Things To Do in Tbilisi Map & Guide: 40+ Activities & Places to Visit in Tbilisi, Georgia

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Things To Do in Tbilisi & Free Tbilisi Map: Our Tbilisi Travel Guide includes an extensive list of places to visit in Tbilisi and fun things to do in Tbilisi. Whether you are after food, culture, history or nightlife we cover the best Tbilisi Attractions and activities.

As well as this guide with more than 40 things to do in Tbilisi, or Tbilisi Map (Interactive Google Map Overlay) features a total of 100+ items including everything in this article and our top restaurant choices, Tbilisi cafes, bars, clubs, accommodation and essential transport locations.

Discover what to do in Tbilisi with our comprehensive guide. Plus our Top 5 Tbilisi must see list to help you prioritize if you are on a very short trip. So let’s get started!

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Places to Visit in Tbilisi: Top Tbilisi Attractions

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Things to do In Tbilisi For Foodies

Things to do Outside Central Tbilisi

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A Brief Intro To Tbilisi

Tbilisi is the capital of the Republic of Georgia. It has a turbulent history of conquest and trade. Being repeatedly occupied over the years by the Romans, Ottomans, Persians, Russians and more. Tbilisi was an East-meets-West hub for the silk road. Through all this change, and even after 70 years of communism, the spirit of the people of Georgia remains infectiously and proudly Georgian.

Georgia has a unique alphabet, unrelated to its neighbours. Their influence on regional cuisine makes them stand out as a food destination in their own right that has not been subdued by strong influences from Turkey, Iran and Russia. Just south of Tbilisi, the oldest archaeological evidence of winemaking in the world – from about 6000 BC. Wine is still made around Georgia as it was 8000 years ago.

Tbilisi brings together flavors and culture from all over the country into a city where the modern and the historic writhe together, fighting to be seen. It’s said that those who enter Georgia as a guest, will be treated with more hospitality than anywhere else in the world because it’s a welcome change to have people visit who are not trying to invade them! I can confirm that Georgian hospitality is certainly some of the best I’ve ever experienced.

 

Top Things To Do in Tbilisi: 5 Essentials (Tbilisi Must See)

These are our top choices for things to do in Tbilisi if you only have limited time (24 to 48 hours in Tbilisi). Hopefully, you’ll have more time than that though, so you can enjoy all the other fun things to do in Tbilisi – all of which are listed on our Free Tbilisi Tourist Map.

Take The Cable Car For Views Of The Old Town: Visit Narikala Fortress & Mother Of Georgia

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Top Things To Do in Tbilisi: City Views From Narikala Fortress

Our number 1 Tbilisi must see: take the cable car from Rike Park (It only costs a couple of dollars!) and up to the top station near Narikala Fortress for sensational views across Tbilisi. The cable car runs late, so it’s easy to head up there a couple of hours before sunset, visit the fortress and the Mother of Georgia statue, then grab a seat at Grilisi bar and watch the city lights turn on while sipping on a tasty beverage. In the view, you see the Peace Bridge (middle left), the old town (bottom left), Rike Park and the parliament building (centre) and St Trinity Cathedral (top right). Out of the photo, views all the way up the river valley of the whole city.

Eat Traditional Georgian Food

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Top Things To Do in Tbilisi: Eat Traditional Georgian Food

Georgia very quickly landed as one of our top 5 foodie destinations in the world! It’s not hard to fall in love with almost every traditional dish – especially the most famous national dishes Khachapuri (Cheese filled bread – pictured) & Khinkali (giant soup dumplings). Finding fantastic restaurants and trying Georgian food should be right at the top of your what to do in Tbilisi and Georgia list.

