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Where to Eat Breakfast in Tbilisi: Top Cafes & Restaurants

The definitive guide to eating breakfast in Tbilisi – including the best Georgian breakfast options, best Tbilisi cafes, and best hotel breakfasts.

Breakfast culture is not really a thing in Tbilisi. In a city that likes to stay up late and sleep in, most cafes and restaurants open after 11am.

If you get up early like I do, finding a place to grab a quick bite or sit down for a leisurely breakfast in Tbilisi can be a challenge.

Things are slowly changing, and there are a growing number of restaurants that cater to early risers, serving up traditional Georgian breakfast foods, cafe-style brunches and baked treats, usually accompanied by great coffee.

When curating this list, I looked specifically for cafes that open by 10am at the latest and offer a specific breakfast menu.

Get in early and fuel up for a day out exploring Tbilisi… Just remember to save room for lunch at one of the terrific Georgian restaurants in town.

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Best cafes & restaurants for a sit-down breakfast in Tbilisi

If you’re searching for a sit-down breakfast or brunch to start the day, these Tbilisi cafes and restaurants have you covered.

Toast and tomatoes on a white plate at a cafe in Tbilisi.

Kikliko

  • 28 Mtskheta St
  • Open weekdays from 8am & weekends from 9am

Kikliko is a rare example of a traditional Georgian breakfast dish. It’s essentially eggy bread (a bit like French toast) crisped up and served with a savory topping.

Kikliko cafe is wholly dedicated to this breakfast delicacy and serves a range of different kiklikos with cheese, eggs, ham and mushrooms in various combinations. I like the cheese, sour cream and sun-dried tomatoes version.

Apart from kiklikos, they also do eggs Benedict and a terrific version of cottage pancakes. The small outdoor terrace is a lovely place to sit in summer.

A spread of breakfast dishes.

Lolita

  • 7 Chovelidze St
  • Open daily from 11am

Lolita is the first (but not the only) Tbilisi cafe on this list that’s located inside a reclaimed urban space. In this case, Lolita occupies an old artist’s house with a central open courtyard and beautifully detailed ‘Tbilisi balconies’ on the upper levels.

Although they open late at 11am, I’ve included Lolita because they make the best eggs Benedict in Tbilisi. Kiklikos, pancakes with Chantilly cream, crepes and homemade chia pudding are also on offer.

For drinks, there’s coffee, tea or shakes, including a cacao and almond smoothie with pumpkin seeds. Breakfast is served until 2pm.

A yellow coffee mug and plates of food at a cafe in Tbilisi.

Hurma

  • 21 Melikishvili St
  • Open daily from 9am

This super-cosy coffee house does an all-day breakfast (oatmeal, omelettes and croissants) plus a selection of set breakfast deals between 9am and 11am. There are five options to choose from, including a full English breakfast, a smoothie bowl, or my personal favourite, a small bowl of oatmeal with syrniki pancakes and berry compote on the side.

All come with coffee, tea or juice and cost between 7 and 15 GEL. Bring your laptop (or better still, a book) – once you’re tucked in at a corner table, it’s hard to leave.

Eggs on toast for breakfast in Tbilisi.

SOSA Artisanal Cafe

  • 12 Gogiberidze St
  • Open daily from 8am

Principally a pastry shop, SOSA sells a large selection of house-made croissants, tarts, biscuits and other treats along with an a la carte menu of sandwiches and hot meals.

In my view, the breakfast sets are a touch overpriced – but they’re still very tasty. The ‘Tbilisi Breakfast’ with mushroom kikliko, a fried egg and side salad is my pick. There’s also a Moscow Breakfast with crepes, and a full Turkish breakfast set for 2 or 4 people.

They also do great coffee.

A pot of muesli and a cup of coffee.

Ovsyanka

  • 23 Chovelidze St
  • Open daily from 10am

I love the brightly coloured decor and airy atmosphere of this second-story cafe. The cottage pancakes made on nadugi (Georgian cream cheese) are delightful, as is the house-made museli served with coconut and matsoni. On weekends, Ovsyanka hosts a brunch with live music for 20 GEL.

Update: Unfortunately, Ovsyanka is temporarily closed – hopefully it will reopen soon!

Breakfast dishes on a wooden bench in a cafe in Tbilisi.

Kitchen Home Studio

  • 8 Dadiani St
  • Open daily from 9am

Located just steps from Liberty Square and the meeting place for Tbilisi’s free walking tours, Kitchen Home Studio is a very convenient place to start your day in Old Tbilisi.

The layout of this cafe is quite atypical – the open-plan kitchen makes it feels like you’re at home waiting for mum or dad to cook you pancakes before school! In the morning, sunlight and fresh air pour in through the second-story windows.

