Seven Popular Bukkas In Lagos
What’s not to love about affordable, filling and delicious food? That’s the bukka experience! Eating out in bukkas is a very major part of Nigerian life, at least 70 percent of Nigerians have eaten in a bukka and a very good number visit frequently. Bukka, which is also known as Mama Put is Nigeria’s version of street food.
Food is a major part of tourism and bukkas are a good way to experience the local and authentic food culture of Nigerians. You also get to meet some really interesting people in bukkas while trying out affordable dishes, so that’s a win-win for an adventurous person.
Speaking of ambience and aesthetics, bukkas have nothing fancy to offer in regards to this. They are usually small or fairly sized rooms with wooden or plastic tables and chairs, with the cooking pots in view, in most cases. Another important thing to note when visiting bukkas is that most of them do not have friendly and courteous staff.
One major concern people have in exploring bukkas is finding really trusted, safe and good ones. Bukkas are on almost every corner of Lagos; however, not all are safe to eat in. Here are seven tested, safe and popular ones in Lagos.
Location: 9 Chapel Street Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.
White House is amongst the top three bukkas in Lagos and is very popular for its extensive menu compared to most of the others that have just one signature dish. They serve a variety of Nigerian dishes from rice to eba and amala, moin-moin and several soups. Their meals are affordable. White House caters to the tech, working class and student community in Yaba as there are two major tertiary institutions in Yaba. People also come from various parts of Lagos daily to eat at White House.
Location: 26 Rabiatu Thomson Crescent, Shitta, Surulere, Lagos.
Amala Shitta has been named the best place to get amala in Lagos. They serve amala and all its accompanying soups ewedu, gbegiri and obe elepo. Amala is a very popular dish in southwestern Nigeria and a lot of people are obsessed with this dish. This bukka usually has hundreds of people trooping in daily from all parts of Lagos to savour this meal that is so adored.
Location: King George V, off Awolowo Road, Lagos Island, Lagos.
Ghana High is a long-standing bukka in Lagos and is known for catering to the business hub on Lagos Island. Ghana High does not serve ‘swallow and soup’ meals; only rice, beans, plantain and stew varieties or combos. They are famous as one of the best places to eat ewa-agoyin, a spicy mashed beans meal, in Lagos.
Location: 10 Berkeley Street, Lagos Island, Lagos.
Iya Eba is yet another longstanding small bukka in Lagos. Contrary to what the name suggests, Iya Eba doesn’t serve only eba meals, but also rice, beans, amala and a couple of other dishes. The meals are affordable and tasty.
Location: 109 Akerele Road, Shitta, Surulere, Lagos.
Olaiya is another bukka that is famous for its amala as well as white rice and pepper stew in Surulere. Olaiya is run by a family and in a decent space that is surprisingly air-conditioned, an upgrade from all the regular bukkas.
Location: Ajisafe Street, Off Isaac John, Ikeja, Lagos.
Ajisafe is famous for having the best pepper rice in Lagos. They specialise in various rice meals and have visitors from various parts of Lagos as well.
Location: 14 Bank Olemoh Street, Surulere, Lagos.
Bank Olemoh is popular for its delicious “designer rice” which has everyone going back for more. They specialise in rice meals as well with beans, plantain and assorted meat combo.