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Things to do in North Nicosia

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Büyük Han is the largest caravansarai on the island of Cyprus and is considered to be one of the finest buildings on the island. Located in the capital of Cyprus, it was built by the Ottomans in 1572, the year after they had seized Cyprus from the Venetians. In the centre of the open courtyard is a mosque with a fountain for pre-prayer ablutions. It became the first city prison under British administration. After spending most of the 1990s being restored, the inn has been revived as a thriving arts centre, consisting of several galleries and workshops. There are also several courtyard cafes and souvenir shops. It is located in the occupied part of Nicosia close to the Ledra street border crossing. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Mosque
“Selimiye Mosque historically known as Cathedral of Saint Sophia, is a former Roman Catholic cathedral converted into a mosque, located in occupied Nicosia close to the Ledra street crossing. It is the main mosque of the city. The Selimiye Mosque is housed in the largest and oldest surviving Gothic church in Cyprus possibly constructed on the site of an earlier Byzantine church.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Famagusta Gate is a gate in the Nicosia walls, Cyprus. It is the chief gate of the city: the Porta Giuliana, or "di sotto" of Fra Stefano Lusignano's " Chorograffia", known as Famagusta Gate in modern times. This construction, in the Venetian style has been copied from the famous Lazaretto Gate of Candia designed by Michael Sammicheli at the beginning of the 16th century, and consists of a vaulted passage through the earthwork rampart of the city with a carefully executed spherical dome, eleven metres in diameter, in its centre.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“On this street you'll find plenty of places to hang out if you like to enjoy the evenings and night in the north part of Nicosia.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Interesting Old World market place. Worth a stroll around, and it's covered so great place to get out of the rain in the winter!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Posh Italian Restaurant in a very beautiful part of the old town, North Nicosia. Nice food, a good option to consider if you are NOT interested in Cypriot cuisine. A little pricey.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“ Nice music, happy vibes! Go on Fridays or Saturdays and dance all night long!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Great place to visit. You get the feeling of the "old town" but are offered a variety of modern and traditional restaurants, cafes. Ideal for dining and shopping (there's a H&M).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Historic Site
“You can enjoy seeing the history there and visit or buy from shops that selling memory and so many things that belong to north side of Cyprus ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Vegan Food Option in a cosy terrace. I recommend trying their quiche, delicious.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Must visit place in Nicosa divided by the Green Line making it the last divided capital of Europe.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A great brewery/restaurant which makes and serves a selection of excellent beer accompanied by a great menu. A must for people looking to explore the city of Nicosia and it's nightlife.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Nice Italian restaurant. Very good pizza. It is a nice place to sit and relax. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic gourmet food within a lovingly decorated restaurant situated around the Venetian walls of Old Nicosia. Polys the owner is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and his custom menu never fails to delight.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“It is the site of the former Ledra Street barricade, across the United Nations buffer zone. The barricade symbolised the division of Nicosia. In April 2008 and Ledra Street became the sixth crossing between the southern and northern parts of Cyprus. Ledra Street runs parallel to Onasagorou Street. The name of the street refers to the ancient city-kingdom of Ledra, established in 1050 BC.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Non-Profit
“The Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), located on Ermou Street in the heart of the walled city of Nicosia, opened in 2014. The CVAR is home to the Costas and Rita Severis collections, which include paintings, antique costumes and memorabilia related to Cyprus and its neighbours. Over 500 pieces of clothing present the development of the Cypriot dress and the influences it received from East and West. Costumes of Pashas, Governors, dervishes etc are also included in the collection. The CVAR also has a library. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Posh Italian Restaurant in a very beautiful part of the old town, North Nicosia. Nice food, a good option to consider if you are NOT interested in Cypriot cuisine. A little pricey.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Vegan Food Option in a cosy terrace. I recommend trying their quiche, delicious.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic gourmet food within a lovingly decorated restaurant situated around the Venetian walls of Old Nicosia. Polys the owner is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and his custom menu never fails to delight.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Turkish Home Cooking Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Cocktail Bar
“Nice cocktails and atmosphere within the walls of Nicosia. Sit outside during the summer months and enjoy the night! ”
  • 1 local recommends
New American Restaurant

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