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 Shopping In Cyprus


Cyprus offers its visitors a wealth of souvenirs of every description thanks to its long history of different cultures. The most popular souvenirs are wickerwork and ceramics, but you can also buy traditional lace, silver jewellery and leather goods.

Food and drink make ideal gifts too and can be bought from local markets, street stalls and family run shops. Why not take home a pot of home made honey or rose petal jam?  If you have sweet tooth try soujoukkos which is made of almods and grape juice. Sweet Commandarai wine  is one of the best souvenirs from the island other wines include ouzo and zirvania. The latter is extremely strong as it is puregrape alcohol!

Markets

All of the larger Cypriot towns have their own markets and these are often the best places to shop for choice, quality and atmosphere. Most markets sell fresh fruit, vegetables, meat fish and dairy products. A selection of spices is usually on offer besides olives, halloumi cheese and dried fruit.

Clothing, jewellery, beach bags and pottery can also be seen in markets in the coastal towns.

 
Travel tip: Visit local markets first thing in the morning when the best choice of goods is available and when food is at its freshest.

 
Shops and Supermarkets

The larger towns have well developed shopping centres with shops that cater for every taste. Local stores stand alongside more familiar names form home. For example, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer both have stores on the island.

In the less touristy places there are family run stores selling the basics, while hand made items such as honey, jams and marmalade can be bought at roadside stalls.

Supermarkets generally have the best prices for international brands and are often open late, especially in summer.

Opening times

Most shops have longer opening hours during the summer months (June to mid September). They open from 8am -7.30pm Monday to Friday with a three hour break from 1-4pm. On Wednesday and Saturdays most shops close at 2pm.

In April and May and from Mid September to October the shops are open between 8am and 7pm (8pm on Friday).

From November to March the opening hours are 8am to 6pm (7pm on Friday).

Credit cards are widely accepted in large shops and supermarkets, but in the smaller, local shops it is best to pay by cash.

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