Coffee Culture: City Guide
Going out for coffee, day or night, is an integral part of life in Cyprus. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the place by trying a Cypriot coffee or frappé at one of our favourite spots around the island, suggests Natalie Anastasi
Colors Café, Limassol
A hidden gem in Limassol’s seaside resort area of Agios Tychonas, this colourful addition to the highly acclaimed Four Seasons Hotel is a delightful place to unwind while treating yourself to gastronomic delights. Find the full range of Cypriot classics as well as a mouth-watering selection of desserts and homemade ice-creams prepared by skilled pastry chefs. Depending on your mood, sit by the tropical pool, in the comfortable conservatory or in the main café.
Colors Café, Four Seasons Hotel, Amathountos avenue, 3313 Limassol, +357 2585 8000
Moti Mahal Café Bazaar, Larnaca
Ideally located on the bustling Finikoudes beach promenade, this authentic café is a celebration of the spirit and flavours of the Orient. Puff on a fruit-flavoured narghile while the sun sinks below the horizon, or try an ice-cream frappé complemented by something from the indulgent selection of desserts.
Moti Mahal Café Bazaar, 52 Athinon avenue, 6022 Larnaca, +357 7000 4484
Tucked away in the capital’s old town, Oktana attracts customers of every age and style. This is a trendy establishment with plenty of cosy rooms and corners to lounge in. During the winter, play games such as backgammon in the main house while sipping a hot chocolate; in the summer, take a table in the inviting courtyard. The menu is packed with delicious treats, such as baked apples with a Cypriot twist.
Oktana, 6 Aristeidou street, 1015 Nicosia, +357 2276 0099
Anassa Hotel, Polis
After a day of culture and history in nearby Paphos, escape to the Anassa Hotel for a coffee. Luxuriate in the breathtaking surroundings; the terraces are on a secluded hillside with spectacular views of the sea. Awaken your senses with an Anassa raspberry coffee frappé, an inspired adaptation of the Cypriot iced coffee drink made with fresh raspberries.
Anassa Hotel, Baths of Aphrodite road, 8830 Polis, +357 2688 8000
Sailor’s Rest, Limassol
Set in what is currently Cyprus’s only private marina, this intriguing, yacht-like structure with wooden decking and a distinctly nautical theme gives the impression you are about to sail away. The menu is packed with gourmet bites and delicious desserts. Try the frappé with Baileys for an added kick.
Sailor’s Rest, Saint Raphael Marina, Amathus avenue, 3594 Limassol, +357 2583 4242
Le Café, Nicosia
After shopping your heart out, take a break at Le Café, an unofficial landmark for city dwellers in Cyprus’s capital. Don a smart pair of sunglasses and join the perpetual crowd to watch the world go by. The stylishly decorated interior is always second choice to the pavement tables. Even the cappuccinos are on-trend: the baristas are trained in coffee art, so each drink comes adorned with an impressive design.
Le Café, 16 Archbishop Makarios avenue, 1065 Nicosia, +357 2275 5151
Stretto Café, Limassol
A modern café in traditional surroundings, Stretto is housed in a former carob mill behind the medieval castle. Brick walls and tall ceilings set this venue apart and the outdoor tables around the square are an added pull. The list of coffees, which stretches from frappés, freddos and espresso smoothies to frosticcinos and moccaccinos, will satisfy any kind of coffee craving.
Stretto Café, Lanitis Carob Mill Complex, Vasilissis street, 3042 Limassol, +357 2582 0465
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