Tbilisi – Caucasus’ the Most Cosmopolitan City Which Never Stops to Amaze You
Tired of the same old city breaks? Try Tbilisi City Tour, the characterful capital of Georgia. Choose Georgian Safari and be ready for unforgettable adventures that are waiting for you in Georgia!
Tbilisi is the place where East meets West, located on the crossroads of two continents Asia and Europe Tbilisi offers a lot to its visitors. The Instagrammable Old Town is made for meandering with its maze of squares and narrow lanes lined with lovely wooden houses, colorful and curved balconies, bohemian bars, inviting cafes, ancient stone churches, interesting museums, wine shops and plenty of cosmopolitan, eye-catching details.
Tbilisi was established as a capital of Georgia in the fifth century by the King Vakhtang Gorgasali. A few hours’ drive from the Caucasus Mountains, as well as both the Black and Caspian Seas, Tbilisi’s position at the crux of Europe and Asia once played an important role in the Silk Road.
Explore Tbilisi – The Pearl of Caucasus!
Sulphur Bath District
Sulphur Bath District or simply Abanotubani is a place where history of Tbilisi begins. According to the legend, Vakhtang Gorgasali went out for hunting with his falcon in Mtskheta’s (old capital of Georgia) neighborhood forests. After a while king’s falcon caught a pheasant, after which both birds fell into nearby hot spring and died from burns. King follow their trails that lead him to Tbilisi, impressed by this unexpected discovery, the monarch decided to establish new capital of Georgia precisely around this hot springs and gave it the name Tbilisi in which word “Tbili” means warm in Georgian language.
Chreli Abano “Colourful Bathhouse”
Chreli Abano that literally translates as “Colourful Bath” is located in the heart of Tbilisi in Abanotubani district. It has only private bathing rooms, which we recommend to book in advance through their website chreli-abano.ge . It has 12 separate rooms inside and visitors are able to enjoy different type of spa procedures here as well.
Because of its decorative façade with blue tiles this building attracts photography lovers and bloggers from around the world.
Prices start from 50 GEL up to 500 GEL.
Opening Hours: From 08.00 until 24.00.
Call-center number: (032) 2 930093
Backstreets of Tbilisi
For those who wants to explore off-the beaten trails in Tbilisi we offer to visit our website https://georgiansafari.com and book Tbilisi Walking Tour right now!
For those who wants to discover hidden gems of Georgia’s capital independently we advice you some places that you must not miss while backpacking through Tbilisi:
1.Tabidze Street (No.17 – Seilanov’s House)
2.Dadiani Street (No. 18 for marble spiral staircase) 3.Machabeli Street (Do not miss Writer’s House and Café Littera inside of it)
4.Lado Gudiashvili Square (try Vintage Styled café Pur-pur here)
5.Betlemi Street (Kaleidoscope House at No. 3)
Curved Balconies – Symbol of Tbilisi
Walking around Tbilisi, especially in Sololaki district or in Agmashenebeli Avenue is worth of it while your stay here. You will discover elegantly curved balconies, beautifully decorated window frames or multicolored tiled facades. Tbilisi has a valuable architectural heritage and the city has become number of the “Barcelona Art Nouveau European Route”.
In Tbilisi Art Nouveau was not a simple copy of European models though, but incorporated many local elements like wooden curved balconies that became undivided part of Tbilisi.
Try to walk as much as possible and take your camera with you – trust us it never gets boring!
Dry Bridge Flea Market
So called Dry Bridge Flea Market offers everyday exhibition to its visitors that reflects Georgia’s past and present. There is a mesmerizing assortment of antiques, jewellery and bric-a-brac on sale. Everything is laid out on the ground, often carefully arranged on sheets of material, other time it has a haphazard collection. One person might be trying to sell you some coins from Soviet Era while their neighbor will be touting antique amber and silver jewellery. If you want to buy anything don’t forget to haggle. Open Daily from 10:00-17:00 (if the weather conditions are good). During the weekends it is more lively and atmospheric!
From the History…
When Dry Bridge first started during so called Perestroika (political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of USSR in the 1980s), it was a place for locals to sell their possessions to make some extra money due to worsen economical conditions.
It is located near to downtown, just 20 minutes walk away from Freedom Square. Everything here is old school, there are no portable credit card machines. The name of market comes from the fact that the bridge which is held on used to run over the river, but nowadays it runs over a road.
Entrance Halls in Tbilisi
During Bolsheviks time terrible things happened in the history of Georgia. Bolsheviks were against the Russian Empire and they came to power after the revolution in 1917 year and led to establish Soviet Union in 1922. Bolsheviks did not like anything that was connected to Russian Empire, especially those bourgeois and luxury vibes that was so popular in 19th century. They believed that everyone was equal in the matter of possessions and no one was able to buy something unique and valuable during that period. What did Bolsheviks do? All of these houses which once was in possession of only one family during that period became dormitories and they tried to give each parts of these houses to different families.
Hidden Treasures of Tbilisi
Tbilisi entrance halls are the remains of the magnificence and elegance of a bygone epoch. They have their own style unlike any other. Though today they look worn-out, they still attract great attention. One feels like scrutinize each detail and pattern. The most interesting entrance halls are located in the Old town in Sololaki district. It was in this district that local men of fortune and intellectuals lived.
