Highlights of Tbilisi SightSeeing Attractions – Things to do in Tbilisi

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Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions
Narikala Fortress at Night.. Tbilisi Old Town Skyline ..

Tbilisi, the largest and the capital city of Georgia (country), is located in Eurasia. For this strategic location of Tbilisi, it is also known as “Balcony of Europe” –  a perfect blend of European and Asian cultures.  A little, hidden gem in Eurasia, Tbilisi is a journey to hospitality and culture.  Georgia not only captivates your mind or body but it mesmerizes your soul too.  Let’s go through Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions which passes along 4th-century historic lanes, Soviet-era houses, nature parks, funky Georgian cafes, religious places and many more. Take a virtual Tbilisi city tour with me and check some best things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Click here to read various itineraries for Georgia – Starting from 3 days to 2 weeks.

Highlights of Tbilisi SightSeeing Attractions

I started my Tbilisi city tour from Old Tbilisi and I have booked my stay there only. I stayed in Art Boutique Hotel which is a boutique styled hotel with lovely breakfast and views of the city located on Rustaveli Street.  Click here to book your stay.


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WHEN TO VISIT TBILISI?

  • Tbilisi is worth visiting all year round. Many people come here in winter to enjoy nearby ski resorts.
  • Tbilisi in Autumn or Spring too looks very beautiful due to Fall colors of spring flowers.
  • Summer time is the peak time and you see many tourists here during this season.

THINGS TO DO IN TBILISI – Highlights of Tbilisi SightSeeing Attractions

NightLife in Tbilisi

Tbilisi has few hangouts as evenings here are very beautiful due to special illuminations all over the city skyline. Here are some chilling zones or hang outs.

  • Bauhaus Bar
  • Bassiani
  • Fabrika
  • Art Cafe Home
  • Drunk Owl

CABLE CAR TO NARIKALA FORTRESS

Take a Cable Car to 4th-century Narikala Fortress for stunning views of whole Tbilisi. Here you can walk along the remnants of this ancient fortress which was earlier Persian CITADEL and was renamed as Narin Qala by Mongols in the 11th/12th   In the 19th century, this fortress was damaged by natural calamities.    

The Cable Car takes around 1 Georgian Lari approximately for the One-way trip.  You will ride over the old architectures to reach to the top.  From the top, you can see Old Tbilisi town on one side of river Mtkvari and some strange modern architectures on another side of the river.   

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Aerial View from Narikala Fortress – Tbilisi

WALKING ALONG OLD TOWN 

As I told you to take a Cable car only for one way trip – just to climb up the fortress and for getting down, hike through ancient town. While walking down from Narikala Fortress top, you will pass along old architectures, Small Soviet styled houses with lovely balconies. Many of these houses are converted into hostels/homestays for tourists.  I recommend having a stay there.    

Map of Old Town with hotel stays…..



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REZO GABRIADZE THEATRE  

As you are going through narrow ancient lanes of Old Town, you will pass along this famous and unique clock tower of theatre. This Leaning Tower was created by Georgian Puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze and so it is named after him. This theatre is famous for special puppet shows. You can also witness these special clock shows at every hour depicting – CIRCLE OF LIFE – Boy meets Girl, Marriage, Child Birth & Funeral.   

BRIDGE OF PEACE

After having Old Town tour, walk along the Pedestrian Walkway on Bridge of Peace – a Unique Architecture constructed on Mtkvari River. It was built by Italian Architect which is 156m in length and have 10,000 LED bulbs. These bulbs illuminate in the special pattern before sunset.  This bridge comes under one of the most Top 13 Unusual Bridges of the world.  This bridge connects to Rike Park on other side and is famous for having beautiful views of Tbilisi city with its famous skyline having Narikala fortress and ancient houses.   

HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL OF TBILISI

An Orthodox Church of Tbilisi also known as Sambea. This cathedral is one of the biggest Orthodox Cathedral of the world. It was built in 2004 with a blend of modernism and old traditions.  Ladies require scarves & skirts to enter and Man should not wear short trousers. If you are not carrying then it is available at the entrance.   

