Traditional Greek Taverna or Modern Bar – Next Door To Most Nicosia Hotels!

Finding “somewhere nice to eat” is not too hard in the Cyprus capital. On whatever street your Nicosia accommodation is located you can’t help but almost step into a cool modern restaurant or a colourful local café at every turn. The best hotels in Nicosia are often next door or just a few moments away from an uber modern European or American bar. However, many holidaymakers staying at Nicosia hotels can often prefer to dine out in the evocative surroundings and atmosphere of a traditional Greek taverna.

If the culturally curious traveller is keen try out at a different eatery every time, then Hypnos by bed N’ Mix is only a short leisurely stroll away from an eclectic mix of eating establishments of all kinds. Most visitors tend to find one or two places offering a menu of dishes and service they enjoyed and will go back to repeat the experience. Here are just a few places to grab that “bite to eat”, which are all close by to the hotel.

Achillion – grilled Cyprus specialty dishes

A one minute walk away on the same street and probably the nearest taverna is the Achillion. A wide selection of quality cooked, grilled Cyprus specialty dishes is on the menu at a reasonable price and prompt service. It also boasts a fireplace, which is unlikely to be needed during a typical Nicosia summer of around 30-40c!

Karpasia Tavern “little delicacies”

Around the corner on Lamprou Katsoni, and directly opposite an 800 year old church, is the Karpasia Tavern, which comes highly recommended for its Meze, which means “little delicacies”. Most tavernas tend to offer a choice of seafood Meze or meat Meze or mixed. A traditional Cypriot Meze can run to as many as 30 small plates of savoury dips and vegetables, and a wide range of fish and meat dishes.

Il Bacaro -a “taste of Italy in Old Nicosia”

Not content with sampling Greek cuisine while on the island, the inquisitive traveller may let their tastebuds wander further around the Mediterranean, which usually means Italian cuisine. A five to ten minute walk away is Wine bar and restaurant, Il Bacaro – a “taste of Italy in Old Nicosia”. Its a buzzy but cosy atmosphere with friendly staff and a variety of home-made dishes, including pizza and a wide selection of wines.

Healthy-Eating, Sushi and Fresh Fish Dishes

Taking the Mediterranean diet to the next level is the focus on exclusively healthy-eating, of course, and ‘Olives and Burgers Healthy Café’ is one of a number of outlets in Cyprus also offering vegan as well as vegetarian options. Fancy a buffet lunch? Then, the ‘Aperitivo Jetset Lounge’ which doubles as a music venue could be the ideal stopping-off place to relax with a wide choice of sushi and a large salad selection.

If seafood is your thing, then the ‘Paragadi’ is a Mediterranean fish restaurant with a great gourmet menu of fresh fish dishes, such as red mullet ceviche followed by homemade, traditional Cypriot desserts made with fresh fruit.

Lunch or Evening meal? You’re only a few steps away from a traditional Cyprus taverna!
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Nicosia Accommodation – Never Too Far From Global Brands and Souvenir Shopping!

“Going shopping!” There’s always one morning or afternoon during a vacation when holidaymakers are focused on a spell of serious souvenir buying. It could also involve a boutique item or a fashion brand spotted nearby to their Nicosia accommodation. Whether buying for themselves, a keepsake for the home or gifts for family members, Nicosia offers an abundance of stores positively overflowing with items of every description and price tag.

Naturally, many Nicosia city centre hotels will be nestled in a main thorough-fare amongst clusters of souvenir shops and everyday grocery stores.

Home-grown Cypriot souvenirs

Laiki Geitonia, for example, is the renowned, pedestrianised tourist shopping centre in old Nicosia, east of Lidras Street, its narrow winding alleys branching out between Aristocyprou and Praxandrou Street, nearby to Eleftheria square. Their sandstone and mudbrick buildings date from the 18th century, which today is a fascinating treasure trove of home-grown Cypriot souvenirs, craft shop goods and traditional Greek embroidery. There are also many cafes, bars and restaurants for relaxing and taking a break from the rigours of window browsing.