Check out our Georgian Cuisine Mega Guide & Podcast (With 60+ dishes to try)

Things To Do In Tbilisi: Tbilisi Free Walking Tours

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Top Things To Do in Tbilisi: Take A Tbilisi Walking Tour

Get oriented in Tbilisi and learn from an expert guide – for free (well, for tips, so for very cheap!). One of the fastest ways to get a taste of Tbilisi, without getting lost, is to take one of the Tbilisi Free Walking tours. Aside from the classic free tour, which will take you to some of the most iconic sites of the city, they also offer backstreet tours that help you discover lesser visited spots. Although we’ll mention a couple of our favorite Tbilisi must see secret spots in this article, to find the rest, you should take some of the tours.

From communist history (Did you know Stalin was born in Georgia?) to street art: see a list of all the Tbilisi Walking Tours. (Free & Premium Tours Available)

Explore The Meidan & Streets/Architecture Of The Old Town

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Tbilisi Attractions: Explore Tbilisi Old Town

The Meidan is the bustling central square of Old Tbilisi. Classic Georgian architecture, with colourful wooden balconies, cobbled streets, and a constant throng of people from morning until very late at night. From the Meidan, head up in any direction away from the river to explore the attractive side streets and historic buildings. Easily find your way around the sights of the Meidan and Old Tbilisi with our free interactive Tbilisi map.

What To Do In Tbilisi: Drink Traditional Wine In An Old Cellar

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Places To Visit In Tbilisi: Discover The Old Wine Cellars. Photo Credit: https://mywed.com/en/photographer/Ioseb/

Georgia is famed for their wine culture – being that archeological evidence shows Georgia as being the birthplace of winemaking, around 6000 BC. Many natural wines are still made using the ancient traditional process. This is not a gimmick that was brought back recently, it’s a long standing tradition of family winemaking across the country, where wine is fermented in buried clay pots, called qvevris. 

Although you can find qvevri wine in restaurants and bars across Tbilisi, our favourite wine experience in the old town is to enjoy wine in one the wine cellars. Our top pick is Karalashvili wine cellar – it’s just on the fringe of the tourist centre so it’s a little less touristified. Most importantly, they take real care and pride in their wine and we love the subterranean atmosphere – and the old piano. So much so, when we got married in Tbilisi, we stopped in to get some wedding photos done there (Since then they’ve now got amazing ratings on Tripadvisor too).

They offer lots of different wines and a wine tasting option.

If you have more time in Tbilisi, take a full wine tasting class (See more below in the Things to do In Tbilisi For Foodies section)

 

 

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Places to Visit in Tbilisi: Top Tbilisi Attractions

Already covered in our Top 5 Things To Do In Tbilisi above:

  • Take The Cable Car For Views Of The Old Town
  • Explore The Meidan & Streets/Architecture Of The Old Town

Sulphur Baths Tbilisi

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Places To Visit In Tbilisi: Take a soak in the Sulphur Baths (Hot Springs)

The sulphur baths are considered by most guides to be one of the main Tbilisi tourist attraction.

Tbilisi sits on a natural thermal spring which is used to supply 40-50 degrees C water to about 10 bathhouses in the Abanotubani area. Legend says that Tbilisi was founded exactly where it is because the ruler of the region at the time, King Vakhtang Gorgasali, discovered the hot springs while out hunting. 

Aside from strolling around the baths to admire their exteriors, you’ll probably want to get in and enjoy the healing waters for yourself. It’s typical to get a private room which you can share with your own group. This will include your own hot-spring bath, and varying levels of sophistication and design depending on the price. A private room tends to cost between 3o and 200 GEL ($12 to $90 USD) per hour. Extra for massage services. Though prices are increasing rapidly as tourism grows in the city. 

Some Sulphur Baths Tbilisi You Can visit:

  • Orbeliani Baths – Beautiful Mosaic Exterior. Reasonable prices.
  • Bathhouse No. 5 – Supposedly the oldest traditional bathhouse. Higher prices, busy.
  • Queen’s Sulphur Bath – A more modern facility
  • Gulo’s Baths
  • Royal Bath Tbilisi

Gallery 27 – Kaleidoscope House

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Tbilisi attractions: Gallery 27 (Kaleidoscope House)

Gallery 27 is actually a residential home with apartments where locals live. But you can visit the entrance way and deck area, as well as little arts & crafts gift shop. The stained glass is beautiful and it’s free to walk around. A quirky sidestreet attraction away from the main tourist zone.