ABANOTUBAMI SULPHUR BATHS

Visit this historic place where it is believed that the city was built on this place. Hot Sulphur waters springing out from undergrounds is known for its Natural Healing capabilities especially to the skin.  You can also book private chambers for Sulphur baths on an hourly basis or can go along with Public Sulphur Baths.  They are covered in ancient styled rooms.  As Tbilisi is known for its natural thermal baths, read more about visiting the Thermal Bath’s in Tbilisi. CAUTION – Do not wear metallic or stoned jewelry as Sulphur waters can harm metals and stones.  Also, water is steamy or very hot but not bad for your skin.  Your skin will not get burnt.  Take an extra pair of clothes for changing. 

Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions
natural Sulphur bath private room at Tbilisi

NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS OF TBILISI

Spread along 160 hectares and consisting of special 4,500 plant species, this garden is located at the Narikala Fortress foothills and spread towards the top of the hills.  

Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions
Botanical Gardens of Tbilisi

FREEDOM SQUARE

This is very prominent place in Tbilisi and you cross this square several times during your Its history is associated with many mass demonstrations including famous Georgian Independence from the Soviet Union.  Also, you can have a look of Tbilisi City Hall which is located here.  This square branches into 6 streets.  In the centre, there is Granite column with a gilded statue of St. George.  This square is the busy square of Tbilisi with great architectures and luxurious hotels.  

MTATSMINDA PARK

 Take a Funicular to this park on the mountain or you can go by road too. From there have great views of Tbilisi city and during clear weather, you can even spot Caucasus mountain ranges and its highest peak – Mt. Kazbek.  There is Ferris wheel on the top – Tbilisi Eye for a view of the whole You can also go to Bombora Amusement Park.  

Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions
View from Mtatsminda Park – Tbilisi

EVENING / NIGHT WALK AT SHARDENI STREET

 Named after French Traveler Jean Chardin, this narrow Pedestrian street is a vibrant centre of city’s cultural, social & Night Life. This street is lined up with quirky galleries, fashionable cafes, funky Georgian bars, etc. This is a crowded street full of young and lively crowd, musical shows/cafes and Karaoke

RUSTAVELI AVENUE

Walk along Rustaveli Aveny which starts from Freedom Square and is approximately it is 1.5 km long. During this walk, you will pass along a large number of Government Institutions like Georgian Academy of Science, Tbilisi Opera Theatre, Museums, Former Parliament of Georgia, Church and many more. Rustaveli Street is the main arterial road of Tbilisi.  Also, you will find high-end branded shopping here.  There are many luxurious stay options too.  

GEORGIAN FOOD AT MACHAKELA

Try Georgian Cuisine at Caucasian Restaurant located at foothills of Narikala Fortress – MACHAKELA. Machakela is traditional Georgian Pastry chain. It is famous for its Khachapuri – a special boat-shaped Georgian bread with Egg and cheese floating on it. All bread is made on a wood-fired  Also bean Bread – Lobiyani & bean Soup – Lobiyo is very famous of this place. Vegetarians would love this place as they have many vegetarian varieties.  Two floored restaurants with balconies facing the river, the old city is favorite of many tourists and locals.  It is always crowded.  

Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions
Georgian Cuisine – Lobiyo

Tbilisi is the hidden gem of Eastern Europe and also has been referred to as Berlin of East Europe in many magazines due to its emerging night and club life. Also, it is the fastest Emerging coolest city with its urban atmosphere.  Tbilisi is magical in the day as well as in the evening.  Enjoy Tbilisi during day and night –  both times.  

Tips for First Timers in Tbilisi –

  • Tbilisi can be done by walking Tours i.e. by foot.
  • Stay near Narikala Fortress or Soviet styled homes turned into hostels in Old Town.
  • Taxis are very cheap and you can also use your bargaining skills.
  • Tbilisi is a great place for Art lovers as there is a special street with lots of Paintings selling on streets by artists themselves. Also, Tbilisi has a wide range of art galleries for display and art exhibitions. 
  • Tbilisi has many staying options and you can choose your favorite areas for the stay by reading this.

