Just as Cypriot food influences other cuisines, the Cypriot food scene is evolving to embrace international flavors and food appreciation. This was the case with ‘brunch’, which is served with a Cypriot twist. Here are the top spots for brunch in Nicosia.
Balthazar Café and Roof Terrace (The Centre of Visual Arts and Research)
Situated in The Centre of Visual Arts and Research in Nicosia, Balthazar Café is exemplary of the entire Cypriot food scene: offering the combination of flavorsome food and culture. Their light, bright and polished interior will complement the fresh flavors and friendly reception that diners have come to expect and enjoy. The menu offers a variety of breakfast and brunch options including eggs, breakfast sandwiches and their particularly favored French toast, with syrup, icing sugar and fresh fruit to accompany it. Diners can enjoy their food inside the air-conditioned cafe, or out on the sunny terrace.
Bar, Cafe, Market, Restaurant, Beer, Mediterranean, European, $$$
This cozy cafe and bar is in high demand with locals and tourists, so we would highly suggest making a booking ahead of time. The rustic bare bricks expertly paired with vintage and secondhand furniture, creates a cool and comfortable environment to enjoy food or drinks. The Market Company specializes in traditional Cypriot cuisine and while the menu is not extensive, it will invariably satisfy. The halloumi wrapped in filo pastry is garnished with dried figs that are grown on the island. This dish is one of many that showcases authentic Cypriot flavors.
From its mere name, Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir immediately suggests a French-inspired, gourmet brunch experience unlike any other. What sets this cafe/ restaurant apart is its commitment to providing an authentic French experience for its diners, from menu to interior. Offering French favorites such as croissants, Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir also serves toast and conserves, fresh juices, eggs, savory dishes and warm beverages. What is most favored by diners and staff would be their mussels which can be enjoyed at any time of day.
The Sandwich Shop in Nicosia has a menu as varied as it is delicious, ensuring that every customer finds a favorite. They offer a delivery service, which has contributed considerably to their popularity. The menu consists of traditional ‘triara’ sandwiches (which are traditionally packed with fresh ingredients and sold from carts), bagels, baguettes, wraps and ciabattas, which every customer can modify to their own tastes. But that’s not all that’s on offer as you can also enjoy, yogurt, the cake of the day, soups, salads, and much more.
Kosta’s Corner is a business that specializes in brunch and lunch options. They particularly recommend their homemade cold, fruit teas that are the perfect pick-me-up in the hot Cypriot weather. Their selection of refreshing beverages can be paired with their delicious wraps (with a variety of filling options), frittatas, salads, pastas, sweet treats or cooked breakfasts. Feeling undecided? There’s always the dish of the day providing even more exquisite Cypriot flavors for you to try. Whether sat inside or basking in the sunlight, any combination is a sure winner.
With clear American influences, State seems to mark itself apart from similar competitors in Nicosia by not attempting to be vintage. Its well-lit interior and high ceilings evoke a bright, minimal space, with constant music that adds a lively atmosphere. Brunch is available every Sunday and a variety of pastries, conserves, cheeses and other continental favorites are on offer along with restorative tea and coffee. For those who enjoy their ‘brunch’ leaning more towards lunch, salads are also available. Its low prices, high-quality selection and bistro feel, make this an essential brunch stop.
The Powerhouse Restaurant is in the heart of Nicosia and delights with seasonal dishes. Brunch and breakfast items consist of fresh fish (a Cypriot specialty), burgers, salads and sandwiches, all tender and perfectly seasoned. The staff are friendly and welcoming, embodying Cypriot hospitality and the restaurant caters to all party sizes – whether adults, or families with children. The Powerhouse Restaurant offers a start to the day with their breakfast and brunch that is sure to leave you hungry for more.