Tbilisi, the capital of the country of Georgia, for me, is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. If you’re looking for the best things to do in Tbilisi, this post covers it.
I am so charmed by the city that I made my fifth visit last December.
As more and more tourists visit Tbilisi, the amount of pickpockets has drastically increased in Tbilisi over the last few years. So be aware!
Tbilisi is the largest city in the country of Georgia, not the state in the USA. It is located on both sides of the Mtkvari River, with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants.
It was founded in the 5th century but has been rebuilt around 29 times since then.
The old town of Tbilisi is largely intact, with narrow alleys and big crooked houses built around small courtyards. This place is definitely a good reason to visit Georgia.
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The newer parts of the capital recently got a huge facelift with modern architecture.
It doesn’t yet offer world-class shopping opportunities that you will find in other capitals around the world—looking for the best place to take Instagram photos in Tbilisi?
But Tbilisi offers something that you will not find in modern capitals, charm! If you’re looking for where to stay during your visit to Tbilisi, check out these options.
Here’s My List of the Top 10 Things to Do and Places to Visit in Tbilisi
Curious about where to go in Tbilisi? Below you’ll find a list of all the top things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia, to help you make the most of your stay.
1. Take a Stroll Through the Old Town – Must See in Tbilisi
Old Town Tbilisi has, over the recent years, gotten a huge “facelift.” These days, there are local art shops, wine houses, small family-run guesthouses.
You can spend hours getting lost in the old alleys and backstreets, just to find a small local bar or Kinkhali house. This is one of the best places to see in Tbilisi.
2. Take a Sulphur Bath in Old Tbilisi, Georgia
The famous Sulphur Baths are located in the Abanotubani district in the middle of the old town.
The sulphur baths are an amazing place to relax for an hour or two, especially during the colder months of the year. Making this one of the best Tbilisi places to visit in winter.
Most of the baths are open 24/7, and the price varies from 30 Lari for the cheapest private room to 100 Lari for a private room.
The room quality varies as much as the price difference. There are also public rooms available for 3 Lari.
Click here to read a complete guide about Sulphur Baths.
While the expensive rooms are completely refurbished with both hot bath and cold bath and even a private sauna.
The cheaper rooms are more basic with an old Soviet look with just a hot bath and hot/cold shower.
The Sulfur bath has been a part of Tbilisi’s history from the city’s beginning.
The name Tbilisi comes from the Georgian word for warm ‘თბილი, which means “warm location.”
3. Visit The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi
There’s no shortage of churches in Tbilisi or Georgia; you will never be far from one.
The one you will see the most is the huge Holy Trinity Cathedral or locally known as “Sameba.”
The construction of the Cathedral was only completed back in 2004, so it doesn’t offer the same amount of history as most of the other churches in Tbilisi.
But the Holy Trinity Cathedral is impressive in other ways.
It´s with its height of 97,5m, the third-largest Orthodox cathedral in the world, only after the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in Saint Petersburg and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
4. Visit the Mtatsminda Park for the Stunning View of the City – Things to Do, Tbilisi
Mtatsminda Park is the highest point surrounding the city; the park has a small amusement park, a Ferris wheel (that’s the highest point in Tbilisi), a lot of restaurants, and small bars.
This is one of the best places to visit in Tbilisi if you want a panoramic view of the city. Even tho the amusement park might be a bit out of date
It’s a popular hangout for couples in the evening to enjoy the amazing view of the city landscape.
The park can be reached by bus 124 or by the Funicular railway.
5. Try the Local Georgian Cuisine – Tbilisi Things to Do
Georgian cuisine is vegetarian-friendly, and recently, a vegan cafe has opened up in the city.
I’m neither vegan nor vegetarian, and I love the anti-vegan food. Georgian food, for me, is up there with Chinese, Mexican, and Thai food. Cheese and meat are used in almost every dish.
While most of the food in Georgia, like in all other old Soviet countries, are heavily meat-based, they also have some delicious vegetarian surprises.
The best and most common dish, which is also considered as the national dish, is called Khachapuri, a “fluffy” bread with the center of it filled with cheese in the middle and with an egg on top of the cheese again.
The crust is a proper bread that you use to dip in the cheese.
