Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, North Cyprus influenced by diverse civilizations and cultures offers a traditional rich local cuisine which will take you to the unforgettable culinary journey.
Each region of an island is represented by a wide variety of dishes which makes North Cyprus a fascinating place to eat. You will indulge in the flavors of the Mediterranean by tasting unique dishes reflecting the genuine Cypriot character.
In North Cyprus, the local Turkish Cypriot cuisine is an extension of the local hospitality where Kebab, marinated lamb, skewered and grilled over the charcoal, is a popular choice, often served with vegetables. The starter – Meze is an irreplaceable part of the local dining culture consisting of a large number of cold and hot small dishes. Molohiya – is one of the most famous among the Turkish Cypriots is represented with jute leaves cooked in a tomato-based broth with onions and garlic. Another mouthwatering favorite is sigara borek, feta cheese rolled in filo pastry and deep-fried. For sure mousaka is in the top list – the dish layered with minced meat, potato, and aubergine baked in the oven with sauce topping. Traditional Turkish Cypriot foods also include fried halloumi cheese, pitta bread, souvlakia, sheftalia, olives, and more to mention.
Do not forget to try local mouthwatering desserts, influenced by the Ottoman culture, which will take you to the sweet journey. Lokum – is the favorite Turkish delight, ‘halva’ – slices of ground sesame seeds and sugar and for sure baklava – mille-feuille pastry, nuts, honey, and syrup.
In local culture, no meal is completed without a traditional Turkish coffee served in small coffee cups in three ways based on each taste: ‘sah-de’, which is unsweetened, ‘ortah’, which is moderately sweet, and ‘shekerli’, which is very sweet.
Amazing rich cuisine and local hospitality will make North Cyprus a place to visit where every holidaymaker will be fascinated by such an amazing cultural and historical heritage.