To Stenorymi Tavern
A country oasis of aromas and flavors in the heart of Nicosia
The scenic, narrow streets in the heart of old Aglantzia lead to Kyriakos Karaolis square. While you take the first steps on the pavement, the fresh breeze carries country aromas and lifts your spirits. There, a fairy-tale tavern, To Stenorymi, is transformed for every season, waiting to welcome its guests.
In the Summer, the freshly sprinkled yard, full of rose bushes, honeysuckle, trees, and all kinds of local herbs, opens its gates, while the aromas mix with the delicious scents of the famous shieftalia, the lamb chops cooked in wine, a unique recipe of the grandfather and grandmother of the owners, the endless meze dishes, the slow-cooked ofton kleftiko that is served every day from May until the Autumn leaves fall, the unique halva with glyko karidaki (walnuts in syrup) another secret recipe made by the owner’s mother. Live music every Friday with Stellaras and Efthymakis, a duet known to all music lovers, and every Saturday rebetika by the famous band Cherchez la Femme, accompany the passion in the dishes and the warm hospitality in this blooming oasis, while you are being magically transferred from the city to some Greek island or some mountain yard.
To Stenorymi revives the tradition of Cypriot hospitality in a historic building, renovated by two brothers, Herodotus and Andreas Achilleos, who transformed it to a tavern hosting rebetika songs and other kinds of Greek live music, a homely tavern where hospitality means close human relations.
With the first cold breeze the party is gathered inside, in the warm surroundings of Stenorymi, reminiscent of a traditional Cypriot house in the village· now fine wine, snails, staffed vine leaves, lamb chops, appear on the table, juicy souvlaki and chicken are being grilled on charcoal, and as Winter comes with its cold sensations, the fireplace and the passion for life light up, in high spirits, until the new Spring blooming comes with pink roses and the magical yard is sprinkled again.
An experience at Stenorymi is a visit to a warm hangout in a little street where you always return, as memory returns to all that is beautiful and unique, a little street leading to an open square, which expands as much as our fantasy.
One of the most atmospheric taverns in Nicosia.