Major shopping precinct in the centre of Nicosia

Those seeking the glitz and glamour of modern boutiques and fashion brands are likely to be drawn to Makarios Avenue, a major shopping precinct in the centre of Nicosia.

Named after the first President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III, the Avenue stretches 2 kms from Evagoras Avenue to Aglandjia Avenue, and is filled with hundreds of fashion shops, boutiques and high-end international department stores, including City Plaza, said to be the biggest department store in Cyprus. Makarios Avenue is also home to the Galaxias Arcade, the largest covered walkway or Greek “Stoa”.

Expensive high end retail

Those visitors seeking more luxury lifestyle may care to stroll down Stasikratous Street, which is found behind Makarios Avenue at the intersection of Spyrou Kyprianou Avenue. Inevitably compared to 5th Avenue in New York and Bond Street in London, the once ordinary Stasikratous Street is now transformed into one of the most expensive high end retail areas in Nicosia featuring global brands including Louis Vuitton, Armani and Max Mara, as well as many regional luxury jewellers and porcelain brands.

Desirable designer brands

Another popular shopping destination is The Mall of Cyprus. With its shiny new ‘futuristic’ makeover, The Mall is the first of it’s kind in Cyprus to merge the world’s most desirable designer brands, shopping convenience and leisure within a palatial setting.

Located in the modern shopping complex of Shacolas Emporium Park, The Mall boasts a huge variety of retail outlets, which mix both international and local brands such as Zara, Public, Intersport, Sklavenitis, Starbucks and McDonalds, as well as the K-Cineplex and extensive food court of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Clearly, going shopping in Nicosia could extend to more than one morning or afternoon!

Whether you’re searching for a family gift or a simple souvenir…
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Boutique Coco-Mat “Sleep System” – The Ultimate Experience of Mythic God Hypnos!

During the height of a sweltering Cyprus summer, typically at around 40C, everyone prefers to be simply taking it easy on the beach or by the pool. However, the best hotels in Nicosia will be busy forward-planning their business bookings. Not least, Hypnos by bed N’ Mix.

The main conference and exhibition season is only a couple of months away now. However, there will still be some companies and organisations, from Europe and around the world, who have only just started making final preparations to secure their Nicosia accommodation. After long flights and busy days crammed into impossibly short schedules, the focus is naturally on those precious moments of “downtime” in calm, relaxed surroundings – and a great night’s sleep!

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Ultimate symbol of sleep and relaxation

In the age of the “boutique” and the “concept” hotel the discerning business and executive traveller definitely expects accommodation that can offer evocative decor and rich experiences. How alluring then, is the mythic Greek god, Hypnos and the divine promise of definitive luxury sleep?

Hypnos is described as the ‘symbol of sleep’, itself. Portrayed in the original Greek texts as a young man with wings affixed to his temples or shoulders, Hypnos lived in a cave where the entrance was filled with poppies and other sleep-inducing plants. Moreover, the young god was also married to Pasithea, a goddess of hallucination or relaxation.

Back in the real world of hotel accommodation, the ultimate symbol of sleep and relaxation is of course, the bed. There may not be a more natural and powerful sleep-inducing experience than the boutique Coco-Mat “sleep system” at Hypnos bed N’mix.

Three separate mattresses of different thicknesses

Coco-Mat and luxury are two interwoven concepts serving the environmentally-aware in the modern Greek world of the best boutique hotel accommodation. The “sleep-system” consists of a base mattress with a wooden frame topped with three separate mattresses of different thicknesses. The layers comprise horsehair from Mongolia, dried seaweed from Greece (to reduce humidity), and a thin goose-down from China for the top-mattress that can also double as a duvet.

Further ‘elemental’ support from the world of physics prevents exposure to magnetic fields that can sometimes disturb sleep. Coils of ‘natural’ rubber attached to a base of wooden slats replace the metal springs of a traditional mattress. Further refinements include Coco-mat pillows, bed linen, towels and wooden furniture. The business of sleep, designed for business!