Breakfasters can choose from an omelette set served with toast and tea, breakfast bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, or a full English or Turkish breakfast. Fresh fruit smoothies (including the ‘Bang’ with avocado, lemon, cucumber and chia) are also available.

Kitchen Home Studio also serves lunch and dinner, and hosts cooking classes.


Specialty coffee shops that serve breakfast

If caffeine is your main priority in the AM, these specialty coffee shop also serve a mean breakfast.

A waffle topped with shards of dried orange carrot.

Coffee LAB

  • 27 Kazbegi Ave
  • Open daily from 9am

My favourite cafe in Tbilisi by a pretty wide margin, Coffee LAB roast their own beans on-site for siphon, aeropress and French press coffee.

You can find their beans at cafes and restaurants all over the city. But it’s worth coming direct to the source to sample the breakfast menu, which includes chia pudding, homemade granola, and black rice pudding with caramalised bananas.

My go-to dish is the sulguni cheese waffles served with butternut pumpkin, carrot crisps, coriander sour cream and Parmesan granola. The combination of flavours and textures is out of this world!

Coffee LAB is a great place to sit behind your laptop for a few hours.

The definitive guide to eating breakfast in Tbilisi – including the best Georgian breakfast options, best Tbilisi cafes, and best hotel breakfasts.

Skola Coffee & Wine Bar

  • 17 Rustaveli Ave & 80 Zakaria Paliashvili St
  • Open weekdays from 8am & weekends from 9am

Another lovely laptop-friendly cafe, Skolia is centrally located on Rustaveli Avenue close to the Opera House. They serve excellent coffee alongside desserts and sandwiches. The breakfast menu features a couple of light and tasty meals, including banana bread with ham and a fried egg.

Later in the day, the venue transforms into a wine and cocktail bar. Note that this is a card only cafe (no cash). They’ve recently opened a second branch in Vake.

A beautiful cafe with white walls decorated with red stencils.

Erti Kava Coffee Room

  • 8 Laghidze St
  • Open daily from 8am

Set on a steep backstreet beyond Tbilisi’s busy centre, this cafe is beautifully decorated (the red stencils extend to the front of the building) and serves some of the best specialty coffee in the city.

Erti Kava translates to ‘one coffee’ – but there’s a good chance you’ll stay for a second or third. The ambiance is dreamy – one morning I was sitting here when a violist started serenading the tables!

The all-day breakfast menu is well-rounded and features some unique sweet and savory creations, including a breakfast couscous bowl with salmon and avocado, pancakes with baked pear, and avo on toast. Many of the meals are vegan.

While you’re there, check out the small souvenir shop out the back.

Eggs and mushrooms served on a plate in a cafe for breakfast in Tbilisi.

Lui Coffee

  • 23a Ilia Chavchavadze Ave
  • Open daily from 9am

Located in Vake, Lui Coffee is popular hangout for students from the nearby university campuses. They serve lovely arabica coffee plus a range of specialty hot drinks, including a blue cheese latte (yes, really!) and lavender, pistachio and halva raf.

The cafe is family owned and many of the recipes are home-style. Syrniki pancakes are made according to mum’s recipe, and the 4-cheese scrambled eggs are described as ‘life changing’. Pancakes, oatmeal, and beetroot toast with feta and roasted walnuts are also highly recommended.

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t go past the house-made salted caramel and almost croissant.


Best bakeries & chains for an easy breakfast in Tbilisi

If you’re after a quick and affordable breakfast in Tbilisi, these bakeries and chains have snappy service and are great value for money.

An omelette on a black plate.

Coffeesta

  • 52 Rustaveli Ave + 4 more locations around Tbilisi
  • Open daily from 8am

Coffeesta’s Rustaveli branch is one of my favourite places to set up my laptop on weekends. Before midday, they do a great coffee and pastry deal for 5 GEL (takeaway or eat-in at the breakfast bar overlooking the busy avenue).

Omelettes are cooked to order and very substantial. I really like the Georgian omelette, which is stuffed with salty sulguni cheese and served with adjika, plum sauce and a little pot of pickled jonjoli on the side.

The interior of a beautiful cafe in Tbilisi.

Puri Guliani

  • Saarbrucken Square
  • Open daily from 9am

Recently opened at the end of trendy Agmashenebeli pedestrian street, Puri Guliani is a lovely spot for afternoon tea. Since it opens early at 9am, there’s no reason you can’t drop in for a coffee and cake to start the day. There’s no dedicated breakfast menu, but I don’t hear anyone compaining about having to eat baklava or cheesecake first up!

