Shakes & Lattes, Board Gaming Cafe, Larnaca

Shakes and Lattes, Boardgaming Cafe, Larnaca, Established May 2023,

It was the name that first caught my attention, brilliant I thought! … Then, this wonderful idea, equally brilliant!, a Boardgaming Cafe, nestled in the vibrant city of Larnaca, and I just had to get together with David, owner of ‘Shakes and Lattes’ to find out more …

The Tasting
It was coffee-tasting day, as David, coming outta Souff London, wanted to test the different coffees available and when I asked David to explain, I have to say I found out stuff I had no idea about coffee.  Things like, how much time to roast it, how tight to pack the coffee, the temperature of the water, and how much milk froth to add, and I just have to say, these guys have got it spot on!!!

Cafe Culture
Over a delicious cappuccino; I asked David how it happened?  He said; “We moved here 8 years ago, into house renovations, and traveling around Cyprus, I noticed the lack of attention to detail when it came to coffee.  Barristers, roasting the shit out of the coffee, and the Cypriot cafe culture was people sat around a table, not talking, glued to their phones, no integration”.

The Idea
He continued; “I also noticed there was nowhere serving the International variations of Teas and Coffees, served hot or cold, like a cafe I’d visited in South London called ‘Ludoquist’ and thought this could work in Cyprus”.

The Menu
At Shakes & Lattes Cafe the menu is a carefully crafted blend of classic and innovative offerings.  Coffee aficionados can indulge in a wide range of specialty brews, from rich espressos to velvety cappuccinos.  A single-origin coffee, from the Carmo Estates near the town of Heliodora, a southern state of Minas Gerais whose mission is to produce exceptional coffee and provide their employees with a good quality of life while at the same time ensuring environmental sustainability.

Cold Brew
Shakes and Lattes also offer a cold brew coffee, aka The Whiskey of Coffee’ brewed for 16 hours with a real chocolaty taste sourced from a single origin in Guatemala.  All of Shakes and Latte’s coffees are roasted right here in Larnaca by Artisan Roaster, Paul’s Coffee Roasters.

Here you can enjoy recipes from Japan, Korea, Australia, and Spain, and the skilled baristas take pride in their artistry, ensuring that each cup is a masterpiece.  Whether you prefer a traditional latte or a creative concoction like a caramel macchiato with a hint of cinnamon, you are sure to find a delightful brew that satisfies your taste buds.

Shaken not Stirred
But it’s not just the coffee that steals the show at Shakes & Lattes Cafe.  Their menu also boasts an array of Milkshakes and Smoothies, plus delectable treats and light bites that perfectly complement the beverage selection … and for something a little more cosmopolitan try their Boba Tea from Japan.

David and his Cypriot wife Maria, haven’t finalised the snacks menu yet, but it’ll probably include freshly baked pastries and croissants, mouthwatering sandwiches, and salads, and cold platters, something to please every palate.  The cafe will also offer a selection of vegan and gluten-free options, catering to a diverse range of dietary preferences.

All in One
I’m certain that Shakes & Lattes Cafe will become, a go-to destination for locals and tourists alike.  With its warm ambiance, excellent ideas, delectable menu, and exceptional service, this charming cafe has become a culinary delight that captures the hearts of coffee enthusiasts and board game lovers alike!

Beyond its culinary offerings, Shakes & Lattes Cafe prides itself on its exceptional customer service.  The attentive and knowledgeable staff members including the amazing Jack their resident Geek are always ready to assist, providing recommendations and ensuring that every visit is a memorable one.  The welcoming and cozy ambiance makes it an ideal spot for catching up with friends, working remotely, or simply enjoying a moment of relaxation.

There’s such a varied choice of boardgames, some still in their plastic wrapper, for solo players to big groups … from your old school games like Monopoly, Ludo, Scrabble, Mastermind, Dungeons & Dragons, and Risk, to the 500-year-old game ‘Go’ or the 300-year-old ‘Majhong’ which in Japan both have their own national competitions with millions of Yen for prizes!

These are tabletop role-playing games, that allow you to play a fantasy role, with one player running the game and controlling everything except you …

No Boards
You really must try the game ‘Carcassone’, where you start without a board, which is built as you play it, so every game is a different board, every single time you play!  and just wait til you see what they’ve arranged for Party Games upstairs!

These games will get your mind working, with 15-second timers, can you remember What’s On … How good was your observational memory?

They’ve also got dozens of card games including numerous versions of ‘Uno’ in several different languages … and the Cypriot Game ‘Ate o’lan … the children’s version and the adult version, oooo’er!

Location, Location
Located in a bustling neighborhood, Shakes & Lattes Cafe stands out with its inviting exterior adorned with colorful signage and cozy outdoor seating.  As soon as you step inside, you are greeted by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the friendly smiles of the staff, creating an atmosphere that instantly puts you at ease.

Whether you’re a coffee aficionado searching for the perfect brew, a food lover seeking delightful flavors, or someone in need of a cozy spot to unwind, Shakes & Lattes Cafe is a must-visit destination in Larnaca … Check out our Live Video there.

Open All Year
Daily: 6.30 am ’til 11.00 pm ish

You’ll find Shakes & Lattes at Shop 3, Carithas Hall, 36 Grigori Afxentiou, 6921 Larnaca … it’s just around the corner from the American Acadamy, on the Larnaca to Limassol Road … There’s a car park out back … Click on the Google Map Icon Below …
GPS: 34.917063, 33.627178

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