One of the most popular bakeries in Georgia is called Dona Bakery. It was founded in 2003 and there are now two locations in Batumi. The first is at 41 Gorgasali St., located in the Old City with outdoor seating. I lived in the apartments above this location while studying abroad with SRAS in Georgia. It is a 15 minute walk to the dancing fountains, and only five minutes from Europe Square. The other location is at 121 Parnavaz Mepe St. This location has more seating, and it is all indoors. If you are planning a trip with a group of people, the Parnavaz bakery is more likely to have seating. This location is about a ten minute walk from NovaMova, and four minutes from Central Park.
At Dona Bakery in Batumi, single-serving desserts cost anywhere between 1.50 lari to 6.00 lari (~$0.50 to $2 USD). My personal favorites were the berry tart and Snickers cake. While the berry tart has various options of berries, my go-to was raspberries, strawberries, and red currants. They also had tarts with just one type of berry, such as blueberries. The Snickers cake is a dark chocolate cake, with dark chocolate frosting, a walnut caramel filling, and topped with more walnuts. Other desserts they have include eclairs, cookies, tiramisu, cheesecake, baklava, and more!
When you walk into the bakery, you can look at the display cases of desserts. A worker will come up to you and ask you what you want. The workers will most times not speak English, but do speak Russian. Depending on how busy the bakery is, it may take a while before you are approached by a worker.
All of the desserts have signs with prices and descriptions in Georgian. When ordering, you can just point at which desserts you want if you don’t speak Russian or Georgian. The workers are patient and understanding to foreigners. After ordering, you move to the register area to pay. At the register you can also order coffee or tea.
You have the option to dine in or take out at both locations. If you dine in, the process for ordering is still the same. Like most other Georgian restaurants and cafes, you seat yourself. The workers will bring your order to you, but will not check in with you again. To order more or seek assistance, you just go back to the ordering area. Dona Bakery is a popular destination, especially for tourists. If you go during the summer, there will almost always be a line and limited seating.
This was one of my favorite spots to hang out at in Batumi. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed, with the dining areas kept clean. If there was no seating, my friends and I would order to go and eat it on the beach. The quality, convenience and atmosphere of Dona Bakery makes it a must-see when visiting Batumi!
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