Coffee culture is an inherent part of the Cypriot psyche and nowhere is it more prevalent then in the old streets of Limassol, where the laid-back locals can’t get through the day without their fix of caffeine infused social time. Today, Limassol has more coffee shops then one could hope to ever try in a lifetime, but it takes that invaluable bit of insider information to know the ones that are the best kept secrets.
Fancy an authentic coffee break in one of Limassol’s quirkiest coffee shops? Here is My Cyprus Insider’s top selection.
Hailed by many Limassolians as the new Bar Fly, Ntourouti is a quirky and eccentric little spot in a quiet corner of the old town, where arty folk gather to socialise morning and night. The bar is open from 10am and serves great coffee and light simple breakfast sandwiches and fresh juices, and by night, the more nocturnal creatures come out to play at this tiny, cosy and yet extremely lively little spot.
The inside is a hotchpotch of retro vintage furnishings, handmade, uncycled embellishments and eclectic touches, and outside, traditional black metal tables and wooden chairs line the pavement where revellers and coffee drinkers spill out from dusk till dawn.
Where? 6 Spartis St, Limassol
2. Καφενείο Αβόζο (Kafeneio Avozo)
With all the trimmings of a traditional old-school kafeneio, Καfeneio Avozo stands apart from the crowd thanks to the unique contemporary twists that are subtly integrated into the aesthetic.
Catering to a cool, young crowd who like to keep in touch with their cultural roots – and are attracted by somewhere alternative and cosy in the midst of all the big name coffee brands around the island – this coffee shop-cum-live music venue also sees its fair share of the older generation, attracted by the authenticity and simplicity of the place. This cute little space plays into the whole current trend for pared back urban spaces, unpretentious interiors, and a nostalgia for the past expertly, as crowds sit inside and outside in the atmospheric outdoor converted garage.
Where? 108 Eleftherias Street, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 99-888922/99-483709
3. Sto Dromo
The centre of Limassol has its fair share of coffee shops, but the one that locals keep coming back to time and time again is Sto Dromo (on the street) where the tables and chairs spill out onto both sides of the pavement in front of the tiny little space. In fact, as the name suggests, people rarely sit inside at Sto Dromo, and as such, the owners provide warm mushroom heaters in the winter for those chilly days when catching up for coffee is still a necessary part of the social diary for most Cypriots.
The bar is located in a lively part of the old town, where the narrow lanes are packed out with locals sipping their drinks and chatting about their day. Busy in the morning? Don’t worry, Sto Dromo stays open at night so you can go and enjoy a coffee with a side of live music and a snack.
Where? 32 Genethliou Mitela, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-357777
4. Elektrika Idi
So much more than just a simple coffee shop, Elektrika Idi also serves great sandwiches and salads and the barmen make a mean cocktail. The décor follows a minimal, hipster style that wouldn’t look out of place on the streets of New York, and the little outdoor area is located just slightly of the busy street, meaning visitors can people watch and relax at the same time.
Enjoy a delicious coffee with one of the bar’s juicy sandwiches for lunch, or come back in the evening and taste one of the cocktails which comes served in a mason jar for that added touch of style.
Where? 3-25 Chatziloizi Michaildi St, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-763503
5. Mallon Glukus Traditional Coffee Shop
Located in the bustling Saripolou area of Limassol, Mallon Glukus serves as a perfect haven for a spot of slightly less hectic people-watching while enjoying a refreshing frappe and a game of tavli with friends.
The café has been decked out in a great balance of hip contemporary minimalism, with plenty of traditional Cypriot décor in the mix. The wooden tables and chairs wouldn’t be amiss in an old-man kafeneio, but with trendy cocktails and elaborate brunch on the menu, this little spot is taking the kafeneio concept into the present day.
Where? Saripolou, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-355325
6. O Fanos Thyellis
It really doesn’t get much more old-school and authentic then O Fanos Thyellis; a mainstay on the Limassol coffee culture scene for more than half a century. Still boasting some of its original clientele, this cosy little hidden gem of a coffee shop has now started to welcome a new younger crowd since it changed hands in 2015.
Although the new generation has added a touch of youthful energy and more contemporary updates to the space, the recent owners are keeping tradition alive and old men still sit here to sip their Cypriot coffees, while the new clientele read the news on their smart phones. The café also sells great-value plates of traditional Cypriot food, and in the evenings, guests can enjoy stronger drinks instead of coffee.
Where? 87 Eleftherias St, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 99-784112