Limassol is a great place for some retail therapy; it has MYMALL near the highway, the main high street shops in the centre, but for now we will concentrate on where guests from the Londa can get to easily to see both traditional and modern shopping venues.
From the Londa Hotel
In the immediate vicinity to the Londa Hotel, souvenir shops offer a few Cyprus branded goodies but stray more toward the city and you get to Dassoudi where jewellery, yachts, art, designer furniture and vast window displays invite a healthy budget. Cafes, kiosks, a large Debenhams and a few plum boutiques like Avanti and Tiffany’s are opposite the seaside boardwalk. This area is definitely for the serious spender or the window shopper.
A little gem off Castle Square
Further into Limassol and you get to Castle Square where our main shopping event begins. From the cafes on the square turn right by the Ousia down an alley under the minaret and you’ll find Lydias made to measure shoes where you can take an existing pair of favourites and they will model similar replacements or make the perfect fit for your feet from their catalogue.
Art, suits and nuts on Saint Andrews
Back to Castle Square and follow the path round to Saint Andrews Street – the main pedestrian strip of bargain shoes, traditional leathers, beads, lace, pottery, postcards and T shirts. In the plethora of souvenirs there are also some unique shops. Demos Demosthenous runs Art Pieces, a gallery of different and original works including those of Koralia Kolaide, famous for her byzantine figures and sculptures.
Further on and Paphitis is an old fashioned haberdashers. Choose a beautiful cloth, order a style of suit and pick up later. Jochen Niemann, general manager of Londa can recommend their service, “I have had my wedding suit made here. The father will chat to you about celebrities he has served and the son helps you pick cloth – it’s like going back in time and the suits are wonderfully made.”
Past Agia Napa Church and the choice becomes more varied; a shop front full of exotic materials for ball gowns and The Nut Cracker House displaying candied fruit, Cyprus nuts, oils, spices and wine where tasting is encouraged. Oriental Narghile sells hubbly bubbly machines and tobacco and even belly dancing costumes if the look takes you fancy!
Perfumes, icons and fashion on the High Street
As you reach the end of the pedestrian area, turn left on Anexartisias and very soon La Maison de Parfums will appear on the corner. Bottles line the shelves with perfume oils from flowers to make up the perfect blend to suit, or create branded scents similar to favourite brands like DKNY and Chanel. Opposite the perfumery is a stunning icon shop manned by a priest who will tell you the stories behind the Saints depicted on any of the hundreds of silver and painted icons.
Toward the Town Hall square, bargain clothes shops mix with designer labels, cosmetics, fashion, shoes and gifts with all the high street names like Zara, Zoom, Replay, Bershka and Charles & Keith parading their wares.
This whole tour would usually take about half an hour to walk but for those with a love of shopping, you could be some time! We look forward to seeing you back at Londa for a well-deserved rest and a cool drink on the Caprice Terrace.
Some shops stay open beyond the summer opening hours and some close at 14:00 on Saturday, but most are open as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 09:00-13:00 and 16:00-20:30
Friday: 09:00-13:00 and 14:30-21:30