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Bar review: Potima Bay café-bar, Paphos

By Bejay Browne

One of the best places to enjoy a spectacular sunset in Paphos is at the new café-bar at Potima Bay. Accompanied by a refreshing Pimms, this is a great spot to enjoy the remaining clement months and outdoor living.

Found alongside a busy costal road in Kissonerga and right on the beach, this venue has quickly gained popularity with locals and residents since opening at the beginning of the summer season.

Last year the area was classified as a recognised bathing beach. However, many are still choosing not to enter the sea here as there are often strong currents, but the café bar area is often busy.

Situated just off the main Paphos to Peyia road, this café has stunning views of the sea and is a great place to enjoy a tipple or coffee with friends. There is usually a cooling breeze which gives a welcome relief from the heat of the sun.

All important shade is provided by a number of palm trees which are dotted around a large grass area that has enough tables and chairs for around 100. There is plenty of room for more, but the operators say they want to keep a feeling of space and openness.

Stepping stone pathways lead to different areas of the venue, and there is also a play area for young children.

A central bar is a good place to perch and sip a reasonably priced drink. A frappe will set you back €2, as will a soft drink, a glass of wine, or a large local draft beer.

Cocktails start at €5 and are popular and quite well made. Customers’ favourites include a classic Mojito, Pina Colada and Pimms number 1.

Snacks such as salads, toasted sandwiches, burgers and chips and kebabs aren’t bad and won’t break the bank. Prices start at around €4.
The café is open every day from 9am until around 11pm and is an enjoyable place to chill out and enjoy the summer.

If you have visited other beach bars on the island you will have noticed many now offer massages and foot spas. These facilities are also new additions at Potima. A qualified masseur will ease away any knots and tensions in a dedicated massage tent and if you feel inclined, dozens of tiny fish inside two foot spas will nibble away at any dead skin.

If you feel like sunbathing on the beach there are about 100 or so sun beds to choose from.

If you haven’t visited Potima café-bar yet, there is still time as the café is aiming to stay open until the end of October, depending on the weather.

Potima café-bar
Where: Kissonerga, Paphos
When: Open 7 days a week 9am-11pm
Price: Frappe €2, beer €2, cocktails from €5



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