Lagos is a city that never sleeps, bustling with people working towards making each day count. It’s also Nigeria’s leading tech city, with Yaba as its hub. As the home to many creatives, most of whom are freelancers and remote workers, the city has several co-working spaces and cafes to work from. These spaces are ideally situated for making the most of their calm working environments while being within easy distance of the city’s best restaurants and lively bars. Many of these Lagos co-working spaces also offer after-hours activities, from Afrobeats music to drinks with a view of the Atlantic ocean.
Best for: Cheerful design
Location: The Palms Shopping Mall, 1 Bisway Street, Maroko 106104, Lekki
Price: 2700 NGN per coffee / 6.38 USD
Located in the Palms Shopping Mall in Lekki, Pause Cafe has a European feel, with outdoor seating dotted with calming pot plants. The brightly lit area inside thrums with people tapping away on their laptops, while the windows offer a front-row view of Lagos life. There is a drinks menu with all the coffees and mocktails you could desire, alongside a menu of continental favourites and English breakfast. The omelette sandwich, a chocolate croissant, and an iced americano are the perfect way to start your day.
Best for: Shared workspaces
Location: No. 7 Ibiyinka Olorunbe Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
Price: Enquire direct
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Workstation provides access to the best technology for creatives and those working in tech, as well as the chance to network with a like-minded community. The workspaces are equally suited to companies, freelancers, and remote workers, and are furnished with dark wood desks and enlivened with plants. With work booths, meeting rooms, fixed desks, and hot desks available, all your needs will be covered.
Best for: Tech environment
Location: No. 10 Hughes Avenue, Alagomeji, Yaba
Price: Price varies
HubOne is set up as a typical office space with chairs and tables at every corner, people working away on their laptops, and teams holding presentations and meetings. For start-ups looking for a community, a business address, and a place to work from, HubOne ticks the boxes, especially for those working in tech, who are the typical users of the space. While the co-working space doesn’t have snacks and drinks, there are plenty of nearby restaurants that offer local cuisine, ice cream and pizza.
Best for: Beautiful scenery and, you guessed it, the coffee
Location: No. 17 A Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, WINGS 106104, Lagos
Price: 1200 NGN per coffee / 2.81 USD
Located on the first floor of The Wings Office Complex, My Coffee is a quiet and calm cafe that lets you work without disturbance. Interiors are decorated with sculptures by local and international artists to create a lively, inspiring space. The service is okay, and while it’s not the most affordable when it comes to food, its espresso coffee is an excellent cheaper option. The signature jollof rice and chicken is always recommended, together with a non-alcoholic Nigerian chapman punch. The ample outdoor space also allows you to work while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Best for: Large space
Location: 2 Locations across the city
Price: Price varies depending on location and service
With a location on Victoria Island and another in Oniru, 989 Workspaces is a co-working space with comfortable interiors, high-speed internet, and cosy sofas, moveable chairs and tables. The space offers networking events for creatives looking to meet others in the same field, a private meeting room, a communal area to relax and get drinks, and a collaborative environment to feel the buzz.
Best for: Eclectic decor
Location: 7A Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase I 106104, Lekki
Price: 1500 NGN per coffee / 3.51 USD
Grab a seat at one of the bar stools at the circular tables inside Moonshine Cafe, and you’ll have plenty to look at when pausing between work: pastel blue walls, paintings by local artists, and vinyls and record sleeves hanging from the ceiling. The environment is peaceful and quiet, which makes it a perfect spot for freelancers and remote working. Expect a disturbance-free day, and refuel with brunch, sandwiches, pastries and drinks. You can work from the space upstairs, which doubles as a lounge and restaurant with excellent people-watching credentials.
Best for: Gaming space
Location: The Philippi Centre, Oluwalogbon House, Plot A Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ikeja
Price: 5000 NGN per day / 11.70 USD
EridanSpace is available for all remote working needs: it has fast and reliable internet, a kitchen to use at your convenience, and even a gaming space to wind down after work. It is decorated with brown and orange tones, with a receptionist ready to assist you when you walk in. There’s a lounge seating area, and the desks are well positioned to afford a bit of privacy. It is mostly frequented by people working in tech, and freelancers of all kinds.
Best for: Coffee and cocktails
Location: Plot 6 Muiz Banire St, Lekki Phase I 100001, Lagos
Price: 600 NGN per coffee / 1.40 USD
You’re instantly greeted by the smell of coffee when you walk into MyYa’s Cafe. It’s regarded as one of the best places for coffee on Lagos Island, and there is also a selection of cocktails, and sandwiches on offer. The space is well-lit and provides for remote workers with its cheap coffee and cool setting. Walk in and grab a cup of espresso before settling in to work for the day.
Eric Kayser Cafe
Best for: Coffee and fluffy croissants
Location: Plot 6 Muiz Banire St, Lekki Phase I 100001, Lagos
Price: 1200 NGN per day / 2.81 USD
Eric Kayser has two locations on Lagos Island, but its Victoria Island location is ideal for freelancers: its calm environment lets you have meetings and work without feeling the city’s chaotic energy. The menu is a bit pricey, but you can never go wrong with a cup of their coffee and a croissant to motivate your work.
Cafe One by Sterling
Best for: Affordability and comfort
Location: Lennox Mall, Admiralty way, Lekki Phase 1
Price: 3000 a day / 7.03 USD
Cafe One by Sterling Bank has two locations in Lagos where you can work from. The bright red chairs and pillows give it a homely feel, with plenty of sockets distributed around the working areas. There’s a good selection of snacks to munch on while on a break, and their coffee is better than most co-working spaces in the city. There’s a discount for Sterling bank users that want to use the space too, so make sure to mention that if you are a customer. While it’s not the perfect spot for confidential meetings, it’s a great place for freelancers to conduct interviews and get on with some quiet work.
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