A glorious mix of old and new, the UNESCO Heritage town of Paphos has just about everything you could possibly ask for from a seaside town. There are cool cafés to sip on those strong morning coffees, great eateries to curb the lunch time hunger pangs, and lounge bars to down mouth-watering cocktails come evening. That’s not to forget history to leave to leave you wide-eyed and dreamy beaches to excite you. Follow our lead to enjoy the perfect 24 hours in this captivating seaside town.
Breakfast by the waves at ‘Ta Mpania’
There’s no better way to start you day than right by the water’s edge, and few places can compete with ‘Ta Mpania’: a café, lounge bar, and restaurant right in the heart of town, commanding pride of place by the glistening blue. A city staple, wooden décor adds an earthy feel to the airy space. Enjoy the magnificent vista while you indulge in your early caffeine fix and get ready for the big day ahead!
Head back in time at Paphos Archeological Park
Once you’ve charged your batteries, head straight down to one of the most fascinating historic sites on the island; the Paphos Mosaics within the Paphos Archeological Park. The vast area comprises some of the most spectacular examples of Roman mosaic work ever discovered, and without a doubt, the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Kick back at ANANAS 8 Bit Coffee
Time for a well-deserved break after you’ve taken in the history of the area! And there are few places better to kick back than Ananas 8Bit Coffee. Much more than a simple run-of-the-mill bar cum coffee shop, Ananas 8Bit Coffee is a hive of alternative events, live music gigs, and art house movie screenings. Serving up some of the best freshly roasted artisan coffee this side of the island along with a delicious selection of homemade snacks, the quirky little space also shows modern and contemporary art on its projector screen wall.
Indulge your taste buds at Koutourou Ouzeri
Time for some well-deserved lunch? Just head to a fabulous eatery that combines classic cuisine with all things modern, with a laid back, neighbourhood ambience and dedication to quality food. Koutourou Ouzeri is located old town Paphos, offering traditional Greek cuisine with a real artisan flair.
Hit the beach for a long walk
Sights seen, scrumptious food eaten, now it’s time to relax. And although it may be too cold to swim in the autumn/winter months for most of us, it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a long walk along the glistening coastline. With many Blue Flag beaches to choose from in the area, Coral Bay is a prime choice in the Peyia district.
Sunset to remember
Nothing says “great day out” like a great photo. So ready those Instagram filters; you’re in for a treat. A short drive from Coral bay beach is Oniro by the Sea, a restaurant right by the Paphos sea caves. Hands down one of the most Instagrammable places on the entire island, it’s one of the most gorgeous places to watch the sunset on the west coast, with the notorious shipwreck in the vicinity lighting up in golden hues.
‘La Dolce Vita’ Dining
You’ve tucked into Cypriot cuisine for lunch so what’s for dinner? You can never go wrong with Italian, and you certainly won’t be disappointed at Duomo Ristorante Italiano, a local favourite serving freshly made Italian food since 2002. Once there, tuck into their specialities. Start off with Penne al Forno, served with chicken breasts sauteed with herbs and move on to a fennel roasted pork and arugula panini, and finish off with their traditional tiramisu!
Sip on a nightcap in style
Head back into the old town to end the day with a fabulous cocktail at one of the coolest bars in town! Regularly hosting DJs, Piedra Café Lounge Bar offers great views of Paphos when you kick back on the outdoor terrace.