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What to buy: Depending on the shop/ restaurant or business if this facility is available.
What to pay: When making a payment by credit card or debit card you can have the choice of which currency to pay in : GB £, OR EU € in some cases US $. The option will be shown on the card processing machine. Then you can choose the best choice for your needs. This came into operation this year and I found it a great benefit to pay in my home currency.
There are several markets around Cyprus that are open every weekend, although the outdoor markets are subject to weather conditions during the winter months.
Cyprus indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales are very popular. You will find locals and visitors enjoying the vibrant colours and smells from the fruit and vegetable markets, as well as bargain hunters galore at every stall of the other markets that sell a variety of goods.
Here’s a list of some of the regular markets in Cyprus that are well worth a visit: -
Open Air Fruit & Vegetable Market
Every Saturday this colourful open air market is held in the Old Municipal Square of Nicosia.
Car Boot Sale
Car boot sale every Saturday, held at the Municipal Car Park in Pervolia, from 8.30am till 2.30pm.
Sunday Market / Car Boot Fair
Every Sunday in Oroklini, just off the Oroklini exit from the highway, from 8am till 2pm, there is a general market and car boot sale with covered stall pitches.
Linopetra Corner Car Boot Sale
Every Saturday there is a car boot sale from 8am till 2pm. Various stalls including fruit and vegetables.
Fasouri Flea Market
Large indoor and outdoor flea market located in Asomatos village just outside the centre of Limassol. Wide variety of stalls including hot / cold food and drinks and children’s play area. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 7pm.
Limassol Sunday Market
Every Sunday an open air market is held on the seafront just 2 minutes from St Catherine’s Catholic Church. Many stalls selling a variety of goods, from 7am to 5pm.
La Fontaine Market
Every Saturday and Sunday an indoor/ outdoor market is held from 8am till 5pm.
Sunday Open Air Market
Every Sunday at Timi Village, open from 8am till 1pm.
Latin Parish Market
Every Sunday there is a Traders & car boot market from 9am till 3pm at the Latin Parish Hall on Tomb of the Kings Road.
Duck pond Market
Every Sunday there is an Indoor/outdoor market and car boot sale from 8am till 2pm. Cafe serving hot and cold snacks on site. Located just off Tombs of the Kings Road in Chloraka.
Every Saturday, charity stalls open from 10am till 2pm with unusual things to buy.
Liopetri Saturday Market
Every Saturday from 9am till 1pm. Located on Sotira Road. Various stall including fruit and vegetables.
If you happen to be in Limassol don’t miss this shoe market. You can find the trendiest shoes in the lowest price and you will be surprised by the huge collection.
I was when some friends took me there. It is about a noble building that satisfies the European specs. It is the biggest shoe shop in the whole of Cyprus . It is actually a gem in Limassol of 1.300 square metres with much space on comfortable and cozy grounds with shoes from all over the world.
It is impossible to leave without buying at least 3 pairs and then probably return the next day to buy some more. It is not only popular to locals throughout the country but also with tourists.
It is about the popular chain stores with the biggest collection and the best price ever in the European market.
Nothing special here in this shop,just a friendly owner whom you have to wake up sometimes,who tries to over charge you sometimes.but he is the only shop around here so no arguments..
What to buy: Honey,special breads,cheap cigarettes,ice cold drinks,salty peanuts,grapes,watermelons,apples,apricots,lemons oranges,peaches,etc....
What to pay: you can spend $500 and buy the whole shop if you like..
If you like challoumi, and want to buy the authentic cypriot challoumi, you can find it
in the outskirts of Choirokoitia at Loulla's farm house.
I was there the previous week and I tasted the most tasteful challoumi ever.
The spot is very popular.
You can buy other dairy products here as well.
(See the video I have with the presentation if you wish).
Another last day visit. We stopped by on our way to Blue House and lost ourselves between shelves. Everything was shining like sun inside the shop. The place was full of plates, pots, vases and lots of small souvenirs. All ceramics.
There was an atelier behind the shop. A young girl was working. The man behind the counter started to tell us his story. He was studying arts in Turkey. Jale Yilmabasar, famous Turkish ceramic artist, was one of his teachers. Then the Cyprus Dispute began. He returned his homeland and he started his job in 1974.
We saw his works in almost every restaurant in Cyprus. Sunflowers are his most common figure. I bought a dark blue sugar pot with sunflower to mom and a spoon holder with garlic figure for myself. Every peace has the sign of the shop. It is a nice place to buy gifts.
Check the following photos for the goods.
What to buy: Lots of things, plates, pots, vases...
What to pay: 5 to 50 dollars, I assume
I couldn't decide where to write this info for a while. It could be a restaurant or a local custom tip. But also you can buy it, so I wrote it as a shopping tip.
Con coffee is a lighter version of our Turkish coffee. You’ll have this when you want to have Turkish coffee all over Cyprus. According to some people, its taste is smoother, because it has some roasted chickpea as ingredient. Usually I prefer not to drink Turkish coffee, or any other coffee. But even I could drink some of those here.
By the way, Con is the pronounciation of John in Turkish.
What to buy: Con Coffee
What to pay: Not much but I don't remember the exact price
Raki is officially Turkish booze. The most famous brand is Yeni Raki in Turkey but in Cyprus you can find local brands like Sema Raki. We had a chance to taste it in Archways and found it very delicious. Since all alcoholic boozes are very cheap in Cyprus, we bought some Sema Raki on our way home.
