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Bar review: Kandy with a K

By Constantinos Psillides

Situated at the renovated Ayios Antonios market, Kandy with a K is a self proclaimed dessert bar, which combines your drink with one of its delicious desserts.
The bar is located at the entrance of the market, a historic building that up until recently operated as a meat, fish and vegetable market. The old market stalls were removed, the cracked floor fixed and the sandstone walls polished to create a hangout with an old town feeling.

The bar it self faces the street and is right next to the Limoncello bar and restaurant. The two bars are almost fused together so if you are not into the mood for a dessert and would like a cheese or meat platter, you are in luck.

But combining your drink with a tempting dessert is just too good an opportunity to miss. In the Kandy bar none of the available desserts are written down on the menu because, as the waiters say, there are just too many and change all the time!

The only two staple desserts available are homemade apple pie and chocolate lava cake. The rest change depending on the day. Pistachio cakes, tiramisu, tarts, various cream, chocolate, caramel and fruit cakes are available to those who don’t cower from the monster that is ‘diet for a summer body’. The waiters will always have a suggestion for a dessert to perfectly complement your drink.

The name behind the desserts is a guarantee for their quality and uniqueness – Michalis Kalopesas of Kalopesas Nicosie bakery and sweet shop, an establishment well known for its sweet creations.

The bar has a selection of wines, cocktails and beers, along with some local microbrewery beers.

The light music playing provides a welcome distraction but doesn’t hinder conversation.

The bar itself hasn’t been open for long, since it went into operation only last January. Despite that, its nouveau feature of combining high quality desserts with drinks has attracted a lot of people. Making a reservation is not a bad idea.

Since it’s an ideal choice for people who would like a bar with the old town feeling but none of the old town problems, parking and accessibility is not an issue. Ample parking spots are located near the bar, which is situated at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in town. If you are worrying about traffic sounds, don’t. The bar’s walls drown all noise and the bar itself is within the building. Nothing to bother you other than the waiter asking if you would like a second dessert to go with your wine!

Kandy with a K
Where: Digeni Akrita, Nicosia

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