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Nicosia Accommodation Near Ermou Street – Ancient River Path to Cyprus Cultural Heritage!

A river once ran through Nicosia old city, following almost exactly the same route as the Green Line – the UN buffer zone, which now separates the north from the south of the capital. Many of the Nicosia city centre hotels, including Hypnos bed N’ mix will not be far from this ancient river path, known today as Ermou street.

But wherever your Nicosia accommodation is located, the culturally curious and those happy to leave their sunloungers for a while may wish to step back in time and walk down Ermou Street to discover arts, crafts and culture dating back two centuries.

Diverted around the city walls

At a total length of 98 km, the Pedieos is the longest river in Cyprus. Its source may be found high up in the Troodos Mountains, at an altitude of about 900m, close by to the 12th century Machairas Monastery. From where it flows northeast across the Mesaoria plains of central Cyprus, and onto Nicosia. Up until the time when Cyprus was part of the Republic of Venice (1489 – 1571), the river ran straight through old Nicosia before it was diverted around the present city walls, heading east to join the sea at Famagusta Bay near the ancient city of Salamis.

Ermou street – or Hermes street – was originally called by its Turkish name Chinar (“plane tree”). It runs from the north end of Ledra Street and into Ektoros Street to the east, and was also once the backbone of the city’s key marketplaces. During the 1940s and 50s, the thoroughfare was the capital’s centre of trade, filling every space with all types of manufacturers and small businesses, such as shoe shops, car repairs, carpenters, factories, dyes and textiles shops.

Preserved cultural heritage

After a period of decline, in more recent times the area has been given a makeover with many of its old buildings restored along with several stores, bars and bookshops. Once again, it’s possible to see and be immersed in the many small and diverse workshops where craftsmen are once again busy working with traditional materials and tools.

A significant new building is the Centre of Visual Arts & Research, opened in September 2014, which offers visitors an opportunity to explore in fascinating detail the preserved cultural heritage of Cyprus and its communities between 18th-20th century through art, books and photographs. More than 5,000 books on Cyprus and the Near East are available in many different languages, and thousands of unpublished photos from 1880-1950, plus the development of Cypriot costumes alongside Ottoman and British memorabilia.

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Keeping Cool at the Best Hotels in Nicosia, a Swimming Pool Oasis and Cyprus Oldest Churches

The best hotels in Nicosia are almost certain to have air conditioning. The mercury tends to hit 35 – 40C or more during the height of summer so it’s ‘cool’ for Nicosia accommodation to keep their guests cool inside as the air bakes outside.

The nearest stretch of Mediterranean sea for long cool dips is probably either in Kyrenia, northern Cyprus or Mackenzie Beach some 55 minutes away, south east, near Larnaca. But there is cooling water to be had closer to home at Eleon Leisure Park, Ploutarhou, Egkomi – only a few minutes walk from Hypnos Hotel. The enormous pool, described as a 10,000 square metre oasis shaded by olive trees, Eleon is designed for all the family with a supervised kid’s play area, bouncy castle and inflatable playground.

Tall palm trees for much-needed shade

A little further out beyond the city centre, in Latsia, can be found the Ginger Swimming Pool. A popular spot with local inhabitants, there is also a cocktail bar and a restaurant offering a wide range of dishes. One of the oldest public swimming pools in Nicosia can be found next door to the Olympic Swimming Pool – both built for when Cyprus hosted the 1989 Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE), a biennial multi-sport event for nine EU countries. The main swimming pool and the three smaller pools for children are completely surrounded by tall eucalyptus palm trees and walnut trees for much-needed shade.

Cool shade where the waters of a more spiritual kind may be encountered within a number of historical churches across Nicosia – and just about everywhere throughout Cyprus, of course.

Archangel’s Spear Draws In All the Water

The Church of Panagia Faneromeni – one of the oldest churches on the island – is in the centre of the old city. Founded in 1872 but first constructed in 1222 as part of a Cistercian monastery for women, in 1715 the church was completely rebuilt following an earthquake. The new church was named after an icon of the Virgin discovered among the ruins of the old church. The current church, which dates back to 1872, includes 61 icons and a large silver-framed Cross, containing a piece of the True Cross and depicting scenes from the life of Jesus.

