
Nylah’s [Official Photo]

Don’t let the empty dining room deceive you: Nylah’s is one of the busiest kitchens in town; home deliveries make up the majority of the orders. It looks a bit like your mom’s kitchen, putting out excellent Nigerian classics, like rice and stew and eba (cassava meal) served with a variety of soups, including afang, a vegetable soup from south Nigeria and oe egusi, melon soup from southeast Nigeria. Be sure to try one of Nylah’s signature lemonades, which are just like the ones sold on street corners throughout Lagos. [$$$]

61 Queen Street Alagomeji Yaba, Yaba 100001
Lagos, Nigeria

12. Puff puffs at Lagos Marina

lagos state, 64 Broad St, marina 143657, Lagos, Nigeria

“Small chops” is a Nigerian term for street snacks, a tradition of small bites somewhere in the realm of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that can include everything from Indian samosas to Chinese spring rolls, barbecued meat, peppered gizzard, and beignet-like puff puffs — the most popular item in the ensemble. While there are a hundred or more places to buy puff puffs in Lagos, check out the vendors around the Lagos Marina, where the famous Cathedral Church of Christ sits. Puff puffs are light and fluffy, made with a generous amount of oil — and you get so much for so little money. [$]

lagos state, 64 Broad St, marina 143657
Lagos, Nigeria

13. Danfo Bistro & Dives

2 Alexander Ave, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Cubed plantains and beans in a dark sauce pile on top of a large slice of white bread on top of a newspaper-like placemat with the name of the restaurant Danfo
Ewa goyin
Adetona Omokanye

At Danfo Bistro, one of the city’s popular street foods — ewa agoyin— has been repackaged and is served in a space that’s pure Lagos. Ewa agoyin is made of beans cooked to mush and served with freshly baked bread. At Danfo Bistro, fried plantain cubes top the classic street-food combo. Finger foods like chicken wings are served in strips of newspaper-like packing material, mirroring how street-food vendors pack them. The space is also worthy of note: The decor reimagines Lagos’s popular yellow buses as eating booths, showcasing the signature black-and-yellow stamp of these buses as well as other iconic motifs of Lagos. [$$$]

2 Alexander Ave, Ikoyi
Lagos, Nigeria

14. Circa Lagos

2 Kola Adeyina Cl, Lekki Phase I, Lagos, Nigeria
A white bowl of thick meaty curry with tomatoes, potatoes and chunks of meat visible and diced greens for garnish, on a wooden table with another bowl of food blurred in the background
Lamb curry
Circa [Official Photo]

Circa is the place to go on a date if you want them to swoon over your incredible taste. Here, the restaurant offers a local and Continental menu, including fresh Greek vegetable salads prepared using vegetables grown in the restaurant’s hydroponics farm. At the bar overlooking the lagoon, however, be sure to ask for the signature cocktail, a sweet, peach concoction served with a wedge of lemon called Okoloko. The recipe is a secret, but the potent wallop of the rum is hard to miss. [$$$]

2 Kola Adeyina Cl, Lekki Phase I
Lagos, Nigeria

15. Cactus

20, 24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Rd, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Four donuts of various styles and colors on a tray receding into the background
Donuts at Cactus
Cactus / Facebook

Sure, you can come for the wide-ranging menu of burgers, pasta, salads, and seafood, and stay for the views of the Lagos Lagoon and kid-friendly collapsible play houses. But you’re really here for the doughnuts: large, golden-brown, filled with sweet custard, and topped with a sprinkling of sugar. You would do well to consider the red velvet cake and hummus plate, too, but really it’s all about the donuts. [$$ - $$$]

20, 24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Rd, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

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16. My Coffee Wings

17 A Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, WINGS, Lagos, Nigeria
A frothy cappuccino in a branded My Coffee Wings mug on a white saucer beside a folded branded paper napkin
A cappuccino at My Coffee Wings
Polina Buchak

If you are a coffee lover looking to get your fix in Lagos, visit My Coffee Wings, which sits on the first floor of a new office complex along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue on the Lagos Island. The spacious outdoor coffee shop overlooks the Lagos Lagoon and skyline, making it perfect for a personal or business meeting. Note the little angels on the walls that usher you into the space, placed there by artist Peju Alatise. The thin pancakes with strawberry sauce go well with a latte, or consider ordering a proper English breakfast with some sweet crepes on the side. [$$ - $$$]

17 A Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, WINGS
Lagos, Nigeria

17. Eric Kayser

864 Bishop Aboyade Cole St, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
From above, a round loaf of bread studded with chocolate on a cutting board with a quarter cut out and arrayed in slices
Pain coco choco
Maison Kayser [Official Photo]

Chef Eric Kayser’s restaurant may be known for its Italian offerings, like the delicious pastas, but you should visit for the freshly made pastries. His eponymous franchise is a French bakery and patisserie, but its Lagos debut is a full-fledged restaurant with starter and main-course dishes. Make sure to try the quiche and award-winning croissants. [$$ - $$$]

864 Bishop Aboyade Cole St, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

18. Marco Polo

9A Karimu Kotun St, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Cubed pork in a heavy sauce piled on a serving plate with cubed peppers and pineapple, and covered in sesame seeds
Sweet and sour pork
Marco Polo [Official Photo]

Marco Polo is one of a number of restaurants in Lagos that specialize in regional Chinese specialties. As Sino-African relations continue to blossom, the city, as an important economic hub in western Africa, is receiving an ample share of Chinese nationals, mostly concentrated at Ilupeju, an industrial area on the Lagos mainland. The wonton soup is flush with plump shrimp dumplings in a rich vegetable and chicken broth, and the vegetable fried rice is beautifully prepared, with perfectly formed egg clumps and colorful veggies. [$$$$]

9A Karimu Kotun St, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

19. NOK Garden by Alara

Alara, 12a Akin Olugbade St, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
A sunny patio surrounded by large hedges, with small colorful varied seating options on a colorful patchwork of blankets with arc lamps nearby
NOK Garden
Adetona Omokanye

Alara is a high-end African fashion brand that has expanded its luxury aesthetic to African cuisine via its fine dining restaurants, NOK and NOK Garden. Chef Pierre Thiam is behind dishes like abula, which it only serves on Thursdays. Abula is a more luxurious version of amala, a light brown or black fluffy meal made from cassava or yam flour. Also in the service offering is thiebou jenn, the Senegalese version of Nigerian jollof, served with a generous portion of flavourful steamed onions. [$$$ - $$$$]

Alara, 12a Akin Olugbade St, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

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