Restaurants and Bars

Why Northern Cyprus: Can you imagine holidays in Northern Cyprus without tasting traditional cuisine? For every holidaymaker this means definitely an inseparable adventure as tasty Cypriot food represents a part of the unique culture.

North Cyprus is literally studded with restaurants from the authentic Cypriot cuisine, which offer very good value for money, to the fashionable restaurants like French, Chinese or Indian.

Lying on the crossroad of the three continents, the Turkish-Cypriot cuisine has been influenced by different cultures throughout history, owing most of its heritage to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Many dishes vary from region to region making North Cyprus a marvellous place to eat. The finest restaurants are, however, found in and around Kyrenia. Over the years the culinary offerings in Northern Cyprus have grown, as has the demand for their services. Their services were required not only by the residents of the island but also by the growing number of tourists that visit the island each year. The first restaurants on the island were more local in nature and offered Cypriot dishes such as kebabs and mezes. The most famous of these restaurants are located in the Kyrenia harbour area. Many a person has enjoyed a candlelight dinner while gazing at the warm light illuminated Kyrenia castle. Between the breathtaking scenery and the scrumptious cuisine it is hard to tell which casts the stronger spell on you.

As the international community on the island is continually growing there has been a push towards more family oriented restaurants, similar in nature to TGI Fridays and Steak Houses, "Stone Grill / Cafe Dukan" to name a few have opened in and around Kyrenia. To that end we have comprised a list of Northern Cyprus Restaurants to help you in your culinary quest.

Cafe Bars and English Pubs:

There are lots of Cafe bars and English pubs across Northern Cyprus, like the rest of the Mediterranean islands the cafe bar culture is to be seen every where, There is a great range of Cafe bars in and around Kyrenia Harbour and Belapais Village and Abbey that serve a good choice of beers and food. you can also find some great bars in the better hotels, The Colony Hotel the Rocks Hotel and the Merritt Hotel to name a few also offer entertainment however they can be expensive, so please bear this in mind. Some English bars worth mentioning are, the Red Lion that is situated just 10 minutes walk from the Villa, it offers a great selection of beers and superb home cooked English food, and either the Ship Inn in Karaoglanoglu which is only five minutes away by car or the Pine Bay Holiday Village (in particular the Code Red sports bar) which are very convenient if you want to watch the live football.

The Escape beach North Cyprus which is a short 10 minutes walk from the Pine Grove Villa offers both bars and Nightclub during the summer months, It is a great place for the latest in dance music and with its open air club next to the sea you could not ask for a better setting. Please click on the link to be directed to the Escape Beaches website.

Our Recommended List Of Restaurants

Kybele Restaurant - Bellapais Village

This amazing restaurant is situated within the grounds of the Magical 13th Century abbey in Bellapais village, offering breath-taking views of the tranquil Mediterranean and the rolling mountains. This Luxury restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes from fresh steak, Chicken, fish, Kebabs, and so much more, the equality of food and service is outstanding.



The Address

One of just a few restaurants that stay busy all through the year, and when you taste the food you will know exactly why. Whether it's on the terrace in the summer, or indoors in the winter, the Address always has a fantastic atmosphere. A favourite with both locals and tourists a like. Closed on Tuesdays.

The Ambiance

Opened by 2 of the most experienced and popular restaurateurs in Northern Cyprus. The Ambiance offers its diners something different from the average restaurant. Set right on the seas edge in the very popular village of Karaoglanoglu, you can relax and enjoy one of the most extensive menus on the island whilst listening to the waves gently splashing against the rocks. The evening is busy and the atmosphere is perfect, the day is laid backed with the chance to relax on loungers and soak up the rays, all in all, the perfect choice. Open 7 days a week, booking essential.



Brazilian Steak House Restaurant

This Superb restaurant stands very proud in its location in Karaoglanoglu. As you arrive through the wrought iron gates you will be impressed at the grandeur of the building. When you enter the huge Cypriot style doors it is like walking into an Aladdin’s Cave of antiques that form part of the décor. The large open kitchen is a hive of activity and you can watch the chefs preparing your meal. Offering a superb menu, this really is a night to remember with quality food and great surrounding.

Kervan Pizza Garden.