Discover The Secret Downtown Waterfall & City Walls

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Places To Visit In Tbilisi: Explore Behind the Sulphur Baths To Find The Secret Waterfall

Behind the Sulphur Baths Tbilisi, follow the river upstream and you’ll pass the rear part of the baths and old town. In this photo, you see a mosque and a church in the same vista, as well as the domes of the baths and colored balconies. If you keep following the river towards the cliff face, you will eventually find a waterfall just behind the old town. You can swim there too.

Georgian National Museum

Tbilisi’s main museum features collections highlighting the history of Georgia. The ideal place to gain more depth of knowledge of their turbulent past. Plus, discover the archeological history of the oldest winemaking tradition in the world.

Anchiskhati Basilica

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Tbilisi attractions: Anchiskhati Basilica – Tbilisi’s Oldest Church

The Anchiskhati Basilica is the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi built by the King Dachi of Iberia in the 6th Century, shortly after Tbilisi became capital of the region. 

What To Do In Tbilisi: The Italian Courtyards

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Things To See In Tbilisi: The Italian Courtyards

One of the most surprising things about Georgian culture is their openness to interaction with guests. Tbilisi is littered with courtyards which, to foreigners at least, probably seem like private property. Actually, it’s a completely acceptable thing to do in Tbilisi to just walk into these shared courtyards and socialise. On occasions, stumbling in unannounced may lead to being offered free drinks or snacks too! Called “Italian courtyards”, but really more Persian in design. Expect grape vines, laundry and a real local atmosphere. If you don’t feel comfortable just walking in, it’s best to join one of the free walking tours.

Liberty Square (Freedom Square) & Rustaveli Avenue

Like all many ex-communist capitals, a bombastic square with bold architecture has been renamed to reflect newfound independence. Freedom Square has had many names over the years, including being previously called Freedom Square back in 1918 when Georgia had also briefly won their independence. During the communist time, this was Lenin Square, now Freedom Square once again.

Running North-West from Freedom Square is Rustaveli Avenue. An important street for trade and culture. Along Rustaveli you’ll find the Opera House, National Museum and many shops, cafes and restaurants. As you head to the north end of Rustaveli, you eventually reach a quieter district with tree lined and cobbled streets.

What To See In Tbilisi: The Sioni Cathedral

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Tbilisi attractions: Sioni Cathedral

Sioni Cathedral is right in Old Tbilisi. Its construction began in the 5th century, but was not completed until 639AD. It’s been destroyed and rebuilt in part many times and the current structure is mostly from the period of King David the Builder – one of Georgia’s most important rulers from the 11th/12th century. Find Sioni Cathedral, and every other item listed in this article, on our free interactive map of Tbilisi.

The National Botanical Garden of Georgia (Tbilisi Botanical Garden)

The Tbilisi Botanical Garden is a 161 Hectare parkland which can be accessed from the top of the Cable Car, departing from Rike Park. The gardens were first established in 1625, or perhaps earlier, as a royal garden. Today they can be enjoyed by all. You’ll find over 4,500 different plants etc.

Things To See In Tbilisi: The Bridge Of Peace

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Places To Visit In Tbilisi: The Bridge Of Peace

The 150 meter long bridge of peace (pedestrians only) connects Old Tbilisi on the west bank, with Rike Park and newer parts of Tbilisi on the east. This modern bridge was completed in 2010 and is lit with LED lights. The structure was considered controversial by many residents of the city for being a grossly modern design pulling attention away from historical buildings nearby. Love it or hate it, it’s become a popular crossing for tourists taking photos, and for locals going about their daily business.

