Let’s agree on one thing. Coffee is life. Bearing that in mind, follow me inside Parsek1. Actually before entering, admire the “drawing of the day” on the blackboard outside the front door that changes every now and then. Alright, you can go in now.
You’ll be greeted by a barista and a delicious fragrance of freshly ground coffee beans. Parsek1 offers a fine selection of those, and you can order your drink in any way you like – from a straightforward Americano to a latte to aeropress. Your liquid happiness will be served on a corkboard coaster that the same barista decorates with hand-drawn portraits of comics heroes.
But in my opinion the real treat in this tiny place are the manga and comic books in three languages, and memorabilia from several fandoms. Being the first – and so far the only – shop of its kind in Tbilisi, it holds whole colourful worlds of various fiction universes for you to discover.
Throughout its not-so-long existence, Parsek1 has established itself as a platform for creative people. Young artists, especially those creating in unconventional styles, are always welcome to display their works – both as decoration and for sale. There are regular free screenings of anime movies where seasoned fans or those discovering the genre are equally welcome. The place serves as a hub for artistic people who want to share their experience. In the past year Parsek1 hosted workshops on drawing for animation, screenwriting, and many others. More events are planned for 2019.