First dates are a really huge deal. Therefore, it is important to make the best impression. Many people feel that date locations should be tailored according to the taste of the person being taken. When visiting any of these places, it is advised to budget about ₦10, 000. Here are 20 places you can go on a date in Lagos. This list contains reputable restaurants, cafes and art centres. Enjoy!
1. Bogobiri House
Bogobiri is located in the heart of Ikoyi, precisely at 9, 7 Maitama Sule Street, Lagos. Art lovers go to this place to have a good time and listen to live bands play invigorating music. Plays are also hosted here by Taruwa and on some nights, there is an open mic. If your date is an artsy person, this is one of the most exciting places that you can take them in Lagos.
2. Freedom Park
Freedom Park is located at 1, Hospital Road, Old Prison Ground, Broad Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. This arts and recreation centre was built in 2010 to commemorate Nigeria’s 50th independence. It is also a cultural centre that was designed by architect, Theo Lawson. This is a good spot to bring someone who is interested in arts, culture and history. Many Afrocentric art shows are staged at this location.
3. The Foundry Restaurant
The Foundry is a good place to go on a date in Lagos if you want to enjoy tasty meals and have an intimate conversation. It is located at 228B, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island Lagos. It has a cosy atmosphere and the booths are designed to seat at least two people on each side. Their impressive menu contains different interestingly named meals to soothe even the most selective palate.
4. Ocean Basket
Located at 1392 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, this Seafood restaurant has an extensive menu that contains whatever seafood delight you want. If your date loves seafood and a cosy ambience, this is one of the perfect spots to go to. Also, if you have never tried seafood before and want to be adventurous on this date, this is one of the best places to experiment with.
5. Terra Kulture
Terra Kulture is located at 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island Lagos. Founded by Bolanle Austen-Peters in 2003, it has remained one of those establishments that cater to whatever artistic and recreational fantasies one might have. Their onsite restaurant has a variety of African and international dishes, they have a bookshop and an art gallery, a library, language school and theatre where plays are staged every Wednesday and Sunday.
6. The Jazzhole, Lagos
The Jazzhole is a cultural centre for books and music records. It is located at 168, Awolowo Road, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos. Time and again, musical shows, book readings and panels are hosted in this artsy environment. It is a good place to take a breather, sit, have a cup of tea or coffee and read an interesting book. It is also a good place to have an intimate conversation because it is very cosy.
7. Lotus at Pattaya Bar-Lounge
This is a serene spot to hang out and have a good time with that special somebody. It is located at 30, Adeola Hopewell, Victoria Island, Lagos. Asian and African dishes are both available on their extensive menu. The comfortable mahogany decor also helps you to relax better and take in the beauty of the moment.
8. Ember Creek Waterfront
Ember Creek Waterfront is a restaurant cum bar that transforms into an exciting and lively nightclub at night. It is located at 32, Awolowo Road, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos. If your date likes to dance to booming Afro-pop music, this is one of the safest and most lively bars to visit and get your groove on.
9. Lihao Chinese Cuisine
Lihao is right in the heart of the mainland. \Situated at 2, Thorburn Avenue, Yaba, Lagos. Located on the ground floor of the Niger Palace Hotel and on the same street as Afara Leadership Centre. Offers a cosy oriental style restaurant with an extensive range of Asian cuisine.
10. Breena’s Cafe
Breena’s Cafe is also located on the mainland. There are two branches. One at Maryland and other at Akoka. The address of the Maryland location is 19, Abbi Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos while the Akoka branch is on Akoka Road, near St. Finbarr’s College, Yaba. If you and your date love pastry and tasty, spicy shawarma, Breena’s cafe is the plug for those food items.
11. Domino’s Pizza
Pizza, pizza and more pizza. Domino’s recently opened a branch in the Yaba area and this is the perfect date spot for university students who want to leave the school premises and do something extra. It is located a few kilometres from St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and Our Lady of Apostles Catholic School at 344, Herbert Macaulay Way, Plot 204, Yaba.
12. Cafe Neo
This is a cool coffee spot to go on a short date at. They have different outlets in Lagos but the favourites for young people are the one on the mainland at the E-Centre, Yaba and the one-off Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island. They have a variety of coffee and health drinks and pastry that are of great value for their price.
13. Cold Stone Creamery
This is on the top floor of the same storey building as the Domino’s Pizza mentioned above. Pizza and Ice cream is one of the best combos known to man and if you are on a date with someone who has a sweet tooth, this is one of the most budget-friendly places to go.
14. Maryland Mall
This new mall at Maryland hosts a lot of restaurants, bookstores, fashion and make-up stores and health lounges. it is located at 350 – 360, Ikorodu Road, Anthony Village, Lagos. It is the cool new spot for youths and was established in 2016. It is a good place to have a full-day date. You can see a movie in one of the cinema halls, shop at Shoprite or one of the other stores, walk around and window shop, and get a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in the food court.
15. Belgian Rose
This is a very quaint cake shop at one of the busiest places in Lagos- Sabo. It is located at 318, Herbert Macaulay Way and is the perfect date spot to have an intimate conversation and tasty baked items on the mainland. The ambience helps you forget the noise and bustle going on outside the shop. Their goods are also very affordable and it is a family-owned bakery which was established in 2017.
16. Sweet Kiwi
Sweet Kiwi is a Yogurt and Waffle spot located at Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. It is a very good spot to go on a brunch date especially if you or your date are Waffle, Yogurt or generally, pastry lovers. Their yoghurts are visually appealing and intensely tasty.
17. Tarkwa Bay
Tarkwa Bay is a lovely, aesthetically pleasing beach. It is a very romantic spot that is located near the Lagos harbour. There are so many outdoor activities to do like Horseback riding, speedboat riding and so on. If you are going out with someone that likes physical activity, this is a good spot to hang out. Just remember to wear light clothing and take a good camera for pictures.
18. Rele Art Gallery
Located at 5, Military Street, Onikan Environment, Lagos. If your date is very interested in Contemporary art and aesthetics, Rele Art Gallery is one of the cool spots you can take them to see artworks. Time and again they host and feature creative artworks in their exhibitions.
19. Lekki Leisure Lake
This cool place is the spot for outdoor recreation lovers. It is located in the Eti- Osa community. There are so many activities that take place like the Jet skiing and quad back riding. Their food is also very delicious, especially when you have it after engaging in any of the activities on site.
20. Melting Moments
This creamery is for those who are sweet-toothed. They have outlets on the Island and the mainland. Their mainland location is at Shop U02, by Silverbird Cinema, Ikeja City Mall, Alausa, Ikeja. They have a wide variety of flavours, from mint choc chip to vanilla with sprinkles, chunky monkey, cookies and cream and so on! But it definitely does not end there, they have other dessert items and you can also buy cakes for different celebrations here.
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Unarguably the most economically active and socially diverse state in Nigeria, Lagos state is strategically positioned as the major convergence points for all other parts of the country and also the main entry point to the rest of the world. This has lead to the creation of a variety of destinations and spots meant for leisure, relaxation, exploration or just sheer amusement.