Places To Visit in Tbilisi: Saint Trinity Cathedral

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Places To Visit In Tbilisi: St. Trinity Cathedral

The distinctive golden roof of St. Trinity Cathedral has become another icon of the Tbilisi skyline. But St. Trinity Cathedral is also a new addition, completed in 2004. It was built to commemorate 1,500 years of the Georgian Orthodox church. It also became a symbol to the return to freedom of religion after the end of Communism.

Views From Vera Park

Although we prefer the panoramic views of Tbilisi from the top of the Rike Park cable car, Vera Park, north of Rustaveli Avenue is a less crowded spot offering city views looking south, rather than north. Vera park is also a popular choice for people watching and relaxing.

Street Art

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Making a boring window more fun: Tbilisi Street Art

Like many big cities, street art is a popular form of expression in Tbilisi. The highest concentration of art pieces are found near Fabrika and the new (19th century) Tbilisi area on the east side of the river. Join the Backstreets Of Tbilisi Free Walking Tour to be guided to some of the best pieces.

 

What to do in Tbilisi: Fun Activities & Tbilisi Nightlife

Already Mentioned in Top 5 Above:

  • Free Walking Tours
  • Drink Traditional Wine In A Cellar

Traditional Dancing & Polyphonic Singing

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: See Traditional Polyphonic Singing & Georgian Dancing

The first time we heard traditional Georgian polyphonic singing we were sitting in a 24/7 beerhouse at 2 am. 3 Guys in the corner spontaneously broke into song. Quite a unique experience, or so we thought. But after spending many months living in Tbilisi, we found that spontaneous harmonising is in the fabric of the culture and it’s typical in the more local restaurants to find groups of Georgians singing at their tables.

Of course, if you don’t want to rely on luck, there are some restaurants that have dinner theatre with sword dancing and live Georgian singing. Some to consider:

  • Ethno Tsiskvili – Amazing venue with a purpose built waterfall in the courtyard, wine tasting room and a variety of song and dance entertainment in multiple venues. Dress Code: Shoes and long trousers. Reservations essential. For Polyphonic singing, ask on the phone for times. This is way out of town, but taxis are cheap and it’s totally worth it.
  • In The Shadow Of Metekhi – Central venue with daily traditional music and dancing. On Fridays, they have singing waiters. Contact in advance to check the music program and times.
  • Phaetoni (Pictured) – Best example of polyphonic singing, in my opinion. Food at a lower standard than Tsiskvili. After the main band finished, the lead singer came back out to host karaoke… Things went downhill from there. So check times of main performance in advance.

Fun Things To Do In Tbilisi: Mtatsminda Park & Funicular Tbilisi

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Take The Tbilisi Funicular

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Explore Mtatsminda Park At The Top Of Tbilisi Funicular

A short walk west of Freedom Square you’ll find the Tbilisi Funicular which takes you up to Mtatsminda Park and the Funicular restaurant. From here you are much higher than at the Rike Park cable car viewpoint, so you can see the whole city spread out around you. The Tbilisi Funicular restaurant is surprisingly affordable and a great place to eat or drink and enjoy the view – day or night.

Mtatsminda Park, just a few minutes walk from the Tbilisi Funicular top station is a quirky amusement park with an old time ghost house, 4D cinema for kids and more.

Places To Visit In Tbilisi: Fabrika

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Party at Fabrika

Fabrika is the number 1 hipster hot spot in Tbilisi right now. Built into an old communist textiles factory, Fabrika has multiple bars and restaurants backing onto an inner courtyard, a hostel (With dorms and private rooms) and a co-working space. Expect a lively atmosphere most nights, especially in the summer – you don’t have to be a guest to party there. A night at Fabrika is definitely one of the top things to do in Tbilisi for the under 40’s.

What To Do In Tbilisi: Dry Bridge Market

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Hunt For Russian Memorabilia @ Dry Bridge Market

The old Russian antiques and flea market. During communism, free commerce and capitalism were illegal. When communism collapsed, Georgians looking to make ends meet came to the dry bridge – a busy crossing with lots of passing trade – in order to buy and sell. Soviet memorabilia and pretty much any non-food item that could be sold became a part of the market.

