The small traditional village of Fyti (known for its famous Fythkiotika weaving textile industry) is only 25 minutes drive from Paphos and 15 minutes from Polis. I came here a few weeks ago to include this traditional little village in my Cyprus Guide.
‘PEFKOS’ is the name of the 2nd Restaurant of the village and it is found across the square opposite the central church of the village.
It is much smaller than the other restaurant of the village but there is a garden seating above the road crammed with plant life with vines hanging decorously around the place, creating a lush protection from the sun.
The owner Mr. Christodoulos Stefanou is the kind of local who represents the authentic Cypriot.
The fact that the owner might not understand much English is not a problem because he can provide you with the English menu list. (How about some sigh language which usually works)?
The key words can be feta, salad, olives lountza or halloumi) It is more quiet and while I am waiting for my bus a few metres from Pefkos, I find the chance to start a conversation with a group of French who are enjoying their lunch here. They are impressed they tell me first from the kindness of Mr. Stefanou, the excellent quality of his food and the reasonable priced menu.
Indicative price of some dishes here:
Kleftiko costs 9 euros, Mezedes (variety of different dishes) 12 euros per person and it includes a dip, salad, halloumi, zucchini with eggs, stifado, afelia, kleftiko and potatos. Souvla which means meat on the spit costs 10 euros a portion, the village salad costs 3.50. Of course there are ample of other things to choose from.
The extra side dishes, tzatziki, olives, tahini cost 1 euro each, fried potatoes 2 euro.
Village wine (red dry) 3.50, a glass of brandy 4cl costs 1.50.
Keo/Carlsberg small 1.15 and the large bottles 2.15 euros.
I highly recommend it!
The small traditional village of Fyti is only 25 minutes drive from Paphos and 15 minutes from Polis.
The ‘Fyti village tavern’ used to be a boys’ school. It is nicely decorated and the owner is a nice lady called Maria. It seems to be more popular than the other restaurant probably because it is bigger and also it was made known through a writer who happened to have lunch here and wrote about it in a magazine some years back. The lady who runs it had this luck so if tourists come across this article they get straight here. The cuisine is local.
I have below a few things from the price list.
Cyprus meze consists of 10 different dishes in small portions) 13 euro for one person. Fried potatoes cost 3.85, Special Sunday lunch 13 euros.
Beer the big bottle is at 2.50 euros and a small bottle of water costs 0.85.
I have to be fair and declare an interest here. My ex-girlfriend, her cousin and I were invited here as the owner was a friend of friends, as is often the way in Cyprus. We duly arrived for a bite of lunch which quickly turned into a three hour blowout. Such is the way things go on the island.
Being entirely dispassionate, this place is very, very good. The fact that my Cypriot friends in Paphos, given a huge choice of restaurants, eat here regularly bears witness to this.
It's difficult to say what my favourite Cypriot dish is, kleftiko and afelia rate up there but, if pushed I would have to plump for stifado. It is basically a spiced meat stew with lots of onions and, if done well, is absolutely superb. The stifado here, and it is a hard choice given the number of very good ones I've eaten, was proably the best I have ever had. It came as part of a meze, with salad, hummous, taramasalata, pitta bread etc. etc. and was beautifully done.
Happy Island offers all the local standards - fish, seafood, traditional Cypriot dishes, as well as pastas etc. - the menu is fairly extensive and driven, to a large extent, by what is good in the market. Ask Stelios about the day's specials.
The restaurant itself is pleasant, although not ostentatious and the service was attentive but not over-bearing.
There are some very good wines on offer, and a greek coffee to finish rounded off a superb meal.
I have eaten in a number of restuarants over the years in Paphos, and this still remains my favourite.
Favorite Dish: The stifado - see above for details.
We took a recommendation from a guide book for this gem in Paphos. You can tell it's good because of the locals filling the restaurant. I wanted to let anyone out there going to Paphos that this is the best mixed meze in town. Just make sure you go on an empty stomach and don't eat too much of the bread served at the start. This is hard because the hummous and home made pitta is just the best I've ever had. The waiter looked visibly upset when we could only eat half of the final 3 meat sevings. It was absolutely delicious.
