Whether you are looking for designer fashion, leather goods, traditional souvenirs or locally produced goods, Cyprus has something for everyone. Each city on the island has its own unique features and different shopping style. From modern shopping malls, customary open-air markets and traditional shops, the following guide will show you the three main cities and what you can buy from visiting them.
Cyprus is a real mecca for souvenirs lovers. From unique pottery to the famous handmade embroidery Lefkaritika (something very typical in Cyprus), and traditional textiles, you should leave room in your suitcase for all the local produce and goods that you will want to take home!
With its vast malls and buzzing areas awash with trendy stores, Nicosia is a shopaholic’s dream. Within the city walls, a plethora of traditional jewelers, shoes, fabric and souvenir shops along the central Ledra Street, which is makes for a pleasant shopping experience as its pedestrianised; with little winding roads coming off from it, giving the area a European and Middle Eastern ambiance. While the considerably larger Makariou Avenue is a road that is lined with chain bands such as Zara and Marks and Spencer, including high-end brands such as Chanel and Armani.
Hip and trendy, the second largest of the city in Cyprus offers a fine alternative to the capital when it comes to designer and stylish shopping. But there’s much more to this shopping hub, offering the whole spectrum from ultra-modern to traditional and handmade.
Hardcore shoppers for sure will exhaust their credit cards in Makarios Avenue, home to boutiques and showrooms along with a variety of shops and cafes. The high-street shopping area is Aneksertisias Street, home to Topshop, Tiger and more; there’s nothing you won’t find here. If you are on the hunt for souvenirs or more traditional handcrafted items or artwork, St Andrew’s Street is the place to go.
Steeped in historical centres and archeological sites, Paphos is the city to purchase any rare, antique or traditional pottery and craftwork. From the plentiful furniture stores on the road towards Polis to the smaller independent touristy shops on the seafront and harbor area, the cheaper prices make shopping in Paphos great for finding a bargain.
While you’ll find the usual traditional leather goods, handbags and trinkets at the Paphos market, there is also the recently built and modern King’s Mall which has all the high-street brands and more. Don’t forget to visit Kato Paphos for some unique souvenirs; there is a large selection of natural sponges for agreeable costs.