By Tracy Roth-Rotsas
Walking eastward from the Limassol Marina along the seafront, just after the municipal parking lot, you will stumble across Yellow Café. On the side facing the road, its sign remains strangely unilluminated above floor-to-ceiling glass panels which house tall cushioned stools and raised heavy wooden tables, lit by blue neon tubes. The section here in front of the bar is “non-smoking” and I discover there is live music every Thursday, which explains the existence of what looks like a DJ box on the side.
The smoking section, however, is far more alluring, with its plant-covered walls, wide beige chairs, and, once the plastic blinds are rolled up, its uninterrupted sea views. Inside, oversized planter boxes are strategically placed, large stencilled trees arising from them, ambient caged lamps hanging delicately from their flat branches. Outside, four huge umbrellas are folded down and line up with rows of palm trees along the seafront. I make myself comfortable as the last of the sunlight is swallowed by the sea.
Murmurs of conversation and laughter ebb and flow, as smartly-dressed staff with serious expressions shuttle, plates in hand, to and from the kitchen. It’s a gorgeous evening, with just a whisper of a breeze. Chilled contemporary ballads set a relaxed mood as a waiter silently brings me a menu including pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, salads, wraps and wedges, as well as more substantial healthy dishes.
But I am here for the bar tonight, so I flick to the drinks section: European and local bottled and draught beers, cider, freshly-squeezed juices, predominantly local wines (though a little overpriced), spirits, liqueurs, and of course, the traditional array of cocktails fill the pages. A Pina Colada sounds tempting.
A glass pineapple arrives, topped with a chunk of pineapple on a toothpick and two plastic straws together with a dish of slightly salted (slightly greasy) popcorn. The cocktail is lovely! Refreshingly light, there is a good balance of ingredients, a genuine taste of alcohol, and enough of it to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth!
Nearby, I see a hookah pipe or “Shisha” and discover that there is a separate menu specifically for this, including using juice, soda/mint, and even milk in place of water, and a whole piece of fruit in place of the traditional cup for tobacco blends – all for an enhanced experience! I’m intrigued, but being a non-smoker, am disappointed to be honestly advised not to try it due to its strength.
Where: Molos Park, Limassol (Spyrou Araouzos)
Contact: 25 342642, www.facebook.com/yellowcafelimassol/
When: 8am – midnight daily
Price: beer: €3-5, cocktail €8, bottles of wine €20-25