The Church of Archangel Michael Trypiotis, also found in old Nicosia, was built in 1695 on the site of a 13th century monastery. According to legend, Archangel Michael once saved a monastery and its inhabitants from pagans who had diverted the flow of two nearby rivers by striking the ground with his spear and causing a crack to appear to draw in all the water. The church walls are still covered with frescoes created in 1741 depicting Archangel Michael Trypiotis, who is celebrated every year on November 8th.


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Lefkosia versus Nicosia! A Fascinating History of the Cyprus Capital

Nicosia or Lefkosia? Why two names? Questions that a curious traveller might casually ask at Reception when checking into Nicosia accommodation. As visitors make their way to Nicosia city centre hotels, there might also be some confusion caused by town names and road signs bearing both a Greek and a Turkish name.

Some visitors will know something about events which took place in northern Cyprus in the 1970s. But not everyone can be up to speed with the earlier history between Turkey and Cyprus, especially Nicosia, which is one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean!

Egyptian king forever associated with the city

Nicosia has been continuously  inhabited since 2,500 BC, the beginning of the Bronze Age, when people first settled in the fertile plain of Mesaoria in the northern area of the island. City Kingdoms were established in Cyprus in the first millennium BC, including the Kingdom of Ledra (or Ledrae), between 1050 BC – 330 AD, according to Assyrian (modern day northern Iraq and south-eastern Turkey) sources.

Around 300 BC, the son of the Egyptian king, Ptolemy, Lefkos, rebuilt the city, leaving his name to be forever associated with the city as the name of Lefkosa (Turkish) or Lefkosia (Greek). Originally, the city was called “Leucusia”. By the 9th or 10th century AD, Lefkosia had developed into a key centre of administration, and the island’s capital. Nicosia, which is the Frankish (Germanic) name of the city, is thought to have appeared in the late 1100s.

Three official languages

Fast forward some eight hundred years to February 1995, and a meeting of the Nicosia Municipal Council declares that the city will, henceforth, be identified as ‘Lefkosia’ instead of ‘Nicosia’. The background to this decision is based upon the three languages that Cyprus officially uses on documents and banknotes – English, Greek and Turkish.

During British rule of Cyprus, the capital was called ‘Nicosia.’ After independence in 1960,  ‘Nicosia’ remained in the Latin script used for English-language documentation, but ‘Lefkosia,’ used for Greek documentation. Documents written in Turkish, which use a modified form of the Latin script, identify the city as ‘Lefkos.’

The council’s decision to drop the name ‘Nicosia,’ aims to leave just ‘Lefkosia’ or ‘Lefkos’. However, the city’s name in the Latin script will continue to appear as ‘Lefkosia’ followed by ‘Nicosia,’ in brackets! It seems that visitors to Nicosia are likely to continue being confused by street names, map and documents for the foreseeable future…

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Flood Festival Larnaca – Five Days of Water Fun, Greek Music and Dance!

The Flood Festival, “Kataklysmos”, takes place every year around May / June in Larnaca – 50 days after Orthodox Easter – and only a 45 minute drive from Nicosia city centre hotels. Distance is no object for a new “curious” generation of holiday adventurers”, who often define themselves by their search for small but meaningful places, customs and traditions. The “boutique” experience is tied in with the desire for authentic, cultural knowledge and insight.

Today, ‘luxury holiday’ often means the best hotels in Nicosia have genuine historical ties with their location and local community. They are also likely to be no more than a short walk or drive away from the genuine heart of the Cypriot way of life, which throughout the year is celebrated in towns and villages across the island with traditional customs and festivals, such as the Flood Festival.

Water is a key symbol of the festival

Larnaca is situated on the coast, so it’s no surprise that water is a key symbol of the festival, which is being held Friday 14th to Wednesday 19th of June. Kataklysmos – ‘Cataclysm’ or ‘Deluge’ or in Greek – is a celebration of Noah and his salvation from the biblical Flood.

