In Cyprus, you’ll find every kind of restaurant and eating from every part of the world. The cypriot kitchen resembles that of Greece, but with some distinct differences. One example is the Cypriot preference for mint, which means the the local tzatziki is different from the Greek variety. Another typically local dish is halloumi cheese, which is grilled or fried in oil and served as a starter. The locals prefer it with pita bread and a salad, if possible with a bit of lountza (grilled pork) on the side.
You should also try the local meze, small dishes that come in a bewildering array of flavours and textures. Start with a salad and taramosalata (fish roe mixed with potatoe and olive oil), or tzatziki. This is then followed by meat, fish, or perhaps a mixed meze, usually including different salads, octopus and grilled chops. The food usually comes on serving platters, and everyone serves themselves.
This is one of the best restaurants in town, where nothing is left to chance. It is not merely an excellent Italian restaurant, with traditional Italian dishes, but also a lovely experience. Table booking is recommended during peak season. Located on Nissi Avenue, near Ayia Napa centre.
Hokkaido means a delicious japanese experience, a unique gastronomical theatre with trained, Japanese chefs to entertain the guests, whilst at the same time preparing their dinners on their teppanyaki griddles. Dinner and show in one – literally speaking. Table booking is necessary. 35 Ayias Mavris, Ayia Napa, above Nissi Avenue close to the lower bar street.
This is a charming restaurant in the centre of Ayia Napas centrum. Odin is owned by Berta, a Norwegian, and her Cypriot husband. The restaurant is furnished in a cypriot style, with Norwegian streaks, which together creates a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The menu includes international, Scandinavian and Cypriot dishes. Only open in the evening.
Should you fancy a juicy piece of meat, then this is the place to go. Steaks are waiting, together with a large choice of sauces and different potato dishes. Also international and Cypriot dishes. Always pleasant atmosphere and good service. Only open in the evening. Located in the centre of the old parts of Ayia Napa, close to the monastery.
In this restaurant, housed in the oldest building in Ayia Napa, you will meet Andreas and his family, owners of the restaurant since 1983. Enjoy an authentic meze complete with all the customary dishes. Located in the old part of Ayia Napa, on the road to Protaras/Paralimni.
A typically Cypriot fish restaurant by Ayia Napa harbour. Enjoy a marvelous view over the sea and the small Chapel of St Georges. The restaurant offers whatever comes out of the sea, and several times a week special evenings are arranged, for instance Cypriot evenings with local specialties on the plates and traditional dances and music on the floor. Located in the harbour in Ayia Napa, above the Chapel of St Georges.
Los Bandidos, has over the years served excellent Mexican food in their cozy and authentic restaurant where you can eat al fresco, surrounded by exotic plants and Mexican knick-knacks. Table booking is necessary. 2 Ari Velouchioti Street, in the old part of Ayia Napa, close to the central square.