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National cuisine of Cyprus for gourmets. Authentic recipes, delicacies and specialties

Paphos sunset The Republic of Cyprus, attracting tourists with its clean beach sand and warm climate is famous for its cuisine, which has mixed and improved the best recipes of Turkish and Greek dishes. A lot of vegetables and fruits growing in the country are used for cooking. Cypriots prefer pork, mutton, often eat chicken. One of the favorite dishes in Cyprus is "Gyros". It is thinly sliced meat, mainly chicken, pork or beef, which is cooked over the fire. Slices are wrapped in pita with onions, mayonnaise, and sometimes yogurt.
The fresh air of the hot island of Cyprus energizes and gives the desire to get as many positive emotions as possible, enjoying active recreation …
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Popular "Fasolada" soup was eaten in ancient Greece. It is made from white beans with onions, celery, and tomato paste. Another dish of boiled white beans is called "Fasolia", it can be called the summer version of "Fasolada". Beans are boiled with carrots and potatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper and eaten as a salad with greens and carrots or served with the main course as a side dish. "Gemista" is tomatoes or pumpkins stuffed with rice and seasoned with mint. Cheese or meat can also be added to the dish. Delicious "Strapatsada" is made from whipped eggs with the addition of tomato sauce, garlic, olive oil, and oregano. The dish is necessarily decorated with feta cheese.
In the traditional cuisine of Cyprus, much attention is paid to desserts. Orange cream is prepared using corn flour, which is blended with orange juice and its grated fruits, heavy cream, lemon juice, sugar, and almonds. The dessert is decorated with orange peel. "Loukoumades" is juicy donuts made from fried dough, usually served with honey, ice cream or chocolate. Cypriots like cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, olive bread cake, rice pudding and "Mahalepi", a creamy dessert from maize flour and rose water. Copyright
1. To avoid controversy, one should not discuss religious beliefs with Cypriots. People in Cyprus are proud of their faith, be it Islam or …
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Walnut and honey cakes, Turkish delight, small pies with syrup, orange cookies, semolina sweets with yogurt are all popular desserts in Cyprus. Locals like beer from local wheat and respect "Modiktiko" wine, as well as "Zivania", a grape alcoholic drink. One of the most popular drinks is hot Brazilian coffee with thick foam. Cold coffee is drunk with or without milk. Other traditional drinks include "Commandaria" dessert wine and “Ouzo”, a muddy strong drink.
Church near Paphos (Pafos), Cyprus During the New Year holidays, everyone eats kids' favorite cake “Vasilopita”, or “Santa's cake”, which hides a coin. BIg “Christmas cakes” with nuts and dried fruit covered with white icing sugar in honor of the winter whiteness, stuffed turkey, egg soup with lemon and sweet "Cristopsomo" bread decorated with patterns also baked for Easter are all traditionally prepared for Christmass. Easter is not complete without sweet crunchy bread with anise and sesame seeds, cinnamon, and milk. On the first day of Lent known as Green Monday people eat "Lagana", an oval flatbread with sesame.
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In Cyprus, it is customary to offer guests portion by portion, any refusal is usually perceived as a sign of courtesy and isn't really taken seriously, so guests who can't eat anymore should tell about it directly but politely. At the table, alcohol should be drunk slowly. It's bad manners to keep the hands under the table, lay them behind the head, put elbows on the table or prop head with hand. Guests usually express a willingness to help the owners to clear the table and wash dishes, but the offer should be repeated several times because the hosts will try to refuse out of courtesy.
Cafes and restaurants of the Republic of Cyprus are remarkable for both friendly service and high quality of dishes prepared from fresh ingredients. In cafes and restaurants of Cyprus, tipping is not necessary. Small but cozy “Brew Lab” Cafe in Nicosia is famous for great coffee and delicious bagels. In Paphos, you will find inexpensive "Windmill" restaurant serving local cuisine and homemade wines. "Sigma Bakeries" Cafe in Limassol offers a huge selection of fresh pastries, as well as tea, coffee, soft drinks, and ice cream.
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Cuisine and restaurants in popular cities of Cyprus

The Aqui Cafe Bar Cyprus restaurant is located in a scenic coastal area. Its menu offers the most exotic dishes made of sea foods. As it is clear from the name of the restaurant another feature of the place is a rich assortment of refreshing drinks and wines. Its visitors may set in a cozy hall or opt for a bar counter. The resort offers many places to eat and rest for genuine connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine as well. The Samisen restaurant is a must visit place for them. Its spacious hall is … Read more
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Fans of Italian food restaurants will surely like Pompei Pizzaria. The menu of the restaurant features over 50 varieties of pizza, flavorful pasta with spicy sauce and garlic bread, which is considered one of the main specialties of the restaurant. Valentinos restaurant is a perfect choice for families with children. There is a wonderful play area especially for young visitors on the territory of the restaurant. While parents enjoy French wine and try to meat delicacies, children can play in a … Read more
One of the most popular dining places of the resort is the Mr.Chow restaurant serving Chinese cuisine. Its main feature is a huge menu, which represents traditional food and author's culinary masterpieces. Guests will be pleased with courteous attitude of the staff; waiters are happy to answer any questions and help to choose a dish. Among other restaurants of Oriental cuisine, the Seasons Oriental points out. It is very popular among gourmets and fans of the exotic. Its signature dish is … Read more
The Varashiotis Seafood restaurant offers its visitors a huge variety of seafood and fish cooked following unique author's recipes. In addition to the favorite dish, visitors can enjoy a good glass of home-made wine. In the evening the hall of the restaurant is almost always full, so it’s better to think about booking a table in advance. The Med Bar & Grill restaurant serves the most popular international dishes. In addition to a huge selection of meals, the restaurant pleases with its … Read more
Traditional Cypriot cuisine is often compared to classical Greek - last but not least due to the active use of olives, olive oil, and seasonal vegetables. Olives are served in a variety of ways, and olive oil is a must-have component of most local specialties. Interesting salads are made from vegetables and olives, and the most common one is “Village Salad”. The classic “rustic” salad is made from tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese, traditionally seasoned with olive oil and lemon … Read more
You can continue tasting local treats in the nearby Aspava restaurant, which is situated across the street from the aforementioned cafe. Kebab is its branded treat; the menu includes the most popular dishes of Turkish cuisine. The recently opened Ginko restaurant is situated in the beautiful building of the old Ottoman school. The menu of this restaurant has a rich selection of original author treats and international cuisine dishes. The Bistro Monk's Inn invites visitors to have a break from … Read more

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