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What to eat when visiting Cyprus, Greece

You might be more familiar with the gourmet delights of Paris or Milan, but Cypriot cuisine is famed around the Mediterranean for its succulent flavours and colourful combinations. A fusion of Turkish, Arabic, Greek and even English influences, food in Cyprus is central to the culture as well as being the centerpiece of both family gatherings and evenings out. Here’s what to eat when visiting Cyprus, Greece…

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Any gourmet overnighting in Cyprus should head straight to the local taverna, where you’ll be able to sample the very best of Cypriot cuisine in the form of meze. Rather than tuck into one hearty dish, Cypriots prefer to graze on a range of tastes and flavours, enjoying meals that are both healthier and more satisfying to the palate than the traditional three-course British fare.

A good Cypriot meze will include halloumi cheese, produced by thyme-fed goats who are reared on the island itself. Other specialties to look out for include deep-friend cuttlefish rings; village salad with lettuce, celery, cucumber, tomato, olives and feta cheese; afelia, which is pork marinated with coriander; and of course, delicious chunky white bread. Dessert tends to be less healthy: Turkish baklava is widely available on the island and will be coveted by anybody with a sweet tooth, while a simple dish of Cyprus honey served with Greek yoghurt and almonds is a plain but delicious way to end a meal.

Aerial of Nissi beach Agia Napa

There are excellent restaurants scattered across Cyprus and most towns and villages have tavernas that serve good local food, but a small selection of eateries really stands out above the rest. If you’re staying in the popular Nicosia region, then make sure you book a meal at Pyxida.

Eating in Cyprus

Opened in 2008, this fabulous seafood restaurant has already established itself as one of the best in town and boasts a good wine list as well as an inspired seafood meze. The Syrian Arab Friendship Club in both Kato Paphos and Limassol is another popular foodie destination, while Zephyros in Larnaca does the best pre-party dinner on the island. Check out the Telegraph’s Cyprus guide for a more complete list of the island’s top restaurants.

Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter


  • Jayne

    30 August, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I love this article as it points to the simple fact that you are never very far away from a great spot to eat in Cyprus. Don’t limit yourselves to the main towns however. Small villages like Pervolia in the Larnaca district have an abundance of restaurants for such a small seaside location. They are all clustered in the village centre here too which makes the choice easy via a very pleasurable stroll through the cobbled high street. My personal favourite is The Art Cafe restaurant as it does a great cocktail too but it does get very busy at weekends.


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