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Best Lagos Cafés To Work Out Of


NOSA: As a young entrepreneur without an office space, you’re always a nomad. Your business is too young to afford office space in Lagos’ stupidly expensive real estate market. And co-working spaces? Oh boy, those are the worst. 

FOLLY: They are ridiculously expensive and are without remorse about it too. 

NOSA:Anyway, here are some of the Lagos' finest spots - with decent Wi-Fi AND good coffee - where you can pop out your laptop and work for a while. Make sure you purchase an item and you don’t take your calls indoors. 


Cafe Neo


NOSA: This is probably the most common option of the lot. They have multiple branches, which makes them the most convenient option. Also, although not the fastest, there’s free Wi-Fi. It will definitely come in handy when your SmileON kicks in.

FOLLY: Nah their free wifi is the worst. It's non existent these days. I only go here when I need to kill time. 



Hakeem Dickson Street, Lekki, Lagos.

NOSA: This is a personal favorite. They serve pastries from Honey’s Cupcakes and this is probably the only cafe/coffee shop with biscotti in Lagos. Oh, the Wi-Fi is probably the fastest of all the options on the list too. Unfortunately, they don’t open on Mondays and they also aren’t open early. Trade off, I guess.

FOLLY: The pastries have been MIA for about a month now and there's really no indication of when they will be back. They have toasties though but about that, why is the pricing so godamm weird? Why is my toastie N1,181.25? Of course I pay with my card each time cause they never have my change, in fact I've stopped asking - POS please!


Art Cafe

282, Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

NOSA: This is another favorite. There aren’t lots of outlets and the parking is a bit poor, but the space is great for meetings. Wi-Fi is also available on request.

FOLLY: This one has never been my cup of tea and I don't know why. 


La Pointe Coffee Shop

4A, Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

NOSA: This is newest of the lot and the most expensive. A sandwich will cost you over 3k so you’ll have to be careful with how much you indulge. There’s also free Wi-Fi on request.

FOLLY: I don't want to loud this place too much before people start using their wi-fi to download Game of Thrones and they cut it off.

Also, it's still paining me that the owner charged me ANOTHER N800 to add hot water to my pot of tea.  She was the one that offered o, I didn't ask. In fact, I'm boycotting this place from now on. 

Do you know any other spot (especially on the mainland) to work out of? Let us know. 


The Official IJGB* Guide to Lagos - 2014 Edition

*IJGB (I Just Got Back)

IJGB /eye-jay-gee-bee/ 

The official term used to denote a fresher in Lagos. One who has probably just hopped off a plane at Murtala Mohammed Airport and is ready to pioneer all possible rocks in Lagos. They’re very easy to spot, you pree the air kissin and the constant whining about Lagos heat (Ed. Note: Grow up!).

A lot has changed since the last time you were here, aka last christmas. We finally got Uber and nobody does Churrasco anymore.  That “Hey babes! Let’s go for drinks at Churrasco” wave is done. We’re here to guide you to the new spots you should be at this Christmas.



15 Musa Yar'adua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

NOSA: Basilico makes arguably the best pasta Lagos has to offer. Not just that, the exterior seating area is really delightful. The mosquitoes might try to kill your vibe at night, but don’t let the terrorists win. Basilico is perfect spot for a date.

FOLLY: Nosa is right, it is the perfect spot for a date, and without breaking the bank too! I really love the ambience here.


Art Cafe (Till Late)

282 Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

FOLLY: If you visit Art Cafe, you really must try the banana bread. It’s positively delicious and is baked fresh everyday. What they lack in their coffee offering, they more than make up for with an extensive tea selection. Sheesha is also available (or hookah as you American foreigns have chosen to call it).

NOSA: Art Cafe also has complimentary wifi. Be nice to the waiters and they’ll gladly share it with you.  

FOLLY: Don’t stay too long or they’ll change the password on you and lock you out. I’m absolutely certain that’s what happened to me one day as it kept saying “incorrect password” when I tried to reconnect.

NOSA: Also, don’t come hungry.

Cafe Neo (Daytime)

16 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

NOSA: Not every time “Let’s go for drinks”, sometimes hit up your neighbourhood coffee shop.

FOLLY: It’s just like a Lagos Starbucks. Coffees, teas, smoothies, fruit cups, paninis, pastries, and super fast wi-fi.


NOSA: The baristas are some of the nicest attendants you’ll find in Lagos. Sure, they might forget you’re lactose intolerant sometimes but that’s irrelevant.

FOLLY: Ernest never forgets though! If you do visit, ask for Bosco and let him know we sent you.


Cafe Royale

267A Etim Iyang Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

FOLLY: Sit and the bar and ask Kingsley to make you a drink. For 1,500 naira he’ll freestyle you one of the best drinks you’ll ever have. Oh, if you’re feeling risque ask him to make you a condom.


NOSA: The food might be terribad but the drinks more than make up for it. Cafe Royale is a very underrated as a watering hole.

ALL THE ABOVE (Streets Option)

355 Restaurant & Lounge

9A Oko Awo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

NOSA: 355 might be my favorite spot in Lagos. The Tex Mex is unmatched and the Wahalarita is the single best drink you’ll pay legal tender for in Lagos. Don’t let the typos on the menu keep you from true happiness.

FOLLY: When you’ve had too much to drink refuel with a shrimp quesadilla before you head to the clubhouse so you can continue drinking there. Alternatively, come here on a saturday with friends and grab a table outside; order sheesha and some appetizers to share.

NOSA: “Hey babes! Let’s get drinks at 355”

FOLLY: Oh, if you haven’t been since last Christmas they added a mini clubhouse upstairs over the summer. Good stuff.

ALL THE ABOVE (Lowkey Option)

Inspiro Galleria

1 Joseph Naman Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

FOLLY: Winehouse’s menu is a bit too limited and it also takes them forever to get your food ready. Inspiro has real food and is just as lowkey. That’s a double win.

NOSA: Your girlfriend isn’t back for Christmas and you need to pioneer other rocks? This is the spot. Super discreet and very chill. Nobody is going to catch you creeping here.

FOLLY: Nosa, you disgust me.