Lagos on a Budget – (Island Lekki Edition)
Be it the beach, art galleries, or street food, many of the local authentic experiences in Lagos cost very little. In our first edition of “Lagos on a Budget”, you can follow this line up of locations to get the most of your Lekki Experience one a random free day in Lagos.
Stroll the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge
Begin the day on bridge, located in Lekki 1 on Admiralty Way, close to Diamond Bank. This is the newest bridge construction in city by the Lagos State Government. Some folks call it Nigeria’s London Bridge. This bridge is approximately 1.5miles long and connects highbrow neighborhood of Ikoyi to upbeat neighborhood of Lekki. As you stroll, take a moment to enjoy the views of new and old mansions of Lagos very own Beverly Hills “Banana Island” while enjoying the nice breeze from the water. You can catch locals and foreigners running or cycling on the bridge. Most Lagosians, people who live or are from Lagos, feel that people go running on the bridge to “show-off” but real fitness lovers see it as the perfect free location to de-stress daily from the typical Lagos hustle and bustle.
Re-energize with breakfast at Road Chef
This relatively new 24-hour spot is the best place to re-fuel after your stroll. It is also conveniently located at the end of the Lekki side of the bridge in the ASCON gas station. Think American diners style such as IHop or Denny’s. The breakfast menu is reasonable and good value for your money. The other menu items are good options as well. Opt for either the AM roadwrap or Roadstarter breakfast menu options. If you want something extra then try their crispy sweet potato fries. Sit and enjoy your breakfast while people watching 🙂
Beach time in Elegushi or Alpha Beach
After cooling off with a nice healthy breakfast, head to the closest beach in Lekki –Elegushi or if you want something further out then head to Alpha Beach. Relax while enjoying the sounds of the beach. You can drive to the beach or take a local taxi or Uber. Elegushi is located at the 3rd roundabout in Lekki while Alpha Beach is located at the 5th/6th roundabout. The beach is a public beach but the locals usually hassle you for money to use the beach. So we advice you have some cash on you. The entry fee to the beach is NGN1000. If you want to save some money, take your drinks along or you can enjoy a drink at a beach bar on the trip. Our favorite in Elegushi is Voodoo because it is conveniently located by the entrance. To make the most of your time: take a nice stroll on the beach side of the strip, then find a nice spot to chill, and simply enjoy the calm. It is best to go with a blanket if you want to sit on the beach.
Enjoy local Art exhibitions at Nike Art Gallery
Now that you have soaked in all the sun and are ready for something more “chill”, head to Nike Art Gallery located at the 3rd roundabout in Ikate-Elegushi. The gallery is arguably the largest of its kind in West Africa and the Lagos centre contains one of the most extensive African art collections in Africa. Spend a few hours connecting with the local experiences via art and cultural exhibits of with 8,000 diverse artworks from various Nigerian artists. This is a great place to learn about the arts, culture, tradition, language and heritage of Nigeria.
Grab Chicken Pinky or Shawarma at Farm City
Behind this 24 hour supermarket where you can purchase fresh grocery items, is a lovely sitting area with an amazing waterfront view. Indulge in either Farm City’s fresh juice or in some alcoholic beverage, then order Farm city’s famous Chicken Pinky, grilled chicken and potatoes tossed in seasoned spicy pepper or Shawarma, grilled chicken, beef and hotdog with vegetables wrapped in grilled pita bread. Catch views of local fishermen on their boats wrapping up their day and sailing back home or simply watch Lagos 9-5ers head back home on the local water transport. Now the best part, relax and watch the sunset – don’t forget to get your camera ready. Sometimes a DJ is spinning music or sometimes it is a quiet atmosphere, which is perfect to unwind from the long day.
Listen to Live Band Music at Bukka Hut
Still looking for a big bang to end the night. Then head to Bukka Hut, a short driving distance or a decent walk from Farm City, for a night of live music or entertainment with local upcoming artists. Though it is a restaurant downstairs, the upstairs part is the lounge. The music vibe is very traditional, sounds of Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, and the likes can be heard. Watching the crowd and enjoying the vibes of the environment is a great way to observe Yoruba people unwind a.k.a Faaji in Yoruba language. And if you’re craving something to munch on after a couple of drinks, there is a great Suya spot downstairs – you can order from the bar!