Covered shopping markets, Nicosia
The covered shopping market at Makarios Avenue is an ideal and excellent location for shopping, dinning or to chill out to escape the heat of the city especially during the hot summer months of July and August. The shopping lanes offer wide range of items on sale such as table clothes, bed sheets and other consumer goods, clothings, apparels, local jewelleries and costume jewelleries, souvenirs, leather goods such as handbags, belts and travelling bags. We had our delicious Greek sallads at one of the restaurants at the covered market.
What to pay: Prices of goods at the covered markets especially souvenirs from Cyprus and local crafts and jewelleries are generally cheaper than those in the large shopping malls nearby such as City Plaza.Related to:
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You can find sesta's all around the N.Cyprus. In Nicosia Grand Inn and Hasder offers good selection of sesta's.
What to buy: Sesta: One of Northern Cyprus’ national symbols is the sesta a local handcicraft made by weaving wheat stems that have been coloured with natural dyes.They are frequently used as a tray to serve food and drinks to guests or upon which to eat meals, although often they are merely used for decoration. Notable for their colour, design and weaving pattern,sestas are unforgettable mementos or souvenirs by which to remember your visit to Northern Cyprus.Related to:
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In Grand Inn some of the shops on the lower floor also sell the lace doilies unique to Cyprus. Also known as lefkara crafts, these doilies have been made by the women of Cyprus for centuries. In fact, it is said that when Leonardo da Vinci visited Cyprus, he was so impressed by the patience required to make them and their elegance that he purchased some of the doilies to take back to his homeland. The doilies that you see during your tour of the Grand Inn are sometimes made in the form of delicate coasters, sometimes as attractive side table covers and sometimes in a stylish glass tray. They are perfect for gracing a stylish table or as an accessory with your apparel and handbags. Wherever they are used, they are ideal for anyone desiring to add an aesthetic touch to their life with traditional hand-made Cypriot crafts.
At the lower floor of Grand Inn there is a shop, runs by Mrs Shenay Ekingen, you can find good samples of Lefkara's with the good information of it's past by Mrs.Ekingen. I recommended this shop esp for Lefkara.Related to:
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any craft shop: souvenirs
There are so many places along the highways where pottery and crafts can be bought Stop look and get a feel for what is available and then choose.
Small villages may have their own shops selling specialities like in Lefkara.
What to buy: Pottery is nice, and the lace too, though it can be very expensive Also beware that the so called Lefkara lace may actually have been made in China. We went with a Cypriot friend who made sure we got the genuine article.
What to pay: It depends on what you want. The Lefkara lace can be very expensive.Related to:
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unknown: Lefkara Lace
We went to Cyprus as a port on our cruise. We were only thee for about 5 hours and met a family member for lunch so we didn't have long to shop.
What to buy: I fell in love with the traditional Lefkara Lace table cloths. We found a street in the shopping area with many lace shops. I purchased 3 table cloths from 3 different shops. I was told they were all hand made from the local women in Cyprus. They are beautiful!! I was very dissapointed when I returned home and found a tag inside that read.."Made In China". Buyer beware.
What to pay: 8-20 US dollars.Related to:
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SMA Baby Milk in Cyprus
S26 Gold baby milk is the same UK version of SMA. It's available in most of the big supermarkets such as Orphanides and Carrefour. We also have Debenhams stores, which have food departments but may not carry all of the items you will find in the UK departments.
Only available in powdered form.
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Everywhere: Fresh Local Food
What to buy: There's a big thing here in the UK about how far our food travels. Tomatoes from Spain, potatoes from Portugal, aubergines from Turkey, almost nothing seems to be local. They reckon the average British food basket has travelled thousands of miles. In Cyprus it couldn't be more different, absolutely everything on the fresh fruit & veg stalls in the markets and supermarkets is locally grown. The only thing I spotted that came from outside of Cyprus was ginger and, strangely, garlic.
Apple, orange, lemon, courgette, potato, tomato, aubergine, spinach, rocket, parsley, coriander, mushroom, cucumber, celery, none of it had come more than a few kilometres. And it was oh so tasty and cheap.
I've never had anything like their tomatoes. Ours are full of seeds - remove those and you're left with almost nothing. Cypriot ones were, by contrast, all flesh with very little seeds and oh so sweet and tasty.
And as for the bread... Pitta bread that we get in the UK is like cardboard, 2mm thick, dry and crumbly, good for almost nothing. Cypriot pittas are wonderful - thicker and more pliable, they don't break into pieces the moment you touch them. Easy to split and stuff they make the tastiest sandwiches. Warmed under a grill and spread with honey or carob they make a delicious breakfast that's better than toast!
What to pay: Very little. Fresh food is so cheap it's unbelievable.
Shopping in Cyprus
Cyprus is probably not the world's prime destination for shopping. If your suffering withdrawal symptoms while on holiday your best best is either Ledra Street in Nicosia or one of the large hypermarkets (Orphanides, AlfaMega, Carfour). Other than that you get the usual tourist souvenir shops and well as a couple of handicraft.
Prices are not really cheap, although clothing can sometimes be cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. If you like them, Pashmina shawls can be bought for around 5-10 Pounds (depending on quality).
Due to the strong Turkish Lira prices in the North are no longer cheaper, with the exception of some textiles. Beware however that some designer brands that are all too cheap may be fakes and you may loose them to Greek Cypriot customs when coming back.
