By Andreas Vou
Spring is upon us and there is nothing more that the locals of Larnaca love more than to sip coffee along the Phinikoudes, and one thing the town does not lack is a wealth of cafés and bars along its most famous strip.
Kafé Neon lies directly opposite the long picturesque promenade which Larnaca is famed for and is popular among youths, hence the name which translates as Café for the young.
It is very popular and punters spend their hours playing a number of card games and backgammon while sports fans get to choose from one of the various flat screen TVs to watch the big game. A number of games nights are also hosted here, with bingo being one of its most popular events.
Before the flurry of various bars in the same area, Neon used to be one of the most popular establishments but it no longer attracts the wealth of customers which it once did. As is often the case with bars, cafés and nightclubs in town, most establishments go through periods of mass popularity and sudden desertion. Though Neon is going through the latter, this could be seen as a positive by those who are not too keen on the hectic ambience of other places along the street.
In what is a vast seating area both inside and out, the interior is slick and modern, with big comfortable armchairs and mahogany tables to go with the open white walls. The place, when quite busy, can resemble the vibe of a college cafeteria with the sound of dice, the smell of smoke and loud chatter – whether that is positive or negative.
Typically, the most important thing on the menu for most people is coffee and there is certainly no shortage of that, with every kind available: frappe, freddos, espressos, cappuccinos and the sorts. There is also quite a wide range of food and snacks, with burgers, sandwiches and salads available.
If you want decent coffee in a great location then Neon really is not too different to the rest.