Wondering how to spend time in Tbilisi? As we have spent 4 days in the capital city of Georgia, we are happy to spread some nice words about this lovely city and of course to give you some useful advice! Please have a look at our suggestions of what to do and see.
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With its 1,1 million inhabitants, Tbilisi is the capital city of Georgia. On one hand we experienced the city as a safe, modern, young city with a lot of impressive historical sights, many restaurants, nice shops, extravagant buildings and well maintained parks. On the other hand there is some chaos in terms of traffic, abandoned houses, destroyed cars... an interesting mixture, for sure :)
What to Do and See in Tbilisi
Visit the Metekhi Church
The first stop of your sightseeing tour should be the Metekhi Church. This historical church is located on the left bank of the Mtkvari river. Take some photos and then go straight ahead to the old town of Tbilisi.
Observe the Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater
One of our favourite parts of Tbilisi is the area around the Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater. Why? It is actually not the theater itself which makes this part of the old town so amazing. There are many cute restaurants and cafes with stunning architecture. Hard to describe but let's say it comes with a bohemian touch. Hope this gives you an idea. Btw. this is also a great spot to look for your hotel in Tbilisi.
Walk The Bridge of Peace
A sophisticated pedestrian bridge called the Bridge of Peace is built over the river Kura. It attracts attention due to its stunning and unique architecture. The bridge connects the old town with the new part.
Relax at Rike Park
The Rike Park makes it a perfect place if a break is needed. The most impressive part of it is probably the concert hall, built in a form of two tubes.
Check Out the Liberty Square
If any time left, check out the Liberty Square. Nothing else to add here :)
Try Georgian Food
Nom nom nom - Georgian food is worth to try! Order some Georgian dumplings, Khachapuri Adjaruli (bread with Georgian cheese and egg), Khinkali (soup dumpling), Lobiani (bean filled bread) etc. There is so much to try and at the end everything is very delicious. We recommend to eat in the following two restaurants: Cafe Laila and Cafe Gabriadze
Have a Refreshing Mint Lemonade
Thirsty? Order an awesome Georgian mint lemonade. Cools down when sweating like hell in the humid months;)
Get a Taste of Its Nightlife
Due to its wealth of cafes, restaurants and clubs, Tbilisi can be proud of its nightlife. We were especially happy about all the shisha (waterpipe) bars which make the city trip unforgettable.
Take the Cable Car to Enjoy a City View
A guess this is one of the best things to do in Tbilisi - to take the cable car to the Narikala Fortress. To ride it, you have to buy the Metromoney card, available at each ticket office in the city. Once there, you can make yourself a picture how big the city is. Some stunning views over the city, for sure. Consider visiting in the morning or afternoon hours to avoid the heat and crowds during the day.
Observe the Kartlis Deda
On the same hill, you will encounter a monument of the Mother of Georgia, so called Kartlis Deda. It is impossible to miss it as it can be observed from every angle when strolling down the Tbilisi streets.
Visit the Area around Tsminda Sameba Cathedral
A great district to explore in Tbilisi is the area around the Tsminda Sameba Cathedral. The cathedral itself is stunning but the beautifully maintained parks nearby are worth your time.
Have a Ride with the City Metro
In our opinion, it is always nice to mingle with the locals by, for example, taking the public transportation! You will be surprised how efficient and well maintained their city metro is. It is definitely a great and quick way to come from one to another part of the city.
Take the Funicular to Mtatsminda Park
It was our last evening in Tbilisi when we decided to take the funicular to the famous Mtatsminda Park. And why should one go? First of all, it offers splendid views over the city (btw. consider visiting in the evening to see the city lights), second it owns a great restaurant offering typical Georgian food. Last but not least, there is an amazing amusement park at the top of the hill. Who would have thought.. roller-coasters, carrousels, water slides, adventure cinema... sooo cool! ;)
To relax in some greenery, consider visiting the botanical garden of Tbilisi. Despite the fact that it is not really a jaw-dropping spot, it is still a great option to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. What is more, the path through the botanical garden leads to some amazing viewpoints, offering some breathtaking views over the city.
Relax at Sulfur Baths
Although we haven't experienced it, relaxing in one of the hot springs, is apparently a great thing to do in Tbilisi. In the Sulfur baths it is possible to plunge in the warm thermal water and get massages. Apart from the baths itself, we pretty much enjoyed the district around these baths - some beautiful parks, cute bridges, nice cafes and shops... a place to visit!
Half-Day Trip from Tbilisi to Mtskheta
Only half an hour drive from Tbilisi there is this little town called Mtskheta. As I am a fan of small towns, I was happy to do this trip but frankly said, it is pretty touristy. We walked down its streets and had a typical Georgian coffee in one of the cafes.
Overall, we really enjoyed spending the time in Tbilisi. I would say, 2 days are actually enough to visit the main sights in the city...but you know, we are getting older and we slowly start to giving up the idea of rushing from one place to another :P
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How did you spend your days in Tbilisi? Anything interesting you did which we missed out? Let us know in the comments below!
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