As for an example, a bottle of Yeni Raki (70cl) is about 25 lira in Turkey. I bought it for 10 lira in Cyprus and Sema Raki is 8 lira in the markets. And Sema has a better taste. Yeni Raki’s taste changes, you can’t have the same taste in two bottles. So I recommend you to buy or at least taste it in here.
What to buy: Sema raki
What to pay: 8-10 lira, 6-8 dollars
In my childhood, one of my aunts always sent me a chewing gum. It was a natural gum from a pine tree, I think. It’s though pieces were amber colored. I needed to make them soften by waiting them in my mouth for a while. Then it turned into a crazy purple color with a nice smell. Now, my aunt is passed away and I haven’t seen this gum for years.
This is why I was so excited when I saw Baf gum in Nicosia. It smells similar –not same- but it is white. Baf is a city in Cyprus and this gum is from there. We bought a big package and shared it. This gum also can be used in pastry and deserts.
We bought it from a big market in Nicosia. You can also find vegetables there.
What to buy: Baf chewing gum
What to pay: We paid 10 lira to a big package with 20-30 gum sticks
If you happen to be near a fair market, or outside a church in Cyprus that celebrates, find the stall where they sell Loukoumades.
Don't miss them. You will love them.
The word in the dictionary is donuts or muffins but truly it has nothing to do with either of the two.
They are fried in oil and they are very light, they have a golden colour and when ready the very last moment before served they put them in a syrup made of honey and rosewater, and they are wonderful!
What to pay: Abpou 2 euros.
Most shops are located on Makariou III Ave. in Ktima. There is an open market at the north end of the avenue. During lunchtime (1pm till 4pm), on Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons most shops remain closed.
What to buy: Buy antiques, souvenirs, lace, pottery.
Travellers passing through the village of YEROSKIPOU, using the old Limassol-Paphos road will certainly come across a cluster of small gift shops along the roadside piled with baskets of colorful boxes filled with loukoumia of assorted flavors.
What to buy: Buy a couple of these delights and give them to your friends as gifts.
They will be delighted if they like sweets.
I don't want to give names of shops here. Leather goods are sold everywhere on the island.
What to buy: If you come to Cyprus you will surely buy anything that has to do with leather.
This can be a leather suitcase, (even if it is not leather, the quality is good and much cheaper than anywhere else). Trendy bags, and trendy clothes from the many boutiques in the central area. There are so many shops to choose from. I don't want to advertise one, but each time I fly to Cyprus I see more and more nice shops.
Silverware is also popular and there are many silversmiths' shops. Be aware though and don't trust easily. You might get silver plated things instead of silver.
Some other ideas for Popular Art and Craft Souvenirs which can easily be found across the Island of Cyprus -
Lace Delicate hand-made lace from Lefkara and Omodos has been famous for centuries.
The real hand-made lace is a bit expensive but it is much work and they are worth it.
Rugs and Carpets Colourful decorative and hard-wearing woollen rugs are made in all sizes, in geometric patterns and stripes of red, orange, yellow and brown.
Embroidery - Fine needlework is an age-old Cypriot skill. Embroidered tablecloths, napkins and bed-linen are widely sold.
Icons - Genuine antique fans are rare and costly, but many galleries offer beautifully painted copies of museum pieces.
Ceramics - pretty places- bowls and pitchers in traditional patterns make great gifts, and there are plenty of imaginatively painted modern pieces too.
Gold and Silver - Bracelets, chains, rings and earrings are real bargains. Most gold is 18-carat - look for the hallmark of the Cyprus Goldsmiths Association.
Musical Instruments - Antique lutes, cymbals and drums can be found in many antiques shops.
Reed Baskets - Multicoloured bread baskets are practical and decorative gifts or souvenirs.
Antique Copperware - Look out for old kettles and coffee pots, jugs and antique hubble-bubble pipes in Nicosia.
What to pay: And if you come to a shop that sells clothes with the metre, especially cashmere check well the quality before you buy.
Don't trust the quality if the trade mark sign is not weaven on the cloth, because there are many owners of these shops that just iron a stamp on the pieces of cloth they sell.
You just have to be a bit careful. You can even ask for a small discount, but don't think that Cyprus is like an Arab country where you can bargain and don't expect the price to go down a lot. Sometimes it depends on the mood of the shopkeeper, but you don't lose anything to ask for a small discount.
If you intend to shop for pottery works in Cyprus, Troodos Mountains is the place to shop! You can get better quality products at much reduced price than those of the outlets in the lowlands. There are numerous pottery shops at Troodos Mountains and most of the local craftsmen at the mountains are very skillful at their works. Don't miss the opportunity to shop for Cyprus pottery when you are at Troodos Mountains.
Larnaca weekly Sunday Market is held at a parking lot at Ermou Street in the heart of the city of Larnaca which is the third largest in the Republic of Cyprus. The Sunday open-air market is held once a week between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
Wide range of consumer items are on sale by local traders at a bargain such as clothings, local crafts, souvenirs, travelling bags, watches, sunglasses, staionery, CDs and DVDs, electrical equipment, refreshments, and fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
What to buy: Local crafts, souvenirs and fresh fruits are highly recommended.
What to pay: Certainly cheaper than in other outlets.
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