8 places to enjoy traditional Cypriot cuisine

8 places to enjoy traditional Cypriot cuisine

Delicious mezes, traditional taverns and restaurants

We have chosen 8 dining options throughout Cyprus that can be proud of their menu. A menu that represents great Cypriot cuisine either in its traditional or modern version!

In all of them you can find traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation based on meat, seafood, legumes and vegetables, made with love, but you can also find them with a "modern twist" as some chefs use older recipes to inspired them.


Kofini Tavern

Traditional Cypriot cuisine, made as it should be, in a welcoming atmosphere. Kofini Tavern is a recently opened family business that has become a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike.

A rare tavern that insists on maintaining excellent quality in its variety of mezes and well-cooked dishes! 

Their menu has all the traditional dishes such as: sausages with winehome-made sheftalialamb souzoukaspastourmaschickenlounza cooked in winepork brisket cooked in winepork souvlakilamb ribs and much more.

Complete this amazing culinary experience with traditional desserts, mpourekia with anari, siamisii or daktila.

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Meze Taverna Restaurant

Authentic and unique tavern-restaurant with traditional flavours and a beautiful space, which is now a must visit spot for meze lovers.

At Meze you will taste the best Cypriot mezes and the most authentic traditional dishes of our country, made with love and respect for traditional recipes.

Enjoy with your friends and family Meat Meze, Fish Meze, even Vegetarian Meze, but also some of the traditional dishes they serve such as: moussaka, kleftiko, sheftalies and many more.

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Ayianapitika Cyprus Tavern

Like a scene from an old movie, but completely authentic. Ayianapitika Tavern is one of the restaurants that combine delicious food and beautiful decoration with live music every night in the heart of Ayia Napa.

It serves dishes based on the traditional flavours of Cypriot cuisine that will leave you wanting more. Enjoy delicious Ribs, Souvlas, Stews, Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves), Moussaka, Legumes and many more that melt in your mouth.

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Raphael's Restaurant Tavern

A traditional place for great meze and Cypriot cuisine.

In its simple decoration you will see windows with pictures from different parts of our island, while on its menu you will find rich dishes from Cypriot cuisine such as grilled meats, halloumi, sausages.

 It is suitable for vegetarians, provides options for vegans as well as gluten-free dishes.

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En-Yevo Tavernaki

It is a charming, beautiful and fresh tavern in Ayia Napa, a few minutes from the city centre.

The famous En-Yevo tavern has deservedly earned a place on the taste map of the city and the reason is of course the special, delicious food always made with love and passion.

Besides, they have won Traveler's Choice from TripAdvisor for 1 of the TOP 10% of the best restaurants in the world.

It serves rich traditional meze, meatballs, ribs, sausages, various types of grills, stuffed chicken, moussaka, lamb, kleftiko and many other options that will definitely excite you.

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Pinia Restaurant

This restaurant has a history dating back to 1976, it has evolved and grown after decades but it has kept the taste of Cypriot cuisine and hospitality constant and unchanged.

At their beautiful courtyard, under the vines and the stars, you will taste traditional Meat Meze, Fish Meze and Cypriot Specialties: Moussaka, Makaronia tou Fournou (Pastitsio), Stews, Rabbit and more.

On its menu you will also find plenty of grilled seafood and meat, as well as their grilled Mezes.

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Melania Restaurant

This tavern in Pafos has been running for more than 35 years. A family business with George Kannavia, son of the owners, maintaining the entire image and history of the restaurant.

They know how to handle and masterfully cook Souvla, it literally melts in your mouth.

On the menu you will find all the well-known appetisers, salads, moussaka, kleftiko and a wide variety of meats, such as chicken, steak, wine dishes. Enjoy the rich traditional mezes found at Melania.

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Εύ Κουζήν

In one of the most beautiful locations in Larnaka, you too will discover the locals favourite spot for truly delicious, traditional, Cypriot food.

Eu Kouzin, which has been operating for years, has its own special history in the field of catering and entertainment. It has won the love of the people and with good reason. Big names in the Entertainment Industry such as Yannis Ploutarchos, Kostis Maraveyas, Eleonora Zouganelis, Natassa Bofiliou, Christos Dantis and many more have visited it.

Its menu includes Souvlakia, Souvla, Chicken, Pork Pancetta, Moussaka, Legumes and more.

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