α taste of tradition
5 hidden village cafes in Cyprus worth visiting.
Text: Kleanthis Kleanthous
KAFENEIO I PLATEIA
Having undergone renovation recently, this historic café in the heart of Vouni, has not compromised its traditional character. Visitors gravitate here for coffee made in Hovoli (traditional coffee brewed in ashes or sand), homemade lemonade and an eclectic mix of spoon sweets.
VOUNI, LIMASSOL, TEL. +357 96475847
STAFILARIS COFFEE SHOP
In Kato Lefkara, this traditional-stone café hosts its customers in a verdant, courtyard under a cool canopy of vines. Besides coffee, enjoy hearty Cypriot brunch, delicious homemade spoon sweets, and Mahalepi (milk pudding). KATO LEFKARA, LARNAKA, TEL. +357 96559287
KAFES STI HOVOLI
In Kyperounta, one of the biggest mountain villages in Pitsilia, is the quaint Kafes Sti Hovoli, nestled in a building that exudes nostalgia. Besides coffee made in hovoli, the café serves Cypriot brunch and homemade pastries. If you are partial to puffing on shisha, you have come to the right place.30, 1ST APRILIOU, KYPEROUNTA, LIMASSOL, TEL. +357 99893756
The old style stone-built café in the village of Askas serves coffee, other hot beverages and traditional spoon sweets. The proprietary zivania and house wine accompanied with delectable meze are musts. The views are stunning! 78, GRIGORIS AFXENTIOU, ASKAS, NICOSIA, TEL. +357 99 462408
ΤO KAFENEIO TIS PAREAS
If you set out on an excursion to picturesque Pano Lefkara, you must visit Kafeneio Tis Pareas. Small and quaint, it is a perfect setting for playing backgammon as you sip a fragrant cup of Cypriot coffee. Treat yourself to authentic breakfast, and mahalepi with refreshing, rose-flavoured ice cream!