Ummm...well, good luck!
Kazbegi has several restaurants, but none seem to provide food. Tempting signs with illustrations of khingkali and mtsvadi give the illusion that you can eat inside, but either the restaurants were boarded up, or I was told "no food here". The kiosks in the square offer a range of stale biscuits, plastic chocolate and odd flavoured fizzy drinks, although look hard enough and you can scrape together a meal of strong salty cheese, peanuts and beer. The local grocery shops aren't much better, full of tasteless cakes in packets and tinned food with sun-faded labels. I discovered two shops which actually sold a few more items than these, but these luxuries were well hidden behind the counter and only produced if you happened to stumble across the right Georgian word and pronounce it properly! I tried and tried to ask for cheese in one shop, but the woman just looked at me blankly and asked "Snickers?"!!! If you can find it, try some of the local 'halva', which is similar to halva found in the rest of the Middle East except that it is vaguely green (halva is a sweet crumbly mixture of sesame seed paste and sugar, which goes quite well with bread). If the baker on the square is in the mood to deal with you, he may sell you some freshly baked bread. If not, you'll be stared at as if you've got two heads.
Local restaurant: A decent Option
The food situation in Kazbegi is not good due to the town shutting down so early every night. If you are hard up for some food after arriving by mini bus then you can either go to the recently built hotel with the classy hotel restaurant (a bit pricy and you cant miss it due to its location in the main square ) or go to the general shop across from the main statue in the square. The general shop shuts down around 630pm but they do offer some snacks and drinks if you are desperate.
Restaurant at the bridge: Georgian style kitchen
The restaurant is a small restaurant.
It is run by an old women and her daughter.
They have a small kitchen with open fire.
Alle specialities are handmade with love.
The salads are very good.
The price value is great!
Favorite Dish: Salad and Schaschliki!
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Cafe 5087m: A few places
I stopped in Café Khevi . I had shashlik and chips for 8.50L. Its just on the main street next door to cafe 5087m, basic but fine.
Cafe 5087m is more upmarket if theres such a thing in Kazbegi, a beer is 5.5Lari which is a lot. And they do food altohugh i jstu stuck with beer, they also have WIFI.
Theres also a small place at the start of the Gergeti village on the start of the trek to the church, you will see the umbrella up in the garden ,they do 2 Lari beer in here.
The Hotel: Hotel terrace
If the weather is warm, which it's not bound to be in comparison to Tbilisi, a beer out on the Hotel terrace is a good thing to do. I was here during the summer and the only tourist in town so didn't have alot of company when concerning other travellers.
Favorite Dish: Kazbegi is a good beer and here could be no other place to drink a toast to the mountain it was named after.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Heaven of milk & dairy products
There were so many cows returning at sunset that I believe almost every house had at least one. Being a great fan of fresh milk and all sorts of dairy products, especially of unindustrialised ones (harder to find nowadays), I decided to take some with me for the way back to Tbilisi. That is how I found myself in a funniest posture - looking for milk & dairy in every shop I could find, trying to communicate what I wanted through signs (simulate milking) and sounds (muuuu-muuuu) rather than words. To my profound disappointment, all I was offered was some UHT milk and slices of Hochland!
Ultimately, I managed to buy some excellent eco products from an ordinary house, after making a fool of myself once more ƒº
- Arts and Culture
- Food and Dining
Cafe 5047m: Cute Cafe!
Cafe 5047m, named after the height of Mount Kazbegi, is a cute little cafe right on the main square in Stepantsminda/Kazbegi. They have limited indoor and outdoor seating, but nice atmosphere. I was not impressed with the prices or the quality of food, but enjoyed myself simply being able to sit outdoors and enjoy a little food and drink. This cafe is right next to the Fly Kazbegi office, where you can arrange to go paragliding.