An old Limassol city landmark has just been given a brilliant facelift and has fast become the talk of the town after officially opening its doors to the general public this week. A place where delicious tastes and bubbling hot pots from around the world reign supreme, the totally revamped Limassol Agora (formally the Limassol Municipal Market) right in the commercial heart of the city is an ideal venue to recharge your batteries if you’re having a busy day in the city, especially if you’re craving sumptuous street food and in need of a refreshing drink.
The new multi-use space houses over a dozen eateries dishing up street food and gourmet tastes. Get your hands dirty as you dig into melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked meat, embrace your ‘Sticky Fingerz’ at the grill house, spice things up with some moreish Mexican and tasty tacos, satiate the taste buds with sumptuous seafood or delight the palate with Lebanese.
Shopaholics rejoice – you can enjoy a spot of retail therapy too! Bag some bio cosmetics, stock up on nuts and dried food, and kickstart some healthy September habits with select fresh fruit and veg. Oenophiles will be pleased to know that the Limassol Agora features an onsite cava (it’s always wine-o-clock right?), while foodies can get hold of treats for their next dinner party at the deli section.
There are also two on-site bars to enjoy, a café and an ice cream parlor. Last but not least, a cool playlounge gives kids the chance to let off steam while parents enjoy a breather.
Although the venue is currently super modern and sleek, there is plenty of tradition to also take in. After all, Limassol’s Municipal Market first opened in 1918, built by prominent Greek architect, Zacharias Vondas. Back in the day, people from around Limassol and beyond flocked to the venue to get hold of fresh fish and veggies as fishermen and farmers gathered here to sell their goods. The on-site coffee shop also constituted a lively and popular social hot spot.
The venue was expanded in the 1930s through to the 1940s, and thrived for decades. But in the 1980s, it became less popular and it soon became clear that it needed a long-overdue revamp. With the go-ahead for a large-scale renovation and overhaul received a couple of years ago, it now welcomes guests into a world where tradition playfully fuses with modernity.
Where? 47-49 Constantinou Kanari Street. Open daily 7 am – 12 am. Tel: 70070070. www.limassolagora.com