Cyprus Cuisine

Cyprus cuisine is much like the Greek cuisine. The Cypriot cuisine involves appetizers, delicacies and salads, main dishes and sweets. There is also the traditional cyprus coffee and other traditional beverages brewed on the island. For more information about the food on Cyprus view the sections below.


Tzatziki (yogurt with garlic, cucumber, olive oil and a little pepper)

Tahini (Crushed sesame seeds with olive oil, lemon and garlic)

Taramosalata (Fish roe , pureed potatoes with olive oil, parsley, lemon juice and onion)

Halloumi (soft cheese usually grilled, made from either goat or sheep milk and sometimes spiced with peppermint)

Hummus (chickpeas and tahini)

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Souvla (lamb, pork, chicken cooked on a skewer , garnished with oregano , salt and lemon)

Souvlaki (same as souvla but smaller pieces , placed in a pitta bread with salad and tzatziki)

Gyros (slices of pork , beef or chicken cooked slowly placed in a pitta bread with salad and tzatziki)

Stifado (Beef or rabbit stew with wine, vinegar, onions and spices)

Mousaka (Baked lamb and eggplant covered with béchamel sauce)

Kleftiko (lamb cooked for around 2-4 hours in a clay oven with lemon juice, and cinnamon)

Fasolada (dry white beans, olive oil, and vegetables)

Koupepia (Vine leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice)

Loukanika (Pork sausages soaked in red wine, seasoned with coriander and pepper)

Sheftalia (minced pork, chopped onions, bread crumbs, chopped parsley, white pepper and salt)

Keftedes (fried meatballs , usually pork , beef , chicken )

Afelia (pork, red wine, mushrooms, potatoes and coriander seeds)

Calamari (fried squid)

Yemista (stuffed vegetables such as: peppers, tomatoes, onions, courgettes, aubergines or stuffed courgette petals)

Trachanas Soup  (is a type of pasta made of flour and milk)

Koupes (Finger food sausage shaped made of bulgar wheat and filled with minced meat)

Resi  (Cooked wheat with lamb, goat or chicken)

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Lountza (smoked pork loin)

Tsamarella (dried goat meat in coriander seeds and wine)

Chiromeri (pork meat in wine and smoked)

Zalatina (gelatine and boiled pork)

Pastourmas ( smoked and spiced beef)

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Soutzoukos (sweet made out of grape juice and nuts on a string )

Loukoumi (known as Turkish delight)

Finiotika Loukoumia ( Turkish delights made in Fini village)

Palouzes (a type of  jelly made out of grape juice)

Portos with Epsima  (Epsima syrup with sesame seeds)

Kiofterka (small diamond shaped pieces of palouze which are placed in the sun to dry for many days)

Epsima ( brown liquid used on different sweets , made of grape juice)

Glyka tou koutaliou (Spoon sweets ) (preserves of almond, date, apricot, cherry, quince or grapes)

Kourabiedes (small almond cakes coated in icing sugar)

Melomakarona ( honey cakes)

Finikota ( dried date cakes)

Loukoumades (very sweet, small, Cyprus style doughnuts with honey)

Mahalepi (A lenten sweet in the form of a cream with a rose aroma)

Rizogalo (Rice pudding)

Vasilopita (Traditional New Year’s Cake with one gold coin in it. The person that gets the slice with the coin is said to have good luck all year long.)

Samali  (Samali is a sweet which is made out of semolina and yogurt)

Halvas (Sweet made with semolina , popular  during the fasting period.

Pafitiki Pissa (Traditional type of chewing gum )

Pombes ( Sweet similar to loukoumades )

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Pitts tis Satzis (A desert of snack , fried dough filled with cinnamon and honey)

Kolokotes (Traditional pumpkin pies)

Shamisi (Small fried sweet pie filled with various ingredients such as halva and semolina)

Fanouropitta (A traditional sweet pie and is made  in honour of Agios Fanourios)

Galaktoboureko (is a traditional Greek custard pie dessert cooked in the oven)

Bourekia (A type of pie, made with a very thin layer of puff pastry, and are then filled with a variety of ingredients such as cheese or meat)

Pisies (Pisies are small pies which are fried and then covered with syrup)

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Arkatena  (famous type of pretzel produced in the village of Omodos originating from Smirne. The arkatena pretzels  are made of ground chickpeas and smells which are then cooked in the oven until they are hard)

Gennopitta (a type of Christmas Bread)

Lagana (a type of bread made only on Green Monday)

Daktylies  (a type of long shaped bread with aniseed)

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Commandaria wine( sweet dessert wine made from grapes) Zivania spirit (produced by distillation of grapes).

Ouzo is another famous and traditional Cyprus drink, which is produced by double distillation of selected dry wines, together with seeds of anise.

Modiktiko Wine  is the most famous, well-known and sought after wine in Cyprus

Cyprus beers (due to the mild climate that produces rich wheat, which is used to brew high quality light beers)

Cyprus coffee (The coffee is made from fresh, finely ground coffee beans, usually Brazilian. There is sweet "glikis" , medium "metrios" and "sketos" which is unsweetened. When the sugar has dissolved, the coffee is allowed to come to the boil, forming a creamy froth known as "kaimaki" on top. Cyprus coffee is served in small cups and is customarily accompanied with a glass of cold water.

Frappe An iced coffee drink. It is either glykos (sweet), metrios (medium sweet) or sketos (no sugar). It is also ordered with milk (me gala) or without.

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