On a lazy Saturday or Sunday, when you’ve just about managed to roll out of bed and haven’t got a care in the world, nothing much beats heading down to your local brunch joint for some delicious weekend fare. Read on to find out who has made it onto the My Cyprus Insider hotlist.
1. Silver Pot
If there’s just one place that you have to try, make it Silver Pot. It’s cosy, it’s cool, and it dishes up absolutely delicious brunch fancies. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or are more partial to savoury delights, there’s plenty to make your taste buds happy. Our advice: go hungry because chances are you’ll want both main and dessert.
Established by foodies Meli Michaelidou and Ianthi Sparsis, their dream was to offer customers the chance to indulge in food cooked just as it would be at home, with the best and freshest seasonal ingredients. And it certainly proved to be a recipe for success, as everyone in the capital who knows about good food now raves about the place.
While it dishes up great lunchtime fare during the week, come Saturday the place fills with crowds looking for a great kick start to the weekend. Be sure to try their deliciously moreish green pancakes made with spinach, green chilli and fresh onion served with lime infused butter and salad, with the choice of halloumi on the side. Then there’s the ever-popular cumin and chickpea hummus with roasted mushrooms on toasted country bread, served with crisp greens, fresh sprouts and toasted mixed seeds. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth? Go for their French toast with brie, crispy bacon and lashings of maple syrup. As for the feel of the place, it’s delightfully quirky with a mix and match of colourful furniture giving the place a funky edge.
Open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
3E Themistocli Dervi St, Central Nicosia
Tel: (+357) 22-101722
2. The Boys At Number Five
This place lures in the hipsters of the capital like bees to honey. And who can really blame them? The Boys is edgy and offbeat, with every little design element meticulously thought out. Even the food is made to look funky when it’s dished up. And there are little touches that must be appreciated, like the cool young owners ensuring that everyone gets a fleece blanket when sitting outside in the winter months.
If you love your eggs, then you’re in luck as you can choose between fried, scrambled, poached or an omelette (the latter is known as ‘The Boys’ Own’ and is a really tasty mix of matured Cheddar cheese, turkey and cherry tomatoes). There are also a few really nice sandwiches in the mix, but what’s really nice is that there’s also a buffet on offer that’s like a mini hotel breakfast with pastries, homemade marmalades and fruits. While the prices are very decent, our only major criticism is that this place could really do with a bigger selection on the menu.
Open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
5 Themistokli Dervi St, central Nicosia
Tel: (+357) 99-304425
If you like to do organic, and you fancy something small and healthy, then Zest is the place for you. But don’t go expecting a big hearty portion of food because this isn’t really the place for it. Situated on a quiet and stylish street dotted with little boutiques, it attracts a crowd that likes to brunch in (somewhat minimal) style. Opened by two friends, they were inspired by their love and interest for food and place great importance on organic, seasonal and local produce.
Light and bright, the décor is as simple and as basic as it gets, with clean lines, bright white tables and a bit of light coloured wood thrown in for good measure. Fancy good quality coffee or tea? You won’t be disappointed as the duo bring in exclusive produce to satisfy even the most discerning palette. Don’t expect a typical brunch menu though, with the dishes more similar to what you’d expect for lunch. Their spinach and egg dish is a big hit, served in a small ceramic baking tray with a good sprinkle of melted cheese over the top. People are also raving about their pulled pork in a bun and their quiches also go down a treat. Then there are various cold treats and sandwiches to choose from, while their granola is also very popular, made and toasted in store.
And although the dishes are rather small (those with an appetite will definitely need two) top marks go to presentation. Got a sweet tooth? Be sure to wash down the savoury with a delicious butterscotch sticky bun. Keep in mind that you can also get hold of some organic products in store, with a few shelves loaded with healthy treats, most of which are used in the food dished up.
Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday.
13 Vasilissis Freiderikis St
Tel: (+357) 22-314344
4. Get Fresh
One of the very first places in the capital to dish up brunch, Get Fresh was also one of the first to place emphasis on eating healthy, working up a huge fan base around the capital with people looking for a nutritious and tasty lunch time bite. The establishment has gone all out to cater to the health conscious crowd with the introduction of cold pressed green super juice for people on the go who want to top up on a bit of pure goodness.