Georgian Safari offers exclusive Entrance Halls Tour in Tbilisi that you can book it now through our website: www.georgiansafari.com
Georgian Bread or as we call it “Shotis Puri”
Shotis puri or shoti is a Georgian baton-like bread made with whole wheat flour, salt, water and yeast. It is traditionally baked until golden brown in a deep. Usually Georgians make shoti in special circular shaped oven called tone. The freashly baked bread is then placed on wooden racks to cool, and it is sold wrapped in a sheet of paper.
Shotis puri is consumed as an everyday bread, but it is especially popular during festive events such as Easter, Christmas and birthdays.
Prices of Georgian bread starts from 1 GEL which is approximately 35 cent. You are able to buy traditional bread on Gudiashvili Square (or Bread Square) located in Sololaki District near Abanotubani. Via Leselidze Street you can easily find your way to this square.
Travel with Georgian Safari and find out many interesting things about Tbilisi!
Georgian cuisine offers a lot of interesting stuff to real gourmets all around the world who are ready to get lost in original, unique tastes, and are eager to open completely new world of gastronomic adventures. It is a blend of European and Asian traditions, but still with very authentic Georgian elements that make our country’s cuisine so popular among travelers. Cheese, butter, meat, Georgian cuisine is filled with hearty comfort food.
Must try dishes:
•Khinkali – Dumplings made from dough and meat filling •Khachapuri – Cheesebread
•Gobi – different vegetables with walnut sauce, traditional cheeses and corn made bread.
Where to eat in Tbilisi?
•Restaurant Shavi Lomi located not very far away from Tbilisi’s downtown with amazing interior and delicious traditional dishes served in a very interesting way. •Restaurant Meama directly located in the old town near Meidan Bazaar will astonish you with its memorable service and dishes that are mad with the combination of modern and old traditions.
•Restaurant Barbarestan located on Agmashenebeli Avenue offers you wonderful chance to take small gastro tour across all Georgia with its diverse menu and original recipes.
Traditional Georgian candy made from grape juice and nuts may looks strange at first glance, but actually it is very typical sweet for all Georgians. Churchkhela varies in colors depending on from which type of grape you are making it. Churchkhela has two types of filling inside made from walnuts and hazelnuts.
Georgians usually make Churchkhela in the Autumn during the harvest season. It can also be made with dried fruits and pumpkin seeds, but the most traditional one is with walnuts.
Soldiers relied on sticks of the well-preserved, compact candy when entering battle. The high-calorie treat’s reputation as an energy source earned it the Western nickname “Georgian Snickers bar.” Civilians, however, don’t rely on the sweet for fuel. Instead, it’s a popular holiday snack, enjoyed in slices.
Note: Try to avoid buying Churchkhela near touristic places. Instead of it go to “Badagi” shop, that you are able to find almost everywhere.
Tbilisi Aerial Tramway
Opened in 2012, a cable car connects Rike Park on the left bank of the Kura river with Narikala Fortress. The ride only takes a couple of minutes with mesmerizing 360 degree views of whole Tbilisi. When you get out at the hill-top station turn right to the Kartlis Deda statue, or left to the Narikala Fortress.
Before buying tickets you must have Metro cards in order to add credit on it afterwards. Price: 2.5 GEL for one way for per person. Working Hours: 10:00 – 22:00. Note: During windy weather it is closed.
Alternative Attractions When Cable Car doesn’t Work
What if weather conditions worsened and because of the heavy wind you are not able to take ride on the cable car?
Well, Georgian Safari offers you to try Funicular Railway which station is located on Chonkadze street only few minutes walking from downtown. By the recently reconstructed trams you go up to Mtatsminda hill 710 meter above sea level that overlooks Tbilisi. There is a big amusement park for kids and adults, bars, cafes and restaurant which offers spectacular views of Tbilisi.
Price: 2 GEL for one way for per person (sold at ticket office). Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00. You also need Metro card here.
Gabriadze Clock Tower
The leaning tower of Tbilisi is one of the city’s most iconic and unusual buildings. Tucked into a side street of old town, it is truly bizarre structure with a tower on the perpetual brink of falling down, and only a steel beam holds the tower in place. It was opened in 2010 by famous Georgian artist Rezo Gabriadze who made even the smallest details with his hands.
At the end of each hours you are able to see how an angel comes from the top and bells a ring with magic stick.
Totally free attraction for travelers and locals!
Puppet Theathre and Gabriadze Café
Next to the tower is located Gabriadze Café with a unique interior and lovely decorative details. Here you’ll have chance to taste traditional Georgian dishes, as well as some meals from European cuisine.
Above the small window on the café it is written down with Latin Letters: “Nothing should cause your tears except onion”.
Twice a day – at noon and at 7 PM, below the clock a screen opens and shows the circle of life: boy meets girl, marriage, childbirth and funeral.
One of Tbilisi’s formerly kept secrets, Gardenia Shevardnadze is a hill – top, German – style garden and tea house that makes perfect lazy Sundays and atmospheric evening get – together alike.
The best place for people who love taking photos and take pleasure from simple things of life. Here you are able to be far away from city’s noise and chaos.
You are also able to buy some plants or spend time admiring the natural beauty of colorful flowers and wonderful garden, or sit in the café and taste delicious cakes with coffee or tea.
Gardenia Shevardnadze Café
Working Days: Tuesday-Sunday
Working Hours: 09:00 – 19:00
Entrance Fee: 2 GEL
Card Payment: Yes
Kitchen: Georgian – European
Street parking is available!
Gardenia offers “Green Lessons” for children in decorative gardening as well!