Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus. Known for its remarkable landmarks that tell the story of its history, Nicosia is a place of culture. If you’re planning a trip to Nicosia, read on to find out about all of the must-do things that you can’t miss in this fascinating city!
1. Try Café Hopping
One of the greatest charms of Cyprus is its café culture. You will find delectable pastries, traditional cakes, and hot drinks in various coffee shops throughout the city. If you happen to be in the area, we highly recommend trying out a local-favorite café called “Apomero” around an alley near Ermou for some sweets!
2. Explore the Green Line
Nicosia is the only capital in the world that is split in two. The island is divided by the Green Line or Dead Zone along Old Nicosia. There are many checkpoints that you will encounter, but the main one is located on Ledra Street, which is also an entry point where you can cross to the other side. The place is a great way for you to explore the political history on the island.
3. Check Out the OHI Farmer’s Market
The OHI Farmer’s Market is another must-visit place in Nicosia. There, you will find a variety of local products including fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Even though you’re not into cooking or fresh produce, the experience of visiting the local market is rewarding enough. You will get to see the sellers shouting to attract customers and even try some samples of various local products. Note that the market is only on Wednesday and Saturday from 6 am to 4 pm, and the best time to go is early in the morning as the market is the most active then.
4. Visit Museums and Galleries
When you visit Nicosia, there is no way that you could miss all the great museums and galleries on the island. If you want to learn more about Cyprus’ history, check out the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia in the center of the Old Town. The exhibits will provide detailed information that is available in English, Turkish, and Geek. The best part is that admission is free! Cyprus Museum is another museum that is worth visiting. It is the biggest and oldest archaeological in Cyprus, featuring a wide collection of ancient Cypriot artifacts. Another cultural spot that you should visit in Nicosia is the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC). There, you will find exhibitions from artists all over the world. Don’t worry about not being able to visit if you’re traveling on a budget – admission is free!
5. Go to Pedestrian Streets
The most famous street that you need to visit in Nicosia is the Ledra Steet. You will find several shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants here on this street. Another street that is just across from the Ledra Street is Onasagorou Street, which is another popular shopping street filled with restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for some shopping, Laiki Geitonia is the place to go. The area is filled with all sorts of shops, and you are sure to find some souvenirs to bring back home. You will also get to interact with local shop owners who you can ask for recommendations or any questions that you might have about the city!
6. Try a Cypriot Dish
If you’re visiting a foreign city and you don’t try their local cuisine, what’s the point? When you’re in Nicosia, visit a few mayiria, which are local, authentic eateries serving up homemade food in the traditional way. Some restaurants that you should try are Shiantris and Mathaios that are both located in the Old Town. A traditional dish that is a must-try is a pitta of mixed souvlaki, which consists of meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer.
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