10 Reasons Everyone Should Visit Lagos

Reasons yo Visit Lagos Nigeria
Aerial view of Lagos waterfront. © Ayorinde Aloko

Lagos is a wonderful place to visit year round. Among the endless reasons to visit Lagos, we have pooled together 10 major incentives that cover a wide range of interests. Nestled inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon, Lagos is one of the most vibrant and interesting metropolis in Africa. Nigeria’s largest city and its economic and cultural powerhouse. Whether you’re looking for the city’s art scene, delicious food, interesting shops, eclectic nightlife or bountiful outdoor spaces, Lagos has it all. Read on to discover some of the reasons why you should make Lagos your next city break.

We also recommend our guide to the best bars and hangout spots in Lagos.

It’s the Gateway to Nigeria

Known as the ‘city that never sleeps’, Lagos is perfectly positioned for exploring the rest of this culturally diverse county. Within few hour’s drive you can find yourself admiring and exploring some of the Western Nigerian States. Exploring the historical streets of the Yorubaland. The local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport has steady daily flights connecting to various states and cities in Nigeria.

Explore Nigeria’s newest trends

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Image courtesy of Orange Culture Nigeria

It hardly sounds surprising that Lagos is the country’s focus for fashion and design, a city that outdoes itself. The clothes, handicrafts, the music and even the Instagrammable foods are all so cutting edge they’re often just baffling. Lagos is a style capital with more fashionable ideas to inspire you. More styles than you could fit into one trip. You’ll be sure to leave Lagos with a raft of new ideas.

Because it’s the most diverse place in Nigeria

Nigeria is a very diverse country, for better or worse, with multiple ethnic groups. In Lagos, you’ll have plenty of chance to see other cultures of the different ethnics mixed in this megacity. The whole city is much more diverse than the rest of the country, you’ll find endless, fascinating mixes of Nigerian and foreign cultures here.

You can shop in Palms mall

palms shopping mall Lagos
The Palms shopping mall. © Dayo Adeleke

Lagos is great for shopping with a variety of designer, great malls and independent stores scattered across the city. What makes shopping in Lagos more special than your usual high street are its beautiful lifestyle and outdoor. You can easily find yourself distracted from the shops by the nonstop vibrant street activities.

Address: 1 Bisway St, Maroko, Lekki, Nigeria

There’s a Real Sense of History

The former capital of Nigeria has a long history and as with any historical city, it hides a lot of secrets. From the Badagry Slave Museum to the iconic National Arts Theatre, Lagos is filled with reminders of the history of Nigeria. You will enjoy wandering around the city and its outskirts seeking out the most important local norms.

The Music Scene is Vibrant

New Afrika Shrine Lagos
Wizkid and Femi Anikulapo-Kuti performing at the New Afrika Shrine. © Felabration

Showcasing everything from highlife to Afrobeats, Lagos’ music scene is eclectic and ever-present. Venues such as the New Afrika Shrine and Hard Rock Café champion up-and-coming acts, local bands and established artists. As well as playing host to darlings of the alternative scene, bringing visitors to the city seeking authentic musical performances and experiences.

New Afrika Shrine: Nerdc Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Nigeria

You Don’t Have to Spend Money to Enjoy the City

Reasons yo Visit Lagos Nigeria
Aerial view of Lagos waterfront. © Ayorinde Aloko

Are you a budget traveller? No problem. Lagos is a great city to enjoy without leaving a hole in your wallet. Boasting a variety of attractions and activities that you can enjoy for free. Wander around the beautiful lagoon fronts and to admire the striking beauty of the city skylines. Enjoy cheap treats at the outdoor hangout spots as you enjoy the city lights. And anyone with a passing interest in architecture can admire the beautiful buildings around the Lagos Marina waterfront.

There’s an Array of Art for You

From free public art along the streets to iconic galleries such as the Nike Art Centre, there’s scattering of exciting independent galleries all across the city. Lagos is definitely on the map of the culture and art world.

It’s Filled with Amazing Eateries

Amazing Nigerian Eateries
Nigerian rice and stew. © Ticokitchen

If you like to eat out, Lagos is a smorgasbord of everything from Nigerian street food to elegant African and international restaurants. Street food is everywhere with hawkers, pop-up food stalls, local markets and the popular nightly suya feast consistently popular. You could eat out every other night of the week and still have a vast variety of restaurants waiting for you to try. As with food, so with drink – you’ll find the perfect spots in Lagos, whether you’re a fan of beer, whisky, wine, sake or cocktails, or just local mixes. Seek out the best outdoor hangout spots in the city when the sun shines and enjoy the best of the local brews.

It’s Home to Nigeria’s Most Iconic Festivals

If you’re at all interested in music, chances are you’ve at least lusted after an all-star Afrobeats line-up once in your life. Championing the best in afrobeatshighlife and African music. Lagos is taken over every December with music fans from all across the country and beyond to experience the numerous festivals and musical performances.

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