DAY TRIPS FROM TBILISI, GEORGIA

Go for day Trips or Side Trips to nearby cities of Tbilisi –

                                                                                                       Mtskheta

                                                                                                       Uplistsikhe

                                                                                                       Borjomi/Rabati

                                                                                                       Kazbegi

                                                                                                       Signaghi

FAMOUS FESTIVALS OF TBILISI

  • Tbilisoba – First weekend of October.
  • Cheese festival – July
  • New Wine Festival – End of May
  • Art Gene Festival – July
  • Tbilisi Jazz Festival – March

Tbilisi is having INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  and major flights from all over the world commute to this place.

You can also catch internal flights to Georgian cities like Batumi (Black Sea), Kutaisi, etc from here.

Tbilisi has a confluence of both cultures – Western & Eastern due to its location and also Georgian people are very welcoming.  Tbilisi has a wide range of budget-friendly hotels, restaurants, and activities.  Make your trip to Tbilisi a memorable one and I bet, you will make your plan again to this city as it is very magical and hypnotic.   These are Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions but there are many more ……  Read 20 Things to know about Georgia before planning your trip.  Read many itineraries of Georgia in summers and Georgia in Winters

 

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67 Comments

  1. Ever since I tried Georgian food in Moscow, I’ve wanted to visit Georgia. Unfortunately, they just cancelled the direct flights from here to Tbilisi, so more complicated to get to. Know very little about the country and the capital, but feeling more knowledgable about Tbilisi now and more determined to get there!

  2. What a great introduction to the things to see and do in Tbilisi. We love to start with panoramic viewpoints so would definitely want to take the cable car up to the Narikala Fortress. The Bridge of Peace is an interesting constant to the historic buildings in the old town. A hot springs bath is a great idea after walking all day long! Good to know that taxis are cheap. Thanks for the list of day trips. Sounds like Tbilisi is a great spot to use as a base.

  3. such a pleasure to read your articles about Georgia and Azerbaijan 🙂 Tbilisi is definitely one of my favorite cities 🙂 greetings from Lisbon, PedroL

  4. I always thought that Georgia is a small country and that there wont be much to see. But going by this post it sure packs a punch. Also loved the fact that most sights can be done on foot. Would especially love to check out the Orthodox Cathedral, freedom square and Georgian food!

  5. Loved reading about yet another new destination here. Was not aware that there is so much to do in Tbilisi and its seems to be changing with emerging night life and urban atmosphere. Good to know that there are budget friendly accommodation options, the city can be covered on foot and taxis are cheap! Those definitely make Tbilisi a favourable place for backpackers. We are excited to explore more!

  6. Tbilisi and Georgia and general look like some extremely underrated places to visit. I love performances and theatre and would definitely love to see a show at that Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Even just walking around Tbilisi and admiring the architecture (like the Bridge of Peace) looks like a fun way to see the city.

  7. I don’t know much about Georgia, so I really appreciate this post and learning more about what to do in the city, its history and food. I so want to try Khachapuri!

  8. This is a really great and informative piece about Tbilisi. We had an exchange student from there almost 20 years ago and she is still very much a big part of our lives. Though she now lives in DC, she is getting married in Tbilisi next month but we have to skip it because of how expensive it is to get there. Thanks for educating me on the things to do. 😉 Great content.

    1. It has resemblance with Indian cuisines like Stuffed Kulcha and Rajma(kidney beans curry known as Lobiyo). Turkish cuisine is very different from Georgian cuisine

      1. Yes.. and the taste is also similar.. India has influence of various cultures from ancient times, which reflects in our traditions and food

  9. Ooh, the cable car I would definitely have to do. Those views are amazing, so colorful and I love the twilight shots! I’m in love with the Bridge of Peace. The architecture is so unique and I love the aqua color!

  10. I couldn’t help admiring the beauty of that Bridge of Peace (now who is the designer?). It is very meaningful and the structure is very interesting. I bet walking during night time is the best experience at Tbilisi. Quite romantic.

