Food might seem like just an ordinary thing that we require daily for survival, and it is, but the Georgians know how to make every single meal a unique and fun social occasion! For centuries, traditions of toast-making, food sharing and slow cooking have been kept alive by enthusiastic local cooks. Today, we’re going to experience a meal, Georgian-style and tap into their particular brand of hospitable magic.
Georgia’s cuisine is a unique fusion of Middle Eastern, Persian and other influences. It can be characterized by an abundance of fresh green herbs, vegetables, garlic, walnuts, different kinds of bread, cheese and generous meat dishes. Our tour will begin with an introduction to Georgian cooking with a stop at one of our favourite little gastronomic stores, where we’ll explore the eclectic assortment of spices and cheeses and talk about the origins of traditional Georgian food.
Next, we will stroll the backstreets of the Old Town towards a restaurant that’s popular with the locals for its traditional cuisine. Here we’ll dine on khinkali (dumplings filled with meat and steaming broth), Georgian salad and vegetable pkhali (crushed aubergine/spinach/beetroot with walnut and garlic paste) which we will wash down with a glass of local wine or even chacha (a type of strong, local brandy) if you're brave enough.
Our final stop is a museum/shop that focuses on all things ‘tea.’ You will learn about local tea drinking traditions and we’ll also discuss the growing revival of tea-drinking in Georgia while we indulge in a tea ceremony. Our host will share his fascinating stories about his work and his life growing up in Tbilisi.
Your tour ends here but if you wish to continue your food and drink adventure, your guide will be able to recommend more stops to keep those hunger and thirst pangs at bay. Before you go, don’t forget to ask for more tips on what else to there is to see and do in Tbilisi while you’re in town.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking tour guide, lunch with khinkali (local kind of dumplings stuffed with meat or cheese), cold appetizers, a glass of local wine or a shot of chacha, Georgian tea tasting
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for the guide
Dress standard: Comfortable, walking shoes are preferable for sightseeing on foot. When visiting churches, please remember that women are requested to cover their hair and wear either long dresses or long trousers. Shoulders need to be covered. Men should remove their hats and avoid wearing shorts.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 6 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.