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7 Fun things to do in Yaba

Located centrally between Lagos Island and Lagos mainland metropolis and clustered with an array of educational institutions, a budding tech community, plenty of fun spots and good number of residential areas, Yaba is one of the most budding neighbourhoods in Lagos.

A transit town linking Surulere, Ikeja, Obalende and the fact that it houses the University of Lagos popularly called UNILAG adds to the appeal of Yaba as a vibrant Lagos suburb.


There’s actually life on the mainland all ye Island people. So if you find yourself in the area and you’re looking for some fun things to do in Yaba, here are 7 of them.

1. Eat Amala at Canada restaurant

Amala & Gbegiri

You heard me right… and no, you’re not flying to Canada. Canada restaurant is right in Ebute Metta, an adjourning neigbourhood to Yaba (by the 3rd Mainland bridge).

You’ve heard about the legend of the Amalas and I tell you, this is one of the best places to eat Amala in Lagos. I used to be a fan of White House – another popular Amala spot in Yaba but ever since I discovered Canada, White House has become a second option. Canada is known for it’s Amala/Gbegiri/Ewedu, Rice & moi moi meals.

Check it out here.

2. Go thrift shopping at Yaba Market


Yaba Market is also known as Tejuosho Market. Here you can buy anything from a pair of jeans, jackets, pants, suits, tuxedos, polos, tee-shirts, Bow ties, shoes and other fashionable accessories and second hand clothes at knock down prices. Yaba Market is open from morning to night so whatever time you arrive there, you’ll always find something interesting to buy.

3. Take a stroll or go jogging inside Unilag


Unilag has paved and linked walkways with trees lined trees that provides protection from the scourching sun. The paved roads are ideal for evening strolls and jogging for sports enthusiasts.

See also: Fun things to do in Ajah

4. Visit Makoko (the Venice of Africa)

Makoko – Lagos

Like Venice, Makoko is a floating city but lacks the  super yatches and luxury lifestyle of the Italian city. The floating school is an interesting point of attraction in the city, however visitors are mostly drawn here with the aim of doing some charity work. The area is mostly inhabited by peasant fishermen and petty traders. It can be sighted from the 3rd mainland bridge enroute the Island. If you’re want to do some charitable work for the less priviledged people in Lagos, this is one area you can visit.

5.  Visit the techies at CC Hub

Yaba is known as the Silicon Valley of Lagos with a sizable cluster of both tech companies and tech talents. Infact, CC Hub, a popular coworking space in Yaba was one of the first places Mark Zuckerberg touched down during his famous   visit to Lagos. If you are a tech enthusiast or you own a tech startup and you want to connect with some like minded people, CCHub is a place to meet them.

6. Watch a movie at Ozone Cinemas


E-Centre, Yaba

The E-Centre that houses Ozone Cinemas is one of the most popular entertainment hubs in Yaba. The adjoining streets has a lot of restaurants, bars and suya spots. The popular Ozone Cinemas is located at E-Centre so if you’re in the area and you want to watch a movie, this is the go to spot. Commercial Avenue where E-Centre is located is one of the places to meet cool dates.

7. Checkout old buildings at Ebute Metta

Most of the houses in Ebute Metta were built in the colonial era using the Brazillian architecture. The area, divided into East and West is home to notable buildings including the Nigerian Railway Corporation headquarters, post office, St Paul’s Catholic Church, the Oyingbo Market, a major bus terminal which makes for an attractive seeing.

See also: 7 fun things to do in Lekki


Do you think we missed out on something? What are the other fun things to do in Yaba? We’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments area below.












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