Your Local Butchers
I moved away from the Paralimni to the Ayia Napa area three years ago, but it’s hard to change a good habit, so I still make the effort to pop in to catch up with Andreas when I’m working nearby and sometimes just make the trip to get something special. I’ve always thought that when buying meat, its best to buy from a local butcher. I’m not really sure why, but it just seems to make sense and this butcher personifies my theory, the shop is always spotless and the fact that they are usually busy shows that many locals, restaurant owners and top hotels, agree … in fact, many of my culinary friends tell me he’s the best butcher around and until I find someone as good, I have to agree!
Established as a father and son team and naturally following all health and safety protocols, the reputation of Rodolfos Butchers for over 25 years is exemplary. Introducing ‘Vladimir’, 13 years ago, a qualified butcher from Slovakia and more recently ‘Lefteries’ from Bulgaria, this is truly a European team, providing an excellent, professional butchery and delicatessen service and they’re always ready to serve your favourite cuts or help you select something for that Antipasti platter.
Andreas told me, “We provide the best quality, at the lowest prices possible, and with traditional Cypriot hospitality” .. he continued “we own our own lambing farm, selecting chickens from the best local farms and buy our beef live, to ensure the freshest quality and even hand select our pork, hare and rabbit”.
Burgers & Souvlaki
They also sell homemade Hamburgers and trust me, the Beef burgers are just delicious, so too the Marinated Spare Ribs, plus of course prime cuts of Pork or Lamb Souvlaki, Souvla and Donner Kebabs. Boasting homemade Soutzoukakia, a blend of pork, onion, garlic and egg, sealed in breadcrumbs, mmm!
You’ll also find Duck, Goose, Pouson, Pigeon, and various other seasonal game and they will pretty much find you anything if you order in advance, including mouth-watering, fresh Black Angus Beef.
Andreas has an excellent selection of Loukanika, homemade Barstoumades, just amazing on the charcoal, so too the homemade Shefftalies and they order their proper sausages from an award winning local sausage maker, so you’ll find good old English Pork, Beef, and Cumberland Sausages, Scottish Square Sausage, Slovakian Sausage, Mexican Sausage, and recently adding a selection of Bulgarian Sausages and Halal meats … and this year they’re doing ‘Pigs in Blankets!
On the delicatessen counter, you’ll find their very own homemade Organic Virgin Olive Oil, with a fine selection of cheeses, fresh eggs, Quails eggs, marinated vine leaves and various pickles, homemade pickled Capers, butter, steak ‘n’ kidney, steak ‘n’ mushroom and chicken & veg pies, cooked hams, gammon, roast beef, beef dripping, pork lard, mustard, Cyprus Honey and the delectable Thymarizio Thyme Honey from Greece, home made jams, apple and cranberry sauce, herbs and even pitta bread and natural salt.
More Cheese Sir?
Andreas recently added a new refrigerator full of Speciality Cheeses from Greece, including Goats and Sheep Milk Cheeses from Crete and of course fresh homemade Halloumi and the best, absolutely delicious Feta Cheese from Crete … oh and, just wait ’til you try their Anthotiros or Graviera mature Cheeses from Crete, perfect for pasta btw and if you like yoghurt, you’re in for a treat coz mum Panagiota makes it by hand, just for you!
There’s a lovely wine fridge, chilled to perfection, with a selection of white, red and rose wines by Nikolettino Wines and a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Ayios Phillippos Winery for only €6, to give you something to do while the hubby lights the charcoal, which they also stock outside, is there a better way to cook meat?
Meeting demands from the local market you will also find Russian Snacks, including Belmenoi, it’s similar to Ravioli, plus Bulgarian favourites; Beef Quarters, Beef Stomach and Tongue and Lights.
They’ll ask you how you’d like your meat, tidied, trimmed and cut, always doing that first before they weigh it and once you get to know these guys, you just say things like ‘extra fine ground beef for Bolognese, for four people’ and they know how much to give you, but bear in mind they’re Cypriot portions 😉 … another thing I love here, is before I buy for a BBQ, I often run through an order for how many people are coming and Andreas says when he thinks that’s enough … brilliant!
Open All Year
Daily: 7.30 am ’til 7.30 pm
Sunday: 7.30 am ’til 1 pm
You’ll find them at, 14, Megalou Alexandrou Road, Paralimni, it’s just off The Protaras Road, about 100 metres from the Elizandre furniture shop, on the corner … See Google Map icon below …
GPS: 35.04582, 33.99866
Fresh is Always Best!