Tbilisi has a tremendous amount to offer for the foodie and cafe goer. Georgian food and wine is delicious and loaded with unique flavours that will keep you trying more at every stop. Beautiful restaurants and inspiring cafes litter the city that is known for its diverse architecture. When you say Georgia, everyone usually thinks of the US state. Check out these spots that are sure to put Tbilisi and Georgia on the map!
The second we walked into the doors of Fabrika we were inspired by the décor and all the groovy people hanging out. Fabrika is a former Soviet sewing factory turned urban space with restaurants, creative boutiques, art spaces, and a hostel. We loved the café in the main building and hung out in comfy chairs and hammocks with watermelon cocktails in hand. It’s a great space to work on your laptop and the food service is excellent and healthy. We enjoyed the grilled chicken with a beet and goat cheese salad. Meals are served with a free pitcher of mint and lemon infused water, fresh bread and olive oil and balsamic. Fabrika was so great we visited and ate there twice!
2. Shavi Lomi
As we walked down a quiet backstreet to find Shavi Lomi, a Georgian fusion restaurant, we thought Google Maps must have led us astray. We ended up in front of a graffiti laden large steel door. We opened it thinking me must be in the wrong place, but to our surprise we were greeted by a large courtyard filled with greenery and dining tables. We were lucky to grab the last spot outside without a reservation. There were lots of options on the menu and a good list of Georgian wines. We started with a variety of vegetable spreads including walnuts, garlic, chickpeas and herbs - ask your server for this as it's not on the menu. Next, we ordered mouthwatering pork and veal shashlik, which is grilled skewered meat. We paired our meal with Georgian Kisi amber wine from the Kakheti region that pairs superbly with grilled meats.
Lolita is an urban style café and bar with an open-kitchen concept. We enjoyed hanging out at the outdoor communal picnic tables. We started off with strong ice coffees and finished with melon mule cocktails. The cocktail menu was diverse and full of fresh ingredients. Lolita has a lively and fun vibe that is great for an afternoon drinks retreat!
4. Art-Cafe Home
Once we entered Art-Cafe Home it felt like we walked inside an artist’s mind. The creativity of this place blew us away. Art-Cafe Home is a multi-level creative space, bar and nightclub. You’ll be astonished by the eclectic décor in every room you enter. Up top you’ll find a large rooftop patio and a terrace with comfy couches. We arrived at 5pm before it got busy and listened to funky 70s R&B/soul/jazz tunes. On our next visit we decided to arrive later in the evening. We enjoyed listening to cool electronic house music while drinking cocktails and snacking on a late night chicken caesar and spaghetti bolognese.
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AluBali has a minimalistic design and is known for its very fresh Megrelian cuisine. We ordered eggplant stuffed with garlic, herbs and walnuts, and slightly baked Sulguni cheese with bread and heirloom tomatoes. More Georgian wine followed, it was fantastic! You eat in a greenhouse type setting with large airy skylights and foliage around you.
Bauhaus was the perfect spot to grab a drink and some light bites after bargain hunting at the Drybridge Flea Market, Tbilisi's most famous market. Bauhaus is situated inside Dadeena park with outdoor seating and has a chill vibe where you'll find a younger crowd. We ordered Aperol Spritz, Georgian beer, and some deep fried munchies.
Ezo meaning "yard" in Georgian is situated in a beautiful courtyard in the old city. The restaurant focuses on using organic ingredients from local farms for their simple homestyle recipes. The juicy pork chop with apple sauce was a treat. Watch out for all the cute cats!
Tbilisi is a city with so much creativity and culture that is sure to keep you exploring for many days. We are already planning our next trip!
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