Taverns and traditional eateries aren’t all that Nicosia has to offer. Besides the popular souvlakia and other traditional dishes, there’s a big burger scene in the capital. So burger fans gather round as we introduce to you the best spots for juicy burgers in Nicosia, to satisfy all tastes and preferences.
This restaurant has to be top of the list, as their dishes are widely known amongst the locals and offer a wide variety. They offer homemade beef burgers, and their recipes are imaginative and can please all palates, whether you like BBQ sauce, lots of cheese or something a little healthier. If you’re not a fan of beef, fear not, as chicken, salmon and prawn burgers are all on the menu, as well as vegetarian options. For a more Cyprus feel, try the burger with halloumi, caramelised onions and mint sauce, or the burger with feta cheese and tzatziki.
This American-style bar blends all-time classics and quirky burger alternatives, including one with a prawn and coconut sauce. Walking into Moondog’s will remind anyone of a bar in the USA, with its American-inspired decoration. There’s plenty of sitting space, but it can get packed, so make a reservation to be assured a spot. It’s famous also for its large selection of beers, and an ice-cold brew makes the perfect addition to your burger. Add a side of chips, potato wedges or curly fries.
In the old Ayios Antonios market, which hosts some shops and deli-bars, is the popular Limoncello. There are lots of tasty menu suggestions, but its burgers are the most popular items on the menu – they are hearty, fresh, served in a brioche bun and paired with homemade fries. The atmosphere is charming, with low lighting and outdoor seating for most of the year.
This café, restaurant and bar opposite the Cyprus Museum is home to a beautiful garden, as its name suggests, and offers something for every mood. In the winter (it’s open from 8 am until 2 am) it serves brunch, lunch and dinner and in the summer (open from 6 pm until 2 am) it turns into a lively bar with loud music and only a dinner menu to enjoy among the palm trees and exotic pool. Their menu is seasonal, with their burger dishes changing regularly, though their signature beef burger remains constant for everyone to try. This year’s summer burgers include a salmon burger layered in a black bun infused with squid ink, a stuffed portobello mushroom burger with cheese and houmous sauce, a chicken and parmesan burger served in a green basil bun and a lighter veggie burger in wholewheat pitta bread. Sound enticing? Book a table and dine early, before the party mood kicks in.
This pub oozes rock-‘n’-roll and takes its inspiration from the film Pulp Fiction. Here you can enjoy a large beer and whisky selection and spot the vintage Ford car sticking out over the bar. With an old-school, grungy feel, the music will please old rock-‘n’-roll fans who can indulge in their signature dish. Pub Fiction’s burgers are famous not because of a hidden ingredient, but because there is no secret. Their approach is simple: a mix of fresh, prime, local beef and premium spices, a marinated grilled chicken fillet or a homemade veggie patty. Customers can then build their own burger by adding toppings and sauces for the ultimate personalised experience.
This is a charming restaurant in the old town of Nicosia that’s established quite a name for its menu. Covering many cuisines, from pasta and fresh salads to fish and its popular weekend brunch, D.O.T’s dishes won’t disappoint. One of the most famous items on its menu is the burger: herby and well-cooked with a side of chips and delicious sauces. The restaurant’s vintage decor and cute atmosphere charms anyone dining. A chicken burger and a veggie burger are also available, and there are vegan and vegetarian options for starters, mains and desserts.
For those who believe that burgers can only be an unhealthy meal, this café proves otherwise. With a mindset of providing healthy alternatives with fresh ingredients, most of their dishes are low in calories and fat, promoting a more balanced diet. Their beef burger is made with lean meat, homemade ketchup and sauces, with 68% less fat and 73% less saturated fats than many other burgers. And that’s not all that’s on the menu: quinoa and beetroot burgers as well as other veggie combinations are available for those wanting a break from meat. Served with a side of salad and oven-baked potatoes, it’s certainly filling. Eat in or take away are both available.
One of the newest additions to Nicosia’s burger scene is this spot with a killer name. Once a food truck serving festivals and events, it decided to park its services at a ground different than the rest. Found just behind the Kyrenia Municipality near the Ledra Palace checkpoint, Serial Griller is an authentic meat and burger joint. Its burgers are big, thick and enriched with spices and herbs and are served on a wooden plate. They are so filling you might have a hard time finishing them, especially if you order one of the fully loaded dishes. Besides burgers, they also serve sticky spare ribs that are a must-try. In the summer months, the tables are moved into the garden, where the trees and lanterns make you forget you’re in Nicosia at all.
This stylish bar and restaurant takes pride in its curated menu that can satisfy all tastes and even offers vegan options (a rare find in Cyprus). Situated in the once-busy Makariou Avenue, their burger selection includes classics with cheese, egg and bacon and more signature dishes with prosciutto, pesto and mozzarella or a skinny option of no bun with veggies. Accompany it with 48 Bistro’s fine wine selection or delicious house cocktails.