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Davit Agmashenebeli St – Alternative Dining & Entertainment Street

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Dine Al Fresco @ Davit Agmashenebeli St

Tbilisi is certainly a top dining and nightlife city. Most tourists quickly find the excellent Erekle II dining street and stumble into the overly touristy Jan Shardeni St (avoid at all costs – unless you love overpaying for average quality food). But a third choice for a vibrant atmosphere in the evening is the south end of Davit Agmashenebeli St.

Chacha time – Drink Traditional Georgian Spirits

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Drink Georgia’s Famous Chacha

Chacha is Georgia’s traditional grape based spirit – similar to grappa. Chacha is a protected drink that can only use that name if it is made in Georgia. At many restaurants and bars, you’ll find some pretty rough chacha. At Chacha Time, you’ll find an extensive, sophisticated selection with knowledgeable staff waiting to guide you through the finer side of flavored and aged Chachas from the best producers in Georgia.

Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theatre & Clock Tower

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theatre Clock Tower & Shows

The small 80 seat Rezo Gabriadze puppet theatre opened in 1981. The clock tower outside was added in 2010 and now draws crowds every hour during the day, waiting to see the hourly clockwork puppet show. Show performance in the theatre are in varying languages, check the Rezo Gabriadze website for more details.

Where To Go In Tbilisi: Rike Park

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Places To Visit In Tbilisi: Rike Park

Rike Park, as well as containing the Cable Car base station, also hosts art exhibits, free cultural shows and is just a pleasant place to hang out.

Fun Things To Do In Tbilisi: 24/7 Food & Wine

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: 24/7 food and wine – our late night khinkali feast

Tbilisi’s 24/7 food and wine culture is certainly a novelty for many visitors who didn’t grow up in a 24/7 dining culture. If you want a big plate of khinkali and a jug of wine at 4am… you are in the right city. Not every restaurant is 24 hour, of course. We always seemed to end up at Khinkali house on Rustaveli after a night out – there are other branches around Tbilisi though. There is nothing remotely classy about Khinkali house, but at 4am, who cares?

Enjoy a massive Georgian wine selection: Wine Factory #1

Things To Do in Tbilisi: Try Hundreds Of Wines at Wine Factory #1

Things To Do in Tbilisi: Try Hundreds Of Wines at Wine Factory #1

Wine tasting is an easy thing to do in Tbilisi. But few bars have anything like the selection of Georgian bottled wine at reasonable prices, and surrounded by a fun atmosphere, as Wine Factor #1. This wine bar is right in the centre of a brand new food & wine complex, also called Wine Factory, which was built on the site of an old… Wine factory. Get the picture? 

Georgians love wine, and here you can buy by the bottle, and sit and drink wines from $2 USD a bottle up to well over $60 a bottle – and that includes tax and corkage. It’s like going to a wine shop that is also a bar but paying wine shop prices – and they are open until 2am. They have a full food menu, but if you fancy something else, the wine factory complex has everything from traditional Georgian to tacos to a real American smokehouse style bar.

Enjoy Some Tbilisi Craft Beer

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Craft Beer Tbilisi @ No.8 Bar and Grill

The craft beer revolution has started to find a footing in Tbilisi – fighting the historic tradition of wine drinking. Though the offerings of quality craft beer are still limited and require a bit of work to find, we pick No. 8 Bar & Grill as our top microbrewery. The Zulu Run IPA was a winner, their English bitter was also a slice of malt heaven which was hard to stop drinking. Their house made mustard and smoked meats were a bonus to accompany the beer too.

 

Things To Do In Tbilisi For Foodies

Already mentioned in our Top 5 Above:

  • Eat Traditional Georgian Food

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Wine Tasting Class – Learn About Georgian Wine Tradition

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Wine Tasting Class at 8000 Vintages

Instead of just doing some basic wine tasting, you can experience a full guided class and meet some other people while learning about the styles and history of Georgian traditional wine. Our top pick for wine tasting in Tbilisi is at 8000 vintages. Contact them on Facebook in advance for dates and times of classes.

