Kennedy Square and surrounding roads are so interesting and well worthy of a walk around if you can stand the heat during the day and want to escape lying by the pool. Of course it may be even better to go there in the evening if it is too warm during the day as there are many nice restaurants away from the tourist areas.
Let’s start at Kennedy Square and progress from there:-
As part of the re-generation of Paphos Old Town Kennedy Square has changed dramatically in the last 2 years and is almost in its final stage of completion.
There are now many beautiful restaurants and bars around the square which have a very cosmopolitan feel to them and are so busy in the evenings. The buildings that house these venues still have a very traditional feel to them too but definitely more modern on the outside. Kennedy Square has been beautifully paved and new lighting added to give it a truly modern feel.
Off Kennedy Square you can do some shopping in the narrow paved streets of Paphos whether it be a Cypriot souvenir something to wear from the many unique little shops which are opening their doors now that the major part of the re-generation has been completed. Maybe find yourself in the Place, which I mentioned in a previous blog Revival of Paphos Old Town or try one of the boutique shops for something new to wear.
Paphos Government Buildings (containing the town hall and library) are located just off Kennedy Square and surrounding the municipal gardens, are quite a spectacular sight to see with their Roman columns and traditional Cypriot Buildings. They are set around the municipal gardens where there are fountains and lovely bars and restaurants. These bars/restaurants come alive at night with Cypriot families enjoying quality time together. Rows of tables set up to hold families of 30 (it is fabulous). Music plays out into the streets and couples and families alike enjoy themselves. Click here to see more Photographs of the Municipal Gardens and surrounding Buildings
Omnia Espresso and Wine Bar
One of the bars surrounding the municipal gardens was this one, we loved it, we visited the bar during the day for coffee and watched the world go by.
During the day if you visit this bar and venture inside you will find many Cypriots sitting indoors under the cool air-conditioning playing Bridge !! We discovered that this place is home to a local bridge club.
In the evening it comes alive and turns into a buzzing bar, frequented by lots of people, locals and tourists and provides a fabulous cosmopolitan feel. Take a look on their Facebook Page Omnia Cafe to find out what goes on.
Spectacular views out over the square towards the various fountains, restaurants and of course not forgetting the beautiful buildings.
Now I am keeping the best for last we went to a beautiful restaurant called Agora Tavern it is situated on Kennedy Square next to the traffic lights coming up from Kato Paphos at the Kings Mall.
We hadn’t booked a table in this restaurant but I had always wanted to go. Fortunately there was two tables that hadn’t been reserved so we were given a lovely table on the terrace. This restaurant has no menu and you order either a meat or vegetarian meze. As each dish was served the girls who served us explained each dish and told how it was prepared. An absolutely delightful experience. I don’t want to tell you anymore about our experience as it would then not be a surprise for your visit.