Nicosia is a unique city, and not only because it is the only divided capital in the world, a half of which belongs to Cyprus, and the other half — the part of Cyprus occupied by Turkey. Here, as nowhere else in the island, you can feel the atmosphere of the big city with great history. Behind famous Venetian Walls, one finds cobbled pavements, historical stone houses and lots of cafes and gift shops that help to create this inimitable city charm. We found 5 best restaurants to visit here.
The Tria Fanaria Cafe
The Tria Fanaria cafe («Three lanterns» in English) is located very close to the Faneromenis church and to the Numismatics Museum. If the weather is nice, we recommend taking one of the outside tables and watch the day unfold in this busy and lovely square while waiting for you favourite Cypriot dish.
The Il Forno Italian Restaurant
The Il Forno restaurant serves Italian cuisine: here you can order traditional pastas, and pizzas baked in a wood stove. Located on one of the busiest streets within Venetian Walls, this restaurant can be a perfect choice for those who enjoy being in the thick of it, while an average 15 Euro check for quite exceptional cuisine and service has proven to please all the customers nobody excepted.
The Ammochostou 27 wine tasting venue
The Ammochostou 27 is a winery located in one of the historical buildings in the Old Town of Nicosia. Local and European wines are on the menu here. On weekends live music events take place at the bar. The CVAR museum and other places of interest are in the walking distance from the venue.
The Piatsa Gourounaki Greek restaurant
There are several reasons why you should visit the Piatsa Gourounaki restaurant in Nicosia. First of all, it is conveniently located at the heart of a touristy neighbourhood in the Old Town, next to several museums and numerous gift shops. Secondly, here you can try remarkable meat dishes (the choice is wide and impressive even for the most sophisticated foodies). A terrace in the street and nice design go as a cherry on top.
The Byzantino restaurant
The Byzantino restaurant is located on the territory of the Centrum hotel on one of the central squares in Nicosia. From here you can walk to the Leventis museum, the Trypiotis and the Agios Savvas churches. The menu is built around traditional Cypriot cuisine, and it is a great place to explore it.