Journalist and presenter Eftychia Andreou reveals her favourite spots for food, coffee and drinks in Cyprus.
-Where do you usually enjoy your morning coffee?
-Morning coffee is a big luxury. I really enjoy it on lazy, sunny Sundays on my veranda while the others are still sleeping.
-Which is your favorite city yard?
-My mother’s in-law yard. The best Cypriot cuisine, service, atmosphere and company.
-Where can you find the best souvlaki?
-At Kyriacos’, whose name is Andreas in Aglandjia. Sixteen steps (I counted them) from my home. The best souvlaki in Nicosia.
-Where do you find authentic meze dishes?
-At Zanettos. A tradition. It’s not just the food, it’s the whole experience. From the welcoming rosewater to the shot for goodbye.
-Favorite shop in your neighborhood?
-I don’t like to repeat myself but I’ll say Kyriacos’ again. His souvlaki and company always fill you up.
-Could you reveal a well-hidden city gem?
-The many different spots where you can have a picnic. You might not notice them on weekdays but on sunny weekends they are hidden secrets for new experiences and unique meals.
-A restaurant that holds a special place in your heart? A recommended dish?
-Ammos in Mackenzie, Larnaca. A small getaway which offers great and filling gastronomical choices. My personal favourite is the grilled octopus. Pulpo de amor.
-Which is your favorite kind of cuisine and where you can enjoy it in Cyprus?
-I can’t say that I have a favourite kind of cuisine… However I have a soft spot for Asian food. The best place to enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine is Uncle Wu, prepared by the “uncle” himself.
-The best place to hang out with friends?
-My and my friends, for years now, have been hanging out at The Gym on Onasagorou, either for coffee, breakfasts, a meal or drinks.
-Where could you find the best cocktails?
-At Patio the the centre of the old city. A flaming Bloody Mary and a hot atmosphere.
-Where do you usually find delightful sweets?
-At Boutique Patisserie. Always with alternative tastes. Now if we’re talking about filo pastries, all roads lead to Yiayia Victoria. Cypriot coffee and kourkoumbinia… the ultimate combination!
-Which place do you remember fondly?
-Cavo Greco in Ayia Napa. For almost two decades now, this dreamy viewpoint creates my realest smiles.
Stou Kyriacou, Griva Digeni 42, Aglantzia. Zanettos, Trikoupi 65, Old Nicosia. Ammos Beach Bar, Mackenzie beach, Larnaca. Uncle Wu, John Kennedy 5, Nicosia. The Gym, Onasagorou 89, Old Nicosia. Patio, Mega Alexandrou 55, Old Nicosia. Boutique Patisserie, Nikis 7D & 7E, Nicosia. Yiayia Victoria, Prodromou 131, Engomi/Liperti 80-82, Nicosia.