If you’re coming to Paphos one of the first things you would want to know is where to get the best food. At least I always do that!
During my 5 years on the island, I’ve tested and sampled most of the places in and around Paphos and the following made it to my hall of fame.
Please feel free to leave a comment below with your recommendations and I will be very excited to check them out!
My Local Picks – Best Paphos Restaurants
Before we dive in, let me just say one thing. PLEASE please do not trust tripadvisor.
I said it before and I will repeat again. There is nothing worse than taking restaurant recommendations from tourists who happen to consider fish & chips a fine dining experience. Not that there is anything wrong with fish & chips, but a lot of those top listings for restaurants are just plain nonsense. The reviews can be manipulated and I had to learn the hard way after visiting some of the top recommended restaurants myself, only to find out that the place is a poor excuse for a restaurant. Most people who come here tend to look for the comfort foods they know from home and rate the restaurants based on that.
In most places which are popular for tourists, such as the harbour area, the restaurant owners simply don’t have any incentives to improve the quality, because if someone on holiday doesn’t like the experience, next day there will be plenty more coming ready to give it a try. That’s one of the reasons why it’s important to find places where local people dine and you know the quality is better.
One of the biggest surprise you will probably find is seafood. Most of the seafood you will find on the menu is mostly frozen ( in 90% of the cases) or farm-raised. What does it mean? That you are not getting the authentic Mediterranean flavours you think you are paying for. Sad, but true. It was one of the first not pleasant surprise after coming to the island. Even the fish in “fish market” section of supermarket is rarely freshly caught in the sea.
On the other hand, any vegetables and fruits and superb and will taste like anywhere else!
Here are my top restaurants I consider the best in Paphos and I keep returning to these on every possible occasion.
1. Muse Restaurant
Muse was recommended by my Greek teacher as one of the places where locals hand out and they have awesome food. He was 100% right. Muse is set in central Paphos, top of a hill with sprawling reviews of the city and harbour. The generous space is dominated by a large outdoor seating area and cosy indoor part of the restaurant.
It gets really busy in summer so even in the middle of the week you should book a table, especially if you want to catch the view of the sunset from there.
The menu has everything you could think of – gorgeous burgers, fresh salads, delicious seafood and plenty of cocktails to flash it down with. One of my old time favourites is the grilled salmon with saffron risotto and clams.
More details & pictures in an older blog post here.
Muse Cafe Kitchen Bar, Mousallas (close to the town hall in Paphos), tel. 26 941951. Opening hours: 9.00 am to 02.00 am. Contact via Facebook page – here. Their website is currently not working so I can’t share the menu, sorry! More pictures
2. Oniro by the Sea
Oniro by the Sea has been renovated last year and it has become a huge hit among locals and tourists alike. Located just at the outskirts of lower Peyia, right next to the famous Edro III shipwreck, what used to be just a few chairs and tables where you can grab a sandwich and coffee, now became the official hot-spot for each summer.
The restaurant is in the middle of nowhere, so the only thing you hear is the waves crashing to the rocks below. The premises were beautifully decorated and no detail was left behind.
But the looks are only half of the story. The food is even more exciting! The menu is very modern with a few surprises here and there. There are no boring staple dishes that you find in every single restaurant – instead, everything got a little modern twist. Prepared from fresh ingredients, presented in a beautiful way – the food is simply superb!
It gets really busy in the summer, so if you want to get a good spot to try getting there earlier. There are plenty of seats available and it can get rather noisy. Despite being very busy every time we went, we never had to wait too long for service or food. One of my top places for summer!
More pictures & details in my older blog post here.
Oniro by the Sea, Glykou Nerou St (location on a map here). Contact – 99 372255 (they do not take bookings). Oniro is closed offseasons (November – March)
3. Suite 48
This is a place I only discovered a few years back, again based on a recommendation. Suite 48 is located not far away from Paphos Harbour, right next to Amphora Resort.
Unlike the previous two restaurants, Suite 48 boats a gorgeous generous outdoor space complete with day beds, tables from wine barrels, outdoor bar, playground for kids and best of all – stunning views of the sea and sunset. Oh and I forgot to mention one luxury that you won’t find in many places – green grass!!! In summer, you can catch some live music here and join others dancing under the stars. The tables are spaced out nicely so you don’t feel crowded or like having to listen to other people’s conversation.
The menu is short and sweet, offering plenty of healthy bites and naughty treats alike. The food tastes very fresh and comes in generous portions. They have a large selection of sandwiches, salads, grilled dishes and of course cocktails and smoothies too.
Suite 48 is best for meeting family and friends and unlikely most other places, they are open even in off season ( November – March).
More details and pictures here.
4. Gabor Restaurant
Only a short walk away from Suite 48 you will find Gabor Restaurant. Tucked away on the main road, you will spot a red sign that says Gabor.
Gabor is a French restaurant, as far as I know, one of the very few French places in Paphos. If you like the old-fashioned charm of traditional restaurants and want to experience a more classic dining experience, then Gabor is for you. The food is excellent and I had some amazing meals in here. They offer some of the classics of French cuisine and if you choose the pancakes as a dessert, they will flambe them in front of you. The staff is super friendly and accommodating.
It does not have the fancy indoor features and outdoor places as the other restaurants, but they make up for it with the food quality and the old-fashioned charm.
I’ve been there many times, always without a camera, so I apologise for the lack of pictures.
Gabor Restaurant, tel. 26 965343 for bookings. Location on map – here. They are normally closed off-season (November – March)
5. Minthis Hills Resort Restaurant
This is not a traditional restaurant tucked away on the main strip of Paphos. I have to say I am a little biased here because this golf resort was my wedding venue.
Minthis Hills is a gorgeous green oasis near Tsada village, a short drive out of Paphos – that still counts as Paphos, right?
You can get here for a Sunday buffet lunch, which is very popular, or pop in when there is theme night which they organise regularly. One of those was, for example, French night which was a short menu with a selection of French dishes accompanied with live blues music. I also visited when they had a wine tasting event and plenty other occasions. The food is always superb and presentation immaculate. The staff in here will make you feel like you came to a five-star resort.
Dining info here.
6. Tweedies Restaurant
Tweedies is one of the oldest restaurants I know in Paphos. Located in Kissonerga village where I used to live, this place used to be 5 mins walk from my home. How lucky is that? Tweedies is a very small restaurant set in an old traditional stone house by the main road in Kissonerga. It is run by an English couple who by all means know what good food is. One of the unique things about Tweedies is the fact that the menu is very short and changes regularly. So one week you fall in love with a beautiful dish but it might not be there the following week.
Prepared from fresh locally sourced ingredients, the food is a feast for the eyes and your stomach. Widely known mainly by the English expats as one of their favourite places, it gets booked up really quickly. You need to make a reservation if you’re planning a dinner. In summer they have a small garden where you can have drinks before dinner. Even though I have been there numerous times, I do not have any pictures, which I’m going to quickly fix as soon as they open this year.