For a conference, I spent a couple of days in Nicosia – pretty much Istanbul meets Athens meets Marrakech meets Amman. So here are the best tips for Nicosia – according to me.

Why you’ll love Nicosia

Nicosia’s looks and vibes made my think of Athens and Istanbul, while being quieter. A city with a rich history, amazing food and a connection with the rest of the island with amazing beaches and resorts.

My best omakase experience in Nicosia

The Japanese habit of omakase (お任せ) when you’re ordering at a restaurant pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes. I try to do it in every city I visit, and apply the idea behind to everything between how I pick my runshow I pick my foodhow I plan activities with my kidshow I explore cities and how I travel in general.

I had a really nice Souvlaki in Nicosia’s city center.

The best things to do in Nicosia – according to me.

Nicosia border crossing
Nicosia border crossing
  • Cross the border. It was a weird experience to cross the border in the middle of the city between the Turkish and ‘Greek’ part of the city. Strange, weird, reminding of old Berlin.

The best hotels in Nicosia – according to me.

  • The Hilton Nicosia is a fine hotel with a great rooftop pool which is great to have a dive and chill on hot days.

The best bars in Nicosia – according to me.

The best restaurants in Nicosia – according to me.

The best places to go out for a run in Nicosia – according to me.

Nicosia Alsos Forest
Nicosia Alsos Forest

I went out for a run at the Alsos Forest, which seemed to be the greenest area nearby. As it was end of summer when I was there, there was not too much green or forest, but still it was a green lung in the middle of the city.

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