Thanks to Covid, the dream of working from home, or anywhere with a stable Wifi connection, has become a reality for many. Even if you’re not a freelancer or going fully remote, employers have become far more accepting of the idea that you can in fact work while at the beach.
Thanks to free Data roaming and free Wifi a fairly standard offering, its never been easier. Now, it’s just our own (lack of) motivation we have to struggle with. No one wants to come to a paradise destination, just to spend our days glaring out the window of our accommodation at the sunshine.
Luckily, in Lagos you can have it all.
With long days there is plenty of time for taking a surf class, squeezing in a good block of work, then heading out for a great meal or night on the town.
Due to Covid restrictions, bars close at 11pm so you’ll still wake up refreshed for the next day. And, if you want to get out of your accommodation to work while soaking up the vibe, here are some places you can do so…
With owners who frequently visit Boston and New York, its no wonder Abigail’s café is up with the digital nomad scene. They promise a stable internet connection, are welcoming of laptops and have carefully thought out the seating so there are plenty of opportunities to can perch yourself on a bar stool or at a bistro table. Most of the non-working customers will be enjoying the outdoor seating, so you can work without feeling in the way, and still soak up the vibes.
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If you´re looking for a more concentrated work environment, the newly opened is Lagos Coworkers offers daily, weekly and longterm desk rental. Right on one of the main central plazas, you can look out to the shiny green tiled facade of the neigbouring building (an Lagos icon), and bright blue sky with the sea air drifting in. Its got an abundance of natural light and a clean, calm interior for those of you who excel in a a clear workspace.
Rua Gil Eanes, 19 1st Floor, Lagos |www.instagram.com/lagoscoworkers
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Lagos Digital Nomads
Mar d’Estórias on Lagos´main street is now hosting a coworking space upstairs. They offer day passes for 15€, as well as multipasses and monthly deals. They are also driving the entrepreneurial scene in Lagos, hosting meet ups and conferences to foster exchange and learning. They meet weekly for afterwork drinks in local bars & cafés. Check their instagram to see whats happening.
Rua Silva Lopes, 30, Lagos | instagram.com/lagos.digitalnomads
The Coffee Studio
A speciality coffee roaster, shop and cafe, The Coffee Studio Lagos makes every variation of coffee, and its one of the most laptop friendly locations in Lagos. The owners – remote workers themselves, designed and built the café during lockdown in 2020, especially with remote workers in mind. There are a range of different seating options including high tables with barstools, lounge areas and long tables. The café is open from early til late (8 am – 11:30 pm) so its a great place to come any time of day to enjoy a good caffeine boost (whether that be a cappuccino or an expresso martini) and get some work done while enjoying Lagos life.
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Black and White Cafe
Black and White coffee offers some of the best coffee in Lagos (subject to opinion of course) in a very chic interior. Their new 2021 location is an instagram favourite, with clean design incorporating marble, oak, concrete and high ceilings. There window benches with barstools provide a nice place to sit with your laptop, and take screen breaks to watch passers by. It does get a little loud so bring your headphones or enjoy overhearing chatter. Only indoor seating, but big windows with lots of natural light.
Lagos Cultural Centre Cafe
This one is a bit of a secret, and during Covid we can´t promise its open. But if you head through the entry of the Cultural centre, you can either turn left and check out the current exhibition (free entry), or walk through the patio to the cafe. Its spacious, usually fairly empty and has some available electrical points, so its a nice place to escape and get some work done in the quiet. They serve good portuguese coffee as well as a few other items such as toasts and pastel de nata.
R. Lançarote de Freitas 7, Lagos