“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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