Travelling to Georgia will truly be a new experience for you. Georgia, the country bubbles with creative energy. Tbilisi, the capital city with its incredible natural beauty, charms in the deep valley of the swift Mtkvari River. There are hundreds of things to do in Tbilisi for families, couples and solo travelers. Here is our pick of the top 12:
1) Fantasize in the fancy Fabrika- Bar, Restaurant, Co-working & Event space
The past Soviet sewing factory turned into a fancy, colourful, multi-functional, amazing urban space. Inside this best hostel of Tbilisi, there is a huge yard, restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and seating places under the sky. This beautiful relic of the Soviet past is a hotel, bar, shopping mecca, live music venue, co-working space, artist studio, creative hub- you name it. Fabrika which nurtures fresh ideas and creativity is a mixture of old and new, modern and traditional, local and foreign suiting every taste and budget. In this dream place of every hipster, you can meet, collaborate and create with the endless flow of artists and creative people.
2) Sulphur baths in Abanotubani
Sulphur baths are considered as one of the famous Tbilisi attractions. The name Tbilisi derives from an old Georgian word meaning ‘warm place’ and the city is built on top of thermal springs and the water that comes from it contains sulphur around 40-50 degrees Celsius. Abanotubani is Tbilisi’s bath district most famous for the domed brick roofs of its bathhouses. These sulphur springs are a real highlight and a pretty important part of the history. There are about 10 bathhouses in this area and bathing in sulphur -rich water is said to be beneficial for skin health, immune health, and circulation.
3) Cable car to Mother of Georgia Statue
This is the symbol of Georgia, a 20metre tall aluminium figure. The cable car from Rike Park goes up passing through the rooftops of the houses in the Old Town and the view is very nice. Mother Georgia, the national character holding a sword in one hand and a cup of wine in the other symbolizes warmly welcoming guests and passionately fighting off enemies. She stands all the way up on the top of the hill overlooking the capital city, silent and shining. She is a powerful and beautiful, most famous, and most recognized woman in Georgia.
4) Shop at Dry Bridge Market
This is Tbilisi’s biggest and extraordinary flea market with a mesmerizing assortment of antiques, jewellery, and bric-a-barc on sale. This is the perfect place for lovers of old and antique things, which are local, some Soviet and some further abroad things. The Dry bridge market is the coolest spot in the city with Soviet nostalgia. The name of the market comes from the fact that the bridge it’s staged on no longer runs over a river, but over landfill instead.
5) The Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori
The museum unveils re-create scenes from the life of the leader and comprises unique photos, gifts, and furniture. The house where Stalin was born is preserved under a stone canopy nearby. The Stalin museum is an elegant stone building with well-kept courtyards, red velvets, chandeliers, and parquet floors. Stepping foot into this museum is like stepping back into the Soviet Empire. It is most authentic in bringing the Soviet-era feel by capturing it through the installations, décor and general ambiance, which shows their passion for the leader. The first part of the museum traces Stalin’s journey from a wayward schoolboy to a revolutionary and the second room focuses on Stalin, the politician.
6) The Dezerter Bazaar- Colourful Farmers Market
Dezerter Bazaar is an agrarian market covering 2000sq meters and one of the largest farmers market in the city. Vendors sell everything you can imagine from fruit and vegetables, spices, pickles, and cheese. The Tbilisi market is true can’t miss, authentic experience in Georgia. Witness the very unique Georgian bread baking process in earthenware ovens, drink wine from plastic jugs, and taste outstandingly delicious seasonal fruit. Georgian culinary diversity can be experienced in this enormous market.
7) Barbarestan Restaurant – Best Georgian Dishes
Barbarestan is a family restaurant in Agmashenebeli Street. Georgians are fond of their history and good food and Barbarestan allows to enjoy the taste of good old taste. This is the most intriguing restaurant in Tbilisi with its romantically lit wine cellar and rustic upstairs dining room. This restaurant is one of the top Tbilisi attractions that let you understand how much Georgians are fond of good food.
8) Walk the Bridge of Peace
The pedestrian glass and steel bridge in a bow-shaped design are one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city, which connects the Old Town and Rike Park above the Kura River. The bridge stretches 156 meters and has 1208 LED bulbs built-in, which is switched on daily 90 minutes before the sunset and features four different lighting programs that run on the canopy every hour.
9) Go for the Incredible Georgian Wine tour
Georgia is one of the world’s oldest wine-producing countries with attractive wine tours. In Georgia wine is not just a drink, but a significant part of the culture. All over the Old Town in Tbilisi, there are wine stores that offer free wine tasting. The Georgian wine tour will introduce the traditional way of winemaking and various types of wines.
10) Puppet Show in the Leaning Clock Tower
The leaning clock tower located at the historic old town in Tbilisi is one of the city’s most unusual buildings. It is a modern tower, attached to the mini puppet theatre designed by renowned puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze. Above the clock, there is an Angel with a hammer that comes out to ring the bell every hour. Twice a day there is a puppet show in the mini theatre below the clock.
11) The Funicular Ride
Tbilisi Funicular connects Chonquadze Street and Mtastsminda Park with a length of 501-metre railroad. Originally funicular cable railway was built in 1903-1905 to connect the ‘Upper Tbilisi’ with the ‘Lower Tbilisi’. Built atop the Mtatsminda Plateau, the funicular ride up to the Mount Mtasminda gives the spectacular views of the capital city, Tbilisi. Reaching there on the hill mount, there is the Funicular Complex with some great restaurants which serve traditional Georgian food and drink. There is also a big theme park, Mtatsminda Park for kids and adults, bars, cafes, night club, and a TV tower. Giant Wheel which is 65-metre high is the highest attraction in Mtatsminda Park. This is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in Tbilisi.
12) Night sightseeing Tbilisi in Mtkvari River Tourist Cruise Boat
The river cruise is more than just a way to get around the impressive Tbilisi city. Evening river cruise explores the city from a new dimension with sightseeing pleasure. Covering some of the most popular tourist attractions, the boat trip gives panoramic evening views. On-board, you’ll get matchless views of the Mtkvari river old town surroundings, Metekhi crag with traditional architecture houses on top, sulphur bath district and so many more. You’ll get the perfect opportunity to take pictures with sweeping views of the Rike Park, Peace Bridge, House of Justice, Gorgasali alley and more.
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