St Petersburg offers a very reasonable amount of food from Georgia (the Caucasus country, not the US state). Mostly it is cafes and restaurants of all the different kinds. Recently, after the trade limitations introduced after the 2008 war were lifted, Georgian wines, sauces and fruit jams are back at supermarkets. However, good Georgian-style bread is at times a bit hard to come by.
This bakery kiosk in northern St Petersburg opened in 2013. It may not warrant a trip in and of itself, but if you’re in the neighbourhood, do come by. I prefer to walk a few hundred meters from the nearest bus stop and I never leave without a fresh, sometimes hot, piece of bread. I am not alone, and there is often a small queue outside.
Its staple is shoti, flatbread colloquially known as “Georgian lavash”, lavash being Russia’s generic term for all types of flatbread be it Uzbek or Armenian (the latter being lavash proper). It is slightly salty, has peculiar shape, and is baked on site in a traditional oven. They also bake several types of khachapuri, Samegrelo, Guria, achma etc. style, some “European” bread and pastries, and provide homemade ayran and Natakhtari lemonade.
Unfortunately, they bake my favourite pie, lobiani – vegan pastry with spicy beans, mostly during one of Orthodox church’s lent seasons, if they secure supplies of good enough beans (quality matters here).
In 2015, a similar bakery opened more centrally, Lavashnaya No. 7, as did several more in other parts of the city.