Nestling below the Troodos Mountains, 74 kilometers away from Nicosia, Lefke is a small and friendly town in the north west of Cyprus. The shopping and many other activities for tourist are situated in Nicosia. Main shopping area within the ancient city walls is on Ledra Street, a narrow pedestrian street ending at an army post, on the Green Line. The street is lined with many small shops, and some rather good footwear outlets. Several handicraft shops sell silver, copper and lace. There are also department stores selling the latest in fashion, nice cafeterias and snack bars.
What to buy: For a different experience you might want to try Macarios avenue, where you will find Stefanel, Benetton, Ermes and Marks and Spencer.
Ledra Street and its surrounding areas is a beautiful shopping area within the old city of Nicosia, mostly kept for pedestrians. There are all sorts of shops ranging from antiques and books to shoes, women clothing and jewellery. One can find large department stores with the latest in cosmetics, clothes and music. There are also small specialty shops selling arts and crafts, hand made jewellery, souvenirs.
What to pay: CYPRUS POUNDS
Cant remember??: Healthy produce...Not for me though !!!
Lovely shop full of natural produce,including various natural remedies,which seemed to include alot of honey !!!
What to buy: There were alot of beautifully carved soaps into the shapes of flowers.They looked superb.
What to pay: £2-£3
Cant remember,sorry: Wonderful shirts !!!!!!
Great shop,as we were walking by I heard a noise coming from inside this lovely cool air-conditioned shop...The noise was coming from a rack of very brightly coloured shirts,WOW I yelled,manages to pick up 5 or 6,got a discount and was very happy with my purchase.
I`ll be modelling the shirts in one of my travelogues soon !!!!! But be warned..They are bright !!!!
What to buy: LOUD SHIRTS !!!!
What to pay: £5-£6
buyer beware: thinking of buying property?
It is the Siren's Call luring unsuspecting tourists onto the rocky shores of buyer-owned retirement homes and recreational properties, which can end in their financial ruin. It doesn't have to be, but the buyer has to beware and not let holiday euphoria cloud their better business sense.
Prices of holiday homes have risen dramatically. Some of the reasons are obvious. A good climate; mainly sunny & warm weather; a mild winter; sand, beaches and the Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus has 628 kilometers of beach front to develop and there is no shortage of land for building on inland.
Other factors have been low global interest rates; a rise in housing prices in the UK, which have lead many Britons to purchase second properties in Spain and Cyprus; the prospect of N. Cyprus and Cyprus being reunited; and, of course, Cyprus joining the EU in May 2004.
Many Cypriots themselves have profited richly from property speculation. Ask yourself what you know as a tourist that they don't? Chances are very little, so the price is probably not as cheap as it may appear. In any case, many Cypriots are building lovely new homes inland. The best beach front areas are already developed. Real estate as it is everywhere else is location, location, location.
What to buy: However, by my estimates prices may be up to 25% overvalued, and the Cyprus pound (CYP) may also be 25% too high on a purchasing power parity basis. That means buying property now may result in it falling up to 50% in external terms if the property market suddenly cools or the CYP is devalued ahead of preparations to join the eurozone (not likely to take place before 2007/08). However, using Greece's entry into the euro as an illustration, the Greek drachma fell 40% in real terms before joining the euro in January 2000.
Each person has to evaluate their own financial position individually. However, I would not convert hard currency into CYP to buy property. I would instead look to borrow the CYP to buy the property in Cyprus. That way if the CYP's external value falls you will take a relative hit on your foreign exchange conversion and not a direct loss. I would not buy my second home in dollars or euros converted into pounds.
Also, beware of fly by night property developers. They will often quote one price, but you may discover many other taxes and surcharges before you finally take possession and legal title to your property. Insist on knowing the full price up front. Get it in writing. Always find your own independent legal council. Do not use the lawyers recommended by your realestate agents as they may have a conflict of interest. Also, Cyprus is located in an earthquake area, so make sure your new home conforms to the latest safety and building code standards.
Typcially, one must put down a 25% deposit before the new building is started; 25% during construction; 25% upon completion; and the balance upon taking legal title. You may be able to finance this through a local Cypriot bank with a down payment and your own good credit.
Do your homework first and make a cool, calm, educated decision. Good luck.
What to pay: CYP 75.000-250.000
1 CYP = $2.26Related to:
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One word, JEWELRY!
The hotel was having a special show.
It was very convenient after a few few drinks at the bar!
I highly reccomend drinking some Champagne before you buy somehow it softends the blow.....
What to buy: White gold and precious stones are good value, silver too.
What to pay: All price ranges.
Bars, supermarkets etc.: Alcohol..............
What to buy: Keo, the local 'lager beer' made with maize, is a beautiful golden colour, clear, clean-tasting and well worth drinking. Draught is best, of course, but bottles and cans are fine. Not worth buying any imported beer at all, in my opinion.
We found we preferred the cheapest ouzo from the corner shop, but there's lots of choice (assuming you like aniseed).
Zivania (think it's a grape spirit) is a most interesting experience. Worth a try! :-)
What to pay: Alcohol in shops seemed slightly cheaper than GB, slightly more expensive in bars and tavernas. Around 1.45 CP for half of Keo in a bar, or a small bottle of ouzo in a corner shop.Related to:
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Pot Shop!: ~Paphos Pots~
What to buy: There are lots of different types of pottery to buy here, with ancient greek designs to modern art.
We bought a lovely momento of our time in Cyprus, a Vase type pot with greek art painted on it, Unfortunately Derek dropped it & it smashed. When we got home we stuck it together again & now it looks like an original ! (~_~)
What to pay: As much or as little as you want, there are also some seconds shops here to get a real bargin.
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