I love books and love the places in the city that are linked to books or literature. I have already written about the Writer’s House of Georgia on Machabeli Street 13. The building is 120 years old and once belonged to the founder of Georgian brandy, David Sarajishvili. In the hidden courtyard of this house there’s one cozy café called Café Littera.
It is one of my favorite spots in the city. You can visit this café in summer and in winter too, but it is a true pleasure in summer to sit in the garden under the big, old pine tree that is as old as this house itself.
This café is the successful venture of a young, strong woman, whose story could be the subject of a good book or film. Her name is Tekuna Gachechiladze. She studied psychology in Germany, and went on an exchange program to New York. She fell in love with this city, gave up everything, stayed there despite the difficulties and protests from her family, and decided to change job and become a chef. She finished the culinary academy of New York and with this experience came back to Georgia.
Georgian cuisine was thought to be untouchable until a few years ago, but she dared to modernize it with contemporary trends. If you want to experience fusion food and the revolutionary ideas of this courageous woman, don’t miss to visit this impressive café.