Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades toured Lefkosa together on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported.
In a break from peace negotiations, Akinci and Anastasiades were accompanied by the mayors of both sides of the divided city and attracted intense public attention.
"We will work to find the earliest solution," Anastasiades said during his first visit to the northern part of the island since his 2013 election. "There should be a solution for the future of two societies."
Akinci added: "I would like to give a message of hope in Cyprus because all we need is hope after all disappointments in the past."
The two leaders will meet again on May 28.
Talks were suspended by the Greek Cypriot administration last October but hopes for a breakthrough were raised when Akinci replaced Dervis Eroglu last month.
The island was divided after a 1974 military coup by Greece was followed by Turkey's peace operation.