In the heart of Limassol is its market which starts at the crack of dawn each morning and really is quite excellent. With great fruit, vegetables, honey, nuts and all types of other produce, it is probably not surprising you will often spot a local restaurateur there. A great treat is an early morning wander round the market followed by breakfast in one of the cafes just outside. If it is traditional Cypriot that you are after, the end of Ayios Andreaou (nearest the castle and the numerous winding lanes close by) is where you will find the craft workshops including a mosaic maker and a bead shop with every type of bead imaginable! All the usual crafts are represented including some lovely old workshops where traditionally styled cooking pots are made and local herbs are dried and made into decorations for the home or turned into beautiful soaps.
One particular workshop by Limassol Castle where huge brightly-coloured bags (used by local fishermen for storing their nets) are made is a must stop. Believe me after a successful days shopping these spacious bags are perfect! Also rather quaintly, down a winding lane in front of the Castle you will find a shoe workshop where you can have almost any style, any colour.
Recently My Mall, the impressive new European style shopping mall opened in Zakaki on the western fringes of Limassol and has a wealth of good shops and coffee shops, but if you dont enjoy shopping, My Mall also offers visitors a very different type of entertainment, it has the only ice skating rink in Cyprus..
Limassol has every type of shop imaginable including branches of many of the UKs leading department stores; Marks & Spencers, Debenhams and Mothercare to name but a few.
There are two main shopping streets, the first is the pedestrian heavy Ayios Andreaou (St Andrews Street) which in truth has many shops geared to tourists but also has some good leather shops and several piled high with tablecloths and household linens of every design and colour imaginable. The second main shopping street is Anexartisias Street with its wealth of good clothes shops for him, her and junior family members too. Limassol not only has a great selection of stores filled with furnishings and equipment for the home, it also boasts several industrial estates with factory shops for bargain fashions and home furnishings.