With more and more people across the island adopting vegan and vegetarian diets, we’re pleased to see that Cyprus has a surprisingly impressive number of vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants to tantalise the taste buds and satiate even the biggest of appetites. Here are some of My Cyprus Insider’s favourites.
1. Inga’s Veggie Haven, Nicosia
As the name so aptly suggests, Inga’s Veggie Haven truly is a little corner of vegan and vegetarian haven in an island that loves its meat! Located in a wonderfully atmospheric traditional house in the hip Chrysaliniotissa neighbourhood of Nicosia’s old town, Inga and her partner serve up an ever changing, short but indeterminably sweet, menu of delicious alternatives to the meaty classics.
Replace your beef burgers with beetroot or carrot and quinoa burgers, drool over the marinated oyster mushroom in pita bread instead of souvlaki; or try her mouth-watering fetta aubergine lasagna or vegan shepherd’s pie. And for those with a sweet tooth, looking to keep it healthy and dairy free this fasting season, Inga’s selection of cakes and treats are just as tempting, with sugar free, raw food delicacies such as the chocolate orange pie on an almond coconut crust or gluten free, vegan banana cream pie!
Where? 2 Dimonaktos St. Chrysaliniotissa Craft Center, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-344674
2. Τaverneio Λέγκω – Lengo Tavern, Paphos
Following the sound advice of his 20 year old, vegan daughter Eleni, the owner of Lengo Tavern in Paphos is now offering a full vegetarian and vegan meze for those of us who would prefer not to eat animal products.
Breaking the mould for traditional Cypriot taverns (which usually have a strong penchant for all things meaty), Lengo’s unique new meze menu will be readily available without prior notification or pre booking, and offers a hearty selection of traditional Cypriot cuisine, just without the meat! Soups, salads, legume-based dishes and vegetables cooked in innovative ways, are just some of the items waiting to pass the test for vegan foodies island-wide!
Where? 1 Zappiou and Eleftheriou Venizelou St, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 99-217165
3. Utopia Collectiva, Nicosia
So much more than just a place for vegetarians and vegans to indulge in delicious meat and dairy-free treats in the capital, Utopia Collectiva has become an Old Town hub for wellbeing, environmental consciousness and community living amongst like-minded people across the island.
Every Friday, the bohemian space collaborates with Green Mandala Café to serve up a vegetarian lunch buffet feast with all homemade dishes served using organic, GMO free fruit and vegetables. The buffet runs using a ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ concept whereby diners pay according to what they can or what they feel the meal was worth. Keep an eye out for the wealth of interesting vegan or vegetarian cooking courses which are hosted at Utopia so you can learn how to make some of their signature dishes in your own home.
Where? Areos 48 Nicosia, Cyprus, Nicosia Tel: (+357) 99-184191
4. Smoothie & Sweetie, Pissouri
It’s not just the big cities that are seeing a rise in the popularity of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. The little coastal town of Pissouri has also entered the arena with Smoothie & Sweetie’s healthy selection of homemade vegan raw foods, cakes, cookies, energy bars, veggie chips, gluten-free crackers, dairy- free cheeses and much much more. Everything on the menu at this tiny little cosy corner of healthy eating is 100% natural and sugar- free, with low fat snacks such as homemade marzipan truffles, detox cookies with chlorella, figs, spirulina and goji berries, all ensuring diners get their fill of enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants.
My Cyprus Insider recommends you try the veggie twist to the classic Croque Monsieur sandwich with a tasty gluten free summer toast made with marinated courgettes and bell peppers, black olives, basil and vegan cheese on whole wheat bread.
Where? 64 Ampelonon Street, Shop 7, Pissouri. Tel: (+357) 99-792057
5. Superfood Organic Bar, Limassol
With a name like Superfood Organic Bar there’s no doubt that this café/restaurant in Limassol is going to have a menu chock full of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. And with a selection of delicious health boosting smoothies, salads, vegetarian wraps and cakes that would delight even the healthiest non-meat-eater around, Superfood Organic Bar does not disappoint.
Everything on the menu is lovingly created using fresh vegetables, greens, sprouts and super foods that help to energize and detoxify the body, this corner of epicurean wellness also does daily lunch delivery menus for the surrounding offices and companies.
Where? 79 Vasileos Georgiou A Anko seafron, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 99 – 336517
6. The Home Café, Nicosia
Every Tuesday and Thursday, The Home Café in the Buffer Zone is lucky to host The Two Little Chefs in a Green Kitchen for a double weekly dose of delicious healthy vegan and vegetarian lunchtime delights.
Well known island-wide for their homemade, vegetarian, good food catering services and pop-up food stalls, the two little chefs serve up tasty dishes such as creamy broccoli and walnut soup with feta; veggie burgers with homemade red pesto and vegan mayo, quiches, salads and gluten-free, vegan cakes. And The Home Café makes the perfect location for the green chefs, with its bright spacious seating area indoors and plenty of tables outside on the sunny terrace opposite Ledra Palace.
Where? 28 Marcou Dracou Street, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-445740
7. Agvania Pizza, Limassol
Veggie lovers and vegans who also go mad over a good pizza are in for a real treat at Agvania Pizza in the heart of Limassol’s old town near the magestic castle. Dishing up gourmet street food ever since 1999 in Tel Aviv, this place now satiates taste buds in more than 20 locations. Supporting vegetarian and vegan communities, owners describe the pizzas as ‘healthy decadent food’ using high quality and fresh ingredients. How can you resist?
Where? 14 Agiou Andreou St, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25- 25 713700
Additional places that serve up great vegan and vegetarian options include:
– Get Fresh Where? Andreas Dimitriou 4D, Nicosia (shop 1) and Limassol Avenue 2, Nicosia (shop 2) Tel: (+357) 22-667332 centre / (+357) 22-341 332 Limassol Avenue
– The Syrian Arab Friendship Club Where? 17 Vassilisis Amalias 1101, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-776246
– Cake Fairy For vegan cupcakes. Where? 29 Tombs of the Kings Avenue, Páphos. Tel: (+357) 99-990405
– All in Bread – Sandwich Shop For vegan salads and sandwiches. Where? 22 Dimostheni Severi St & Andrea Miaouli, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-313474
– 7 St. Georges Tavern For vegetarian meze. Where? Anth. Georgiou M. Savva 37, Yeroskipou, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 99-655824
– Silverpot Where? 3E Themistocli Dervi, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-101722