Coffee Shops in Lagos seem to be springing up faster every day, have you checked your street corner lately? It just might be that a new coffee shop’s popped up. And no, we’re not mad. Quite the contrary – we’ve been waiting for this coffee shop proliferation for a while now and Lagos is ready!
I visited Vestar Coffee, Café Neo and My Coffee Lagos during the week to see what’s being done differently and which you should visit for particular needs.
26A Oju Olobun Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
It was my first time at Vestar Coffee and I do not know why I hadn’t either heard about or been there before. It felt like coming home. It had everything I want from a coffee shop – warm décor with lots of wood and arm chairs that swallow you up in comfort, board games, soft classical music, donuts to die for and free Wi-Fi. It’s located on a quiet street in Victoria Island and I could easily have spent the day there if I had the time. The staff is lovely – and anyone who draws hearts beside my name kinda already has mine in their hands. Vestar Coffee gave me the most sumptuous glazed donut I’ve had in a long time! My hazelnut macchiato was heavenly and the Going Green smoothie my buddy got went down deliciously. Vestar is great for coffee dates – snuggle time over hot chocolate. It’s good for working too, traffic is not heavy. And for those days you want to be by your lonesome, finishing up that new Adichie book, Vestar Coffee will be your cup of tea hazelnut macchiato.
40B Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
The My Coffee Lagos location on Adetokunbo Ademola Street was the smallest and priciest of the cafes I visited. I mention the space because it is what put a damper on my visit there. It felt a little choked in there; it allows indoor seating for about 16 people and although we were just 8 when we visited, it felt like I could reach over to grab the cup off our neighbour’s table (I hear they’ve a bigger location opening up on Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue soon…). Space aside, My Coffee Lagos has the sweetest staff; our barista offered us sprinkles for our coffee – a nice touch. There’s a more extensive menu here, out of the three cafes. I got the Beef & Mushroom Panini. It could have been a main meal, it was that big. It was really good too, I’m craving another. The caramel macchiato was a little too sweet for me, but the ginger latte was ace. I liked the wish wall in the space, definitely added quirk and colour (I wished for more money, duh). While I wouldn’t work out of My Coffee Lagos or bring a date here, if my office was close enough, I’d drop by every so often to grab a bite to eat. Grab and go, that is.
Cre8, 6 Agoro Odiyan Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Café Neo, I know. Probably the most out-there of the three cafes. It’s become a very recognizable brand in Lagos with branches from the depths of Lekki to Ikeja. We ended up at the Agoro Odiyan branch after a failed attempt to access the Adeyemi Lawson location (which actually recently closed). I love Café Neo’s funky baristas – I haven’t been smiled at so much. I got my usual – carrot cake and picked an Ice tea over a Chai latte this time because the Lagos sun was out in all its glory. My buddy got a Greek yoghurt + granola parfait, it tasted good if you like that healthy stuff. I expected this branch to be busy for a weekday, but it wasn’t. I like that Café Neo has all sorts of seating in their spaces – high stools, benches, sofas – options are nice. The ethnic woodsy vibe they’ve adapted for most spaces is familiar and warm.
All three are great coffee shops with slightly different vibes. I’d say: work at Café Neo, take a date to Vestar Coffee (or go read yourself), then get food at My Coffee Lagos. So pleased that Lagos is getting into the culture, bring on more coffee!