Start your day off in Tbilisi on the right foot, with a delicious and nutritious breakfast! Georgians are not early risers by nature so there are a limited number of breakfast options. You’ll mostly find cafés or small bakeries open.
But there are still some nice spots to eat at in the morning. If you’re wondering where to eat something authentically Georgian or just looking for a cozy coffee shop to read the news, here’s a list of places with some of the tastiest breakfast in the city.
Even though you’re in Georgia, you can still enjoy breakfast like in you’re in a Parisian café! This is a French bakery chain, but all the bakers at Entrée were trained by French experts, so they offer exceptionally high-quality craftsmanship. The dishes use locally sourced ingredients and are easily packaged for grab-and-go. Choose from a wide range of croissants, tarts, and coffee cakes or go for something more local like a cheese-filled Georgian pie. Of course, no breakfast is complete without a coffee or freshly squeezed juice.
Entrée is open all day, serving soups, sandwiches, and salads but breakfast is only available from 8am – 11am. They have about 10 locations around the city so you’re never far from a breakfast pitstop.
Hours: 8am – 10pm
Prospero’s Books & Caliban’s Coffee
Nothing goes together better than a cup of coffee and a good book. Start your day off with a relaxing morning at this bookstore slash coffee shop. Prospero’s is one of the few places in Georgia where you can find English language magazines and books about Georgian culture and the Greater Caucasus. You’ll also find classic Georgian literature, cookbooks, and even maps of Tbilisi and Georgia.
Besides coffee and tea, Caliban’s serves cakes, delicious omelets, and sandwiches. There’s also free wifi and plenty of outlets so if you need to check email or do some work remotely, this is an ideal place. In the winter, you will be warmed up by the cozy fireplace, and in the summer, you can bask in the sun on the terrace.
Hours: 9:30am – 9pm
Kikliko is one of the first “bonafide breakfast places” in Georgia, a country that opens up most of its coffee shops at 11am. It’s a family-friendly spot that serves up a blend of western & Georgian takes on all the classic favorites. There’s eggs benedict, french toast, pancakes, open-faced sandwiches, and more.
Georgians don’t typically add sweet jams and syrups to french toast but the owners of Kikliko have embraced this western tradition. If you want something unique and hard to find, order the korkoti. This is a typical Georgian dish made with cereal, walnuts, and freshly whipped cream. It’s usually only eaten at funerals that’s why you won’t find it at many restaurants.
Hours: 8am – 3pm (weekdays); 9am – 4pm (weekends)
Hurma serves European-style breakfast all day but certain dishes are only available until 11:30am. This is a great sit-down spot for a cheap meal – nothing is over 12 GEL ($3.81) for breakfast. They have vegetarian options such as yogurt & granola, oatmeal, and smoothie bowl.
For a Georgian flare, order the matsoni with honey and nuts which is a tangy yogurt soup dish that is supposedly great for hangovers! Or try the shakshuka, a baked egg skillet with tomatoes and peppers.
Hours: 9am – 10:30pm
This is an adorable little street-side café that serves take-away coffee and small food items. It’s charming, artsy, and unassuming. But don’t be fooled. They make amazing hot chocolates, cappuccinos, and lattés.
Otakhi is inhabited by 4 generations of a cat family. You’ll see them lounging around as well as featured in colorful drawings on all the cups. If you’re hungry, pick up one of their fluffy chocolate muffins or try their original creation: khilamushi. This is Otakhi’s take on Georgia’s pelamushi, a dessert made with grape juice. This version contains a variety of seasonal fruits and is especially refreshing in the summer heat.
Hours: 10am – 7pm
This is a modern, craft-coffee joint that takes making espressos very seriously. Coffee LAB sources their coffee beans from specialty farms all over the world. They roast the beans in front of you and you can choose how you want your coffee pressed: V60, syphon, aeropress.
The place is often filled with people on their laptops, but if you’re a coffee connoisseur you’ll want to check this place out. They also serve breakfast items like waffles, poached eggs, and salmon sandwiches.
Hours: 9am – 11pm
This is a bright, modern eatery with a cheery and cozy atmosphere. Lui Coffee offers a large menu of breakfast items from the kitchen including pancakes, oatmeal, and scrambled egg plates. They also have smoothies and freshly squeezed juice.
Order from their “Lui Special” menu for some unique coffee combinations, like the Blue Cheese Dolce Latte! You may want to pair that one with something sweet from their display case full of baked goods.
Hours: 9am – 10pm