Cyprus Food & Desserts

/Cyprus Food & Desserts

Cyprus Food & Desserts

Of course Trip Experiences is not a food blog, but I’d like to take you on a taste trip on some of the delicious dishes that Cyprus offers. Cypriot cuisine takes its ingredients and flavors from signature Greek dishes. It involves appetizers, delicacies and salads, main dishes, mostly consisting of meat dishes and end with sweet desserts.

Appetizers & Main Dishes

The most common word that you’ll hear regarding food in Cyprus is ‘meze’. Meze is a selection of traditional cold and hot appetizers which includes a variety of specialties like tzatziki (yogurt dip made with garlic, cucumber and olive oil), tahini (crashed sesame seeds, lemon, garlic and olive oil), taramosalata (fish roe mixed with potatoes, olive oil, lemon juice), hummus (pureed chickpeas and tahini). Cypriot Salad is made of tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, olives, olive oil, and vinegar.

Cyprus Zalatina is pork in lemon and vinegar jelly (gelatin). This is usually served around Christmas time.

Loukanika are the traditional Cyprios Sausages made of minced  pork,  matured in salt, red wine and spices.

Snails are cooked in their shell (sounds strange), but they are delicious and are considered a great delicacy.

Cypriot meatballs are called Keftedes. Koupepia consist of minced meat and rice which is wrapped in grape leaves.

Lountza is make of dried pork tenderloin marinated in red wine, dried and smoked.
Halloumi is white cheese made of goats milk.

Kolokithakia me auga is zucchini with eggs fried in pure olive oil.

Pastichio – aka: Makaronia tou Fournou is a dish made with pasta, mince meat and covered with fresh cream named bechamel which consists of milk, eggs, flour and cheese.

Souvla is the Cypriot traditional food which is in many cases cubed charcoal meat (lamb, portk, chicken).

Souvlakia is again meat, in small pieces, cooked on a skewer, with oregano and lemon and are usually served with pitta bread, salad, hummus or tzatziki.

Kleftiko is lamb prepared, marinated with lemon and cooked for 24 hours in a clay oven with potatoes.

Sheftalia is a Cypriot sausage made of pork, lamb, onions, parsley, salt and pepper wrapped in a membrane of lamb or pig’s stomach (sounds awful? you have to try it, it’s delicious!)

Fresh fish is served at fish taverns, near the sea. Popular fish dishes include fried calamari and in general fish meze dish consists from a lot of fish dishes.

Savory & Sweets

Flaounes are pastry filled with cheese and sometimes raisins and are garnished with sesame seeds. These are made during Easter.

Shioushioukko is a sweet made by dipping strings of almond nuts in heated grape juice until is solidifies.

Cyprus Sweets are traditional homemade confectionery fruits stewed down with sugar and available in a wide range of flavors.

Loukoumades are small Cyprus doughnuts served with honey.

Bourekkia are pastries filled with fresh anari cheese, cinammon and almond nuts, topped with sugar

Machallepi is a rose cool refreshment for summer.

Kali Orexi! (καλή όρεξη)

Bon Appetite – Enjoy!

For more details regarding Cypriot Cuisine and Cypriot Recipes so you can prepare your own Cypriot food home, anywhere in the world, visit Cyrus Portal.

2018-02-23T09:14:22+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|

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Dora Christofi
I’m Cypriot, with a London touch, experimenting with photography, working in marketing, love cooking, reading books and wishing to travel the world. I currently live in Limassol, Cyprus and try to travel as much as I can. Visit the [Meet Dora] section for more.


  1. india paine November 9, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Brilliant guide to food in Cyprus! All looks so delicious, but I am not so sure on the snails!! Although I have such a big sweet tooth and all them desserts look incredible!

    • Dora Christofi
      Dora Christofi November 9, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Well Cypriots eat snails – I don’t like them tho! French people eat them too. In France they are called escargot and the are a delicacy!

  2. Zoe November 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Wow food in Cyprus looks goood! Apart from the snails, not sure I would want to try them! This is a really great and informative post 🙂 will try and remember some of these if I visit Cyprus!

  3. Soumya Nambiar November 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the crash course in Cyprus cuisine. I am a vegetarian. So don’t eat most of the things in the list. The zucchini with fried eggs, the almonds and the doughnuts are some things I would love to try.

    • Dora Christofi
      Dora Christofi November 10, 2016 at 7:24 am - Reply

      Yes, in Cyprus most of the food contains meat! But there are a lot of other dishes you can try since you are a vegetarian 🙂

  4. Menorca@EuropeDiaries November 9, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Ooh so there’s a lot of meat in the dishes…I would love to find out and try the veg options available 🙂

  5. Soraya November 10, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Yum yum yum! This all looks so delicious! I have had Koupepia before and I loved it. I could eat so much of it. I’ve never had Cyprus desserts before and they all look really interesting. Machallepi sounds so refreshing!

    • Dora Christofi
      Dora Christofi November 10, 2016 at 7:24 am - Reply

      Make some plans to visit Cyprus, and if you do so let me know 🙂

  6. Sara Fergie November 10, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

    My first impression of the featured photo… “WOW! I want a bite or eat the entire bunch!”

    Mediterranean food always interests me with its subtle blend of meat, veggies and spices. Lucky you for having to eat these on a regular basis.Would love try one day when I get to Cyprus 🙂

    • Dora Christofi
      Dora Christofi November 10, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Most of these are healthy! Every country has its own unique specialties which makes it interesting.

  7. Rosemary November 10, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I’m so hungry and tempted now after reading this food. Cypriotic food looks so amazing. The snails, sheftalia and machallepi jumped out at me. Although everything looks great. Would love to visit Cyprus and try all this out 🙂 Yummy post!!

  8. Emma November 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Wow everything looks amazing! I love al the fresh flavours of Cypriot food! Especially the fresh seafood and kleftico is my favourite!

  9. Ilefthome November 11, 2016 at 4:54 am - Reply

    All this food in Cyprus looks so fantastic and made with such love! A lot of meat dishes I see…. I am a vegetarian. But the Zucchini dish as well as all the dips looks so brilliant. And the pastries…. yum!

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