Brunch is steadily replacing wedding crashing as the favourite weekend activity of Lagosians and we can guess why. After all, there’s nothing better than lazing around on a weekend morning and meeting with your friends (or a romantic date) over delicious Eggs Benedict, washed down with a sweet Mimosa, whilst reflecting on the week ahead. Plus, no aso ebi required.
Whether it’s the standard buffet style brunch at the popular hotel restaurants we all know and love, or a more eclectic selection at local restaurants using indigenous ingredients to serve up an exotic take on the western brunch style, your taste buds are definitely in for a treat.
Like any good guide, we plan to periodically update the list. Read on, and let’s do brunch.
We’ve put together the 15 best restaurants in Lagos for delicious brunch that we think you’ll enjoy.
Mega Plaza Mall, 14 Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Craft Gourmet has a done an amazing job transforming the space at Mega Plaza. The simplicity is almost as inviting and beautiful as the brunch menu. Come and try the delicious food with hints of influence from North Africa and Lebanon. For brunch, the Shakshouka and Chapman is highly recommended.
12A Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
There is something unique about the space at Nok by Alara. It’s simple, yet stylish decor makes an impression on you every time. The ambiance alone is a reason to come, but the food is the reason to stay. Now that celebrity chef Pierre Thiam has added brunch to Nok’s menu, we love it even more! The Agege French Toast is highly recommended.
9 Eletu Ogabi, Victoria Island, Lagos
RSVP has managed to create an incredible (no exaggeration) brunch experience in Lagos. The truly innovative menu (which includes an addictive cocktail list) at RSVP matched by excellent consistent service keeps us coming back here. We advise making a reservation in advance. The Prawn Tortillas is awesome.
58A Issac John Street, Ikeja, Lagos
Orchid Bistro is a hidden gem in Ikeja. By hidden, we mean that it is relatively difficult to locate and that’s not a bad thing if you want to avoid the Sunday crowd. Like most brunches in Lagos, it is buffet style. The pancakes and apple crumbles are highly recommended
273 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Bistro 7 is an old favourite and one of the more baby-friendly brunch locations. The Eggs Benedict is absolutely delicious and highly recommended.
11 Musa Yardua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Crust & Cream serves a mean All-American breakfast with pancakes, eggs, crispy-fried beacon and real pork sausage. Also an excellent spot for an arty brunch date.
9/10 Block 2, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Yesuf Abiodun Way, Victoria Island, Lagos
This French Brasserie themed restaurant at Four Points is another post-church family brunch outpost. Equally as pricey as Southern Sun but no bottomless champagne. You should get a complimentary Martini Rose though, so be sure to ask for it.
288B Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
The best place to eat the full English Breakfast may just be at this tucked away gem in Ikoyi. Great for a poolside romantic brunch for two.
22b Musa Yar’Adua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
La Brioche is another cute French themed place. The space feels quite tight, or you could say super-intimate (great for a third date!). The pastry goodies at La Brioche are all delicious, every last item on the menu. Definitely try the Brioche doughnuts.
Alfred Rewane road / Kingsway road, Ikoyi, Lagos
For the brunch newbies in Lagos, Southern Sun is a must. The Sunday brunch at Southern Sun has become a solid Lagosian tradition. Probably because there is a likelihood you’ll run into someone famous/infamous, the buffet is actually good (and extensive), exquisite dinning space and top-notch service. Finally, let’s not forget the bottomless champagne.
1089 Agoro Odiyan Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
The famous Casper & Gambini’s is a welcome addition to the Lagos restaurant scene. It occupies the old Cafe Vanessa spot in Victoria Island and has taken the brunch experience one notch up.
4/6 Shehu Layi Yusuf Crescent, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Churchill’s is an old-fashioned English pub tucked away in Lekki which has become “the local” for British expats. You might want to come here only to practice your British accent, but the food is on point and affordable. The brunch menu includes the full English breakfast, which is actually served all-day.
1291 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
This is another one of those cozy cafes located above a supermarket. The not-so-obvious difference is that Brunch at Delis is actually delectable. Also serves one of the best steaks in Lagos.
Alfred Rewane road / Kingsway road, Ikoyi, Lagos
For the best panini fix in Lekki, head straight to Olivia’s Café which is co-located with the famous Nuts About Cakes bakery.
16B Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Browns is well-known for its Nigerian delicacies and tends to be overlooked for its brunch offering. You could also opt for the Al fresco dining option. Definitely try the poached eggs Florentine.