Though mostly known for its nonstop bustling and being Nigeria’s commercial powerhouse, Lagos, the cosmopolitan megacity still has fun spots where you can relax and indulge in an array of activities. From wine to cocktails to craft beer to caffeine boost and beyond. Quality drinks and hangout spots are essential, that’s a given. And that’s why we want a little more to go with our drink. Whether you’re looking for Instagrammable places or somewhere to linger with your laptop. In search of services that will put a smile on your face or you all about value for money. Whether you’re after a cup to go, a space for brunch, or simply a place to go hangout and relax with friends. Lagos bars, cafés and hangout spots are little havens. We’ve sipped our way around the city and here are some of the very best.
We also recommend our guide to the best rooftop bars in Lagos.
Hard Rock Cafe
Located in the heart of Victoria Island at plot 3&4 block xvi Oniru estate, Hard Rock Cafe Lagos is always bustling with activities and working hard to satisfy your cravings. From tasty burgers and sandwiches, to fresh salads and cocktails, the menu in this café is something you have to try. As an adult, you don’t get to enjoy this experience alone; you can bring your kids too, because the café provides a special kids section and swimming pool where they can also have fun. Live music and entertainment is another thing you get to look forward to, so while sipping on your cocktail. Hard Rock Cafe is one of Lagos’ best bars and and hangout places. A fun spot that serenades you with some of the most melodious songs.
Looking for warm and cosy place to relax and hangout? Bheerhugz gives you that with a great selection of tasty meals to choose from. With their outlets both at Ikeja city mall and Surulere mall, they have been giving the best services since their inception in 2012. With their karaoke bar and music played by their DJ, you get to enjoy some of the best songs while having fun and eating. One great thing about ‘Bheerhugz’ is that they reward their loyal customers with gifts; you may as well start finding your way there now! Don’t be left out of the freebies.
Hans and Rene
Also known as a gelataria, Hans and Rene is a center for all thing sweet, yes you heard right. From its signature gelato, to filled doughnuts, you will be beyond satisfied. Another great thing about this place is their desire to incorporate our local Nigerian/African fruits into their recipe of sweets. Worthy of note is their “Agbalumo Sorbet” which is made from the African star fruit. It has become a spot for both locals and even foreigners of other cultures. So the next time you are craving something sweet, just find your way to any of their locations either the one at Radisson blu, or the one at Ikeja city mall and treat yourself. Hans and Rene is easily one of the best hangout spots in Lagos.
Known for their extremely yummy pastries, salads and coffee, Vestar Coffee is located at 26a oju olobun close. Cosy environment perfect for your hangouts and brunch, great customer service and amazing meals with decent prices of course are some of the things that this place offers. You might have slight issues with parking because you know, it’s Lagos, but that’s nothing to be worried about at all because you can easily park by the road and be rest assured that you won’t be disturbed.
As you watch the food delivered to the tables at Farmcity, your mouth will surely water because their menu is a delight for the eyes and the palette. Farmcity has established a solid presence in Lagos with two branches, one in Lagos island and another in Lagos mainland. They might be in different places, but both offer a diverse vibe, style, and alcohol. The cocktail program features delicious and refreshing creations, the restaurant offering guests savour delicious fresh seafood and so many other quality cuisines. This is the perfect venue for outdoor relaxation with 24hours operations. Farmcity is an all year round prime hangout destination in Lagos. Their Lekki outlet gives you the panoramic view of the Lagos Lekki Lagoon.
Judging from the name, one might easily conclude that this café deals in only coffee, but that is not the case. Together with their deliciously brewed coffee, ‘My coffee Lagos’ serves a great menu of pastries, tea, drinks, cakes and sandwiches at very affordable rates. Great atmosphere and free Wi-Fi to get some work done; this is the perfect place to have that solitary brunch. It is located at 40b Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Victoria Island. A little tip, after you buy 4 cups of coffee, you get the 5th one for free! Don’t say we did nothing for you.
With over ten outlets in Lagos, Café Neo is fast becoming the largest coffee chain in Nigeria. The flagship store is located at Victoria Island but you can easily just look for the one closest to you. Café Neo brings to you the perfectly brewed coffee grown in the shores of Lake Kivu in Rwanda, which delights your taste buds to the maximum capacity. From their bubble tea, caramel Frappuccino, iced mocha, espresso, latte, and various juices to be accompanied by great pastries, salad and sandwiches, you are definitely going to have a blast in this place. You’re guaranteed to meet your caffeine boost in this top coffee spot in Lagos, Nigeria.
Located at 273, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Bistro 7 is what some people refer to as a hidden treasure. The beautiful and cosy atmosphere is something that makes us love the place even more. The cuisine? Exquisite! They have the options of pancakes, pizza, fries, a well prepared American breakfast, cocktails and mocktails and the vegans are not left behind as their menu is also vegetarian friendly. Perfect for brunch, business meetings, hangout and relaxation.
How would you feel when you’re reading that amazing book, with soft music playing in the background, and you also have a cup of coffee and cake to munch on? Relaxed and calm isn’t it? That’s exactly how ‘The Jazzhole’ operates. Books, music and food all under one roof! Menu ranges from coffee, espresso, different varieties of tea, cupcakes, sandwiches and an in-house pineapple crumble. A perfect place to ‘escape’ from all of life’s worries.
Great atmosphere with some of the most beautiful art collected from different parts of the world, alongside great meals that satisfy you to your stomach’s content. This is what you get when you go to Art Café, one of the best bars and hangout spots in Lagos. Very well prepared meals, great decor and free Wi-Fi, you have all you need right there. You can find it at 282, Akin Olugbade Street, Eti Osa, Victoria Island Lagos.
The Sailors Lounge is one of the liveliest and leisure destinations Lagos. adventurous lounge with the ambience of a sea view that compliments the atmosphere for unwinding, business networking and water view. Top class bar and a themed restaurant, this place is a popular hangout spot and tourist attraction in Lagos. The lounge boasts of three sections; Sailor’s Bar, Captain’s Cabin and Captain’s Deck. Captain’s Deck is the first floating bar in Nigeria, it is specifically designed to capture the experience of floating atop the ocean for maximum enjoyment. Easily one of the best bars and hangout places in Lagos, simply put, this place is a beauty on the water front any night!
This is a great place for family outings, hangouts, dinners and a lot more. Popular for their high quality food, ‘Café Royale’ provides a rich and tasty menu; pasta, salads, burger, pizza, sandwiches, Mexican cuisine, you name it, they are all there alongside their amazing desserts and drinks, this is one place you need to find yourself in. The great atmosphere and ambience provides you with that relaxation that you need. It is located at AIM plaza, 267a Etim Inyang crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.
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