There is nothing better than playing a tourist in your own town. Kato Paphos is one of those places where you can walk in anytime during the week and feel like on holiday.
Last week I had a day off to celebrate a wedding anniversary and instead of the usual dinner, we spent the whole day walking around Kato Paphos, enjoying great food, wine & views.
Kato Paphos is full of contrast – tourist traps on one side of the road, and some of the coolest local restaurants on the other. It’s best known for its harbour, historic sites – Kato Paphos Archeological Park – and a promenade full of hotels. A 10 mins walk from the harbour and you get to Kings Avenue Mall where you can spoil yourself with a bit of retail therapy.
Kato Paphos means “lower Paphos” as opposed to rest of the city stretching up in the hills and further away from the sea. It’s where you find the most hotels, restaurants and where the promenade fills with people enjoying their summer holiday. Off-season, it’s still busy but mostly with locals enjoying a weekend brunch, evening drinks or winter strolls by the sea. My favourite way to pass time in winter was to come to the bar below after a stormy night to watch the waves crash against the windows.
This post wasn’t really planned, so I thought I would give you a few tips for an enjoyable day out in Kato Paphos (admittedly consisting mostly of eating & drinking, as you would expect for an old lady like myself).
Get some comfy shoes & pack your sun lotion.
What To Do & See in Kato Paphos
Breakfast in the Harbour – start by a fresh Cypriot breakfast by the water at one of the restaurants in the harbour. I recommend Theo’s Restaurant with beautiful views, decor & delicious fresh food. The fried halloumi is absolutely delicious!
Paphos Archeological Park – if you’re visiting Paphos, it would be a shame to miss one of the main historical sites. If you’re not into mosaics, trust me you will love the views from the park and you can snap up a few cool photos with the lighthouse.
Coffee at Ta Bania – frequented by locals and tourists alike, this restaurant (pictured below) is tucked away at the corner of a small beach and it has its own changing facilities with access to the water. It has undergone quite a transformation since I’ve been there first time 5 years ago, a change that propelled it to the top spots to eat & drink in Paphos.
Lunch at Notios or Ouzeri Restaurant at Almyra Hotel – a short stroll away from Ta Bania you will see a charming little restaurant with blue chairs called Ouzeri. They have live music and focus on traditional Cypriot cuisine. If you fancy something a little elevated, Notios restaurant has a lovely lunch menu complete with Sushi and selection of delicious sandwiches and salads. The views from both restaurants are amazing and the service is top class.
Watch the waves at Sodap Beach – enjoy a bit of lounging around on this long stretch of beach. Ice cream van is conveniently parked right by the coastal walk and you can pop into the Alexander Great hotel for a frappe top up should you wish to.
Dinner & Live Music at Suite 48 – recently renovated (pictures at the end of the post), Suite 48 is about 20 minutes walk from Paphos Harbour and continues to attract more and more crowds each year. Dine under the stars while listening to live jazz band and taste one of their signature cocktails. Cool place to watch the sunset & toast to the glittering sea with a glass of sparkling in hand.
Alternative – we ended up having dinner at Namaste, which has the most delicious Indian food on the island. No sunset views, but the food makes up for it!
Nightlife at Bar Street – if you fancy taking the night further, you can walk back to the main Paphos Bar Street to hop into one of the bars or nighclubs.
All of these places are a walking distance from Paphos Harbour and there are many more along the route. If you fancy a day without the car, you can take a bus to the Harbour and enjoy the whole day without having to worry about driving back. There are a few taxi ranks to take you back home, the biggest one by the big parking lot. Buses also run until midnight.
Now for the photographic tour of Kato Paphos =)