By Nicola Karatzia
The times when the words vegetarianism, veganism and organic products sounded so foreign to Cypriots, are long gone. More and more of us now, have adopted these ways of eating, either because of ideology or because we care for our body and our health. Below is a list of the best healthy and vegetarian restaurants of Cyprus:
Inga’s Veggie Heaven
The restaurant you must try if you are vegetarian or vegan, since the recipes of the owner are dedicated exclusively to you as you can tell from the name. There you will enjoy delicious choices such as beetle falafel, vegetarian burger with feta cheese and aubergines, tofu wraps and vegetarian homemade lasagna. You can’t leave if you do not try a piece of the wonderful orange and almond cake or New York cheesecake.
Dimonaktos 2, Nicosia
A spot of Irish origin, made its appearance on our island, giving us a variety of breakfast, lunch and evening options. Its philosophy is based on healthy eating and freshly sliced salad ingredients. The menu, although not exclusively vegetarian or vegan, includes choices, such as the Vegan body builder, a selection of green vegetables, tomatoes, brown rice, peppers, onions, raisins, broccoli and grated carrots. You can eat in a bowl, sandwich or wrap. Do not forget to start your day with a Morning Glory Smoothie, made from green matcha tea, almond milk, cashew nuts, chia seeds, honey and chilled yogurt.
Themistokli Dervi 27, Nicosia
Elma & Fred
In this great concept store, you will not only be shopping but also enjoying nice, healthy food, while relaxing in the all-day café bar restaurant. In addition to its regular menu, there is also a “Green Menu”, from which you can choose food up to 16:00 every day. It contains healthy low calorie choices and was been created under the guidance of nutritionist Alexia Potamitis. This menu, harmoniously combines fresh seasonal products with creative recipes. It offers choices like the breakfast with eggs, oats, fruits, smoked salmon and salads with superfoods, nuts, pomegranates.
Griva Digeni Avenue 42-44, Nicosia
Get Fresh, whose menu is often refreshed, offers a fairly wide selection of vegetarian dishes. It is worth noting that every Monday, it does not serve meat. If you are a vegetarian, I suggest that you try “Greco wrap” and “Ava Mozza wrap”, and if you are a vegan, definitely get a quinoa salad with broccoli, peas, grated carrots, cranberries. Finish with a dessert, like Coco Yogi Pot with coconut yoghurt, granola, pineapple, banana and syrup.
Andrea Demetriou 4D Nicosia, & Lemesou Avenue 2, Nicosia
Olives & Burgers
A place which aims to provide its customers with nutritious food, free of unhealthy substances. Breakfast, lunch and dinner choices are made up by tempting combinations and vegetarian burgers based on quinoa and juices, smoothies, salads and desserts. All tasty and extremely healthy. If you love quinoa, try the Quinoa Warrior Burger with sides of potato and salad. Alternatively, try the risotto with sweet pumpkin, which contains only 420 calories. If like to discover new flavors, order the vegetarian curry with cashew nuts.
Prodromou 37D, Nicosia
Bakery Gourmet Kafeneio
In this gourmet shop, you’ll find alternative healthy eating suggestions, including gluten-free snacks and desserts, healthy salads, smoothies, various vegetarian and pure vegan dishes. Try the Matcha cheesecake without gluten and sugar, the sandwich with coconut yoghurt, mango, fresh peppermint and black chocolate or the one with avocado, salmon, radish and capers.
Evelthontos 4, Limassol
SensiFood Healthy Food Kitchen
In this gourmet shop, you’ll find alternative healthy eating suggestions, including gluten-free snacks and desserts, healthy salads, smoothies, various vegetarian and pure vegan dishes. Try the Matcha cheesecake without gluten and sugar, the sandwich with coconut yogurt, mango, fresh peppermint and black chocolate or the one with avocado, salmon, radish and capers.
Agias Zonis 35C, Limassol
Theta Healthy Eating Cuisine
This restaurant focuses on gluten and lactose-free foods as well as premium quality ingredients. In the menu there are smoothies, salads, burgers, pastas, pizzas and healthy desserts. How would you like a delicious falafel & tabbouleh salad or a delicious superfood salad, Fluffy Quinoa, with “tender” vegetables, shoots, avocado, peppers, corn and onion, beaten with mustard seed vinaigrette? Oh, and before leaving, do not to forget to get a cashew cheese, which the owners make themselves.
Andrea Drousioti 9, Iroon Square, Limassol
Monday-Friday 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-22:00
Solar Kitchen Bar
A beautiful, small space with very few tables, where you will find food that will provide you with the nutrients your body really needs to function well. If you visit Solar, you will find yourself in front of a menu full of energy and detoxifying juices, burgers with lentils, fava beans, chickpeas or vegetables, homemade pies made of whole meal flour, fresh salads, smoothies and fruit bawls with fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, wraps, as well as vegan sweets. Great emphasis is given to local, seasonal, organic products. Do not forget to get apple crumble pieces, guilt-free, since it does not contain any sugar or gluten.
Zinonos Kitieos 36, Larnaca