Shopping - where to buy
On my first visit to Cyprus in 2004 I was surprised at the amount of things I could purchase on a small island in the Mediterranean. The choices increased when I moved here in early 2006 since it joined the EU in 2004 and now it’s fantastic! If you are from the UK and it is your first visit you will be surprised at how familiar lots of things will be to you.
If you are worried at all about buying baby milk or nappies here we have most brands. But do check with the many supermarkets listed below by viewing their website or dropping them an email. Also you can order at your Airport before you fly and pick up after going through security from Boots.
Supermarkets (although I am based in Paphos the stores are available throughout Cyprus, except for Philippos (Pafos Only) .
Main Store on 2 floors (has lifts) with covered car park. Sell Tesco products and ready cooked chicken. Its just off the dual carriage way from Debenhams roundabout heading towards Polis. Store number 2 is under construction - opposite Kings Avenue Mall.
8 stores in total. Chloraka, Kato Paphos (behind sea front), Geroskipou (airport road B6), Paphos Town and just out of Paphos close to Aphrodite Hills region is a store in Pissouri. Plus 2 stores in Limassol. Also in Polis too. Now selling Sainsbury's products.
2 Stores in Paphos. Store 1, opposite the Venus Beach Hotel, along Tombs of Kings Road.
Store 2 just off main road going out of Paphos Town towards Polis.
2 Stores (Peyia/Coral Bay region). Store 1 is the original and Peyia Village Centre.
Store 2 is very large along on the Tombs of the Kings Road, Peyia.
Very popular both with locals and those staying in holiday villas as this store
will deliver free to your villa - details on the website. You can't order on line, but once you have done your shop in the store, they take you and your shopping home. Great service for those that are holidaying here and don't wish to hire a car.
Sklavenitis (no website at the time of writing)
2 stores - one in the Kings Avenue Mall (close to Jumbo) and the other near Lidl in Paphos town heading towards Polis.
Food & Drink
You will 'never' go hungry here in Cyprus
Kiosks (mini supermarkets, some open 24 hrs)
Bakeries (many are open 24/7 or from early morning till late around 7am - 10pm)
7 days a week, 365 days a year - yes even on Christmas day.
Cafe Bars & Restaurants
Cypriot Tavernas serving the traditional MEZE – a selection of dishes, both hot and cold served until you are too full to eat any more.
There is an abundance of Coffee shops from the traditional to
English (Fish & Chips)
Fast food outlets i.e. McDonalds, KFC
and many more
KEO a beer brewed in Cyprus. Carlsberg is also very popular. The Supermarkets sell many international bottled and canned beers. Draught beer is also available at some bars/restaurants.
Cypriot and International Wines are widely available throughout in the supermarkets and Kiosks.
Wine -Taste Tips
Local Cyprus Red Wine is usually DRY and often tastes different to International wines.
Ficardo’s, Kolios, Sterna and Sodap are good local wines and more similar to the standard of International wines.
Kolios Butchery in Paphos on the road towards Polis have boxed wines Red, Rose or White - 10 Litres is 25.00 Euros a box at the time of writing - fabulous value if you plan to party and are staying in a villa :)
Local 'Medium' Red wine can taste a little like Sherry, so I suggest you buy only 1 bottle to try first. Dry is usually preferred but can taste a little sharp if you are used to buying Australian, Chilean and French wines. International wines are available almost everywhere.
Most White and Rose Wines are very palatable here in Paphos and we have a very good selection. White and Rose are more suitable to drink, along with sparkling wine and champagnes during the hot summer months of June, July & August.
Lidl have a great range of wines from around 3.00 euros a bottle.
Cigarettes and Tobacco
If you wish to purchase cigarettes I recommend you buy from reputable retailers or large supermarkets which will be similar in price. Cigarettes start at around 3.90 euros a pack at the time of writing, depending on the brand.
Kings Avenue Mall
Well worth a visit! It is located at the end of the Tombs of the Kings Road near traffic lights (not far from Paphos Harbour)
Fabulous Mall and great for a browse or just a coffee (Coffee Nero and Costa Coffee) Great food court that includes a TGI Fridays too!
http://www.kingsavenuemall.com/index.html includes a store called 'Jumbo' which sells some nice items for table settings, candles etc so if you forget anything well worth a visit. Jumbo is in other regions of Cyprus too.
Malls outside of Paphos are:
My Mall in Limassol (around 100 + shops) – about 1 hour drive from Paphos
The Mall of Cyprus next to IKEA (Nicosia) YES we have an Ikea – about 2 hours drive from Paphos
NEW Mall in Nicosia opened end of 2018 - the largest in Cyprus!
Magazines & Newspapers
Most English Daily Newspapers are available and usually on the same day of publication as they are printed in either Cyprus or Greece.
Also the main English ‘Sunday’ papers are available from mid to late morning.
Other publications include the Paphos Post, a free newspaper available in supermarkets at the start of each month and also the Grapevine Magazine published on the 1st Friday in the month, Cyprus Living 2nd Friday in the month, General interest, Women’s and Men’s magazines are all available in Cyprus, but be prepared to pay a little more as they are imported.