Cyprus is famous for its deeply Mediterranean cuisine with its host of sumptuous dips, mezze platters, lovingly prepared meat, fish, seafood and fresh fruit and vegetables. Eating and drinking is at the centre of every Cypriot’s social life and natives regularly engage in long meals and celebrations with their families and extended families.
If it’s a rich, fresh and luxurious cuisine, and a romantic atmosphere you’re after Cyprus is definitely the place for you.
However, despite all this it can be difficult to pin point which restaurants do in fact offer romance as well as an authentic cuisine as visitors are often taken for a ride in tourist hotspots. So before you spend hours searching away take a look at our list of the top 5 restaurants for romance on the island.
Le Vieux Village – Limassol
The name doesn’t signal traditional Cypriot food but fear not this gorgeous spot does offer the opportunity to sample Cyprus’ traditional specialties. It can be described as a typical taverna with lashings of romance and a hint of luxury. Bougainvillea can be found cascading over the walls and arches of this gorgeous little hub. You can expect a casual and traditional atmosphere with seaviews and plenty of charm. Cyprus.com lists it as one of its top restaurants
The Ambiance Restaurant & Beach Club – Kyrenia
As its name suggests this hotspot which sits right on the coast of Kyrenia offers a romantic experience like no other. With spectacular sea views, a luxurious yet clean and modern décor, this gorgeous location was awarded 4.5 stars on tripadvisor.
Akamas Fish Tavern – Agios Georgios
Traveldk.com recommends this traditional taverna as one of its top ten restaurants on the island of Cyprus. If you’re seeking out a traditional Cypriot spot which offers breathtaking harbour views as well as delicious fresh fish, superb mezze and meat kebabs then this is the choice for you.
Monte Carlo – Piyale Pasha
Located directly on the water’s edge, Lonely Planet recommends this choice of restaurant highly and describes it as “a great place to dine in peace and watch the sea.” It also received four out of five stars on tripadvisor with reviewers commenting on its fantastic views, fresh tasty ingredients and friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Known for it’s trendy style and wonderful design, the Monte Carlo is a firm favorite for many frequent visitors of the island.
Esperia – Ayia Napa
If you find yourself in the ultra touristy spot of Ayia Napa, fear not there is a still a romantic restaurant to be found. Recommended again by Lonely Planet with views firmly backed up by tripadvisor, this location offers upmarket décor, views of the sea and harbour and mounds of fresh fish, meat and mezze dishes to name a few. A definite romantic escape for those in the clubbing hub of Ayia Napa.