Nicosia, which hosts some of the most affluent, well read and health-conscious individuals, boasts a good number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants to choose from. Here’s a list of the top vegetarian options in the city.
The Home Café
Cafe, Healthy, $$$
Grab a vegetable burger with vegan mayo at The Home Café in Nicosia’s Buffer Zone. Enjoy tasty and wholesome homemade dishes overlooking Ledra Palace across the street. For a green treat, visit on Tuesday or Thursday, when the petite space with large bookcases is transformed into a ‘green kitchen’, with The Two Little Chefs in a Green Kitchen taking over the space to make vegetarian lunches. The creamy broccoli and walnut soup with feta
is particularly good, as are the tasty mushroom soup, veggie quiche, and salads also on the menu. For desserts, go for fudge brownies – they are the best in town. They also serve vegan chocolate tart. But if chocolate is not your thing, settle for the carrot cake.
Inga’s Veggie Haven
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new or long-time vegetarian; Inga’s Veggie is a haven with something for everyone. From the carrot and quinoa
burgers to marinated oyster mushroom in pita bread, this space owned by a friendly Icelandic chef, prepares an assortment of the homely vegan and vegetarian dishes of the day. Ever tried African salads? Inga’s serves them, along with vegetable lasagne or vegan shepherd’s pie. Remember to try the tempting sugar-free cakes such as the chocolate orange pie on an almond coconut crust. The unique thing about this eating space is that the menu changes every day – you can eat here for a whole week, without repeating a meal.
Green Foods, fresh & bio
Restaurant, Vegan, Healthy, Vegetarian, $$$
When it comes to organic eating, there’s more to healthy foods than just being natural. To get the best out of the food, you must cook it well too. And that is what this place does – their inviting slogan ‘Organic food for people who care about quality in life!’ says it all. The food joint cooks with pure organic raw products, GMO-free ingredients, and they stay away from those that have preservatives. Sounds like a place you want to try? When it comes to food preparation, you can rest assured that theirs is not fried. Raw recipes are prepared at temperatures below 42°C (107.6°F), meaning you get quality vitamins and minerals. There’s a variety of nutritional recipes for vegetarians, vegans, and those who prefer paleo
and gluten-free diets. You can eat at their joints in Strovolos or Kyriakou Nicosia, where dishes include vegan bruschetta with mozzarella, palouze
dessert, and vegan mpifteki
burgers among other vegan and vegetarian options.
Pizzaria, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Salad Bar, $$$
Situated in the heart of the old city of Nicosia
on Ledra Street, Il Forno’s menu offers a wide variety of pasta and pizza varieties. Though not entirely a vegetarian restaurant, the Italian restaurant offers a number of salad options – and with 18 pizza varieties to pick from, your lunch date is set. Enjoy your meal while taking in the view of tourists and locals strolling along the busy streets. The restaurant is huge on greens and serves more than 21 sauces. When you visit, ask for one of their sauces that contain a wealth of ingredients such as asparagus, basil, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes.
Restaurant, Fast Food, Healthy, Salad Bar, $$$
Freshly Chopped is the newest modern franchise outlet operating in Nicosia. The healthy fast food is guided by ‘create your own salad’ concept giving customers the thrill of seeing their ordered salads prepared in front of them within minutes. You will get to experience the mastery of the chefs as they ‘chop’ your vegetables, freshly dress your order, and serve it beautifully. What’s more, you will know the exact calories you will consume in your order. You can dine in, takeaway, or order for delivery. Whichever way, you get to decide what salad will be served. Ordering healthy food has never been easier.
Artisan’s Burger Bar
Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Dessert, Healthy, Fast Food, $$$
If you love your burger then this modern cuisine restaurant in Stasandrou Nicosia is your place. The stylish joint specialises in gourmet burgers, making it an ideal space for every occasion. Here, burgers are ground in-house and handmade daily offering fresh and delicious servings. With professional chefs at work, burgers are made with seasonal vegetables and sweet pomegranate sauce, served with rucola, tomato and gherkins. Artisan’s sides include the flavourful grilled vegetables, freshly fried potatoes, a number of mushroom options and guacamole
Fanous Lebanese Restaurant
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Tapas, $$$
Would you like to try flavourful traditional Lebanese cuisine
while visiting Cyprus? Then head to Fanous Lebanese Restaurant. The Middle Eastern restaurant adorned in Arabic style provides a warm welcome. Soothing Arabic music saturates the restaurant setting a great evening mood, with a blend of alluring aromas from the Lebanese kitchen. With a promise of Lebanese belly dancing, your night will be truly spectacular. For first timers, the traditional meze is a good way to sample what’s on the menu. For an appetizer, ask for their hummus, which is creamy smooth and tasty. Be sure to try it with warm pita, and falafel – it’s mouthwatering. After dinner, indulge in tea and desserts and get lost in ‘Lebanon’ right in the heart of Nicosia.