Cypriot Cuisine

The Cypriot cuisine is known all around the world for its unique flavor and mind-blowing scents.

The Traditional Cypriot cuisine is rich in nutrients which are based on fresh and natural ingredients.

Cypriot dishes are considered to be very healthy because they are based on a Mediterranean diet that consists of cooking with olive oil.

Pork lamb, chicken, fish, fruit and vegetables, wild greens, yogurt, cheese and natural spices all give a unique aroma which will have you drooling for the food.

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Cypriots love food so it is not a surprise that the country’s cuisine is so international.

The island's geographical position and history has resulted in a very interesting merge of Greek, Turkish, Arabic and English culinary influences.

Supporting this, "meze" which is served in all Cypriot taverns and means "mixture" consists of numerous little dishes with a slight taste of everything.

Feasting usually means endless eating, shouting, singing and joking. It is then accompanied by the traditional Cypriot drink, Zivania (a strong spirit similar to vodka).

Taste the Cyptiot Food

Appetizers

  • tsatziki

    Tzatziki

    Yogurt with garlic, cucumber, olive oil and a little pepper.
  • tahini

    Tahini

    Crushed sesame seeds with olive oil, lemon and garlic.
  • taramosalata

    Taramosalata

    Fish roe, Potatoes with olive oil, parsley, lemon and onion.
  • Humus

    Hummus

    Chickpeas and tahini.
  • Halloumi

    Halloumi

    Soft cheese usually grilled, made with milk and peppermint.
  • Olives

    Green Olives

    Marinated with garlic, coriander, lemon and rhyme.
  • Black Olives

    Black Olives

    Served with a dash of olive oil.
  • Beetroot

    Beetroot

    Can be served hot and cold.
  • Bread

    Bread

    Always white and a central component of every Cypriot meal.

Traditional Main Dishes

  • Souvla

    Souvla

    Lamb, Pork or Chicken cooked on a skewer with oregano.
  • Souvlakia

    Souvlakia

    Same as souvla but smaller pieces in Pitta Bread.
  • Stifado

    Stifado

    Beef or rabbit stew with wine, vinegar, onions and spices.
  • Moussaka

    Moussaka

    Baked lamb and eggplant covered with béchamel sauce.
  • Kleftiko

    Kleftiko

    Lamb cooked in a clay oven with lemon and cinnamon.
  • Fasolada

    Fasolada

    Dry white beans, Olive oil, and Vegetables.
  • Loukanika

    Loukanika

    Pork sausages soaked in red wine.
  • Sheftalia

    Sheftallia

    Minced pork, onions, bread crumbs and chopped parsley.
  • Afelia

    Afelia

    Pork, red wine, mushrooms, potatoes and coriander seeds.
  • Gemista

    Gemista

    Stuffed vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and onions.
  • Village Salad

    Village Salad

    Salad composed of cabbage, Feta, Cucumber and more.
  • Fish

    Fish

    Usually deep-fried.
  • Keftedes

    Keftedes

    Fried Meatballs.
  • Kolokasi

    Kolokasi

    Root vegetables.
  • Kolokithakia

    Kolokithakia

    Courgettes either stuffed or plain served as a side dish.
  • Pastitsio

    Makaronia tou Fournou

    Macaroni casserole made with ground meat.
  • Meze

    Meze

    A little bit of a lot of dishes.
  • Pitta Bread

    Pitta Bread

    Flat and hollow rounds of bread.
  • Pilafi

    Pilafi

    Coarsely ground wheat grains cooked in chicken broth.
  • Pastourmas

    Pastourmas

    Garlic sausage.
  • Trahanas

    Trahanas

    Wheat grains dried with yogurt and added to soups.

Cypriot TidBits

  • Lountza

    Lountza

    Smoked pork loin.
  • Tsamarella

    Tsamarella

    Dried goat meat in coriander seeds and wine.
  • Chiromeri

    Chiromeri

    Pork meat in wine and smoked.
  • Zalatina

    Zalatina

    Gelatin and boiled pork.

Cypriot Desserts

  • Soutzouko

    Soutzouko

    Made out of grape juice and nuts.
  • Loukoumia

    Cypriot Delight

    Cubes of gelatin served with rose water and powdered sugar.
  • Palouzes

    Palouzes

    A jelly made out of grape juice.
  • Loukoumades

    Loukoumades

    Cypriot style doughnut with honey.
  • Galaktopourekko

    Baklava and Galatopureko

    Very rich, sweet cakes made with honey.
  • Fresh Fruit

    Fresh Fruit

    Grapes, figs, melon, citrus fruits, and watermelon.
  • Pourekia

    Pourekia

    Deep-fried pastry stuffed with anari, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Honey

    Honey

    Served with yogurt and almonds or anari.
  • Glyko tou koutalia

    Glyko tou koutaliou

    Fruit or walnuts marinated in syrup and served with a glass of water.
  • Daktyla

    Daktila

    Finger-shaped strudel filled with a nut-cinnamon mixture and syrup.

Traditional Cypriot Beverages

  • Commandaria

    Commandaria Wine

    Sweet dessert wine made from grapes.
  • Zavania

    Zivana

    Produced by distillation of grapes
  • Ouzo

    Ouzo

    Produced by double distillation of selected dry wines and seeds.
  • Cypriot Coffee

    Cypriot Coffee

    Made from fresh finely ground coffee beans.