Cyprus coffee culture, it is said, may be tasted at it’s most vital and life-affirming in Nicosia. Where else would you taste the ultimate Turkish coffee than in the city of the Green Line! Or a Cyprus coffee, which is a variation of Greek or Turkish coffee, made with 2-3 tea spoons of finely ground robusta beans and 50ml of water.
Wherever you’re staying – overnight in one of the many Nicosia city centre hotels or booked in for a mini-break at a more boutique style of luxury hotel in Nicosia – seeking the perfect roasted coffee bean is bound to be on most visitor’s Mediterranean bucket lists.
You’re never too far from its rich heady aroma as you take a leisurely stroll through the pedestrianised streets of the Cyprus capital. There are hundreds of coffee shops right across the island, and in a main urban area you are likely to see more than half a dozen clustered together in a single thoroughfare, such as Onasagorou Street. Another notable spot includes the Engomi area where, set back and running parallel to the Griva Digeni dual carriage way, are five coffee shops on parade.
The drinking of a cup of Cyprus coffee – traditionally served in small cups along with the glass of cold water and usually sipped slowly – is a time-honoured ritual in the traditional village coffeeshop “kafenios”. Today, the local inhabitants still gather to drink the island’s signature coffee, exchange news, chat and play cards or the ever-present game of backgammon.
There are actually four ways of brewing Cyprus coffee – ‘sketo’, or plain, is the traditional coffee without sugar, while ‘metrio’ is coffee with one teaspoon of sugar always added during brewing. ‘Gliko’ is a very sweet coffee made with two teaspoons of sugar. Finally, the well-known ‘frappé’ – is a cold instant coffee (usually Nescafe) made with ice, whipped milk cream, water and sugar.
Speciality coffee-drinking scene
However, emerging on the southern side of Nicosia is a new speciality coffee-drinking scene, which often involves hand-roasted, artisan preparation. Other popular processes include the “Cold Drip” – a more intense and concentrated immersion technique, mixing coffee and water that’s left to ‘brew, or the “Pour Over” – slightly cooled boiling water poured over coffee grounds in a filter that makes no contact with the finished brew.
Whatever the preferred way of taking coffee, traditional or new, there will be a chair in a Nicosia café waiting for its next cultural adventurer to partake of the timeless elixir.
At Hypnos by bed N’mix in the city centre of Nicosia – you’re never too far from your next Cyprus coffee. We are rated as one of the best luxury boutique hotels, in a safe area with total security, 24/7. Book your stay today!
It’s not only guests staying at the best hotels in Nicosia! It’s also visitors booking Nicosia accommodation anywhere in the city who may also be curious to explore the “Mediterranean” Diet. It can be a real eye-opener to suddenly come across the endless variety of super-sized fruit and vegetables in all their luscious, colourful variety at a local street market. Who could resist the plump, soft velvet and pink flush of an apricot, glistening bronze figs of Biblical proportions or even getting to grips with the papoutsosiko (prickly pears)?
Fresh salad and vegetables are a main part of every Cypriot meal, often prepared and dressed with lemon and the much revered olive oil, together with a moderate consumption of fish, cheese, yogurt, wine and meat. Studies carried out as recently as 2017 found evidence that a Mediterranean diet could help reduce the risk of obesity, high cholesterol, and heart disease, and improve overall health (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2017).
Natural, locally-sourced food ingredients
Doctors, nutritionists and personal trainers repeatedly point to the Mediterranean Diet as a more healthy-eating lifestyle. While “going vegan” i.e. adhering to strictly plant-based foods has gained mainstream attention in recent years, the natural, locally-sourced food ingredients of Cyprus, Greece, Crete, southern France, Italy and Spain have long been a cultural tradition.
It’s no surprise to find that there are numerous markets all around Cyprus where you may join in with the local inhabitants to pick fresh, 100 per cent organically grown produce, such as cherry tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, courgettes and watermelons.
