The Paphos shopping scene keeps many holidaymakers coming back and provide a break from its beautiful beaches and heritage sites. Paphos was selected as a European Capital of Culture in 2017, and shops in Paphos are eager to showcase local culture through handmade art, reflecting the city’s traditions.

    As you walk around the streets in and around Paphos’ Old Town, you’ll find handicrafts and pottery made by local artists. You can easily purchase everything you need, from the embroidery artform of Lefkara lace to Cypriot pomace brandy on the main shopping streets. For a modern shopping experience, there’s even a huge air-conditioned mall with a wide range of stores to suit your budget. Read on for ideas on the best places to go shopping in Paphos.

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    Kings Avenue Mall

    A shopper’s paradise in the heart of Paphos

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    With over 120 stores, a food court and a cinema, Kings Avenue Mall is a big contemporary shopping and dining complex where you can shop and eat till you drop. There’s a mix of local boutiques and international high street stores, as well as designer brands at prices lower than what you’ll see in Western Europe.

    The top floor is occupied by a food court serving diverse cuisines, as well as a few restaurants and cafés. With air-conditioning, this mall is not only a great escape from the summer heat on a hot day but is also a good way to kill time on the occasional rainy day.

    Location: Corner St. Paul & Tombs of the Kings 2, Paphos 8046, Cyprus

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +357 70 007777

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    Paphos Town Market

    A covered marketplace for local gifts and souvenirs

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    Paphos Town Market is an indoor market with a collection of little shops selling tourist merchandise, clothing, beachwear and faux leather goods. Take your time looking around and you’ll find a few stalls selling Lefkara lace, tablecloths, ceramics and soaps and wine unique to Cyprus. After shopping indoors, head outside to take in the view of the coastline or have some food and drinks at the various cafés around the complex.

    The market is located on a hilltop in the Old Town overlooking the bay. To get there, take bus 610 from the Harbour bus station, which takes you right to the Old Town, and take the lift up to the market complex.

    Location: Paphos, Cyprus

    Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    The Place

    A cultural centre with Cypriot handicrafts for sale

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    Head to The Place in the Old Town for unique souvenirs lovingly handcrafted by local artisans. There’s an array of jewellery, glassware, pottery and handmade leather sandals on display for purchase. Besides that, local sweets, herbs and wines from local wineries are also available.

    This cultural centre also holds arts and crafts workshops for children and adults – a great way for families to get a hands-on experience of Cypriot culture and tradition. We recommend coming early in the morning so you can witness the working process of the craftsmen and see the artwork being made right in front of you.

    Location: Constantinou Kanari 56, Paphos, Cyprus

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +357 26 101955

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    Poseidonos Avenue

    Souvenir shopping after a relaxing beach day

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    Posidonos Avenue runs parallel to the coastal boardwalk and is one of the main shopping areas of Paphos. Holidaymakers spend their evenings strolling through this street after a day at the beach. Besides clothing stores, most of the shopping options here are targeted at tourists, with typical souvenirs and knick-knacks widely available everywhere. There are also many leather and jewellery stores along the route if you fancy some luxury goods to take home.

    Location: Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos, Cyprus

    Open: Shop opening times vary

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    Apostolou Pavlou Street

    For cheap and cheerful shopping

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    Apostolou Pavlou Street connects the Paphos city centre to the coast, making it the busiest street in the city. Lined with thrift stores, outlet boutiques and electronics stores, this street is ideal for visitors looking for a bargain.

    If you want to avoid the usual tourist trinkets, have a look at Gappa Handmade Pottery located on this street for one-of-a-kind handmade pieces ranging from mugs to plates to decorative ceramic art to hang on your walls. You can even pick the style, colour and size of a gift idea you have in mind and the artists will put their unique finishing touches to your personalised gifts.

    Location: Apostolou Pavlou Street, Paphos, Cyprus

    Open: Shop opening times vary

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    Cindy Tan | Contributing Writer

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