|Tartine - with real cafe au lait!|
|The only viable rival to an everything|
bagel with nothing on it.
Breakfast Options Near Meidan
This recently-opened French bistro is indicative of Meidan's slow descent into boho gentrification: its main branch is in Vake. Yet hipster snobbery aside, Tartine does have extraordinary food (!), even if it's too pricey as a regular lunch place. Breakfast around 10 lari.
Pros: Cafe au lait that comes in enormous porcelain bowls, fresh croissants, opens at 9, laptop plugs
Cons: Expensive, slightly staid. No lobiani.
Sure, it isn't breakfast food proper, but what could be more delectable than lobiani at seven in the morning?
Pros: Cheap, enormous portions, open 24/7, the closest thing to a greasy-spoon feel in Tbilisi. MORNING LOBIANI.
Cons: They don't seem to have milk for coffee (or cappuccinos/etc available), who can eat an entire lobiani on one's own?
Luca Polare, Leselidze Street
Technically an ice-cream parlour, they also do takeaway coffees and a variety of pastries
Pros: Cheap, open early, ice cream or fruit smoothies (or muffins), opens at 8
Cons: Getting on to a ten-minute walk from my house, minimal indoor seating. No lobiani.
The Hidden Bakery Beneath the Seminary
|The bakery is located in the basement.|
Pros: Insanely cheap selection of lobiani, khachapuri, and "potato khachapuri" (or as we say in New York, knishes), baked before your very eyes.
Cons: No coffee. Takeaway only. One possibly takes the bread to a confusing icon-filled canteen right around the corner (where coffee seems to be available), but the one time I tried to order a coffee there I was ignored for about twenty minutes before I got confused and wandered off...I may have possibly crashed the seminarians' refectory?
Why, God, why can I not find a place in which both lobiani and coffee-with-milk are freely available?
Other, of course, than my grocery store.