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!
Hypnos by bed N’mix in the city centre of Nicosia
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