Nicosia Shopping Tour, Nicosia

Nicosia, being the capital of such an exotic country as Cyprus, couldn't be a better shopping spot for tourists. Offering a traditional Turkish market, folk art, crafts and fashionable shops and boutiques, Nicosia has something for everyone. Take the following tour to discover the best in Nicosia’s shopping.
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Nicosia Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Nicosia Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Cyprus » Nicosia (See other walking tours in Nicosia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: Cathy
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Belediye Pazarı

1) Belediye Pazarı

Belediye Pazarı, or as locals call it, Bandabulya, is the largest covered food market in Nicosia. Though constructed during the period of British rule, this is a real Turkish style bazaar, with bargaining, hypnotizing aromas and an incredible variety of products. Offering all kinds of fruits, vegetables, condiments, meat and fish, its most popular goods are lokum, baklava and halwa, traditional Turkish sweets, which make great gifts. It is open Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturday from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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Büyük Han

2) Büyük Han (must see)

Büyük Han, one of Nicosia’s most popular attractions, is an immense inn constructed in the 16th century by the Ottomans. Among the most impressive monuments of that period, it was initially called Alanyalilar's Han. In the 17th century it attained its present name, which means ‘Big Inn.’ During the British period, it was used as the city’s main prison. The building is reminiscent of a fortress, with a multitude of arches and a dome in the center of the inner yard. Hazving undergone several renovations, it is now home to several shops and cafes.
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Arasta Street

3) Arasta Street

Arasta Street was Nicosia’s grandest shopping area in the beginning of the 20th century. Even its name, which means "market connected to a mosque" in Persian suggests this fact, as the street also ends at Selimiye Mosque. It is literally full of shops and stalls selling inexpensive textiles, jewelery, clothing and footwear. Arasta Street is also one of six connecting arteries to the Greek section of the Old Town.
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Ledra Street

4) Ledra Street (must see)

Ledra Street is a major shopping thoroughfare in central Nicosia, which links North and South Nicosia. It is the site of the former Ledra Street barricade where the street ran across the United Nations buffer zone. The barricade symbolized the division of Nicosia between the Greek south and Turkish north which was under the control of the unrecognized, self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The barricade was removed in April 2008 and Ledra Street became the sixth crossing between the southern and northern parts of Cyprus.

The name of the street refers to the ancient city-kingdom of Ledra, established in 1050 BC, that was located in the centre of the island where the capital city is today. The street leads off Eleftheria square, runs in a South to North direction and is about 1 km long. Most of it lies within the area effectively controlled by the Republic of Cyprus while a short stretch at the northern end between the UN buffer zone and the intersection with Arasta Street and Girne Caddesı falls within the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia. During the EOKA struggle that ran from 1955–1959, the street acquired the informal nickname The Murder Mile in reference to the frequent targeting of the British military by nationalist fighters along its course.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Stasikratous Street

5) Stasikratous Street

Often compared to 5th Avenue in New York and Bond Street in London, Stasikratous Street was once an ordinary street with houses and office buildings. In a short period of time this street was transformed into one of the most popular and expensive shopping areas in the city. Trendy shops and boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Armani and Max Mara, can be found here. Besides clothing and shoes, you can find luxurious jewelers and porcelain boutiques, many of them regional brands.
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Makarios Avenue

6) Makarios Avenue

Makarios Avenue is an avenue in the centre of Nicosia, which covers a distance of 2 km. The Street starts from the Junction of Evagoras Avenue until Aglandjia Avenue and is named after the first President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios III. In Colonial times Makarios Avenue was named Pluto Street and was the main route to Limassol, it was lined with residential buildings such as the Lyssiotis Mansion built in 1928 and is now the Head Office of the National Bank of Greece in Cyprus. The area has been transformed into a commercial district with many of the original buildings demolished to make way for shops and office blocks. Makariou Avenue is parallel to Stasikratous Street and Themistokli Dervi Avenue.

The most prominent features of Makariou avenue are the hundreds of various fashion shops, boutiques, high end international department stores and City Plaza, the biggest Cypriot department store in the city centre. Makariou Avenue is also home to the Galaxias Arcade the largest Stoa in the city centre of Nicosia, which has facilities from bars, restaurants, a virgin music megastore to Hairstylists.

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Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Nicosia, Cyprus

Create Your Own Walk in Nicosia

Create Your Own Walk in Nicosia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nicosia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Mosques in Nicosia

Famous Mosques in Nicosia

Nicosia is rich in beautifully designed mosques, each of them with its own fascinating history. Some of them were built from churches and monasteries and these remaining elements add a special charm. Nicosia’s multitude of mosques is an indispensable part of the city panorama. Take the following tour to discover the Muslim spirit reflected in the city’s mosques.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Greek Old Town Walk in Nicosia

Greek Old Town Walk in Nicosia

The Greek part of Nicosia’s Old Town is certainly the more modern part of the walled city. The architectural monuments are well-maintained, preserving the spirit of the city’s rich history. Take the following tour to admire and learn more about the past and present of the Greek portion of Nicosia.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Nicosia Nightclubs Tour

Nicosia Nightclubs Tour

Nicosia, a city with a vibrant nightlife and a large variety of clubs to choose from, features the best DJs and a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for anything from oldies to R&B and much more, the city offers many fantastic places to spend the evening. Take the following tour of Nicosia’s best nightclubs to have a memorable night out.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 1

Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 1

Nicosia, as an old city, has a large number of museums dedicated to the history, traditions and interesting facts about the city and country. In the following tour, discover the city’s politics, jewelery making, classic motorcycles, and the Apocalypse Gallery where you can admire modern paintings and sculptures.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The divided capital of Cyprus, Nicosia is an ancient city replete with historic landmarks and numerous museums, offering visitors insight into the island's tumultuous past and present, as well as culture and traditions. Follow this orientation tour to discover these and other, more modern attractions of Nicosia.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 2

Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour, Part 2

Nicosia is home to a variety of museums and art galleries. The following tour highlights the city’s most important ones, reflecting Cyprus’ recent and distant past. Visitors will get the opportunity to see artifacts and art objects that paint an illustrious portrait of this ancient city’s history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nicosia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nicosia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nicosia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.