Top things to do

Top Choice Greek in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Piatsa Gourounaki

Incredibly popular, and for good reason: this contemporary-style souvlakeri dishes up some of the freshest Greek tastes in town, with charming service to boot. Pick the number of perfectly grilled meat skewers you'd…
Top Choice Cypriot in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Zanettos Taverna

When you've been in business since 1938 you must be doing something right. This is the real-deal meze experience and locals lap it up. We recommend you join them. There's no menu, just a parade of meze, usually incl…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Cyprus Museum

Just outside the Old City walls, this excellent museum houses the island's most important collection of archaeological finds. Highlights include Hall 11's haul of riches from the Royal Tomb excavations at Salamis, i…
Top Choice Historic Site in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Venetian Walls

The Venetian walls form a border around the Old City and are so unusual that, once seen on a map, you’ll never forget the odd snowflake-like shape.Dating from 1567, the circular defence wall was erected by the Venet…
Top Choice Gallery in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

AG Leventis Gallery

Located just outside the Old City, this art museum features three collections displaying European paintings and sculpture from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The Paris Collection features masters such as Chagall, M…
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 Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

CVAR

Opened in 2014, CVAR's collection of art and archival material showcases the story of modern Cyprus. Galleries full of paintings and other artworks display Cyprus as seen by its visitors, dating from the 1400s up to…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Syrian Arab Friendship Club

The meze spread (minimum two people) gives your taste buds a tour of Levantine cuisine's greatest hits, but if you know your Arabic dishes, you can go à la carte and cherry-pick your own feast. We recommend the bati…
Top Choice Museum in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Leventis Municipal Museum

The best place in town to get to grips with Nicosia's rich and convoluted history. The permanent collection inside this handsome neoclassical mansion includes a wealth of ceramic pieces from the Bronze Age to the me…
Top Choice Area in Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Chrysaliniotissa Quarter

Centred around the Panagia Chrysaliniotissa church, this residential neighbourhood on the edge of the Old City rubs right up against the Green Line, and so was left for years to decay. Today its narrow streets have …