One of the truly remarkable farmers’ markets
In Nicosia, it is the Ochi Roundabout where one of the truly remarkable farmers’ markets is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 6 am until 4 pm. Located close to the Bayraktar Mosque, by one of the 11 bastions (Constanza Bastion) of the Venetian walls at Constantinou Paleologou, a visit is a must-see cultural experience!
The Venetian Walls are a series of defensive city walls surrounding Nicosia in Cyprus, first built in the Middle Ages, but completely rebuilt in the mid-16th century. The mosque takes its name from the Turkish “bayrak” – flag or trophy of war – as legend has it that this was the spot the first Ottoman flag was raised in 1570.
It is in this evocative, historical setting that the Ochi market continues to offer a dizzying abundance of all types of the freshest seasonal, local produce – mainly fruit and vegetables – and where bargains may be had too! The excitement is palpable as the early morning air fills with the shouts of stallholders trying to entice an already heaving throng as they slowly thread in and out of the endless, multicoloured rows of fruit and vegetables piled almost to the sky. But you have to be quick because by lunchtime, the best buys will have gone!
Hypnos by bed N’mix is located only a few minutes from Ochi Roundabout in the city centre of Nicosia. We are rated as one of the best luxury boutique hotels, in a safe area with total security, 24/7. Book your stay today!
Business Show or Conference – Attendees Seek Boutique Experience of Luxury Nicosia City Centre Hotels
The staging of the annual Cyprus Gaming Show and The 13th Real Estate Conference in May will be an opportunity for many business attendees to rediscover the refined design and cultural detail of luxury hotels in Nicosia.
Nicosia is not only the capital of a Mediterranean island gem, it is also at the heart of a Cyprus tourism boom with many facets. A record-breaking 3.93 million people visited Cyprus in 2018, up by nearly 8 per cent compared to the 3.65 million in 2017 (Cyprus Statistical Service).
While the island’s holiday tourism continues to explode – the Cyprus economy is forecast to grow by 3.5 per cent in 2019 (Cyprus Foreign Ministry) – the international business community is also fuelling the rise in Conference and Incentive tourism, Business tourism and Sports tourism.
Executive attendees also naturally expect to stay at the best hotels in Nicosia – those that offer the unique aesthetic of personalised boutique experience – whenever they attend a conference or trade exhibition.
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Cyprus Gaming Show
Cyprus continues to play an increasingly important role in its involvement with many international business events, such as hosting the annual Cyprus Gaming Show in Nicosia. The audience for gaming worldwide is estimated between 2.2 – 2.6 billion, and the global software market is expected to grow from €123 billion in 2018 to an estimated €161 billion by the end of 2021 (The Association For UK Interactive Entertainment).
The two-day conference and exhibition – Mon 20 | Tue 21 May 2019 | 08:00 – 18:00 – brings together online and offline gaming sectors, and highlights Cyprus as a prospective, regional gaming centre.
Around 200-250 attendees are expected, comprising leaders and innovators in the gaming industry such as, software and technology companies, gaming operators, payment solution providers, third parties, suppliers, regulators, investors and the media.
The show is aimed to provide valuable insight and practical strategies on how individual operators can “grow and monetise their business, discover new audiences, and capitalise on opportunities Cyprus and Europe has to offer”. Most importantly, it an opportunity to network and identify products and services that will best enable their businesses to succeed.
The 13th Real Estate Conference
A much anticipated one-day event, the Real Estate Conference on 22 May 2019 is the annual gathering of senior industry property professionals and stakeholders where latest issues, recent market trends and developments are discussed and evaluated, and emerging opportunities explored. Among sector attendees will be architects, civil engineers, developers, construction firms, appraisers, land valuers, agencies, contractors and investors.
Many of the business attendees will also be seeking the refined boutique experience of Nicosia city centre hotels during their stay.
Hypnos by bed N’mix is located in the city centre of Nicosia. We are rated as one of the best luxury boutique hotels, in a safe area, with total security, 24/7. Book your stay today!