Food is a major highlight when you travel to Georgia, but there are so many other compelling reasons to visit this emerging destination.
No matter where you travel — whether it’s Tbilisi, Kutaisi , or Mtskheta — you’ll find yourself constantly in awe of the country’s striking mountainous landscapes, medieval monasteries, and phenomenally hospitable locals.
Best of all, Georgia is an incredibly budget-friendly destination, so you can eat to your heart’s content without breaking the bank!
Why you’ll love Georgian cuisine
Much like Turkey, Georgian cuisine brilliantly fuses both Eastern and Western flavours, drawing influences from the Greeks, Turks, Arabs, and Mongols. Most dishes are on the heavy side; bread and cheese are two mainstays of Georgian cuisine, along with hallmark ingredients like walnuts, cilantro, and pomegranate.
Sitting down for a meal here is more than just a necessity — it’s a lengthy, sit-down affair with hearty dishes that are made for sharing.
Three dishes you need to try in Georgia
1. Adjaruli Khachapuri
Adjaruli khachapuri — one of the country’s staple dishes — is, quite possibly, the best comfort food you’ve never had.
This savoury pastry is shaped like a boat, stuffed with melted cheese, and topped with a freshly cracked egg and a generous helping of butter. When the warm, bubbling mass is placed in front of you, that’s your cue to mix everything together, tear off a corner of the bread, and dunk it into the ultra-decadent cheese-egg-butter mixture.
Khinkali, or Georgian soup dumplings, are ubiquitous across the country — and once you taste one, you’ll understand why.
These hearty balls of dough are stuffed with meat (usually pork or beef) and boiled until they’re soft and pillowy. The meaty filling produces a rich broth once they’re fully cooked, so every bite delivers a hit of juicy, savoury goodness.
If you want to eat khinkali like a local, grab the dumpling by its topknot with your fingers, bite a small hole into the side, and slurp out the broth. Then, devour the rest of the dumpling and repeat!
Shkmeruli only has a handful of ingredients, but don’t let that fool you — even the most simple dishes in Georgia will blow you away with their outrageously delicious flavours.
This garlic-heavy meal is made with crispy browned chicken slow-cooked in milk and — you guessed it — lots and lots of garlic.