This cafe is dedicated to the art of Georgian bread (puri) and spotlights different dough-based recipes from around the country, including lots of khachapuri variations, all baked in-house.

The coffee here is exceptional, and if you stay for lunch, there are some great set menu deals available.

An almond croissant on a plate at a cafe in Tbilisi.

Paul

  • 3/5 Tabidze St + several other locations around Tbilisi
  • Open weekdays from 8am & weekends from 9am

Now that Brotmeister has sadly closed, there are three main bakery chains in Tbilisi. Paul is definitely the ‘elevated’ option. This Parisian-style patisserie creates beautiful French pastries, tarts, croissants and sweets in-house. Paired with a cappuccino or a mug of Paul’s famous hot chocolate, it’s a perfect way to start your weekend.

If you find yourself hungry in Yerevan, Paul is now launching cafes in Armenia, too.

Degusto

  • 9 Pushkin St + 7 more locations around Tbilisi
  • Open weekdays from 8.30am & weekends from 10am

Degusto’s buffet-style ‘fast food’ menu is hugely popular among students and office workers come lunchtime. Food may be fast, but it’s also healthy – everything is made in the kitchen out back.

In the morning, you can snag a pastry fresh from the oven (the oozy Nutella croissants are extremely yum) for just 4 GEL with a coffee, while an omelette, pastry and coffee will cost you 10 GEL. With locations throughout the city, it’s a great choice for breakfast on the go.

Entree

  • 47 Kote Afkhazi St + dozens of locations around Tbilisi
  • Open daily from 8am

Similar to Degusto, Entree has multiple locations across Tbilisi (and in Baku). Breakfast is served until 11am (midday on weekends). As well as pastries and ready-made sandwiches and savory croissants, you can order an eat-in breakfast set with scrambled eggs.

Personally, I prefer the quality of the pastries and the value for money you get at Degusto.


Best hotel breakfasts in Tbilisi

As well as catering to guests, these hotels welcome walk-ins for breakfast.

A spread of pancakes, fruit and yogurt.

Fabrika Hostel

  • 8 Ninoshvili St
  • Breakfast from 8am daily

Fabrika, my favourite hostel in Tbilisi and all-around awesome creative space, has an airy plant-filled breakfast room at the far end of the building. The all-you-can-eat buffet is sadly no longer on offer. But you can still order a la carte.

For 15 GEL, you can choose seven items from the menu (cold and hot). For 7 GEL, you get two baked items plus bottomless coffee. Everything is still as scrumptious as ever, especially the homemade matsoni yogurt cups with berries. The flaky, extra buttery croissants at Fabrika are the best in Tbilisi in my opinion!

A cafe table with a plate of pancakes, a green mug and a vase of pink flowers.

Cafe Stamba (Stamba Hotel)

  • 14 Kostava St
  • Breakfast from 7am daily

If you like to start your day in chic surroundings, Stamba wins the award for best cafe fit-out. This is a relatively new space that has completely transformed the concrete-and-steel shell of a Brutalist building – formerly a Soviet-era printing house – into a dining hot spot. Inside, art deco furnishings and an iconic pink cocktail bar make Stamba memorable.

The breakfast menu is a collaboration with the Georgian Farmers’ Association, with all produce sourced fresh from local producers. Even though the portions are a little small for the price (you’re also paying for the setting and the excellent service), dishes such as pancakes with berries are scrumptious.

For something on the sweeter side, there’s a dedicated chocolate and dessert bar down the hall.


Breakfast in Tbilisi map

Where to stay in Tbilisi

Budget: Solo travellers and budget-conscious a range of design hostels in Tbilisi. My pick of the bunch is Fabrika Hostel – not least of all because they offer a terrific breakfast! Check rates and availability on Booking.com.

Mid-range: With cosy rooms and beautiful common spaces, Ilja’s Hotel near Rustaveli Metro is great value. Check rates and availability on Booking.com.

On the opposite side of the river, Graphica Tbilisi features ultra-modern designer rooms. The location, walking distance from Avlabari Metro, is perfect for accessing downtown. Check rates and availability on Booking.com.

Boutique: Museum Hotel Orbelini is set in a historic house close to the Dry Bridge Market. It features modern rooms, a rooftop bar and a lovely on-site restaurant. Read my review of Museum Hotel or check rates and availability on Booking.com.

Located in the atmospheric Sololaki neighbourhood, Communal Hotel offers luxury suites (all beautifull decorated in the Tbilisi style) plus a generous breakfast spread. Check rates and availability on Booking.com.

For more accommodation ideas, check out my round-up of family run guesthouses in Tbilisi and across Georgia.

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