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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Kato Paphos was a shoppers paradise.The gift shops also sold sandals.Ethnic style.I bought two pairs as the quality was good and the price was good too.These sandals cost me £8cy and £10cy.They are locally made and you will see them everywhere.The shopping was so much better than i ever imagined in Cyprus.Huge big shops and there was even a Next in Paphos.
What to buy: The best place to buy food is a supermarket.Pappantonios is a great supermarket on the Chloraka road.You will see large supermarkets everywhere near Paphos.Chris Cash and Carry on the Polis Road in Paphos was very good.It opens til 8pm and had a great selection of foods and drinks.I paid the following prices for things.
4 cans pepsi=1.85
orange juice one lr=0.89
bottle aphrodite dry white wine=2.20
packet 6 swordfish frozen steaks=3.38
bottle liquor 100ml 1.50
750ml liquor banana 2.90
All prices are cy pounds.
I found the shops down at Kato Paphos harbour great for gifts to take back home.The leather goods were very good value.Most shops near harbour sold belts(real leather) and leather bags and wallets etc.I bought my dad a leather belt for £6cy.And my hubby a leather belt for £3cy.The choice was huge and some shops had special offers on.I bought myself a small zip up purse, again real leather for £3cy.Shops had racks of leather belts hanging up.Also along Kato Paphos harbour and road along coast there were lots of little pleasant squares too that had shops around them.
What to buy: Leather belts and wallets and bags and purses.
What to pay: £3-6cy for a real leather belt.£3cy for a real leather purse.£20cy for a real leather handbag.
I was surprised how good the supermarkets were in Cyprus.Very modern and with it.Everything also was marked up in English.They had a Woolworth's in Cyprus.It was on the road towards airport.Paphos airport from Kato Paphos.Woolworth's was a huge shop.Downstairs it sold garden ware and kitchen stuff.BBQ'S and sunloungers.DIY tools etc.Blinds.Lights.Plates.Household goods.Then upstairs there was a huge selection of clothes.It was very trendy and when I go back I will buy some clothes as they were a good price.
What to buy: Woolworth's also sold food.I bought some locally produced Cyprus Delight here and some Aphrodite wine.The food was slightly dearer than a normal supermarket but it was like say Marks and Spencer quality.The Cyprus delight came in many flavours and pineapple was my fav.It was only around 0.70cy.I bought 4 boxes home as gifts.Woolworth's also sold a big range of olives in oil and herbs.They were tasty with a fesh salad.Woolies also had a trendy coffee shop out front.We had a drink there and it was very like Marks and Spencer kind of thing.Top notch.
What to buy:
The hand made lace of Cyprus is an endangered craft as not enough young women are taking the place of the elder craft women. As well, cheaper machine made lace competes with hand made in most shops.
What to pay: The price of the lace depends on the quality of the hand work and the difficulty of the design.
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.
I found the Pottery wonderful in Cyprus.Huge big shops that made and sold vast quantities of pottery were around Paphos.My mum likes the huge earthenware storage jars which are called pitharia.We saw some of these pots at people's entrances to their houses.They used to be used for keeping oil and water etc.They are very expensive and hard to move and break easily as their size is so big.A village called Kornos still makes and sells pottery.I enjoyed walking along Kato Paphos harbour and looking at the huge range of beautifully coloured and painted pottery.I bought myself a caraffe pot for wine(well my mum bought it for me) and a small olive bowl.The oilve bowl was £3.
What to buy: The choice of pots and plates was simply mind blowing.One place I stopped at was called Savvas Pottery.It was a huge shop full of stunning hand made pottery.The company has been going since 1964.The shop had modern pieces and more traditional and some pots had scenes painted on them from popular mythology.I bought one piece from here.A small bowl.Most things here would make a great gift for a friend.Everything was priced sensibly.They had things such as cups, plates,mugs, bowls.
They also have a website you can order off.
What to pay: I paid £5 for my small bowl.A mug was £5.A plate was £6.
Laiki Geitonia is made up of narrow winding stone streets that have, for the most part, been carefully restored. Wandering through the area, you’ll find shops, tavernas, traditional Cypriot homes. This is a popular area for tourists and Cypriots to leisurely browse among the many shops. Closed to traffic, its pace is very relaxing.
What to buy: Lace, lace and more lace!
What to pay: What you spend depends on the item you buy. Hand made lace is always more expensive but the quality makes it worth spending more.
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