Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

AG Leventis Gallery

Located in the New City, this purpose-built art museum opened in 2014 and displays European paintings and sculpture from the 16th to 20th centuries. Divided into three sections, the gallery’s Paris Collection featur…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Cyprus Museum

Located opposite the municipal gardens, a 10-minute walk west of Plateia Elefherias, this excellent museum houses the best collection of archaeological finds in Cyprus. Highlights include a remarkable display of ter…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre

This contemporary art museum is housed in a former power station, and is the city’s equivalent to London’s Tate Modern. The former industrial setting is suitably dramatic, with looming pitched ceilings and some orig…
Top Choice Cypriot in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Shiantris

Our top choice restaurant has moved from cramped premises to a super-spacious three-floor venue with a rooftop terrace. Shiantris is named after its ebullient owner, who cooks up a fantastic array of seasonal beans …
Cypriot in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Zanettos Taverna

This place has a great reputation in the city, as it’s allegedly one of the city’s oldest traditional taverns, dating back to 1932. Locals flock here in their dozens for the succulent Greek-Cypriot meze, and it’s de…
Top Choice Cypriot in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Mattheos

A simple, atmospheric place next to the Faneromeni Church, with a clutch of outside tables set with colourful chequered tablecloths. Attracting lunching nine-to-fivers, the food is homestyle Cypriot, with gutsy klef…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Syrian Arab Friendship Club

Apart from being one of the best places to eat in Nicosia, this is the ideal place for vegetarians and families (it has a large garden in which children can play). The meze is vast and varied, with lots of tasty dip…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Leventis Municipal Museum

This museum concentrates on the history of Cyprus – in particular, Nicosia. The permanent collection includes traditional costumes, paintings, archaeological exhibits, and a historic and fascinating postcard collect…
Top Choice Bar in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Patio Cocktail Bar

Step inside the show-stopping leafy courtyard with its dazzling wall of shutters painted in primary colours. Inside the main bar, exposed brickwork, chic furnishings and plenty of glass and light have an equally pun…
Top Choice Art in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Diachroniki Gallery

This priceless collection of paintings, sculpture, etchings and prints has been lovingly collected by owner Chris Kikas who used to run a gallery in London’s King’s Road. Art collectors come from far and wide to per…