By Bejay Browne
Kyra Frosini in Paphos is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink, quick snack or a delicious meal. It is an example of a Cypriot family-owned and run venue at its best. Hidden down a backstreet in Kato Paphos, Andri Laouri, husband Thanasis and their adult children are the epitome of hospitality and warmth.
Set away from the hustle and bustle of Paphos harbour, Kyra Frosini is found in a traditional stone building which once belonged to the owner’s grandmother and is named in her memory.
In 2006, the owners opened a ladies only kafeneio at the renovated premises and in 2010 they obtained a restaurant license.
Since then it has become a popular choice with both locals and visitors from all corners of the globe. As with last year, Kyra Frosini was awarded a Trip advisor certificate of excellence for 2014.
A visit to Kyra Frosini will make you feel as if you’re sitting in a friend’s garden. In the warmer months the outdoor garden is a great place to enjoy a drink – beverages are served all day – including Andri’s homemade lemonade or a delicious meal. As the minutes tick by, this isn’t a place you want to leave; instead a ‘quick coffee’ with a friend can easily turn into a satisfying lunch or dinner.
The modestly sized courtyard garden is complete with checkered tablecloths, bougainvillea and a central summer house, which is delightful. It’s hard to believe that you’re sitting in one of the busiest areas of Paphos as the atmosphere is always tranquil and relaxing.
There is also a lovely indoor space, consisting of two rooms, one with a traditional wood burner to ensure the atmosphere remains warm and cozy. Furniture and decoration is traditional and a number of interesting paintings adorn the walls of one of the rooms.
This appealing old house is open seven days a week, but opening times are flexible depending on customer numbers. The kitchen stays open until around 9pm (sometimes later) and the bar up to 12pm – but only when there are guests.
The venue offers good value for money and an authentic experience. It’s hard to fault – the venue, food, drink and service are spot on.
Kyra Frosini’s homemade desserts are also delicious; try Andri’s orange cake and her warm chocolate cake. Accompanied by a glass of wine or a Greek coffee, they make a perfect treat.
This isn’t a place to come if you’re looking for luxury or fine dining. But if you want to experience true Cypriot hospitality and a warm welcome, this is the place for you.
A visit to this family run gem is highly recommended.
Where: 4, Pafias Afroditis & Filoktitou, Kato Paphos
When: Monday-Saturday 10.30am-12pm (ish), Sunday 12-12pm. Booking is essential.
How much: Glass of wine €2.55, Beer small/ large €2.40/3, Nescafe €2.30
Contact: 99 456815