The heartbeat of Western Nigeria, Lagos remains one of the most iconic cities in Africa. A perfect mix of Nigerian culture and urban civilization. Talk of the Lagos party – the city offers real Nigerian energy, colour and pure magic.
Lagos is for the adventurous at heart, the fun lover, a perfect escape destination for all and sundry. A city divided by cultures, yet bonded by the spirit of hustle. A city that never sleeps.
Shopping in the city can be as busy as the city itself. However, if you know your way through the nooks and cranny across the land, getting exciting things to shop for is just one glance through this piece.
Shopping for Art
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Shopping for arts might look like is far fetched and only reserved for the super-rich. Let me blow your mind a bit, there is a lot of beautiful cheap art in the market for those looking to buy one just get ready to bargain. And guess the best place to buy art in Nigeria? Lagos is your best bet.
The Lekki art market, located on Oba Elegushi Street, Off Lekki-Epe expressway (between 4th and 5th roundabout), should be your first stop. A gem for Nigerian art and yeah the price of art is way cheaper than you can imagine. Looking for some more sophisticated art expression – The Nike art gallery and TerraKulture should be your next stop. Onikan under the bridge, Freedom Park and the Fela Shrine should definitely be on your list too.
Shopping for Clothes
Gbanjo!! Buy one get one free!! Check here na wholesale price oh!! Get familiar with these parlances when you get into the clothing market sections of the popular Idumota/Balogun market or Yaba market. Prices are outrageously cheap if you are ready to go all out at sellers and bargain like a typical Lagosian slashing the price of every item stated to you by half.
Lagos, they say is the land of opportunities – so looking for the opportunity to change your wardrobe with quality yet affordable articles of clothing, Idumota, Balogun, Yaba markets should be your next shopping plug.
Shopping for food items
You can enjoy lots of local Nigerian foods that won’t dig holes in your pockets when you hit the local markets for ingredients and other items
An essential commodity in the most populous city in Africa, one would be missing out without visiting top food markets such as Mile 12, Ketu and Otto.
Shopping for Electronics and Mobile Gadgets
Not your regular glossy shopping centres for electronics and mobile gadgets but home to quality, affordable at bargain price appliances are Alaba International market, Idumota and Computer village, Ikeja respectfully.
A great tip when in these markets is to do a lot of window shopping, avoid buying from the first shop you visit and bargain as much as possible before making a decision.
Shopping for drinks
Your guess is as good as mine – the Lagos party is never complete without drinks. From traditional African drinks to exotic foreign drinks, Under Bridge Apongbon, Trade fair and the nearest mall to you is the best bet in this city.