Open just a couple of weeks, the newest edition to the Caffe Nero chain is already creating a stir in Paphos.
Found in one of the best locations in Paphos old town, the café sits on the site of an old family-run coffee shop that had been popular for years. The new venue brings a new look to the square and at the same time pays homage to local tradition.
The venue and veranda is appealing to look at and the interior both comfortable and stylish.
Found opposite the Paphos district office, a brand new glass lift connects the square to the substantial open air municipal car park below.
Attention to detail and design is obvious here and an open-air veranda provides a 360 degree view of the area and the sea in the distance.
Inside is a unique locally handcrafted wooden bar, which was inspired by the surrounding historical buildings and created specifically for the café.
Soft lighting, comfortable chairs, leather sofas and well placed tables are similar to those that you would expect to see in any of their other stores in Cyprus, and they are constantly busy. However, the atmosphere manages to remain warm and relaxing.
Locals and visitors are already choosing to visit the café and sample a good selection of all sorts of hot and cold drinks including, coffees, teas, soft drinks and juices.
There is no table service here (as with all of these cafés) and the queue for service can mean a lengthy wait.
Premium Italian coffee is served, as is standard at these stores and it is a favourite of many. Well rounded and smooth, the coffee has a wonderful aroma and the taste is spot on. Cappuccino, espresso, frappe, Americano, mocha, iced latte, freddo espresso, frozen Milanos, fruit boosters and milkshakes go well with snacks and nibbles on offer. These include all sorts of cakes, muffins and cookies and freshly prepared snacks, such as sandwiches and salads.
There are also a few choices of breakfast pots and pre packed slices, such as brownies, that are suitable for those that are looking for something gluten free.
A limited selection of alcohol, including beer and wine, is also on offer.
When sitting outside, well placed shades provide relief from the sun (more may be necessary for the summer months) and baristas and other staff are patient, well mannered and professional.
This is a well-known branded venue, but it feels as if they have gone the extra mile here and is a wonderful place to watch a stunning Paphos sunset.
Where: Dioikitiria Square, Paphos Old Town
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