With the weather slowly changing, it is now more bearable to go out for an afternoon stroll down town. After walking through Larnaca’s busy Phinikoudes we decided to sit for a drink but wanted some peace and quiet, not to be sat in one of the packed out cafés along the sea front.
Walking away from Phinikoudes towards St Lazarus church, my partner spotted a couple of endearing tables and chairs on the cobblestone pavement so we went to take a look. Despite a little noise from the traffic we decided to give ‘The Secret Garden’ a try.
To investigate a little further we went inside. Upon entering, the first thing to notice is all the very neatly placed drinks behind the bar and a section filled with a selection of wines, enough to put a big smile on my partner’s face! The inside area is not a very large space but there is an upstairs lounge too. Venturing upstairs to have a peek, we saw an inviting couch by a window that has a fantastic view of the church opposite. We wanted to sit outside though so went back downstairs and we were guided by the welcoming owner to the secret garden! It was exactly what we were looking for.
While in town, the Bougainvillea-clad garden was tranquil. Any distant noise from the street was covered up by the relaxing sound of a small waterfall which has a statue of an angel overlooking it.
The menu has an array of drinks from a simple coffee to bottled beers, wines and cocktails. My partner went for a crisp glass of white wine while I had an amazing, perfectly-flavoured sangria. There was lots of different food to choose from as well if you want a snack with your drink. I was impressed to see that they have a good selection of vegan dishes as they can be hard to find.
If you have a sweet tooth, The Secret Garden also have options for you. The carrot cake was tempting but we resisted! In addition to all of this, The Secret Garden has events such as live music on a Thursday. The Secret Garden is also pet friendly which also seems difficult to find.
Some secrets are worth sharing and this is one of them. I highly recommend a visit to The Secret Garden.
The Secret Garden
Where: 28 Lazarus Street, Larnaca
When: 11.30am – 11pm
Contact: 24 103078
Price: Very reasonable