Step into the centre of the capital come noon on Saturday or Sunday and you’ll spot hungry diners crowded both inside and outside popular eateries tucking into their favourite brunch-time indulgences, with the waft of waffles and pancakes in the air, complemented by the enticing aromas of freshly roast coffee. Whether you fancy a traditional fry up, a divine eggy dish, or a colourful fruit salad, we guide you towards some of the very best spots for a real feast!
1. Silver Pot
Absolutely packed weekend in and weekend out, Silver Pot was one of the very first establishments to serve brunch in the capital a few years back and have been doing it brilliantly ever since. Be sure to try their deliciously dreamy green pancakes made with spinach, green chilli and fresh onion, served with pan-fried halloumi (optional), lime infused butter, greens and Roma tomatoes. Then there’s their ‘veggie brunch’ with cumin and chickpea hummus, roasted mushrooms and Roma tomatoes (these sides vary) on toasted country bread, served with crisp greens, fresh sprouts and toasted mixed seeds.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth? Go for their French toast with brie, crispy bacon and lashings of natural maple syrup. And if, per chance, you want to keep things nice and healthy, their breakfast pots with yoghurt, fruit, granola and maple syrup are always a big hit. On Sundays, the menu changes slightly, with their homemade pizzas drawing in the crowds. Our personal favourite weekend indulgence? It has to be their moreish blueberry pancakes with fresh blueberries, natural maple syrup and mascarpone cheese. Ask for them with crispy bacon and you’ll be in absolute heaven, guaranteed.
Where? 3E Themistokli Dervi St, Central Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-101722.
2. The Gym
Attracting hungry crowds day in and day out, this ‘gastro bar’ down the busy Onasagorou street – characterised by a curtain of trailing ivy and cool décor – certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to brunch time fancies.
Not a dedicated lunch/brunch venue (also functioning as a café, restaurant for lunch and dinner and cocktail bar), The Gym is actually one of the few places in the capital that does each and everything really well. Dishing up a mean brunch, you can expect salads, egg dishes and plenty of mains. Our favourite dish? Their scrambled eggs with mushrooms and crumbled bacon on toasted homemade bread. Absolute divine! Then there’s poached eggs with salmon and avocado, two different varieties of moreish pancakes and the list goes on. We went for the pancake with caramelized apples, homemade toffee and vanilla ice cream; delish! Wash it all down with one of their signature cocktails and you’ll be in seventh heaven.
Where? Onasagorou 87-89, Nicosia. Serves food. Tel. (+357) 22-002 001
Thumbs up for the ambience of this place. If you’re looking for somewhere with real character, then D.O.T absolutely tops the list. Set in a prime location opposite the historic sandstone Famagusta Gate, you’ll feel history jump to life before you’ve even stepped into the venue. And the two young entrepreneurs running the restaurant have certainly done a good job, winning the affection of dedicated diners across the capital.
With meticulously decorated wooden tables spilling out onto the pavement, the style of the place is an elegant mix of industrial chic with a vintage flair and period furniture giving it a real edge. The menu boasts waffles, egg dishes, and plenty of other filling treats to kickstart the weekend. We love their fried eggs with diced bacon, sautéed spring onion and cherry tomatoes with aromatic herbs. Fancy a treat but don’t want to be too naughty? Try their wholemeal waffle with oat flakes, fruits and honey! Then there’s a lovely omelette with asparagus, baby rocket and mascarpone cheese. Wash it all down with a fresh juice or one of their frothy caffeine delights.
Where? 6, Athenas Street, Nicosia, opposite Melina Mercouri Hall. Tel: (+357) 22-101228
4. Get Fresh
One of the first places to dish up brunch in the capital, the well-known Get Fresh has been serving brunch for a good few years now, and it’s still one of our favourites, attracting a varied clientele, from hipsters and young families to business men and just about anyone and everyone in between. And it’s one of the few places in the city where you can enjoy dishes with a real English twist, making it rather popular with ex-pats.
If you’ve had a bit of a crazy Friday night and fancy going all out, opt for the ‘English Breakfast’ with a choice of eggs (either scrambled, fried or poached) with cooked mushrooms, bacon, English sausage, cooked tomato, halloumi, baked beans and three slices of toast. Then there’s eggs Benedict (with a choice of gammon, bacon or smoked salmon) and eggs Florentine to enjoy, as well as the ever popular ‘Engineers Salad’ with poached eggs on a bed of rocket, chorizo, sautéed potatoes and cherry tomatoes with a soy sauce and olive oil dressing. We love the fluffy Wholemeal Pancakes made with fresh blueberries, maple syrup and walnuts, served with blueberry compote on the side.
Feeling health conscious? Delicious granola and yoghurt pots make for a lighter option. And don’t forget their cold pressed green juices for your vitamin fix. The great thing about this place is that you also enjoy free filter coffee and a refill with any brunch order!
Closed on Sundays.
Where? Andreas Dimitriou 4D (shop 1). Tel: (+357) 22-667332.
5. Ermou 300
Ermou Street in Nicosia is certainly a hip and happening place to be right now, with the whole Chrysaliniotissa area luring in cool crowds weekend in and weekend out. And one place that attracts a constant stream of hungry diners like bees to honey is Ermou 300, characterised by a gorgeous leafy sun drenched courtyard punctuated by funky colourful décor.
