Nicosia Shopping Tour (Self Guided), 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 or 1.2 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Belediye Pazarı
  • Büyük Han
  • Arasta Street
  • Ledra Street
  • Stasikratous Street
  • Makarios Avenue
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour

Nicosia Museums and Galleries Tour

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: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Greek Old Town Tour

Greek Old Town Tour

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 or 1.4 Miles
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 or 1.8 Miles
Turkish Old Town Tour

Turkish Old Town Tour

The Turkish Part of Nicosia’s Old Town is fairly considered the historic part of the city. The following tour highlights the splendor of the city's history, including social and religious aspects. Some of its buildings date back as far as the 13th century. Discover Nicosia’s rich history and get some great photo opportunities in the Turkish section of the Old Town.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Nicosia Introduction Walking Tour

Nicosia Introduction Walking Tour

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 or 3.1 Miles