Different regions of the country have different versions of Khachapuri. Central Georgia’s Khachapuri looks more like a calzone than a traditional one, whereas western Georgia likes to add more cheese to the Khachapuri than the rest of the country.
Southern Georgia likes to serve its Khachapuri with a raw egg on top and a dash of butter.
6. Take the Cable Car to the Mother, Georgia Statue – What to Visit in Tbilisi
The Mother Georgia is located on a high hill overlooking the city, you can either walk up or you can take the cheap cable car from the eastern part of the city.
The ride is only 1 lari, making it an affordable way to look at all the things to see in Tbilisi. You will enjoy a panoramic view while riding over the old town.
You will enjoy a nice view of the city, similar to the top of Mtatsminda Park.
You also visit the castle overlooking the city while walking back down: the Mother, Georgia Statue.
7. Try the Local Candy in Tbilisi, Georgia
There are two types of homemade candy in Georgia, Churchkhela, and Taklpi.
These are sold from old babushkas on street corners to big shops on the main streets. It’s impossible to walk around the city without seeing a shop or two selling it.
Churchkhela is a sausage-shaped Georgian candy stick with walnuts in the center.
They are dipped in thick hot grape juice. The other local candy is Taklpi which are fruit rolls.
There are numerous varieties, including plums, pear, apple, and even kiwi.
8. Watch the Puppet Show – What to See in Tbilisi
The leaning clock tower was created by the famous Georgian puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze.
Each hour a window opens at the top, and an angel strikes the bell. Below the clock, a screen opens and shows the circle of life: boy meets girl, marriage, childbirth, and funeral.
9. Check Out the Local Nightlife – Tbilisi What to Do
Tbilisi is considered by many to be the best clubbing city in Eastern Europe and almost on a level with Berlin in western Europe.
The partying and clubbing culture has become a lifestyle, and music is a sacred thing in the city. There’s also a club underneath the national football stadium.
If you are not into clubbing, there are many local bars spread around the city, from small jazz clubs to pubs frequented by the locals and foreigners, selling a glass of draft beer or glass of wine for 2lari.
10. Take a Day Trip from Tbilisi
Since Georgia is a relatively small country and Tbilisi is almost located in the central part, it is easy to make a day trip out of the city and still come back by evening.
I would also recommend you to visit Yerevan, the capital of neighboring Armenia if you have got time.
Additional Information About Tbilisi, Georgia
Before you pack your bags and head off, here are some important tips for your Tbilisi trip.
Traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia – Directions to reach old Tbilisi from the airport:
You can take the N37 bus just outside the terminal, which operates 24/7, leaving at 35-minute intervals and costs 0.50 Gel.
If you’re heading to Kutaisi next, the third-largest city in Georgia, be sure to check out this post.
Final Thoughts on What to Do in Tbilisi
There is a range of Tbilisi attractions, tourist spots, and historical sites for you to visit.
Whether you want to see the city from above or take some time out in a Sulphur bath after a busy trip, you won’t be disappointed by everything this Georgian city has to offer.
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Tuesday 30th of August 2022
Hi Just been to Tiblisi in June. Its a beautiful place. The Holy trinity church though its née compared to the historical monasteries, the church is impressing beautiful. Its structure, the garden around the church and the quietness when we visited in the morning was a memorable moment
Sunday 19th of July 2020
Hello Thank you for your article and comments
But I I want to travel from South Africa what will be the easiest airport to get there?
Friday 27th of November 2020
From South Africa, the easiest way to Georgia is though Qatar
Wednesday 13th of November 2019
Hi- great article! I'll be spending 5 days in Tbilisi in January and was thinking of taking a day trip for one day. Is there anything you would say is a "must see" outside of Tbilisi that can be done in one day? Thanks!
Wednesday 13th of November 2019
Kazbegi with a stop at Ananur is the most popular day trip from Tbilisi other good day trips are David Gareji Monastery or Sighnagi. Actually huge parts of Georgia can be visited as a day trip from Tbilisi, but that´s at least the 3 easiest and most popular.
Monday 16th of September 2019
I loved being in tbilisi! Architecture is very beautiful, people are very kind and they have very delicious cuisine! I was in georgian restaurant Usakhelouri, which is located in Abanotubani and I was amazed by their food, especially khachapuri (traditional pie with cheese) and red wine Tavkveri. The best impressions in my life!
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