Today we will tell you about the farmers’ markets in Cyprus. Truly speaking, I like to go there sometimes, in spite of the fact that there are a lot of good fruit markets and supermarkets all over Cyprus. But it’s very pleasant to stroll during the weekend’s mornings and buy something truly fresh!
Some of the Cyprus markets, are located in the fields of parking lots. Also, not every farmers’ market is going to be at a convenient time, but there is at least one weekend market in Limassol and one in Nicosia, so the two major cities are covered. And, yes, the parking situation can be a bit tricky but there is always parking, even if it means that you have to walk for 100 meters. It’s still worth it. If you want more “plush” settings, try the “covered” markets – the ones that take place in the old halls of Limassol and Nicosia. You may find a greater variety of fresh produce, literally out of the back of farmers’ trucks, but it’s still very fresh!
Farmers’ Markets in Cyprus, start very early in the morning. Some of them start as early as 5 am, and people go for shopping as early as that too. Having said that, if you go by 11 am, you will still find an ample selection of things. It’s around 12 pm onwards that the selection starts to dwindle and, in some markets, the producers start to pack up. In addition, parking can be a nightmare close to the actual markets and it’s best to go early, in order to find a good spot.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Is the produce locally grown? If so, which city does it come from? When was it cut or picked? I’ve noticed that not all fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets are locally grown, so be sure to check before buying. Sometimes vendors might be willing to give you a sample, or show you the inside of the fruit or vegetable, but not always. It doesn’t hurt to ask and the vendors are always very friendly.
If your car is not nearby, and you plan to buy lot of things, you might need a little trolley bag. There are people who bring these, as it’s just easier than carrying many heavy bags around. If you buy a lot of products from a particular vendor, there may be someone who can help you with your bags.
No one takes payment in cards. It’s all in cash. Something which I think is rather obvious, but I have forgotten this a few times and only realized once I arrived at the market. It’s very annoying. So, arrange to bring cash with you.
OUR FAVOURITE MARKETS
Oxi Square Market.
WHERE: It used to take place in Oxi Square (Leoforos Konstantinou Palaiologou, Constanza Bastion, Lefkosia) in the center of the old town, but has temporarily moved to a large parking lot on Konstantinou Palaiologou Street, at a walking distance from Ledra street.
WHEN: Wednesday & Saturday, 6am to 4pm.
WHAT: Fruits, Vegetables, Traditional Dried Meats & Pulses, Olives, Flowers, Traditional Cypriot Bread.
PARKING: It is busy, but you can find parking usually within 100m and walk, or right next to the market itself.
WHY TO GO: It’s one of the biggest markets, so there is a huge selection of fruits and vegetables and you can find a lot of hard-to-find local ingredients.
TIP: Look out for fresh little strawberries in February and March, you can’t find them in the supermarkets.
WHERE: Dimitri Vikellou Street, next to the old Orphanides supermarket in Strovolos.
WHEN: Friday 6am to 4pm.
WHAT: Fruits, Vegetables, Traditional Dried Meats & Pulses.
PARKING: Not a problem.
WHY TO GO: It’s a decent selection for Strovolos area.
Agios Antonios Market (covered):
WHERE: Evgenias & Antoniou Theodotou 1
WHEN: Every Monday to Saturday 7:30am to 5pm, until 2pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Saturday.
WHAT: Fish, Fruits, Vegetables, Traditional Dried Meats & Pulses, Olives, Flowers, Traditional Cypriot Bread, Traditional Cheeses. Coffee Shop In The Market.
PARKING: Difficult. It is on a busy road, and you have to look for it a bit.
WHY I GO: We love the fact that it is in the center of the town, and there is a variety of produce – including fish, cheeses and vegetables in the same place. It is covered, which is good when the weather is too hot or too cold, and you can have a wonderful coffee at a nice casual Italian cafe/restaurant inside the market.
WHERE: Anthoupoli, next to the church.
WHEN: Every Sunday 6am to 1pm.
