The ancient island nation of Cyprus boasts a dining scene that is both a nod to its rich history and thoroughly forward-thinking – expect traditional tavernas offering authentic Greek and Cypriot meze alongside more contemporary restaurants serving anything from modern Italian to gourmet burgers. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants in the region.
Located in a charming building constructed in 1900 (hence the restaurant’s name), Art Café 1900 resides in Larnaca’s historic Plakota neighborhood – one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful areas. The small, quirky cafe was established in 1993 by owners Marios Dianellos and Maria Pyrgou, who wanted to provide a space where the focus wasn’t purely gastronomic, but where people could indulge all their senses. Art Café 1900 features all kinds of interesting bric-a-brac, from traditional Cypriot instruments to bone china, on its walls, and also acts as an art gallery. The food is simple, home-cooked and Greek-Cypriot in flavor with dishes like tzatziki and stifado – a hearty, flavorsome beef stew with onions.
Art Café 1900, 6 Stasinou Street, Larnaca, Cyprus, +357 24 653 027