This Superb restaurant is situated above the Kervansary beach, close to the Mecure hotel. Offering fantastic views, lovely greenery, and probably the best beach sunset in North Cyprus. This restaurant is ideal for families and couples alike. The Kervans speciality is the delicious homemade pizzas including hot and spicy, beef, chicken, seafood and margarita pizzas, other foods include fish and chips, kebabs, fajitas and more. The service is excellent and the prices are very reasonable, a must on your visit to Northern Cyprus.

Carob

Rich in history and architecture, this delightful restaurant is situated right in the heart of Kyrenia harbour, with its' old fishing boats and imposing backdrop of the ancient Kyrenia castle. There are 3 floors in total with the "roof top terrace" being the most popular place for diners to enjoy the amazing view on offer. The menu is extensive and there really is something to suit all tastes, so whilst in North Cyprus the Carob is a must. Open 7 days a week.

Cousins Brassiere

We found this restaurant to be the perfect find for a Sunday roast. Situated just on the outskirts of Alsancak, this hidden jewel in the crown offers everything your would expect and more for a traditional Sunday dinner. Not a one trick pony this restaurant is open everyday an offers Inside & outside dining serving, local and international dishes. There is live music every Saturday night.

The Ravine Bar & Restaurant

This is one of the very first restaurants we frequented on visiting Northern Cyprus; we still find it to be the best English Breakfast In the north. The Ravine is situated on the Kyrenia-lapta road, just outside of Alsancak. The staff are really friendly, and the cost of the local beer and found, including the English breakfast and fish and Chips to be very reasonable. This bar offers no luxuries, just great food, beer, and competitive prices.

Niazis Restaurant

Niazi has been serving good quality food, mainly kebabs and steaks, to locals and tourists for over 40 years. His now famous kebabs have stopped people needing a starter ever since day one, and with a wide selection of desserts to suit every taste; you really are spoiled for choice. Positioned in the heart of Kyrenia centre, just 2 minutes walk from the harbour; you are also in the perfect position to seek out some late night entertainment. Open 7 days a week.



The Stone Grill

This Modern Restaurant with its smart décor features a method of cooking dating back to the ancient Egyptian times. With a wide range of fresh raw meats, all of which are served at your table on a hot volcanic stone at the temperature of 750 Fahrenheit, sealing the cut of meat faster and locking in the natural juices and tastes. The staff are friendly and attentive, and the food is cooked to your personal liking.

Jashans

If you are looking for a good quality Indian restaurant, look no further. The location is both convenient and impressive and offers diners a wide choice of menu including authentic Indian dishes, some French cuisine and an impressive choice of Italian. Something for everyone.

Chinese House

Peking and Cantonese dishes served at Kyrenia's popular Chinese House situated just 1.5km west of the city centre. There is an indoor and outdoor seating arrangement so you can enjoy the authentic dishes any time of the year. Closed on Sundays.

Mambo Restaurant

Just 5 minutes by car on the Kyrenia-Lapta road you will find this superb bar restaurant which offers a variety of both Local and European cuisines on special offers including many 2-1 deals. Open 7 days a week.

The Tempo Cafe

Located Behind the Tempo Supermarket, this Modern Building is the perfect surrounding for a family meal. The Menu is comprehensive and features popular foods including Steaks, Chicken dishes and local cuisine. If you are looking for a quick meal in modern surrounding then the Tempo Café will not disappoint.

Café Dukan

This Gem of a Café is located along the main road, in close proximity to the roundabout with the Waterfall on. On arrival colourful décor awaits your visit, the atmosphere is nice and relaxed and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The menu caters perfectly for the Tourist, with a huge selection of well-cooked English and European Cuisine that are great for families.

Codbaba

The Cod Baba is situated on the main road heading west from Kyrenia, This is a traditional Fish and chip restaurant like you would find in the UK, offering the very best in fish and chips, perfect if you are English. The food is cooked to order so you can guarantee a fresh hot meal every time. If you are looking for the best of British whilst on Holiday then make sure you visit this popular venue.

Note:

This is just a brief selection of some of the most popular restaurants and we have all thoroughly enjoyed meals at all of the above establishments. There are too many others to mention but when you get here you will have plenty to choose from.

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