Although Mtskheta is small, its gastronomical scene is mighty! (And cheap!) Check out the below list for some of the best restaurants and cafes in Mtskheta.
Salobie is one of the most popular restaurants (and best value!) in Mtskheta with tourists and locals alike. Its name translates to “bean house,” but it serves all the typical traditional Georgian dishes like khachapuri, mtsvadi (bbq), and khinkali (soup dumplings).
However, you’d be remiss not to try the namesake dish: lobiani (bean soup served in a clay pot). Be sure to get it with some mchadi (traditional corn bread).
Hours: 10am – 10pm
This is an adorable little cafe situated next to the river. Have a seat on the outside terrace and soak in the gorgeous views of the surrounding hills. Oh and the food!
Ada Cafe offers a blend of traditional Georgian and Turkish flavors. Come for a morning Turkish coffee or stay a little longer for a full home-style meal.
Hours: 10am – 11:45pm
A cute café in the heart of town, this is the perfect place to refuel while exploring Mtskheta. Café Tatin offers many traditional Georgian dishes like soups, dumplings, and pastries. You can sit outside on their terrace with the historical views of Jvari Monastery in the distance.
Just a short walk from Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, you’ll find Quartuli Ezo – a rustic restaurant/winery/distillery. This place has it all: khinkali, mtsvadi, khachapuri, and churchkhela. You can even learn how chacha (Georgian brandy) is made or taste from their collection of over 20 wines!
Hours: 10am – 11pm
Chateau Mukhrani is located about another 30 minutes drive north of Mtskheta. But for anyone who enjoys the finer things in life, this is a must-stop. The winery sits in what used to be the Georgian Royal Family’s Estate in the 19th century. Today the castle has been restored, and the facilities boast state of the art wine-making equipment. All the wines are made using grapes from their own vineyards.
There are various tours you can take including a 30 minute tour of Chateau Mukhrani and the vineyards for 10 GEL/person ($3.24). Or you can add wine tastings for another 20 – 30 GEL ($6.48–9.72).
If you don’t find time for Chateau Mukhrani during your travels, fear not! They have a Wine Bar in Tbilisi where you can also do a tasting.
Hours: Tours available every day from 10am – 6pm. But you need to reserve ahead of time. Restaurant open Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm; Friday – Sunday 10am – 10pm.
Cost: Varies by tour