Included on the UNESCO National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Flood festival is the biggest event on the island. Huge numbers of Cypriots come together to mark the Christian feast of Pentecost with religious ceremonies and traditional cultural and sporting activities.

Illusionist, known as “The Godfather”

Over five days along the Larnaca seafront, the Finikoudes Promenade will be filled with a full programme of concerts, boat races, wind-surfing and swimming competitions. Many participate in boisterous, often prank-filled activities with water to symbolise the “purification of body and soul”.

The Opening Parade on the Seafront Central Stage will be addressed by the Mayor of Larnaka, Mr Andreas Vyras, to be followed by a rich and varied display of Greek and Cypriot musical ensembles, folk singing and traditional dancing, and a mind illusionist, known as “The Godfather”.

Displays of traditional Cypriot craftsmanship

Further Greek traditional music and dancing  acts – including contributions from several youth drama groups –  can be enjoyed on The Europe Square Stage. Meanwhile ‘shadow figure’ theatre and poetry are the main events on the Medieval Fort stage. Highlights of the festival are set to be concerts by popular singers from Greece and Cyprus.

Along the length of the Promenade, a line of kiosks will be selling traditional food, jewellery, novelties, toys and souvenirs. Festival visitors will also have a rare opportunity to see displays of traditional Cypriot craftsmanship, including embroidery, rosary and shepherd-flute making, hand milling – and creating silkworm cocoon artefacts!

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Cyprus Summer Vibes at Nicosia Beer and Music Festivals!

A Beer Festival in Nicosia? With wine making in Cyprus going back nearly 6,000 years, its dominance in Mediterranean culture is so complete that it may be hard to imagine that the fermentation of the hop would get a look-in. Yet visitors staying at Nicosia city centre hotels are definitely spoilt for choice when satisfying their thirst!

Did you know… beer was only introduced to Cyprus during the late 19th century, and the first commercial brewery, ‘Leonbeer’ founded in 1937.

Exciting new beers

On nearly every street, there are a countless number of bars offering drinks and refreshments catering to every taste. From traditional Cypriot bars to latest on-trend cocktail bars, lounge bars to live music bars. The best hotels in Nicosia often offer their own exclusively stocked bar, serving residents and non-residents, alike.

In a thriving international metropolis such as Nicosia, the serving of beers and ales is definitely on the drinks menu! It’s therefore, no surprise that the  6th annual outing of the Full Pint Homebrew Festival returns to Nicosia on Saturday June 8th at Nicosia’s Municipal Gardens (17:00 – 22:00).

Cultural explorers have a splendid opportunity to discover exciting new beers from a small but thriving industry of independent Cyprus brewers offering their unique fermented blends. More than 40 different beers may be sampled from nearly two dozen 20 local homebrewers, along with ‘live’ music and food.

A beach is brought to Nicosia

An evening at the beer festival is always likely to put a Cyprus holidaymaker in the mood for a party. The Nicosia Beach Party vol.2, sponsored by Bacardi, on Sunday 9th June is sure to put out the exactly the right kind of chilled out music vibe for party-goers of all ages to enjoy a weekend with a twist.

The concept is straightforward. Nicosia has no beach so a beach is brought to Nicosia! Following the success of last year’s Nicosia Beach Party, this time a space near Ledra Street in Old Nicosia – at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation – will be transformed with umbrellas, deckchairs and all types of beach holiday accessories. Located in the Faneromeni area, the Square was the centre of Nicosia before Eleftheria Square took on the role in the 1970s.

Between 5.00pm and Midnight, a selection of summer hits, Greek and international music will be played by some of the island’s popular DJs, and special cocktails mixed by the beach party bartenders.

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You’re Never Too Far From A Cyprus Coffee At Nicosia City Centre Hotels!

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.

Time-honoured ritual

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.

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Ochi Roundabout Farmer’s Market – A Must-See Experience!

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!

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