Ayia Napa offers a wealth of delicious dining options, making it a great town for travelling foodies to get an authentic taste of Cypriot cuisine. It places a high emphasis on tradition, locally-grown ingredients and the social aspect of dining. Because of this, you’ll find that menus at Ayia Napa restaurants usually consists of dishes with portions meant for sharing.

    Ayia Napa isn't only known for its great Cypriot cuisine – a range of internationally-focused restaurants is available if you're craving food from back home. Wherever your tastes lie, the best restaurants in Ayia Napa will surely keep you full and satisfied throughout your holiday. 

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    AVRA Authentic Cypriot Kitchen

    Dine on hearty portions in a welcoming atmosphere

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    AVRA Authentic Cypriot Kitchen is located in central Ayia Napa, making it a convenient spot to include in your itinerary. The menu includes hearty portions of traditional Cypriot cuisine, served in a cosy and homely environment. Light Cypriot music plays in the background throughout the day, with live music taking place once a week.

    Standout dishes at AVRA Authentic Cypriot Kitchen include the chicken souvlaki (similar to a shish kabob), moussaka (similar to a shepherd’s pie), grilled halloumi (cheese) and, of course, the meze platters. Don’t miss out on the house wine as well. If you’re visiting Ayia Napa during high season, you’ll need to make reservations.

    Location: Nissi Ave 2, Ayia Napa 5330, Cyprus

    Open: Daily from 12.30 pm to midnight

    Phone: +357 23 722208

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    Napa Tavern

    Eat at Ayia Napa’s first taverna

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    Napa Tavern claims its heritage as the first taverna in Ayia Napa. The restaurant occupies a traditional Cypriot house dating back to 1932, with indoor and outdoor dining spaces. The outdoor dining spaces are within a small vineyard, with a large fireplace warming up the restaurant during the cooler months.

    The menu is filled with fresh seafood and vegetables, with many entrees made from recipes passed down through the generations. Ingredients are sourced fresh, daily. Some of the most popular dishes include fried calamari, prawn pasta and mussels. The dessert menu is equally tempting – try either the portokalopita (an orange phyllo cake) or the baklava.

    Location: Dimokratias, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +357 23 721280

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    En Yevo Tavernaki

    Dine outdoors at this family-friendly Mediterranean restaurant

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    En Yevo Tavernaki specialises in Mediterranean cuisine as a whole, and you’ll definitely see the Greek influence on their menu. The spacious dining area and mid-range prices make it quite popular among local families in Ayia Napa. Dishes are made fresh daily, using locally-sourced ingredients. 

    The grilled halloumi (a melted, grilled cheese appetiser), kleftiko (marinated, smoked lamb) and chicken souvlaki (grilled and skewered chicken) are some of the must-tries at En Yevo Tavernaki. While the restaurant is a little bit out of the way of the main tourist areas of Ayia Napa, you’ll still need to make a reservation. 

    Location: Dionysiou Solomou 16, Famagusta, Ayia Napa 5330, Cyprus

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +357 99 388555

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    Sesoula Kalamaki

    Feed the whole family for less

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    Sesoula Kalamaki is just a few steps away from Ayia Napa Harbour, making it a great place to stop for a quick bite. The atmosphere is casual and low-key and the menu prices are extremely budget-friendly. All in all, the restaurant is a no-brainer for those travelling with kids or trying to save a few euros.

    Sesoula Kalamaki's menu consists of Mediterranean fast-casual fare – think pitas, grilled skewers, and even burgers with french fries. The range of dishes definitely appeals to picky eaters and little ones.

    Location: Archiepiskopou Makariou III, 45, Ayia Napa 5330, Cyprus

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to midnight

    Phone: +357 23 725525

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    Hungry Horse Taverna

    Enjoy large portions for a great price

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    Hungry Horse Taverna is a favourite with locals, thanks to its huge portions of traditional Cypriot food that come with really low prices. Along with its hearty entrees, most dishes have additional sides (salad, bread, and dessert), so you certainly won’t leave hungry. 

    Must-tries include the kleftiko (smoked lamb), afelia (pork braised in red wine), and sea bream. Don’t miss out on the affordably priced wine, too. If you’re staying nearby Hungry Horse Taverna, you can even take advantage of its free meal delivery.

    Location: Tefkrou Anthia, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +357 23 725205

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    Holly Riddle | Contributing Writer

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