When it comes to food, this place specialises in Cypriot cuisine with a twist, all washed down with fabulous cocktails and drinks. If there’s one dish that you have to go for, it simply has to be the ‘Cyprus Toast’ (a twist on the typical French toast) made with a variety of Cypriot cheeses, medlar marmalade, topped with almonds and caster sugar. And their poached eggs are rather different too: served with lounza (cured pork tenderloin) and mint butter on focaccia bread.
Where? Ermou Street, Chrysaliniotissa. Tel: (+357) 99-547493
6. The Boys
This place is all about the cool kids, and the cool kids have made it clear: they absolutely love it. And who can really blame them? The Boys is edgy and offbeat, but comfortable and relaxed at the same time, with every little design element meticulously thought out. Even the food is made to look funky when it’s dished up (after all, this establishment has worked up quite a reputation for its cool Instagram account- follow The Boys at ‘theboysatnumber5’.)
When it comes to the food on offer, there all sorts of eggy treats in the mix with all sorts of sides and toppings (bacon, asparagus, avocado, salmon and the list goes on), but most people rave about their rather massive BLT. Prepare for a hearty indulgence, with a ‘Boys’ twist. One of our favourite dishes has to be the stacked pancakes, served with lashings of maple syrup and berries.
Where? 5 Themistokli Dervi St, central Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 99-304425
7. Zest Coffee + Kitchen
If you like to do organic, and you fancy something small and healthy, then Zest is the place for you with a focus on seasonal organic local produce. Situated on a quiet and stylish street dotted with little boutiques, it attracts a crowd that likes to brunch in (somewhat minimal) style. Don’t expect a typical brunch menu; the dishes are slightly similar to what you’d expect for lunch. The menu changes every week so just check the chalk board for specials! You can expect cold treats, sandwiches, fruit salads and more, while their granola is also very popular, made and toasted in store.
And although the dishes are rather small (those with an appetite will definitely need two) top marks go to presentation. We love their baked eggs, with all sorts of varieties dished up (eg. spinach or tomato sauce) as well as their buns and open sandwiches like gammon in a bun with apple chutney & slaw, shrimp and guacamole, and more! That’s not to forget their homemade cheese and spinach pies. Got a sweet tooth? Be sure to wash down the savoury with one of their delicious chocolatey treats. Keep in mind that you can also get hold of some organic products in store, with a few shelves loaded with healthy treats, most of which are used in the food dished up.
Where? 13 Vasilissis Freiderikis St. Tel: (+357) 22-314344
Want to brunch in the buzzing hub of Old Nicosia? Doing a spot of shopping and want to stop off for a break? Then head straight down to Mouson; a stylish little bistro bar with a touch of vintage charm, set just a stone’s throw away from 28th October Square and Faneromeni School. With the place attracting a hip clientele and constant stream of regulars that frequent the place week in and week out, their brunch is just as delicious as their lunch and evening fare.
If you’ve had a bit to drink the night before, tuck into the eggs Royale served with potatoes and green salad- your tummy will certainly thank you. Then there’s the moreish croque madam and many more brunch time favourites in the mix. What’s the dish that absolutely everyone talks about? It has to be their apple caramel pancakes. Prepare for a sugar high and we promise you’ll leave with a massive smile!
Where? 14 Mouson Ave, Old Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22–664444
9. Garden Day & Night
Brunch in a garden oasis? This is the place to be. If you’re a little tired of city life but can’t get out of the capital for the day, then head down to Garden Day & Night to just kick back and unwind in rather lush surrounds.
And when it comes to the food, people seem to be raving about the fact that you can add your own topping to your pancakes at the pancake buffet! If you want something savoury however, there’s a great ‘egg lovers’ section on their menu, with all sorts of egg dishes including a ‘Full Monty’ fry up, omelettes, eggs Royale, scrambled eggs and more. Our favourite has to be the ‘Mediterranean Scramble’ with bacon, spinach, tomato, feta and cheddar cheese as well as the stuffed Portobello mushrooms served with bacon and traditional Cypriot sausage. Want something really indulgent to wash it all down? A nutella donut milkshake should do the trick!
Where? Mouseiou 2, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-662626
10. Balthazar Café and Roof Terrance- Centre of Visual Arts and Research
A museum that also serves brunch time fancies? Yep! CVAR and its Balthazar Café and Roof Terrace is another great place on Ermou street and is always relaxed and far more quiet than the crowded Ledra and Onasagorou Streets come weekend.
With a new and updated menu, there’s plenty to indulge in! As with most brunch places, Balthazar offers a really good egg selection and we love their rather unusual pumpkin omelette with spinach and feta. If you’re an avocado fan, go for their poached eggs with avocado sauce served with salad. Their fried eggs with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil is rather delicious too. If you’re not so keen on egg dishes, then there are sandwiches and decent options from the grill to choose from. And whatever you do, be sure to leave space for dessert because French toast will go down a treat, whether you opt for yours with cinnamon, banana, nuts and maple syrup or with cream cheese, home-made strawberry marmalade and maple syrup.
Where? 285 Ermou St, Old Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22–300992