Paphos Old Town (and Market)

Paphos Old Town is a historical area, with buildings dating back to the 1920s. Yet, it wasn’t until 2017, following a significant makeover, that it truly caught everyone’s attention.

Today, it’s a lively hub bustling with new shops, restaurants, and bars, so much so that the city earned the prestigious European Capital of Culture title!

Here’s what you need to know.

Is There a Market in Paphos Old Town?

The Paphos Market (or the Old Town Market) is located in the heart of the historical district, next to the main bus station known as “Karavella”.

While it isn’t particularly large, it’s brimming with various items such as bags, hats, and a range of locally crafted souvenirs and natural products like honey and olive oil.

paphos market

In addition, just outside the market, you’ll find a row of shops selling branded clothing and shoes.

However, keep in mind that prices tend to be a bit on the higher side.

If you’re looking for a more diverse, less tourist experience, we recommend driving to Timi Village Market on Sundays.

Is Paphos Old Town Worth Visiting?

Paphos Old Town and the market underwent a series of renovations in 2017, making it more inviting for tourists and new businesses.

This includes authentic tavernas, unique coffee shops and bars, and even a charming little pastry shop offering gluten-free and sugar-free cakes.

The old city is also dotted with art galleries, clothing and jewelry stores, as well as two playgrounds for the kids.

Shopping in Paphos Old Town

Kennedy Square

Kennedy Square is the main square of Paphos.

It’s surrounded by shops and local restaurants (and occasionally holiday decorations) and often hosts events and festivals, giving visitors a genuine taste of Paphos’ vibrant culture.

Makarios Avenue

This is the main shopping street of Paphos Old Town where you’ll find the municipal market and other traditional shops tucked along its narrow streets.

Paphos Old Town Restaurants

Agora Tavern

Right across from the entrance to the market, you’ll find “Agora”, a charming tavern with a stunning view of Kato Paphos.

The menu is mainly meat-based, however, you can also request vegetarian options.

Stephanie Rose (The Pink Café)

If you’re looking for the perfect spot for an Instagram-worthy snap, this is it!

Besides the café’s decorated walls and pink floral ceiling, you can also enjoy a nice drink and a variety of personal-sized cakes.

Paphos Old Town at Night

Chernobyl Bar

This bar features a range of special cocktails, including molecular mixes, and is the ideal hangout for night owls looking for something fresh and innovative.

BANK nightclub

BANK is a winter nightclub located near Chernobyl Bar. The club is open until the end of May and has an age limit of 20 years and an entry fee of 15 euros.

Are There Other Things to Do?

Archaeological Museum

Pafos District Archaeological Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Paphos region, featuring artifacts from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD.

The museum spans five rooms and includes finds from nearby villages, primarily Kouklia and Polis.

Best of all, entrance is free, and it’s open year-round, making it an accessible and enriching experience for everyone.

The Place

This local art gallery and craft shop is one of the best hidden gems in the Old Town!

You can either buy souvenirs or sign up for pottery classes, wood carving, and other hands-on workshops for adults and kids.


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How to Get to Paphos Old Town

If you’re wondering whether you can walk from Paphos Harbour to Paphos Old Town, the answer is not really.

While it’s technically possible, the distance is quite far, and the walk may take longer than expected, especially in the heat.

That said, you can easily reach the Old Town from the harbour by taxi or bus.

Bus

Bus route 610 departs every 10 minutes from the main station at Paphos Harbour and stops right at the market entrance.

If you’re in Universal, you can catch bus route 603 to Karavella station. Those staying in Yeroskipou can take route 611 and switch to route 618 at the Tombs of the Kings bus station.

Taxi

A small taxi ride from within the city to the Old Town will cost between 10-12 euros, while a taxi from Yeroskipou or Chloraka will be around 15 euros.

Car

For those driving, there’s an organized parking lot (called “Parking Center of Paphos”) about 600 meters from the market.

Please note that payments can only be made through the “Pafos Smart Parking” app.

Other Details

Location

Paphos Market

Parking Center of Paphos

Market Opening Times (During Tourist Season)

Sunday: Closed
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 09:00-18:00
Wednesday and Saturday: 09:00-16:00

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