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Things to do in Cyprus • Restaurants and cafés

Fresh, simple and downright delicious, discover the best places to eat in Cyprus as recommended by Time Out’s local editors

Souvlaki at Gravella jiao Kapnia, Cyprus

Things to do in Cyprus: Pig out on delicious souvlaki at Gravella je Kapnia

Where to eat in Cyprus

Paliovarka, Limassol, Cyprus

Fish is on the menu at Paliovarka

You can’t go wrong with Cypriot food – delicious meze and souvlaki are the hallmarks of a cuisine infused with Mediterranean and traditional local flavours.

For the full Cyprus dining experience, head to Fetta’s Corner (no website) in Paphos: this traditional eatery won the Best Taverna gong in the latest Time Out Eating Awards. Alternatively, try out Gravella je Kapnia (no website) in Nicosia, which won the Time Out award for Best Kebab.

To sample a combination of Greek and Cypriot food and entertainment, take a walk down bustling Ledra Street where the Karvounomageiremata taverna offers live music on most nights.

Fish lovers can choose between Paliovarka (no website) in Limassol (the Best Fish Taverna in the 2012 Time Out Eating Awards) or Kalamies in cosmopolitan Protaras, a fantastic seafood restaurant that overlooks the area’s busiest beach.

Those in search of a good but less expensive meal should check out the popular fish and sushi chain Ocean Basket, which has restaurants in every city on the island. The ‘Nice Price’ category also encompasses Artisan’s Burgerbar in Nicosia with its succulent freshly made burgers and iced Hoegaarden beer.

For Michelin-standard cooking, look to the three restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel: the Asian Seasons Oriental, the Mediterranean Vivaldi and the gourmet Mavrommatis (sister restaurant of the Mavrommatis in Paris). The island’s best wine list and one its top sommeliers can be found at Risto La Piazza in Paphos. Finally, for a combination of good food and drink, sometimes at the bar, check out either Vino Cultura or Bastione in Nicosia or Alati By The Sea in Protaras, which is only open in the summer.


Restaurant and café details

Fetta’s Corner 33 Ioanni Agroti St, Paphos. +357 26 937822.
Gravella je Kapnia 41E Archangelos Avenue, Stovolos, Nicosia. +357 22 358060.
Karvounomageiremata 154 Ledra St, Old Nicosia. +357 77 777729.
Paliovarka 11 Vasilissis St, Old Castle, Limassol. +357 25 347171.
Kalamies Pernera, Protaras. +357 23 831145.
Ocean Basket Various venues.
Artisan’s Burgerbar 20 Stasandrou St, Nicosia. +357 22 759300.
Four Seasons Hotel Asian Seasons Oriental, Mediterranean Vivaldi and Mavrommatis, Limassol. +357 25 858000
Risto La Piazza 11-12 Alkminis St, Paphos. +357 26 819921
Vino Cultura 20 Kyriacou Matsi Avenue, Nicosia.+357 22 676707.
Caraffa Bastione 6 Athinas St, Old Nicosia.+357 2 2730025.
Alati By The Sea 37 Perneras St, Protaras.+357 23 833740.



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