WHAT, PARKING, WHY WE GO: I have not been to this market, but it was highly recommended to me by a reader. I understand that the market sells fruit, vegetables, local cheese, olives, fresh prozimi, eggs, chicken and rabbit.
Organic Farmers’ Market
WHERE: Just off Lisimahou Street, Ayia Fyla, Limassol (+99 332 581). Take the Ayia Fyla round about and go north, towards the mountains. When you get to the second grocery store, you will see a small road on your right. Take it, then take the first left, and the second right. You should see the house and the field.
WHEN: Every Saturday morning until 1pm.
WHAT: Fruits, Vegetables, Fresh Eggs, Rabbit, Homemade Organic Cheeses
PARKING: Ample parking
WHY TO GO: This is the only organic Cyprus farmers’ market I know of, and I love it. Chrystalla, the owner, is also lovely.
WHERE: Griva Digeni road from Germasogia round about, then take the right turn in the direction of Old Jumbo
WHEN: Saturdays morning until 1pm.
WHAT: Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Traditional Breads, Traditional Dried Meats & Pulses, Cyprus sweets, Fresh Chicken, eggs, ducks, etc.
PARKING: Could be a problem.
WHY TO GO: This is our favorite market hands-down. The prices are great, and the produce is always very fresh.
TIP: Try fresh chickens and sheftalia from the man in the right corner of the market with the Bulgarian wife. They are excellent and very fresh!
Pano Akourdaelia Herbal Gardens Farmers’ Market
WHERE: Next to the Pano Akourdaelia Herbal Gardens. If coming from Limassol on the highway, arrive at the main roundabout entering Paphos, go straight over (2nd exit); over traffic lights; at next roundabout (note water feature) go straight over (1st exit); at end of the road traffic lights, turn right. Continue up this road (Mesogi road) towards Polis and follow Pafos directions.
WHEN: The first Sunday of every month between 10am and 2pm.
WHAT, PARKING, WHY I GO, TIPS: I have not been to this market, but have been told by the organizer that it sells fruit and vegetables, homemade tarts, pies, cookies, breads even gluten-free, jams, marmalades and preserves, eggs, olive oil, raw honey, bee pollen, spices, herbs, dried fruits and nuts, fresh plants. It sounds lovely, and I will definitely be paying it a visit.
Timi Fruit & Vegetable Market:
WHERE: If you are leaving Pafos, take the old highway towards Limassol. Just before you reach the Pafos airport turn-off, the market will appear.
WHEN: It is every Sunday, from about 7am to 1pm.
WHAT, PARKING, WHY I GO, TIPS: I have not been to this market, so cannot comment on this, but from what I have heard it sounds like a solid fruit and vegetable market.
Old Municipal Market
WHERE: This is the municipal market in the Old Town of Pafos, not far from the bus station and close to the main shopping street of Makarios Avenue. Starting out from Makarios avenue, you will enter into a covered alleyway, with shops and stalls either side. Just off the market is the main market square – another covered area, and it is off this area that you will find the meat, fish and fruit and vegetable areas of Pafos Market.
WHEN: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
WHAT, PARKING, WHY I GO, TIPS: I have not been to this market, but I understand that it sells much more than just fruit and vegetables. I would expect that you would find a large variety, including meat and fish.
WHERE: Stroumpi, behind the large church in Stroumpi square.
WHEN: Twice a Month, on Sundays, 10am to 2pm.
WHAT, PARKING, WHY I GO, TIPS: I have not been to this market, but have been told by the organizer that in addition to fruits and vegetables, vendors also sell pies, honey, eggs, jams, chutneys, cakes, biscuits, homemade sauces, curies and local crafts.
Larnaca & Famagusta
If you can recommend a market in Larnaca, please let me know in the comments.
There is also a weekend market in Morfou and a Thursday market in Famagusta, but I don’t have the exact location for these. From the pictures I have seen, the markets look lovely. You can find a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fish. But I don’t really know much, since I haven’t visit them yet. If you do know more, please feel free to comment below!