Kutaisi is a sleepy city with one of the two main international airports in Georgia. I went on a mission to find some decent specialty coffee in Kutaisi so that you don’t have to suffer the pain.
Unfortunately, let me tell you, the results are not what I expected. Have a look at the list below and try out what works best for you.
First time in Kutaisi?
Start by exploring the city’s historic sites, including the stunning Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Take a stroll through Kutaisi’s charming streets and visit the bustling local market for a taste of Georgian culture. Try the region’s renowned cuisine, particularly the khachapuri and khinkali.
If you like nature, check out the nearby Prometheus Cave or Sataplia Nature Reserve for scenic hikes and breathtaking landscapes.
If you have some time to kill, consider a day trip to nearby attractions like the Okatse Canyon or the ancient city of Uplistsikhe.
Specialty Coffee In Kutaisi
While you won’t find Tim Wendelboe or a Blue Bottle store, there are a couple of places where you can grab a decent cup of coffee and get some work done.
Dunkin Donuts has one of the better locations with an ample terrace and sitting space on the second floor. I won’t comment on the coffee quality, but it’s really the only place I found filter coffee in Kutaisi, and in my view, their espresso was certainly one of the best.
Just a minute away from Dunkin Donuts, you’ll find this nicer cafe perfect for laptoping or working remotely. Some say it’s a coworking space. In the same space, there’s a bookstore with a range of classic books in English and Russian.
Hard to recommend McDonald’s, but it has a decent location with two luminous floors and ironically one of the best coffees in Kutaisi. Just like Dunkin Donuts, it boasts very ample facilities, stable internet, and casual management who let you stay forever. This means that it may be a decent place to work remotely.
In my opinion, Sisters is one of the top restaurants in Kutaisi, just a few minutes from McDonald’s right in the center. It’s located in a superb building and has daily live music in the late evening. It offers a range of traditional Georgian food and wine, and it’s a good bet for barely more than what you’d spend at McDonald’s.
Finding the entrance is slightly tricky, Sisters is located on the second floor. Find a wooden entrance and climb to the first floor; you’ll see another wooden door and a credit card sticker.
Palaty is a nice eatery loved by locals. Its casual interior design made it very popular among tourists and residents alike. Funny enough, the cutlery is really unique, good luck with that!
What’s your favorite specialty coffee place in Kutaisi? Please let us know in the comments!
It’s hard to find good cafes in Kutaisi. Tbilisi has the best specialty coffee in Georgia. Try with Coffee Lab for example.
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