What to Do
There’s something exhilarating about shopping on vacation. One-of-a-kind finds from local artisans at local flea markets, designer purchases from flagship storefronts, special pieces from local designers in boutique shops and markets teeming with local flavour. And like all modern European capitals, Nicosia is a city that has it all, including a varied shopping scene.
Ledras and Onasagorou streets in the old city are full of shops – a mix of international chains and local shops. In the cobbled alleys of Ermou Street and the nearby streets you will find the work of local artists including ceramics, arts and crafts, books, handmade dolls, paintings in art galleries, lighting fixtures and other. Polyergastiriakon Centre of Chrysalliniotissa is also located in the area (2 Demonaktos Street, historic area of Thaht-El-Kale), hosting Arts and Crafts exhibitions. The Centre hosts craftsmen and artists who create both traditional and contemporary, innovative art. You will find ceramics, paintings, sculptures, digital art paintings and creations made of glass, wood and fabric. Laiki Geitonia in the old town is full of souvenir shops and stores with traditional Cypriot goods.
Fashion designer boutiques can be found in the city centre selling the work of local or international designers with some selling vintage clothes. Archibishop Makariou Avenue, Themistokli Dervi Avenue and Stasikratous street in the new city feature name-brand stores for high-class shopping. Especially on Stasikratous Street you’ll find mostly high end fashion stores.
Outside the city limits, on the outskirts, you will find The Mall of Cyprus, the first shopping centre of its kind in Cyprus that first opened in 2007. The Mall of Cyprus, located on Verginas Street in Strovolos, merges the world’s most desirable brands, shopping convenience and leisure in a moder setting with an attractive mix of retail stores and international and local brands. It is located close to Limassol and Larnaca motorways with easy access from all cities and the airport. With an estimated 5.5 million visitors per year, The Mall of Cyprus is currently among the top retail and entertainment destinations in Cyprus. There is another mall in Nicosia, much smaller, The Mall of Engomi, which is located on 28th October Avenue in Engomi. The mall is very close to the Cyprus International Exhibition Fair, Makarios Stadium and a number of private universities. It features a number of clothes shops with options for the whole family, a cosmetics section with beauty products and products for your home. There is also a café on the ground floor, a large DIY store and a supermarket. There is a large shopping mall currently under development set to open in November 2018, Nicosia Mall in Lakatamia area featuring a unique shopping space of 82,000 m². Nicosia Mall is considered to be the island’s new fashion centre, hosting a wide variety of brands and the largest selection of the world’s leading retailers under one roof.