Looking for traditional Greek and Cypriot tastes in the most beautiful surroundings? Paphos may be famed for its gorgeous beaches and rugged countryside, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint the passionate gastronomes among us. So if you’re holidaying in the lovely coastal town and looking for delectable local fare made with the finest ingredients and dished up in style, just follow the My Cyprus Insider lead!
1. Agora Tavern
The perfect place for dinner with a view, Agora Tavern (just off Kennedy Square) is a classical old mansion that has been lovingly refurbished with many original features still intact, decorated with a stylish vintage flair. Simply climb the stairs leading up to the cute and quirky rooftop and prepare for a foodie treat with a focus on Cypriot delicacies with a twist.
The concept is simple and you don’t need to spend any time trying to decide what to order – there’s no menu as such here so simply ask for either the meat or vegetarian meze and prepare for a tantalizing selection of dishes.
2. Koutourou Ouzeri
If you’re after great food in a stylish environment under a blanket of stars in the centre of town, then Koutourou Ouzeri in old town Paphos ticks all the boxes. Another fabulous eatery housed in a beautifully restored old building, this one fuses tradition with modernity in creative fashion.
The vibe is here is sophisticated yet laid back; you may feel a bit like you’ve been whisked away to a quaint Greek island neighborhood. Relaxed ambiance aside, the owners here take pride in serving dishes of the highest quality. You can expect a smorgasbord of traditional Greek dishes – each larger than your typical Cyprus meze dish – prepared with a real artisan flair. All dishes can be shared and washed down with some ice-cold ouzo or tsipouro.
3. 7 St. Georges Tavern
A family-run business through and through, 7 St. Georges Tavern is often praised as one of the island’s best traditional restaurants, and for good reason. Located in a rural style traditional old wood and stone house, the restaurant exudes a cosy, friendly and authentic atmosphere, evident the moment you step through the doors.
There’s nothing fancy about this place, but the taste experience is one you’ll remember for a while, dishing up traditional local meze made only with ingredients and produce grown locally in Cyprus, many actually grown by the restaurant owner himself. And although the meze served here is traditionally Cypriot, the family who run St. Georges Tavern added a personal twist to some of the delicacies served.