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 do not stay at Radisson, Marriott or Rooms Hotel with their huge breakfast menu.
As I moved to Georgia, one of the biggest surprizes for me was no breakfast menu in McDonalds. In Ukraine, that was the only acceptable thing for me in the whole menu – pancakes and even porridge instead of fatburgers… But not in Georgia. You start your morning with khinkali or khashi soup in case of hangover, you eat at your mum’s place or have a coffee and cigarette at work. But who on Earth is going to a cafe to eat that early?
My fellow breakfast seekers! I understand you, I hear you, my heart is beating with yours and my fingers already type some pieces of advice. Times change, and Tbilisi finally gets its breakfast spots. I am concentrating on the “domestic” places only – no Shmendy’s and Shmunkin’ Shmonuts.
- Hello Coffee (2 Mtkvari str., from 8 AM)
Once upon a time there was a Georgian guy who had a vision of how a small coffee shop should look like and understanding of the things people need early in the morning. Especially if there are 2-3 governmental institutions in the area. So now Public Service Hall, Ministry of Culture and Georgian Tourism Administration are getting their takeaway morning coffee and nutella croissants in this tiny place. I am one of them 🙂
- Hurma (21 Melikishvili str., from 9 AM)
Hurma is a relatively new place, and breakfasts are definitely their strong spot. For the amount of 5 to 12 lari you can get granola with yogurt and berries, cottage cheese pancakes, scrambled eggs, porridge or English breakfast with coffee or juice.
- Herr Brotmeister (7/9 Taktakishvili str., 69 I. Abashidze str., 38 V. Dolidze str., 14 Pekini str.)
A nice non-smoking Austrian style bakery with plenty of delicious breads, muffins, crepes and the “normal”, non-breakfast menu. Cozy and warm atmosphere and tempting flavour of freshly baked bread will make your morning. It’s open at 8 AM, what a blessing! Plus, if you buy coffee till 11 AM, you get a croissant or a bretsel for free.
- Cantina by Bontempi (12 Tsintsadze street, from 8 AM)
Recently discovered this spacious place in Saburtalo, and was very satisfied by prices and quality. The most expensive item in the menu costs 19 lari, the portions are fairly big, desserts are very tender, and there is Italian pasta, crispy breads and coffee for sale.
- PAUL Bakery (Abashidze 36, from 8 AM)
Coffee and croissants, fresh bread and various sweet baked goods. Very Vake-style 🙂
- PinPon Cafe (22 Ilia Chavchavadze avenue, in the arch)
One of the tiniest coffee shops in the city, PinPon is open at 9 AM! Third wave coffee – aeropress, v60, cold brew; homemade creme brulee, delicious muffins, healthy sandwiches, seasonal smoothies… Dog-friendly, kids-friendly, very friendly! One of my favorite places recently.
Those are my favorite breakfast places in the city. Ah yes, the most obvious option is actually Entree – the Georgian-French chain of bakeries, which also operates in Azerbaijan. There are 9 spots around Tbilisi, where you can get coffee, fresh juice, crispy bread and croissants, yogurt and many other things.
I hope this post will help you in your search and you will start your morning very very well 🙂
Dariko the Breakfast Monster