Top things to do in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Top Choice Mosque in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Selimiye Mosque

North Nicosia’s most prominent landmark (also clearly visible from the southern half of the city), the Selimiye Mosque is a beautiful mongrel of a building. A cross between a French Gothic church and a mosque, its f…
Top Choice Historic Building in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Büyük Han

The Büyük Han is Cyprus' best-preserved example of Ottoman caravanserai architecture. Built in 1572 by the first Ottoman governor of Cyprus, Lala Mustafa Pasha, it was renovated in the early 1990s, and has once agai…
Top Choice Church in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Armenian Church & Nunnery

This church and nunnery is first thought to have been established in the 13th century as the Abbey of Our Lady of Tyre, and was handed over to the island's Armenian community in the 15th century, when it became a pr…
Top Choice Area in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Arabahmet Quarter

This neighbourhood rubbing up against the Green Line is home to well-preserved examples of Ottoman-era town-house architecture. The narrow alleyways are rimmed by tall whitewashed houses – some recently restored, ot…
Top Choice Mosque in North Nicosia (Lefkoşa)

Haydarpaşa Mosque

The second-most important Gothic structure in North Nicosia after the Selimiye Mosque, this building began life as the 14th-century Church of St Catherine. Annoyingly, despite the mosque being open officially, in pr…
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.