Whether you’re dreaming of al fresco brunch, lazy lunch in a lush garden, or divine dinner under the stars, we’ve narrowed down some scenic spots that should appeal to you (and your taste buds). Be sure to book a table in advance though, as all of these establishments get very busy!
1. Aigaion House, Nicosia
Possibly one of the prettiest restaurants in Nicosia, and certainly located in one of the beautiful old neighborhoods of the city, Aigaion House is a picture of perfection, just a stone’s throw from the landmark sandstone Famagusta Gate in the Chrysaliniotissa area.
Enter the highly-instagrammable establishment – a meticulously renovated grand old home painted in hues reminiscent of the Greek islands – and make your way into the sunken leafy courtyard, shaded by trees and filled with colourful flowers and pots. As for the culinary experience itself, prepare to indulge in Greek and Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a twist, with delicious dips to devour, meaty treats to savour, and veggie specials to satisfy the health-conscious palate.
2. Dionysus Mansion, Limassol
This delightfully renovated old stone house is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside, with its idyllic and well-decorated backyard setting the perfect scene for spring-time lunch or dinner.
Bright yet shady during the day, and magically lit at night, Dionysus Mansion is a real haven in this hip and happening city – a peaceful and calm retreat where patrons delight in the finest authentic Greek and Cypriot flavours, all with a modern twist. And there’s great wine on offer too!
3. To Arxontikon, Larnaca
Dining in Larnaca is not all about seaside views and fish meze. And while this place may be located right on the commercial Finikoudes palm tree promenade, once you enter the beautifully renovated old mansion (built in 1850), you’ll be whisked away into a whole new sophisticated world.
Photo credit: Philip Soteriou
The Arxontikon courtyard fuses Greek, Cypriot and Middle Eastern design elements in a brilliant fashion, with plenty of vivid greenery enhancing the exotic and Mediterranean appeal. The restaurant serves a wide array of meze dishes, all of Cypriot and Greek origin.
4. Let them Eat Cake, Paphos
If you’re after a mid-morning or lunch time treat, then Let them Eat Cake is the place to be, especially if you have a sweet tooth! Featuring a lovely shaded patio/garden area where you can kick back, relax and escape from the rest of the world, you can even just head here for a daytime coffee or tea as you get on with some remote work or reading.
Brunch treats are a big hit here (fluffy pancakes anyone?), while the establishment is also proud of its delicious cakes (there are way too many to mention).
5. Kika’s Garden Homemade Food & Produce, Kallepia, Paphos
Having worked up a reputation as one of the best and – certainly most breathtakingly beautiful – al fresco brunch spots on the island, Kika’s Garden in the Paphos district village of Kallepia has proudly re-open its doors to friends and customers, inviting everyone to enjoy homemade brunch in its blooming gardens.
Grab a chair and enjoy the dining experience under the shade of a 120-year-old carob tree on a sunny day. Most of the ingredients in the dishes served come straight from the garden itself, and you can expect all sorts of homegrown produce in the mix including homemade breads, jams, marmalades – you name it, Kika’s Garden serves it!