Ilona Garamvolgyi

Make-up artist, Ilona Garamvolgyi introduces us to her favourite spots for coffee, food and drinks in Limassol and Nicosia.

-Where do you usually enjoy your morning coffee?

-Altough I don’t often drink coffee, I like hanging out at Starbcucks with a Toffenut latte.

-Which is your favorite city yard?

-When the weather is nice, I like sitting at my balcony reading a book and enjoying the sun.

-Where can you find the best souvlaki?

-At Maria S. “Marathovounos,” the best souvlakia in Lakatamia.

-Favorite shop in your neighborhood?

-My shop on Makariou Avenue, which will soon be renewed and will get a new look!

-Could you reveal a well-hidden city gem?

-I have many well-kept secrets but I prefer to keep them for the two people I trust. Myself and I!

-A restaurant that holds a special place in your heart? A recommended dish?

-Moon Lounge Bar and the japanese Tokio restaurant-bar in Limassol. Great dishes, inspired by Asian cuisine.  I always order the Makimono platter.

-Which is your favorite kind of cuisine and where you can enjoy it in Cyprus?

-I am a fan of Italian cuisine. I find very good past and pizza at La Boca in Limassol.

-The best place to hang out with friends?

-I always liked the central Starbucks in Nicosia. Now I go there with my child and we sit there for hours, watching cartoons.

-Where could you find the best cocktails?

-I rarely go out and drink alcohol now but when Tiago makes sangria at home, I can’t resist!

-Where do you usually find delightful sweets? 

-The desserts at Pralina Experience on Stasikratous are irresistible.

-Which place do you remember fondly?

-I’ll never forget the summers in Protaras, one of the island’s best places.

INFO: Maria S. “Marathovounos”, Archibishop Makarios 171, Lakatamia. Moon Lounge Bar, Spyrou Kyprianou 9, Nicosia. Tokio Restaurant Bar, Amathountos Avenue 80, Limassol. Pralina Experience, Stasikratous 31, Nicosia. La Boca, Agiou Andreou 223, Limassol.

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