As well as the wine tasting, they are also a wine bar with charcuterie and cheese plates of local products and they are a very well stocked wine shop. The sommelier and staff blind taste every new wine (tough job!) which they intend to stock, to make sure it’s good enough to hit the shelves.

Take A Tbilisi Cooking Class

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Take A Tbilisi Cooking Class To Make Traditional Georgian Cuisine

Not only should you eat a lot of Georgian food, but you should learn how to cook it! Over our extended time in Georgia, I’ve learned a few classics and re-created them back home – Khachapuri, Khinkali, Ostri and a few others. As it’s tricky to find Georgian food outside of the Caucasus region, you are going to miss it once you leave. So you better learn the secrets!

Explore a selection of cooking classes in Tbilisi.

What To Do In Tbilisi: Visit The Dezerter Bazaar

Although Tbilisi’s largest municipal market (about 2,000 square metres) was refurbished in 2012, it still retains the charm and atmosphere of the last 100+ years. Mainly because of Georgia’s fierce commitment to local produce and local vendors. It’s pretty typical for products you buy to have moved down the family chain. Everyone in Tbilisi seems to have relatives who live in the country and local shops and traders almost always bring that family supply direct to their own stores.  

The Dezerter Bazaar got its name in the 1920s when Russian soldiers who deserted the fighting in the region were known to sell off their weapons and belongings in the market.

Today, produce is the main thing for sale. And one thing you’ll find is the most famous Georgian dessert…

Eat Traditional Sweets

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Eat Churchkhela – Traditional Georgian Dessert

Churchkhela: A smart use of the byproducts of winemaking. Grape must is boiled and then thickened with flour. The thick mixture formed is used to encase nuts (often walnuts) into these long sausage like sweets. They are often referred to by locals as “Georgian Snickers”. Unlike snickers, they are naturally sweet and sugar is not added. A much healthier alternative!

Try An Extensive Range Of Georgian Cheese

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Try Georgian Cheese @ Cheese House, Vake

The King of Georgian cheese is Sulguni – it’s on every restaurant menu and it’s a bit like a firm mozzarella. Great for melty cheesey cooking. When it comes to eating cheese raw though, we found restaurants were not so well stocked. To try some truly interesting Georgian cheeses we headed to Cheese House in Vake – just north of Rustaveli. The owners went sample crazy and we got to try quite a few before settling on a firm cheese with rosemary and thyme in it to buy.

Visit A Traditional Wine Shop – Shumi Cellars

It’s traditional to get wine (and beer) on tap at shops in Georgia – even at the modern supermarkets you may find taps. Many of the large wineries in Georgia are represented with their own cellar doors in Tbilisi. Though these are normally purpose built, some have been designed to re-create a little more faux country atmosphere. My top pick for the most interesting cellar door is the Shumi Wine Shop on Sulkhan Tsintsadze St. Get the exact location with our free interactive Tbilisi Map.

See Traditional Georgian Shoti Bread Made

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: See Georgian Shoti Bread Being Made @ Bread House

Salty perfect bread! I have to say that Georgian Shoti bread is up there in my top 2 favorite breads along with proper artisanal baguettes in France (not the factory stuff they sell in supermarkets). And the reason, I believe, is both these types of bread are a little salt heavy and feature a rustic crispy outside with a soft inside.

Shoti bread is closer to naan bread in shape, and is cooked in a similar way – stuck to the side of a round stone oven. But it tastes nothing like naan. You Have to try it! Most little bakeries around town are happy to let you see them make the bread, even if they don’t speak English. To see it made in an open kitchen, drop into Bread House, a downtown Tbilisi restaurant, and enjoy some bread and a glass of wine.

 

Things To Do Outside Central Tbilisi 

We loved central Tbilisi, but there are a few locations within 30 minutes drive of the centre that are worth getting out of town to see. 

