Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is true if whole grains, fruit, vegetables and lean proteins are in the menu. And where else to find them if not in Cyprus — all year round! Anyway it’s not only about the nutrients. Full English breakfast can work wonders. Cypriot one is even better with all these local flavours (think that red wine sausages and grilled halloumi). But it’s so easy to get bored with them. So if you need something more contemporary, inspiring or sophisticated we’ve got you covered with our top 5 places in Limassol to indulge in your next brunch.
This stylish place in the business area of central Limassol charms you right away with it’s 60s interior and fashionable yet relaxing atmosphere. In the evenings it stands out with it’s indoors retro milk bottle neon sign and they do serve milkshakes in exactly the same little jars. It’s always busy with trendy locals giving the place an uplifting feeling. In the mornings Milkbar is brightly lit and not so crowded. You can see families with young children or small companies of old friends coming here for breakfast as a special outing. The brunch menu is compact but rather elaborated offering eggs Benedict, Florentine, and best selling Royale. You can also find egg whites omelette here, hot and satisfying country breakfast skillet, spicy shakshuka or smoked salmon bagels nicely put together with cream cheese and greens. Salads are worth mentioning too generously composed of goat cheese, quinoa, arugula, chicken, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes and other ingredients of such kind. And there is always good pastry and English or Cypriot breakfast versions for those who prefer to keep it simple and stick to familiar sets.
The most forward and hip location in Limassol pretending to be of Brooklyn and London origins at the same time. Technically there’s only the bar counter inside and tables are scattered in between two buildings. There are also must-have monstera plants and light bulbs all around - tight but cozy, patio style. Fashionably understated bohemia clad in black clothes and trendy sneakers literally lives here. Young English tourists and expats are most likely to occupy some tables as well. The Cookhouse is open till 4:30 pm, so it can be tough to find a table during lunch time, so booking beforehand is a good idea. What about the food? There are eight egg dishes classic and not so, porridge served with fruit, nuts, honey or coconut milk, burrata & figs, homemade quiches, banana bread, sandwiches from all over the world, salads and veggie options. Add some quality coffee and fresh fruit and veg juices and you’re set for the day. One more thing: beware of the pancakes topped with mascarpone and blueberries — many regulars come over and over because of them.
Salut Bar & Grill
Not the most obvious place to have a breakfast at but "То Xоrkatikon Breakfast" from brunch menu is very well worth a visit. This dish is like a traditional Cypriot breakfast in a skillet with eggs cooked in tomato sauce shakshuka style (they call it pomilorka). Served with grilled halloumi, sausage and rustic bread. Apart from brunches the menu is influenced by Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine and even the simplest entries are prepared with a twist and enriched with right sauces. Bottom line: you will definitely find a comfort food for any mood or time of day and leave full and happy.
A little restaurant featuring — surprise! — a veranda overlooking the main Limassol municipal park. The terrace is long and spacious so everyone can get the view on calming greens. Inside there is an open kitchen, tables decorated with colourful tiles, wooden beams and white painted brick walls that give a cozy and slightly provencal feeling. It seems as if the food is simple and homemade here, but upon a closer view you find precision in preparation and good focus on ingredients. The brunch menu offers acai bowls, DIY omelettes, greek yogurt, pancakes, sandwiches, poached eggs with avocado and bacon or spinach and mushrooms to name a few. There is also a signature "Veranda" breakfast combining English and Cypriot ones.
Estrella World Street Food
Estrella cafe is situated in the inner court of Maximos Plaza shopping centre which makes it nicely hidden from passersby and busy traffic. You can hardly see any tourists here, but the place really is of interest and here’s why. Estrella World Street Food is a popular Greek chain centering on brunches and serving them all day long. There’s a strong Americana feeling to it: comprehensive menu, big portions, bright and merry interior, cheerful songs in the air. But the Greek just make it better and somewhat hearty with their love for healthy food, farm produce and herbs. So what to have for breakfast, or lunch, or even late dinner? Take some time to study the list filled with eggs prepared any way imaginable, granola yogurt bowls, healthy and vegan options like oatmeal pancakes or whole-wheat waffles, burgers, bagels, pasta — you name it. Be sure to try Greek-style dishes or anything or with beetroot mayo, the local specialty.
No matter where you are on your journey or what your destination is eat well and enjoy!