Top Choice Cypriot in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)


The kind of hearty village food that's kept farmers tilling fields for centuries is served at this modest restaurant half-hidden at the side of the Selimiye Mosque. Mains such as molohiya (a viscid meat and jute-lea…
Top Choice International in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

El Sabor

Tired of kebabs? El Sabor mixes things up with generous dishes of pasta, Asian noodles and plenty of steaks. There's a kid's menu, a decent wine selection, and you can't beat eating outside with a view of the bulky …
Top Choice Turkish in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Asmaaltı Bereket Fırını

This rough-and-ready kiosk, run by İlker, is the place to go for pide and lahmacun (thin-based pizza topped with minced lamb and parsley) served up from the stone oven. Pull up a plastic seat streetside or munch on …
Top Choice Cypriot in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Rüstem Kitabevi

Traditional Cypriot home cooking is served in the upstairs salon of North Nicosia's most famous bookshop, with a daily changing menu of simple classic dishes such as stuffed vine leaves and köfte (grilled meatballs)…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Sham Food

There are plenty of shawarma (meat sliced from a rotating spit) sandwich joints on the island, but this may just be the best one. Have the mixed (chicken and lamb) with all the fillings and we think you'll agree.
Turkish in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)


Enjoying prime position within the Büyük Han, Sedirhan is the lunchtime hub for day-tripping tour groups. Don't let that put you off, though. Despite the easy foot traffic, the kitchen turns out solid, typical Turki…
Turkish in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Old Mosaic Bar & Restaurant

Old-school tunes pump out the front, but if you head through the ramshackle house you can dine in a courtyard amid tumbling bougainvillea to a soundtrack of chirping canaries. The best choices are the meze dishes, s…
Turkish in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)


Reservations are recommended to dine on the meze in this former mansion of a wealthy Armenian, where meals are served in a leafy courtyard or in a choice of two elegant dining rooms. During our last visit, the resta…
International in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Califorian Gold

The sprawling terrace here is nearly always packed with a youthful, well-heeled crowd tucking into dishes from fajitas to Asian noodles to Turkish kebab plates. It's a big ask for one kitchen to be able to prepare s…
International in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)


Bibliotheque's huge, beautifully renovated interior (with a great bar area) and alleyway seating, shaded by colourful upturned umbrellas, make it a highly atmospheric lunch or dinner stop. The extensive menu leapfro…