Crispy on the outside, syrupy and gooey on the inside, loukoumades are nothing short of divine. Best compared to fried mini doughnuts, pieces of dough are dipped in hot orange-blossom flavoured syrup. Often served up in roadside caravans and stalls, these days there are also plenty of little shops and eateries providing for moments of syrupy indulgence. Here’s your My Cyprus Insider guide of some great places to go for a divine sweet fix!
1. Honey Tokens, Nicosia
A really popular spot on the busy Onasagorou Street hub, Honey Tokens specialises in a whole range of loukoumades that provide a brilliant twist on tradition. From a chocolate covered variety, to ones topped with traditional syrup spoon sweets and mastiha ice cream, you’ll be in for a treat. And let’s not forget about their bite sized ‘shiamishi’, with their Nutella covered delights giving chocoholics good reason to rejoice.
Where? 74 Onasagorou St, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-664420
2. Kyrillis Loukoumades, Nicosia
Probably the most famous loukoumades in the capital, this place has been around for years, tucked away behind the old GSP Stadium. A family run establishment, they spend their time huddled around a bubbling stove, dishing out delicious loukoumades and shiamishi the way that tradition intended. Yes, they’ll give your taste buds a real party and you may become highly addicted!
Where? Behind the old GSP Stadium, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-674942
3. Maritsa’s Loukoumades – King’s Avenue Mall, Paphos
Who says you can’t enjoy a traditional sweet bite while tending to your inner shopaholic at the mall? Loukoumades tis Maritsa’s at King’s Avenue Mall in Paphos dishes up hot loukoumades all day long, as the whiff of fried dough guides you towards this sweet spot. Don’t fancy the traditional kind? Try your loukoumades with a lemon cream filling!
Where? King’s Avenue Mall, Paphos. www.kingsavenuemall.com
4. Panikkos Matheou, Protaras- Paralimni
An all-time classic in the Famagusta district known as Panikkos Matheou, crowds gravitate towards this Protaras spot in the summer, situated on the Protaras to Cape Greco road. In the winter months, Panikkos sets up at festivals and events in the Famagusta district and beyond.
You can enjoy your sweet fix just the way you like it no matter what tickles your fancy- the mighty Panikkos dishes up a whopping 35 varieties with different platters to choose from. Just think chocolate with biscuits, honey and walnuts, fruit and marshmallows, and the list goes on and on! And if you’ve ever wondered what a savoury loukouma would taste like, you can try the fetta and halloumi variety.
Where? Caravan sets up around the Famagusta district and beyond for long weekends and festivals. Protaras shop only open in the summer season on the Protaras – Cape Greco road. Tel: (+357) 99-684815
5. LoukouMan, Limassol
It’s all about tradition with a modern twist at this place in Limassol’s Mesa Gitonia. Whether you fancy yours slathered in marmalade or loaded with strawberry cream, there’s something on offer to suit every taste. Fancy something else sweet in the mix? You can also get hold of shiamishi, ice creams and crepes, as you wash it all down with a stiff swig of coffee.
Where? 32B Archbishop Makarios III, Mesa Gitonia. Tel: (+357) 99- 901351/ (+357) 25-724411
6. Karatello, Limassol
Did you know that this great restaurant situated in the old hub of town right by the medieval castle is actually rather famous for its loukoumades? An unusual suspect it may be, but the sweet treats named ‘traditional Cypriot doughnuts’ on the Karatello menu are just as good as the meze dishes served up here, brought to you with melt in your mouth vanilla ice cream.
Where? Lanitis ‘Carob Mill’ Complex, Vasilissis Street. Tel: (+357) 25-820464
7. Arestis’ Loukoumades Stand, Limassol
If you live in Limassol, chances are you’ve heard of Arestis. Proudly making some of the most popular loukoumades in Limassol, he sets up base with his family on hand on the Agias Phylaxeos road, north of the Ayia Fyla round about every Sunday. You’ll also catch him serving his famous treats at various festivals while you can call him up for special orders if you wish.
Where? Stand on Agias Phylaxeos road every Sunday, Limassol. You can also place orders by calling: (+357) 99-150 012.