THESE PLACES IN LAGOS, NIGERIA WILL HAVE YOU WONDERING WHY PEOPLE TRAVEL ABROAD TO ENJOY CREATIVE HUBS.
In a fast paced city like Lagos which happens to be the smallest city in Nigeria yet the most populated with about 21 million residents (which is about three times the number of people living in New York) the need for easily accessible creative hubs for people to hang out, relax and get inspired can not be over emphasized.
A lot of people don't have 9-5 jobs, a lot thrive on the ease of moving from place to place, meeting like minds while doing research, networking and of course getting grubs. As members of the new generation of trendsetters and innovative minds we hang out in places that define who we are and help get our creative juices flowing, gone are the days where people could only clock into libraries, borrow books and clock out, but as minds are evolving, so are our hang out spots. Are you new in Lagos? Or are you just looking for places to go and unwind in a creative way? Well here are a few places you can explore.
BOGOBIRI HOUSE: Bogobiri is a contemporary African themed boutique, hotel and restaurant located in Ikoyi, Lagos. They don't only offer services for the experienced traveler but also for the relaxation seeker and creative mind. They have a restaurant where you can get a variety of contemporary dishes and also an open mic night every Thursday evening where people can come and listen to deep poetry and live music while having an avenue to socialize with like minds. You can hang, network and just be yourself in this contemporary space.
CAFE NEO: Soon becoming the Nigerian Starbucks, Cafe Neo is home to some of the best tasting coffee, muffins and smoothies with a relaxing and artistic environment. Located nicely in Victoria Island, the cafe is a great spot to not just relax but also to work because in a city like Lagos where electricity is huge problem we need places that we can carry our laptops to and work without an interrupted supply of power. From bloggers posting flatlays of their Macbooks, coffee mugs and muffins on social media, to personal brands making the location a point of meeting, Cafe Neo is rising fast on the scale of businesses that are making Lagos more trendy.
STRANGER: As the name implies, 'stranger' is one location you can go to completely zone out from the hustle and bustle of Lagos, the minute you step into this building it's like you're a stranger to the ever so busy lifestyle of Lagos. Starting out as a contemporary boutique, hosting some of Nigeria's contemporary fashion brands, stranger has now grown into a lifestyle hub where you can find a café and bar, you can also enjoy free Wi-Fi and a co-creating space and enjoy activities like Yoga, film screenings, a contemporary art exhibition space and even Game night. Located in Lekki, Lagos, stranger is becoming one of the most popular spaces for the cool kids to hang out.
There are other places like Terra Kulture, Fuze lounge and also some particular restaurants for people to explore but one thing these places all have in common is their location. Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki are the three main areas in Lagos where people in affluence reside, similar to Manhattan in New York or central London, you might wonder why these spaces are strategically set up here, well this is mainly because they feel these areas have a larger number of the audience they're trying to reach which to a large extent is true but the Lagos mainland is more populated and people tend to have a misconception that majority of those living on the mainland can't afford this. This is not true. Although, most of the time, people shy away from opening social hubs in these areas due to unavailability of some resources and a low number of the target audience, a lot of people who reside on the mainland of Lagos (similar or Brooklyn or Queens in New York) are looking for more classy spaces like this. There is a market for high class social hubs in these areas and we hope to see more business owners springing them up soon.
Well, of course I can't mention all these without mentioning our very own TINK space that we like to call the "Common Lab". This is a creative space for people of like minds to focus on work while also co-creating with other like minds. As a member you enjoy services like Wi-Fi, coffee and access to oh so interesting library, it's like your own office except you don't have to worry about the nitty gritties like electricity and welfare, we take care of that and all you do is pay a monthly membership/ access fee and here's the best part, for all those living on the mainland of Lagos it's easily accessible, the Common Lab happens to be one of the few spaces available on the mainland that offer this. It's a great place to create, explore and Re-Think.