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Zoey Philippou

Designer and founder of “Cherry and Mint” fashion brand reveals her favourite spots for food, coffee and drinks in Cyprus.

-Where do you usually enjoy your morning coffee?

-I like to enjoy my morning coffee at home. If I am away, then you’ll most probably find me in a Starbucks, especially during the summer months,

-Which is your favorite city yard?

-My favourite yard is my mother’s yard, of course. Either for food or for a relaxing afternoon coffee. I have to admit that I envy the variety of flowers she has and how well she takes care of them.

-Where can you find the best souvlaki?

-I am a vegetarian. I haven’t eaten souvlakia since 9 years ago and I am truly proud about that, although it is not difficult at all if you really want it.

-Where do you find authentic meze dishes?

-I really like the alternative and unique menu of Peiragmena tavern in Limbia. I am lucky as they offer a vegetarian version.

-Favorite shop in your neighborhood?

-The Collective. The group there do a tremendous work picking authentic vintage pieces. I always look for shops like that in which you will find clothes from post decades, which maybe one of a kind.

-Could you reveal a well-hidden city gem?

-Although I do not believe that it is hidden anymore, I’ll say Kouyoumdjian fabric shop on Onasagorou. A small front and behind a hidden treasure which leads to a huge space with fabrics. For me, as my work has to do with fabric, it is a paradise.

-A restaurant that holds a special place in your heart? A recommended dish?

-Artisan’s Burgerbar. Besides their wonderful burgers, I love their tasty chips which they make with vegetables and I always order them as a side.

-Which is your favorite kind of cuisine and where you can enjoy it in Cyprus?

-I am a big fan of Japanese cuisine and the best restaurant, by far, for me is Koi. Until last year it was one of the restaurants I could not wait to go in Protaras. This year I am very happy that I can enjoy wonderful sushi year-round as it has opened in Nicosia.

-The best place to hang out with friends?

-I love the ambience at Granazi. I think that gradually it has became one of our favourite spots.

-Where could you find the best cocktails?

-At Lost & Found. The Pot of Gold specifically, is my new favourite cocktail.

-Where do you usually find delightful sweets? 

-At mAKaron. Andreas’ macaroons are incredible. One of my favourite flavours is chilli.

-Which place do you remember fondly?

-I love Protaras. We spent every summer there since I was a kid and until today. So, I’ve connected it with my most beautiful and carefree memories.

Info: Peiragmena, Theodorou Mavrosavva 15, Limpia. The Collective, Palaion Patron Germanou 4-6, Nicosia. Kouyoumdjian Fabrics, Onasagorou 48, old Nicosia. Artisans Burger Bar, Stasandrou 20, Nicosia Koi Lounge Bar, Capo Bay Hotel, Protaras. Koi Sushi Bar, Menandrou 3, Nicosia. Granazi, Ayion Omologiton 14, Nicosia. Lost + Found Drinkery, Vyronos 38, Nicosia. mΑΚaron, Mpoumpoulinas 12, Nicosia.