Jvari Monastery

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Things To Do Near Tbilisi: Jvari Monastery, Mtskheta

The Jvari Monastery is perched on a hill north of Tbilisi, overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi & Mtkvari rivers. Though most visitors drive up there for the view, less realise the significance of the site. Legend says it is here that King Mirian III was converted to Christianity here in the early 4th century AD by the evangelist Saint Nino. A cross was erected and eventually a church as the kingdom became Christian. The current Jvari Monastery was completed on the site around 605 AD and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Mtskheta & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

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Visit Mtskheta & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

The city of Mtskheta was founded in the 5th century BC and became the capital of the region in the 3rd century BC until the capital was moved to Tbilisi in the 6th century AD. It is where the Georgian Orthodox Church was founded and still where they have their HQ.

As well as the Jvari Monastery (Seen on the hill far behind the Cathedral – pictured) the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1029 AD) is another important UNESCO site. The cathedral was built on an older site from the 4th century AD.

Jvari Monastery and Mtskheta are most easily reached by car or tour (It’s not so possible to walk between the two as there is no nearby river crossing). We could not find a bus to Jvari. Given the low price of taxis and shared tours in Georgia, it’s easier just to take one of those options anyway. See This Affordable Tour Option.

 

 

Outdoor Ethnographic Museum

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Things To Do in Tbilisi: Outdoor Ethnographic Museum of Georgia

One of our surprise favorite museums in Tbilisi, or anywhere. We went in with very low expectations as the Ethnographic museum is a little run down – though is under slow refurbishment. However, for a dollar or two entry, we were impressed. For 50+ years, the museum has been moving traditional dwellings from all over Georgia to this one outdoor location on the hill above Vake. With a huge variance in climate across Georgia, the types of dwellings are all surprisingly different.

The best draw of the museum was that they have volunteers hanging out in some of the dwellings who will explain to you how people used to live in them and what each room was used for. That personal interaction with locals who spoke English, combined with being in the authentic buildings was a great experience. Don’t expect light shows and choreography but the museum was charming.

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Tbilisi Sea & Water Park

A huge reservoir to the North East of Tbilisi is known to locals as the Tbilisi Sea. In one location they have an artificial beach. In another, you’ll find the Gino Paradise Waterpark. Locals flood to the beach and waterpark during the hot mid-summer days to cool off.

Turtle Lake

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Things To Do Near Tbilisi: Turtle Lake

Dining and swimming at Turtle Lake is another spot to escape the heat, and the tourists, as this is almost exclusively a local spot. You can reach it by taxi/car or by taking the lesser known small cable car from Vake Park.

What To Do In Tbilisi: Chronicles of Georgia

A giant stone monument and statue park created by Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli in 1985 – but never finished. The project was designed to chronicle the history of Georgia. It’s not that well known by locals (and taxi drivers!) so we suggest using an app like Taxify (Better than Uber in Tbilisi) so the driver knows where to go.

Take A Wine Tour Or Day Trip From Tbilisi

We released a guide to Georgian Wineries including a map.

Some of the best scenery and history in Georgia is outside of Tbilisi. Although you can rent a car, some of the roads (and road rules) are pretty terrible. Even google maps should not be trusted outside of Tbilisi as some routes marked as roads are just rocky tracks – we found this out the hard way when trying to self drive to David Gareji Monastery. Plus, if you want to try lots of the amazing Georgian wine and stop in at one of a huge selection of vineyards, getting a guide and doing a day trip from Tbilisi is the best choice. Here are some popular tour options:

 

 

 

Accommodation in Tbilisi

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Getting To Tbilisi

Getting to Tbilisi is becoming easier and easier with new flight options continuing to open up every year. You can currently fly to Tbilisi from within Europe with Pegasus, Georgian Air or fly budget into Kutaisi with Wizz. There’s also plenty of flight options from outside Europe too. Or if your out for an adventure why not take the train from Istanbul to Tbilisi and see some amazing countryside along the way! 

 

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