Khachapuri is one of the most popular dishes in Georgia, loved both by locals and foreigners. You can’t imagine Georgian Supra (fest dinner) without khachapuri. It is also a pretty common everyday dish in Georgian families and also fast food option in Georgia.
but are all khachapuri similar? Where to find the best Khachapuri? For this you really need our Khachapuri guide.
Khachapuri means cottage cheese bread. If you haven’t been in Georgia and you are planning your first trip, then you will be surprised knowing how many varieties of Khachapuri there are.
Is the most common variety. It is pretty simple, dough and cheese inside. Cheese type is also Imeretian. We bake it on a pan. As you can guess from it’s name, Imeruli comes from Imereti, but most likely you will find it everywhere in Georgia. In Svaneti you will find just fantastic Imeruli, but do not order it in Kakheti, of course in very fancy places you will be served with very good Imeruli, but mostly you will find it disappointing.
It looks like Imeruli at a glance, but is made of Sulguni cheese and has also cheese on top. Of course it is best to eat it in Samegrelo, but in Tbilisi you can also find very delicious Megruli Khachapuri.
Achma is popular also in western Georgia, it comes from Abkhazia. It is pretty different from other Khachapuri. First of all it has many layers and dough is cooked first than baked in oven. It is pretty similar with Italian lasagna, but without meat, only cheese inside. In east Georgia you can get it mostly in Tbilisi.
This one is popular in East Georgia and comes from Osetia. It looks very similar to Imeretian but filling is not only cheese, but cheese mixed with potatoes. You can easily find it in Kazbegi region.
One more Khachapuristyle pie from east Georgia. It also looks like Imeruli, but filling is cheese and beetroot leaves. Can be found in East Georgian mountain regions.
This one comes from Samtskhe-Javakheti region and you can hardly find it anywhere else. It is made of puff pasty, and sometimes pork fat is used in pasty.
May be the most iconic Khachapuri. Looks like boat of dough filled by melted cheese, butter and egg. Adjarians bake it in oven. It is very delicious but depends where do you eat it. Never ask for Adjaruli outside Adjara or Tbilisi, if you get one, you will be disappointed. In Batumi also better to ask where the best Adjaruli is made. It is not easy to prepare, so Georgians almost never do it at home.
This one comes from Guria region and really looks as a pie. Filling is cheese and cooked egg. It is pretty popular all around the country and can be found in many local fast food bakeries.
Actually lobiani is not khachapuri at all but looks very similar to Imeruli. It comes from Racha and difference is filling. Lobiani doesn’t have cheese but kidney beens instead. Lobiani is popular all around the country. In Racha they make lobiani with mix of beens and local bacon. But outside of Racha you can hardly find lobiani with bacon.
Meat pie from Svaneti. Like Lobiani it has shape of khachapuri but filling is meat with spices, not cheese. And it is never ground meat but meat cut in small pieces. Spices play important role in the taste. The best kubdari can be found in Svaneti in families.
Puff dough khachapuri
We are finishing our guide with the most popular fast food khachapuri in all around Georgia. You can get it literally everywhere and is really popular fast food.
Now you are familiar with all varieties of Khachapuri and ready to travel to Georgia and enjoy!