Cyprus Cuisine
Traditional recipes have been passed down from generation to generation with home cooking being a strong custom and tradition even in today’s contemporary world. If you add good company whilst dining with the traditional Cyprus cuisine it makes for a truly enjoyable time. On that note the famed Cypriot warmth and hospitality makes the food even tastier!

Cyprus Cuisine

Using a traditional mix of herbs and spices, olive oil and fresh local ingredients the Cyprus cuisine is Mediterranean in nature and considered by many doctors around the world to be the healthiest diet in the world. Many have been captivated by the unique flavours and aromas. The fresh fruit, herbs, pulses, greens, fresh fish and lean meat offer delicious flavours as well as a healthy way to eat.


Cyprus Food
The delicious Cypriot cuisine lies at the heart of our culture. The Cypriot ‘meze’ is a banquet fit for a king with about twenty different traditional dishes being served as standard. Since long ago locals when they sit down for drinks, order these ‘mezedes’ and are a good way to become familiarized with the local dishes. Meze is often the dish of choice for the Cypriot locals, ordering them for feasts, celebrations, anniversaries and other joyous occasions. The meze starts light with salads, dips, olives and fresh bread. Then you start to work your way up! You then continue, depending on the restaurant, with; snails, octopus in red wine, pickled capers, greens. Then you move on to grilled halloumi (Greek cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk), smoked pork, fish, keftedes (meatballs), sheftalia and Greek traditional sausages. Then come the kebabs, chicken and lamb chops. Many places include giant beans and Cypriot rice too. The halloumi mentioned above is delicious uncooked as well and is the perfect complement if you are having watermelon.

Cypriot Salad

Cypriot Rustic Bread

Cyprus Meze


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’.

Cypriot Souvlaki


Cypriot souvlaki is a very simple meal and consists of 2-3 skewers of grilled pieces of pork or chicken inside Cypriot pita bread and usually also includes tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley and sometimes onion and cabbage.

Cypriot Sheftalia


Sheftalia, are Cypriot oval shaped crépinettes, made with minced pork, herbs and spices which are then wrapped in caul fat and barbecued.

Local Dishes

Makaronia tou Fournou

(Pastitsio)

Ofto Kleftiko

Tavvas

(Lamb and Vegetable Stew)

Gemista

Souvla

Koupes Rolls

Best Halloumi Cheese Recipes

Best Cyprus Pasta Recipes

Local Dishes


Halloumi or haloumi is a traditional Cypriot cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes also cow’s milk.

Local Drinks
Cyprus has a long-standing and historic tradition of 4,000 years in wine making. In ancient times it was a great source of wealth for the island, supplying ancient Egypt as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Commandaria is a sweet wine and known to be one of the oldest in the world. According to legend it was made originally for Richard the Lion heart and the Crusaders. Zivania is almost pure alcohol, made from highly-distilled grape juice it is very strong and not for the light hearted- it gives an intense burning kick. With the abundance of fresh fruit on the island, fresh juices are very invigorating not to mention extremely healthy. ‘Airani’ is a traditional Cypriot cold drink made with live yogurt and mint and is extremely refreshing, especially on a hot day. ‘Soumada’ is a drink made from almonds and is served hot and is soothing and gives you a feeling of warm comfort.

Cyprus Coffee

Cyprus coffee is served literally everywhere on the island. Such is its popularity- a perfect accompaniment for playing games or just shooting the breeze.

Cyprus Beers

KEO beer is a light straw-colored lager that is brewed in Limassol, Cyprus. Such is its great taste; KEO beer won the Gold Medal in the 1987 brewing industry world bottled lager competition.

Cyprus Wines
& Comandaria

Cyprus wines date back to the days of ancient Greece.

Cyprus Zivania

Zivania is one of Cyprus’ traditional alcoholic beverages and its production dates back 700 years.


Cyprus Sweets
The sweet ‘glyko’ is a preserved fruit, very sweet tasting that when offered is accompanied by a glass of cold water as is the tradition in Cyprus. ‘Kadaifi’ are syrup soaked pastry strands wound in a roll. ‘Galatopoureko’ is a milk cream filling wrapped in flaked pastry. ‘Mahalebi’ is a creamy pudding served in a bowl of rosewater syrup and is much sought after by Cypriots in the summer months because it is so refreshing. You can also try the Cyprus rice pudding which is sprinkled with cinnamon. The list of Cyprus traditional sweets is exhaustive and includes; ladies fingers, pishides which are drenched in citrus flower water syrup ,or loukoumades (honey fried sweets).

Soutzoukos
(Grape Roll)

Glyka toy Koutaliou (Spoon Sweets)

Loukoumades

Daktyla Pasties

Christmas Sweets

Loukoumia


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