Nothing beats waking up with the whole weekend ahead of you and making a beeline to your favourite brunch joint for an indulgent wake up as the intoxicating aromas of strong coffee mix with the waft of pancakes and fried bacon. From classic indulgences to healthy veggie treats and brunch with a magnificent view, the My Cyprus Insider team has been busy tasting some of the best that Limassol has to offer!
1. The Cookhouse
Always one of our favourites, this funky bistro/coffee shop on Gladstone Street really makes you feel as though you’re in some hip east London joint; the kind of place that exudes a very simple kind of understated cool. Step into The Cookhouse and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about, with an open kitchen behind the bright white tiled bar, accentuated by hanging plants and heaps of greenery. What’s also really interesting is the story behind this place, which is the result of a partnership between the very successful ‘The Brunch Club’ founders (restaurant owner and chef Elena Iacovou, and creative consultant and space designer Adriana Iacovou).
Open daily for breakfast and brunch (then followed by lunch), there are plenty of delicious choices in the mix. What we love to do is order a green booster smoothie to start off with; a real health kick with avocado, spinach, green apple, cucumber and ginger. From proper hangover grub, to really healthy options, you can also indulge in all the classics like eggs Benedict, eggs Royale, omelettes and many other brunch staples on the menu. The health conscious will love their ‘smashed’ avocado on rye bread, while those with a sweet tooth will no doubt dive right into the American blueberry pancakes with mascarpone and lashings of maple syrup.
There are also some new treats to enjoy on the menu, like the ‘Veggie Breakfast’ with French sourdough bread, grilled mushrooms, tomato and scrambled eggs with spinach. Or go for their coconut porridge, made with coconut milk, almond flakes, banana, cranberry, honey and cinnamon. And we can’t forget about the scones with cream and strawberry jam. With their slogan being: “We love to cook for those who love to eat,” who are we to refuse?
Where? 112 Gladstonos St. opens daily from 7.30am – 4.30 for breakfast, brunch & lunch. Saturdays & Sundays opens at 9:30am. Tel: (+357) 25-353434
2. Pier One
We’re absolutely mad about the newly revamped old Limassol port and there are few better places to kick back and enjoy views out to sea than Pier One, characterised by its chic vintage inspired decor.
with a menu by esteemed chef, Dimitris Skarmoutsos, is well worth a visit for a culinary treat, boasts a great veranda with views out to sea, with chic vintage inspired décor and a fantastic view out to the deep blue of the Med.
With a menu by esteemed chef, Dimitris Skarmoutsos, Pier One operates both as a café and restobar meaning you can head here in the morning and enjoy a filling breakfast. We love the French toast made of thin sliced toasted brioche with mascarpone cheese, berry jam, fresh strawberries and maple syrup. Then there’s American pancakes with homemade peanut butter and chocolate chips. Don’t fancy something sweet? Go for their poached eggs on toasted brioche bread served with Irish smoked salmon, baby rucola and light Hollandaise sauce. That’s not to forget the free range egg omelette with tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, Cyprus oregano and strips of cucumber. Enjoy!
Where? Old Port. Brunch served daily, 9am-12 pm. Tel: (+357) 25-022375
3. Milk Bar
A large space situated in a really central spot in town, Milkbar dishes up breakfast and brunch every day, while you can really go all out with a whole selection of delicious egg based dishes, whether you like yours scrambled, poached, Benedict, oven baked or Royale, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. Or you may like to tuck into a croque monsieur or croque madame!”
And then there’s a whole host of baked goodies like muffins and croissants to tuck into, or their ‘healthy’ breakfast bars and granola pots if you’re after a quick sweet bite with your tea or coffee. And do try one of their juices for a real morning buzz.
The whole place has a cool feel to it with its funky black and white tiled floors and equally cool bar area, with indoor wooden seating adding a fab retro touch to the space that has something of a 1950s feel to it. Brownie points go to the great attention to detail, with cute little milk bottle creamers and fantastic saucers. Sometimes, the little touches really do count!
Where? 226 Arch Makarios Avenue. Breakfast and brunch served daily, all day.Tel: (+357) 25-354100
4. Do Wine and Dine
Ever since it opened its doors, food loving crowds in Limassol and beyond have been raving about Do Wine and Dine in Limassol’s super contemporary Limassol Pearl Building. Fine cuisine with a real gourmet approach, we love the little touches that make this place different while wine aficionados are mad about its wine cellar. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its brunch offerings! Only recently introduced, dedicated Do diners requested a brunch menu and the establishment just couldn’t refuse. Now dished up on Saturdays and Sundays, there are loads of eggy treats on the menu, always with a signature, ‘Do’ twist!
We love the ‘Do Eggs A L’Orange’, with poached eggs, bacon, chives, avocado, bacon, bread croutons, orange segment and creamy orange sauce. If you have a soft spot for mushrooms, go for their ‘mushroom tartufo’; mushrooms sautéed with truffle oil and scrambled egg whites topped with hollandaise sauce, served on toasted focaccia. And their menu says that their ‘pancakes and waffles’ are heavenly so we had to tuck in…from French toast to American style pancakes with maple syrup…divine! Want breakfast on the go? Grab a cinnamon and raisin Danish. And if you fancy a vitamin fix, wash it all down with healthy smoothies like the ‘skinny jeans’ smoothie, with pineapple, mango, green apple juice, ginger, spinach, cucumber, spirulina and goji berry juice.
Where? 50E Amathoundos Avenue, Limassol Pearl Building. Brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays. Tel: (+357) 25-020056
5. Fiko Café Resto
With a cool quirky design reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s and a delicious New York curated vegetarian and vegan menu, Fico Cafe Resto is a new kid on the block currently topping the charts for Limassol foodies who appreciate non-meat meals. The eclectic little space alone is an aesthetic treasure with retro furniture, Zen inspired ornaments and plants and funky paintings on the walls. And as for the food, not only is the menu all about vegan and vegetarian, there is also a strong focus on organic, naturally produced products and raw food preparation. Even the Cypriot wine is organic!
Known to turn vegetarian and vegan sceptics into full blown aficionados of meat-free dining, the menu at Fico is far from boring, with innovative and inventive little twists to keep your taste buds tingling. For brunch we recommend their country toasts, one served with anari, grilled veggies and Za’ atar spices, the other, with a poached egg and grilled mushrooms. There are also plenty of egg dishes in the mix; their Shakshuka is dreamy with Tunisian poached eggs cooked in tomato, red pepper, onion and garlic sauce. Want something sweet without being too naughty? The banana and walnut gluten free pancakes should go down a treat!
Where? Onisillou 1, Kantara Block, Agios Tychonas. Tel: (+357) 25- 311032