Favorite Dish: The other nice thing about this place is the tables are all outside and in the warm evening it is just lovely.
Cyprus is famed for the warmth of its hospitality and at Eléa you will find the finest food, prepared with care and attention and accompanied by the region’s most delectable wines.
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Grapes are grown in abundance around Paphos, giving the region a long tradition of excellent wine. The cellar at Eléa Estate is extensive, ensuring the flavours which grace your plate will always find a perfect accompaniment in your glass.
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Lounge and golf shop terrace
For a lighter snack, bacon rolls, tea & coffee, fresh juices, pastries and cakes.
For more informal dining, lunches, snacks and sundowner cocktails, selecting from both of our specially prepared golfers menu and ala carte option.
For those that cannot wait for the 19th hole, the Halfway House offers welcome refreshments, golfers' classics and daily specials.
The bar and members lounge
Enjoy a wide selection of beers, spirits, wonderful wines, cocktails, snacks, bar food, nibbles, tipples and olive bar, with great views over the golf course and beyond to the sea.
Favorite Dish: Offering the highest standard of international cuisine throughout the day and evening, the restaurant and bar areas of the clubhouse welcome for example "guests who really do enjoy the finer things in life."
Pan fried sea bass, broad beans, artichoke textures, hollandaise foam.
Guests can enjoy a modern, up-market and stylish dining experience selecting from menus that combine fresh local Cypriot ingredients with an international flair.
The Eléa salad, garden greens, locally grown tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, feta cheese and olives.
Olives, herbs, locally sourced cheese and meats, along with fish and fruit all feature on the extensive Eléa Estate dining menus and, of course there are also some hearty post-round options – club sandwiches, burgers and pasta – for the players seeking a traditional golfers snack.
Lamb shank kleftico, fondant potatoes, locally grown vegetables
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And of course the best burgers and club sandwiches in Cyprus...
Recent visit to island & this was our 1st choice mostly because of service & quality of food. We also would visit just for drinks or even snacks in day time. One of the cheapest in Paphos. Great food and service. Friendly and very clean. Three courses including wine for 12.50 euros. Wide ranged menu from full breakfast, cypriot and oriental delicacies. Also, nice to sit and watch the world go by. Have been going to this restaraunt for many years and never been disappointed.
Favorite Dish: The pork chop that we had on one evening was almost the size of the plate & I had a job to get through the whole meal. The staff where always happy to see you & even the service I personally could not fault, they weren't to pushy like some other establishments to drag you in & this place is always busy in the evening.
A popular retaurant and cafe in the area opposite the marina near the old castle.
You can either sit on the top floor to enjoy the beautiful scenery, or next to the marina below.
Prices vary here.
Favorite Dish: Fish is always expensive anywhere on the island, and it is also here.
Some of the dishes:
Fish meze costs 20 euro per person
Carbonara costs 8.50
and the village salad 6.40
Avoid bottled wine here for sure.
Ask for a bottle of beer Keo which is local and very tasty.
We stayed half board in Paphos and had our lunch at the Seagull when we were not on excursions. The staff are friendly and very anxious to please. It is owned by the Papasawas Family and was originally started by the grandfather in the cottage which has now been extended.
Favorite Dish: We had a variety of dishes and they were all good.
The restaurant benefits from the coolness of the trees that surround it and the great sea - view that lie beneath adn the breath taking sunsets.
Favorite Dish: Cyprus Meze
Apart from the Greek and Cypriot choices you have on the menu you can also enjoy a variety of European dishes
Set in a corner position, we missed this place the first three times we went out, but once we tried it, we had to go back again.
The waiters are extremely attentive and the food is the best we had during our two weeks.
Mousakka is by far the tastiest we had and the wine was good too. Prices were average.
Eating out in general (6 of us, but the baby always had chips) was not too pricey I guess - our average bill was ý54 cyprus pounds of course, including a couple of rounds of drinks.
