Late Latte: Breakfast culture in Tbilisi

Late Latte: Breakfast culture in Tbilisi

Late Latte: Breakfast culture in Tbilisi

Dear friends, it’s been a while since I shared my Tbilisi tips for the last time! Apologies, apologies. Had some tours to conduct, tasks to complete and holidays to celebrate 🙂 Now a question. Do you know what unites people from Eastern and Western cultures, as they arrive to Tbilisi as tourists? You will never guess. It is a breakfast issue. For many travelers it is just weird that coffeeshops and cafes may start working at 10 or 11 and serve breakfast this late. “Where can I have my coffee and pastry at 8-9 AM?” – that’s what I hear from people who

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A short break in Tbilisi: Where to stay, eat, party and recover

A short break in Tbilisi: Where to stay, eat, party and recover

One nice Thursday afternoon in winter 2016 I went to one of the new coffee shops to check out their winter menu. You might not understand the peculiarity of the situation, but Tbilisi  still was a city that mostly drinks Turkish coffee (which I also like), had instant coffee listed in the menus of quite an amount of restaurants and didn’t care what was beyond cappuccino and latte. And here we had a winter menu of a coffee shop. Being rather a black coffee person, I was still curious to taste those new Russian-style raf and Australian-style flat white, that have never

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Hardcore free Kakheti: how to survive a trip to the winemaking region

Hardcore free Kakheti: how to survive a trip to the winemaking region

As I discussed the recent trip around Kakheti with my friend Levan, who was about to host four Poles, I was afraid that there would be too much drinking. Kakheti is the main winemaking region of Georgia, wineries are on every step, and if you travel there with a driver, your chances to finish you day being drunk and happy are very high. Though in the end it was planned it in a cool way, which allows the guests to see things and have some time for themselves. So if you travel around Kakheti with a car for two days,

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15 GEORGIAN WORDS TO LEARN TILL THE END OF 2017

15 GEORGIAN WORDS TO LEARN TILL THE END OF 2017

Recently at least three people asked me about the tips how to learn the Georgian language. Being very sincere, I’ve never learned it properly: having thrown myself into the local life, I had to start reading and writing, and if I didn’t understand some grammatical issues, a great professor of linguistics, Tako Mghebrishvili, was there to help. The language is very old and quite complicated. Even if you are not staying here forever, during your trip around the country you might learn some basic words such as “gamarjoba” for “hello” and “madloba” for “thank you”. I decided to teach you some seasonal

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Holidays in Georgia: Expectations vs. Reality

Holidays in Georgia: Expectations vs. Reality

Dear friends, it’s been a while! After dozens of hours in the airports, buses and exhibition halls and endless talking to thousands people, I have a chance to quietly stick to my keyboard and help some of your plan your trip to Georgia. April is giving me two business trips to Baku and Almaty again, in order to represent Georgian tourism there, so I suppose that the next article will appear not very soon. But the time to plan holidays in Georgia is now! It is always a now, as the country is losing its seasonality. Though, spring and autumn are

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The Anatomy of Kakhetian Supra at Vakirelebi

The Anatomy of Kakhetian Supra at Vakirelebi

Georgia is so small that many people are unaware of the fact that the regions of the country are quite different from each other. So is the typical cuisine of those regions. It is totally understandable that people might know know it. But would you order a Wiener wurst in Hamburg or have a pasta napolitana in Milano? My post about traditional Kakhetian table is for those who made That Face like “how comes you just said that!” right now 🙂

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5 silly questions about Georgian wines

5 silly questions about Georgian wines

The closer harvest time is, the happier I am about that old wise decision to move to Georgia. I have to admit: my love to wine is very difficult to hide, and I am really anticipating this beautiful season, as grapes will be squeezed, put to qvevris (special clay amphoras) and then under the ground, and fresh churchkhela will be sold for hilarious price at every corner. The air will become cooler and clearer, it’s gonna be so pleasant to sit in one of old city wineries with a glass of something straw-coloured, amber or ruby red, something fruity, berry or citrus

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#lifehack_Georgia: how to survive bad weather during your holidays

#lifehack_Georgia: how to survive bad weather during your holidays

Of course I would love to have amazing weather 365/365 a year, but Georgia is way too diverse, and the weather in its different regions can significantly differ. If you happened to travel here and wake up to a rain or cold day, don’t be upset. This situation can also bring you positive emotions. The most obvious option is to check weather forecast and go to any place, where it is sunnier or dryer. One-day trips from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Telavi, Kvareli, Sighnaghi and Batumi are possible. If you are in a small town or village in the nature – Mestia,

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5 Thrilling Places to Enjoy Wine in Tbilisi

5 Thrilling Places to Enjoy Wine in Tbilisi

Once my mum asked me what I was doing, and I sent her a snapshot of me sitting in the newly opened wine bar in Kutaisi with a glass of Krakhuna (crispy local white wine) in front of me. “Does your hand ever rest from holding a glass?”, mum joked, but the joke had a taste of homemade Tsolikouri: it was straight, honest and not very clear at the same time. But what can I do? That was her and my dad who took me to my first tastings in Ukraine, and now, as I live in Georgia, level of

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Georgia Beyond the Popular Routes, v.1: German Heritage + Georgian Whiskey

Georgia Beyond the Popular Routes, v.1: German Heritage + Georgian Whiskey

When I started this website years ago, the articles about Tbilisi backstreets, prices for sulfur baths, or trips to Batumi were quite a rare thing. Now, as I’m hunting the content for the official facebook page of Georgia’s tourism, I stumble upon zillions of articles from world famous and little regional media that tell about (oh wow!) walks in Old Tbilisi or bicycle lanes of Batumi. So, my friends, if you are still reading it, you’re going to encounter a couple of places that you might have never heard about. Or at least, they were not in your list of

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