What to do and see in Lagos, Nigeria: The Best Places and Tips

July 20, 2017 Toi Mattera

Lagos /ˈleɪɡɒs/ (Yoruba: Èkó) is a city in the Nigerian state of the same name. The city, with its adjoining conurbation, is the most populous in Nigeria, and the most populous on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and also one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa; the megacity has the highest GDP, and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent.
Restaurants in Lagos

1. Nike Art Centre

2 Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Lagos 550104, Nigeria +234 803 409 6656
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Nike Art Centre

Nike Art Centre, Lagos, is one of Nigeria's hidden treasures. Located in Lekki, Lagos, the four-story building compromises of an art gallery and textile museum featuring over 7,000 pieces and soon to have Coffee shop. The Centre has a diverse collection of art by a multitude of artists, celebrating Nigeria's talent, offering visitors an insight into all cultures of Nigeria through the medium of art. It can take up to a full day to discover all the Nike Art Centre has to offer. Fortunately, the gallery is open 7 days a week often holding art Exhibitions, workshops and cultural days. If you're feeling creative you can take an art course with Nike or go on one of her week-long retreats outside of Lagos in Osun state (Osogbo), Kogi state (Ogidi) and Abuja, all of which you can visit with 'Nike Tours'. The tours offer overnight accommodation at her guesthouses, and partake in creating traditional African crafts such as adire, batik, indigo, beadwork, painting, or carving. Nike Art Centre is an impressive gallery and a must for art lovers.

Reviewed By tobasotunmbi - Lagos, Nigeria

This is truly an amazing place to visit should you find yourself in Lagos. I was planning to visit when a friend of mine visited the place. He talked so sweetly about the place and i just thought he was sugar-coating until I visited the gallery on my birthday with my sisters and we were wonderstruck. We visited three different places and the highest note of the day was our time at the gallery. The ambience is as tranquil as possible allowing you to savour the creativity of each distinct artwork. I'm still relishing my amazement of the depth, dexterity and cultural aura of each piece. I know I'm definitely going to visit again and soon.

2. Lekki Market

Oba Elegushi Street | Off Lekki-Epe Expressway Between 4th and 5th Roundabout, Lagos 550104, Nigeria +234 803 833 1862
Excellent
29%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 158 reviews

Lekki Market

Reviewed By ShaileshK W

Lekki market is amazing place for finding local goods including handicrafts, woodwork, metalwork, painting, precious stones, old coins etc. Need to bargain for shopping.

3. Lekki Conservation Centre

KM 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos 550104, Nigeria +234 1 264 2498
Excellent
29%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 380 reviews

Lekki Conservation Centre

Reviewed By Bunmi O - Nigeria

There are two options; the Nature walk where you go through the park and end at the family picnic area. The Canopy walk where you climb the longest canopy walk in Africa and also end at the family picnic area.
We saw some monkeys (one snatched a biscuit from a kid who was not alert). I recommend you go in the morning before 11am so that you can see all the animals.
The challenge I have is that the service at the reception was quite poor. The POS did not work so its advisable you come with cash. Its also a great idea to come as a group if you are visiting during off peak period. You may be asked to wait till there is a larger crowd before the nature/canopy walk can be done.
After collecting tickets the guide will give a brief summary about the place, dos and donts...
In all it was a good one but the canopy walk was my favorite.
I strongly advise you come with water as there was no sign of a store in the park

4. Freedom Park Lagos

Old Prison Ground Broad Street, Lagos 550104, Nigeria
Excellent
25%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 181 reviews

Freedom Park Lagos

Reviewed By nneejima - Lagos, Nigeria

Open air, with indoor facilities. Great place to hang out with your buddies. It has a compelling history.

5. Ikeja City Mall

Obafemi Awolowo Way, Lagos 550104, Nigeria
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 78 reviews

Ikeja City Mall

Reviewed By CSRam - Lagos, Nigeria

The place has very high footfall mainly for food, mobile phone shops,shop rite, movies and after 10pm for the first floor restaurant cum bars. Serious shoppers have good variety of clothes, accessories(jewellery), perfume has gone very expensive after USD so not many takers there. Overall a nice place where you can spend around 2 hours without much stress as the parking space is good too.

6. The Cathedral Church of Christ

29 Marina St., Lagos 101231, Nigeria
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
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4 based on 37 reviews

The Cathedral Church of Christ

Reviewed By toyino746 - Lagos, Nigeria

I have had cause to be in this Church severally for weddings ,burials and other services.The Church is built and well maintained to world class standard ....it is very clean and the services always well coordinated .the services I attended were very nice and genuine

51b Bishop Oluwole St. | Victoria Island, Lagos 101241, Nigeria
Excellent
72%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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0%
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Red Door Art Gallery

Reviewed By 523Sadcustomer523 - Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

I was opportune to visit this gallery recently on one evening. The modest front façade perhaps signpost their ambition to take measured surefooted steps to be a force to be reckoned with. They have a rich collection, well arranged and very enthusiastic employees. It was refreshing to see some works of Ghariokwu Lemi, Nigeria has really produced some great minds

8. The Muson Centre

8/9 Marina | Onikan, Lagos 101241, Nigeria +234 818 173 7837
Excellent
21%
Good
72%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

The Muson Centre

Reviewed By Bch-ave - Virginia Beach, Virginia

Saw a thought-provoking but funny play at the Muson Center. The theater hall was comfortable and well designed. Good view of the stage from all seats. Forehall also good location for before and after reception. All in all a great location for an outing.

9. Kalakuta Republic Museum

8 Gbemisola Street, Lagos 550104, Nigeria
Excellent
38%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Kalakuta Republic Museum

Reviewed By Jahshoeuh - Chicago, Illinois

Man, I wanted to like this place so badly. But it was ultimately an underwhelming experience. You would imagine that a museum dedicated to a musician would at minimum have that musician's music playing on a sound system, if not some video as well. No such luck. What you are treated to is a bunch of unmarked family photos, some of Fela's old instruments, his closet full of slick threads, and the real draw, his gravesite in the front of the building. This place has a lot of potential...maybe with some more time (I understand it has only been there for a few years now), it will mature.

10. LUFASI Nature Park

Majek 1st Gate, Km 41, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria +234 701 203 2275
Excellent
21%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

LUFASI Nature Park

Reviewed By Dazeyduke76

This is an awesome park if you want the chance to see something different. Beautifully quiet and undiscovered you get to see everything from exotic spiders, fish, birds to cover cats, giant tortoise, monkeys and two lovely donkeys. A perfect oasis in the hubbub or Lagos

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