Favorite Dish: Mousakka
Well fitted out nretsuarnt with war atmosphere. Adequate menu and grossly over-priced wine list. Off-licence Euro 6 Valpollicela sells for Euro 25.
Staff especially manager insincere and touchy-feely. V creepy.
Starters adequate. Main courses attrocious. Didn't try a desert as couldn't get anyone's attention.
When locals walk in any tourist can forget about service.
Our tip is go and eat at Luigi's pasta, pizza and grill next door.
Favorite Dish: The bruschetta. It was complimentary.
We went in as it said Greek food and it was near to our hotel.On the way in we saw an unhappy cat..... should have known...We had to wait 20mins for our table to be laid and our drinks to come. Then another 35 mins for our starter ..... and another 40 mins for our main meal. The food was horrid frozen warmed up and the prices were high. We would say dont go in .
Favorite Dish: The rosa wine was nice
We were having our dinner in melania restaurant every year. Every year we notice that they getting better. Only, this year they manage to grow all the vegetables, potatoes and fruits at there own land next to the restaurant. According the owners, they are not trying to minimize the cost but to supply there family and the customers with fresh organically homegrown products. They never sell there products at any market. There family wine is very nice. Sure they know how to look after grape vines, the huge vine yard around the restaurant verify this.
While having our dinner under the vines we fell that we are 1000 km away from the noisy tourism area. Because of the fresh organic food we can eat too much every day and we never fell stuffed.
The owner Matheos (moustache), his wife Elli (always smiling) and his son George (young philosopher, very high educated) and few more stuff give there best to satisfy our gastronomic needs!
Favorite Dish: There mousaka and meze (Cypriot specialities ) are the best. Steaks are also very nice. All grilled meals are fresh delicious.
The Vienna Cafe in Paphos, Cyprus looks amazing from outside with the beautiful colours and decorations, so I wanted to try how it is from the inside.
I wish I didn`t! We have waited to get the menu for about 10 minutes, although the waitresses looked at us many times, but nobody cared. They were sitting on the sofas chatting to other customers, guessing their friends.
When finally the male waiter brought the menu, we ordered 2 coffees and 2 desserts. I was happy to found a dessert which said had strawberries and rosted almonds on it.
1. The water I ordered was out of stock
2. My coffe was a single espresso although it clearly said on the menue it was double espresso in it with milk and something else (no milk either)
3. My dessert had no almond flakes whatsoever on it and the strawberries were from a can, melting from the sugar syrup :-(
4. My friend ordered a cold coffee latte which came without milk, when we asked to bring some milk, we got some boiled one!
When I asked the waitress why wasn`t there any almond on my dessert, I was told : "Next time say you want almonds before you finish eating it" WOW! Why would I have to say it when it states on the menu???????
I also said I expected something more austrian-style if it`s called Vienna Cafe... She said: " Well this place has nothing to do with Vienna" WOW! Amazed again on how she doesn`t care about the image of the place.
So I am asking myself:
Why do they call a place Vienna Cafe if there is nothing from Austria?
Why do they employ these rude waitresses who have absolutely no idea of customer service?
Why was the owner of the shop smoking cigar and sitting from one table to the next bringing his children and letting them play on the floor?
Is this good customer service?
Is this like a coffee shop in Vienna?
I bet the owner has never been there, I have many times and they are very famous for their service and food.
Make it short: this is a place which I will never visit again.
I would like to hear about other people`s experience about this coffee shop.
Thanks for reading my comment.
Favorite Dish: nothing
Guide books recommend various restaurants but when you go they have closed, changed ownership or simply gone downhill. Take your courage in your hands and try any one.
As an example Rough Guide recommends Tyriminhos as 'possibly the best fish restaurant' in Paphos. It served musssels - turned out to be frozen green-lipped as available from your local cut-price supermarket. Dover Sole with special garlic sauce was so smopthered in sauce as to destroy the delicate taste of the sole. Service was by young students who had little idea of the food. Very disappointing.
Favorite Dish: The bottle of Keo beer.
Harbour: Several of the restaurants here because it is the touristy area! Choose your delicious meal from a range of local and internationally themed restaurants in a beautiful setting...