With a special brunch menu on a Saturday, there’s much to cure those hunger pangs. If you’ve had a bit of a crazy Friday night and fancy the whole works, go for the ‘English Breakfast’ with a choice of eggs (either scrambled, fried or poached) with cooked tomatoes, bacon, English sausage, mushrooms and beans. Absolutely delicious. Then there’s eggs benedict (with a choice of ham, bacon or smoked salmon) and eggs florentine to enjoy, as well as the popular ‘Engineers Salad’ with poached eggs on a bed of rocket, chorizo, sautéed potatoes and cherry tomatoes with a soy sauce and olive oil dressing. Fresh hot soups are also on offer for a warming start to the day. For something a little sweet, go for their ‘Spelt Pancakes’ made with fresh blueberries, maple syrup and walnuts, served with blueberry compote on the side. Delicious granola and yoghurt pots also make for a healthy option.
Open for brunch on Saturdays only (closed Sunday).
Andreas Dimitriou 4D (shop 1)
Tel: (+357) 22-667332
Thumbs up for the ambience of this place. If you’re looking for somewhere with real character, then D.O.T absolutely tops the list. Set in a prime location opposite the historic sandstone Famagusta Gate, you’ll feel history jump to life before you’ve even stepped into the venue. And the two young entrepreneurs running the restaurant have certainly done a good job, winning the affection of dedicated diners across the capital.
Meticulously decorated wooden tables spill out onto the pavement, while the style of the place is a mix of industrial chic with a vintage flair and period furniture giving it a real edge. And then there are the little touches that make a difference, like the fact that the menu is a piece of card presented on a pegboard. If you like big portions of food, the D.O.T offerings should hit the spot, giving you the chance to indulge in juicy burgers, omelettes, and the usual brunch-time eggs benedict. If you’re a vegetarian, opt for a massive falafel burger and you’ll be full for the rest of the day. Wash it all down with a fresh juice or one of their frothy caffeine delights.
Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday.
6, Athenas Street, Nicosia, opposite Melina Mercouri Hall
Tel: (+357) 22-101228
Want to brunch in the buzzing hub of Old Nicosia? Then head straight down to Mouson, a stylish little bistro bar with a touch of vintage charm, set just a stone’s throw away from 28th October Square and Faneromeni School. With the place attracting a hip clientele and stream of regulars that frequent the place week in and week out, their brunch is just as delicious as their lunch and evening fare.
Egg lovers will probably opt to dig right into their omelette, eggs Benedict or poached eggs; the latter of which is incredibly moreish, served on ciabatta bread with avocado and cherry tomato salad. Then there’s the classic croquet monsieur or croquet madame, two dishes that you don’t often come across at restaurants in Cyprus. Lovers of all things sweet will no doubt indulge in their pancakes. We recommend you go all out and get them with maple syrup and crispy bacon: absolutely divine! And if you’ve had a bit to drink the night before, then the ‘Mouson Breakfast’ fry up won’t go amiss, a plate of fried eggs, halloumi, Cyprus sausage, roasted tomatoes and fresh toasted bread. Keep in mind that the place does get particularly busy so it’s always best to book a table.
Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday.
14 Mouson Ave, Old Nicosia
Tel: (+357) 22 — 664444
7. Balthazar Café and Roof Terrance- Centre of Visual Arts and Research
The newest kid on the block when it comes to brunch time fancies, CVAR and its Balthazar Café and Roof Terrace has really got crowds talking of late. With Ermou Street now a real hip area with one building after the other being renovated and revamped, this place is a brilliant addition to the area, and makes for a great outing if you’d rather skip the crowded Ledra and Onasagorou Streets come weekend.
Head here on a Sunday and you’ll get to indulge in plenty of classic brunch treats and traditional Cypriot delights like their fried eggs with village sausage. If you like asparagus, then you’ve got to try their poached eggs with asparagus and bacon, while their fried eggs with tomato sauce and basil is also rather dreamy. Prefer your eggs scrambled? Then you’re in luck as you can opt for them with smoked salmon and cream cheese. If you’re not so keen on eggy dishes, then there are sandwiches and decent options from the grill to choose from. And whatever you do, be sure to leave space for dessert because their waffles and French toast will certainly go down a treat.
Brunch served every Sunday.
285 Ermou St, Old Nicosia
Tel: (+357) 22 — 300992