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Nicosia is the world's last divided capital. The barbed wire and guardtowers of the Green Line cuts the town in two, with the northern side being the capital of the self-proclaimed Northern Cyprus and the southern half being the capital of the Republic of Cyprus.

The Old City with its museums and churches makes for a very pleasant walk, whilst the comparative lack of tourist allows the city to retain more of an authentically Cypriot air than the resorts of the southern coast. Take a walk along the Venetian Walls of the old city and do not miss the Green Line, the boundary that now divides North from South. Being the financial and administrative centre of the island, Nicosia is also one of the best places for serious shoppers.

Where to Eat & Drink

Fantastic little cafes, restaurants and bars along Onasagorou & Ledras Streets invite you in for a Cypriot coffee, a great cocktail or even dinner and lunch, so just walk around and see which ones take your fancy. Starting late in the afternoon, the two streets and their surrounding neighborhoods effortlessly turn into a buzzing area where you can spend your evening in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that has established the area as a favorite amongst the local crowd. Look around for events featuring the coolest DJ's in town.

must visit
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The Municipal Arts Center

Housed in the old Power Station building, a typical example of industrial architecture in Cyprus at the beginning of the 20th century,it has been awarded with the Europa Nostra Award for its sensitive restoration. It hosts some of the most important art exhibitions on the isalnd and has managed to establish itself as one of its most forward-thinking institutions. In the courtyard, you can have dinner (or brunch on Sundays) at the Palia Ilektriki Reastuarant, which offers quality Cypriot and international cuisine and you will enjoy your meal surrounded by art and artists who frequent there.
19, Palias Ilektrikis, 1016 Lefkosia, T. 22797400

Leventis Gallery

Housed in a modern 4,500 sqm² environment friendly building in Leonidou Street, in the centre of Nicosia, and comprises over 800 works, including paintings, drawings, watercolours and objets d’art.
5 Leonidou Street, 1097 Nicosia. T. 22668838

Ledras Str / Ledra Palace Check Points

It is impossible to visit Nicosia and not take a walk across the buffer zone that embodies the eeriness of the capital's division. Despite the fact that crossing into the North is now easy, the Green Line and the spooky buffer zone with its abandoned, ruined houses will fascinate you whilst its mere presence gives Nicosia its bizarre edge. When in the Turkish-Cypriot side, do visit the amazing Büyük Han, a grand Ottoman structure, full of wonderful craft shops.