Dating On An NYSC Budget

NOSA: Finding an affordable date location shouldn't be stressful. Being a corper is already enough stress, from that ugly khaki to CDS days.

FOLLY: First of all, Ray Charles to my old life. I always looked like struggle and strife everytime I'd don that ugly uniform.

Anyways, considering that how much one should spend on a date is often debated topic on Nigerian Twitter, we thought it our duty to compile this list for those who cannot afford $200 or -N- 37,000 on a single date (USD 1 = 185 NGN).

NOSA: This is short little list of places you can romance in Lagos without denting your Allawee too hard.

Petit Paris Cafe

27 Fola Osibo St. Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

NOSA: I've been to this a couple of times to do work on my off day. Solo rocks and ting. It's not the largest space but it's really cute space. If you come here, sit outside. Trust me. 

FOLLY: Nosa, do you mean on your *CD day ?

NOSA: You're rude.

I wasn't a big fan of the burger and the club sandwich had boiled egg in it, but the fries were amazing. The salmon is really good too.

FOLLY: They also have Crème brûlée here and it's super rare in Lagos. 

NOSA: Long and short of this, given budgetary constraints, this is a steal for a date spot. 


Pat's Bar

292C Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island, Lagos.

FOLLY: If you and your companion are into sports, this could be a really fun one. Even if you're not, the vibe of this place is very relaxed so it'll be a "no pressure" date.

The drinks are well cheap and the food is decent. 

NOSA: Star is N550 and there's nothing over N3,000 on the menu. Also, the plating might be terrible but the hummus with the ground beef is delicious. 

FOLLY: Nosa had the shepherd's pie when we last went, I tasted it and it was pretty delish. 

The Long Bar

23 Tony Anegbode Street. Victoria Island, Lagos.

FOLLY: This might be my fave place on this list. You and your date can sit at a booth and be really cozy and "get to know each other".  It's also a great place to be "lowkey", if you don't want the whole of Lagos in your biz-ness.  

NOSA: The place is full of foreigns. Those guys don't know your gist. 

FOLLY: Their drinks are pretty strong so I'll take it slow if I were you, so you don't embarass yourself and start saying anything your sober self might not have said. 

PRO TIP: Pass on the crispy chicken wings (you can make it at home), the hot sticky wings on the other hand are EVERYTHING. 


13, Musa Yardua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

FOLLY: The best pizza in Lagos and it's always consistent. Sit outside and it's a great day time spot.

NOSA: Or at night. Stare at the stars and whatnot. 

FOLLY: Also, you can't stunt with your black card here as Pizze-riah is cash only. You probably aren't interested in this list if you have a black card though; Izanagi is where you want to be. 

NOSA: Their most expensive pizza is N3,500 and a bottle wine should set you back like N2,000. That's N5,500 total. #ThankMeLater

FOLLY: I totes did pizza and wine in college (as opposed to beer and pizza) because I'm fake fancy like that

Olivia's Cafe

33 Fola Osibo Street. Lekki Phase I, Lagos

NOSA: Started coming here because it's the only place I know in Lekki with free wifi. The food isn't the greatest thing ever, but it's super affordable. I don't think Folly & I have gone over N5000 on any of our trips here. 

And their bacon tastes like goat meat. 

Mico's House of Chicken & Waffles

Samit Mall. Plot 69, Admiralty Way. Lekki Phase I, Lagos

NOSA: Not only will this be different, this won't blow your wallet up. The Chicken & Waffle plate is N2000 and it's the most expensive thing on the menu.