  11. The Bridge of Peace is such a unique architecture! I have not seen anything like that before. Taking the cable car to Narikala Fortress is a great idea. I love how stunning the night view is!

  12. Tbilisi has some incredible architecture doesn’t it! It’s also great that they have a botanical garden too, they’re perfect for relaxing in away from the busy city aren’t they.

  13. I am really hoping to get out to Tbiliai later this year and seeing the photos and reading this post has got me all excited. 🙂 Loving the look of that fortress as well, defo one to tick off whilst out there.

  14. This is so high on my bucket list and I’d love to go before it gets too touristy. I’m sure it is already on the way there. Love that bridge. How cool is that? Did you see the lights before sunset. I also heard Georgian cuisine fantastic and I have ot admit I have never tried a Georgian dish.

  15. The evening view of Tbilisi is so gorgeous. There’re so many places to see in Tbilisi and that makes it worth its every visit. The aerial view of Narikala fortress is stunning. I really like that there’s no boring moment when one visits Tbilisi. Thanks for sharing this practical itinerary. It has exposed me to the Georgian world.

  16. I’ve never explored Georgia or anywhere near there! And I love a cable car! And thank you for the suggestions of everything to see.

  17. I love riding cable cars! I would definitely do that if i visit Tbilisi. walking along old town seems fun too and it looks very beautiful! I actually never heard of this place so thanks for sharing!

  18. Such a cool post! I didn’t know much about Georgia, but it looks like a mini fairy tale and it’s so cool that it mixes European and Asian cultures! I loved the bridge and the food looks delicious! That soup is just so adorable in the pot and I like that it’s made out of beans. Definitely bucket list material.

  19. So much to see in Tbilsi! Balcony of Europe – such a fitting title. Hot Sulphur waters is something I surely want to experience. I am sure it will take more than a week to experience all these right?

  20. A beautiful city. The Bridge looks so much like a work of Calatrava, but it is by someone from Italy. I really liked the dominant conical roofs on the buildings – they are unique. The old fortress has a strong similarity with the ones in Rajasthan.

  21. I have visited Georgia some years back, but I did not spend too much time in Tbilisi! After reading this, I feel so sorry that we did not take some extra days to see it, as it seems like a great location. I would love to lose myself along the streets of the Old Town 🙂 that’s how you discover the best things! And I would absolutely visit the Abanotubami Sulphur Baths. I had those in Romania, as well and they are so refreshing and soothing! Great photos!

  22. Tbilsi has been a dream. I like pedestrian friendly places. One of my friends who was there recently told me how affordable it is. It would be interesting to see how west merges with east. It is aptly called Balcony of Europe. The pictures of fortress entice me to book a ticket right away.

    1. Yes, you would find quite similarities of Asian culture in Tbilisi like many people live in joint family system, people till 4th generations are living together like our India…

  23. What a fabulous place to visit, with such amazing history and architecture telling a story in modern day. I would love to go on the cable car – especially at dusk when the city lights come on. Beautiful. The design of the bridge of peace is amazing! Like a big wave of calm over the top. What a great place to visit!

    1. Though not a well known tourist place, but Tbilisi is worth going with perfect blend of modern and traditional culture.

  24. The Bridge of Peace looks so cool. I can see why it made the list of unique bridges. The cable car also sounds like fun. Thanks for writing such an inspiring post. I honestly never knew all this about Georgia.

  25. Must say would never have thought of visiting a place like Tbilisi without reading your post and getting an insight of this wonderful location Surely is the balcony of Europe with those sights from the cable car. Would live to visit the old town and this truly gives you s feel of this city. A walk in the evening at shardani street is a great way to enjoy the evening it seems. Thanks for sharing a great post. Amar Singh

    1. Yes, I agree many people never thought of visiting Tbilisi but it is really worth going and spending some time. I nowadays, try to find out beautiful destinations which are non touristy type of.. Like finding a hidden gem and showcasing them to my readers….

  26. I love all the mixture of old and new in this place. Georgia is one of those places people don’t often travel, so it was interesting to read about. I definitely want to visit someday. I love the bridge, it’s very pretty.

  27. I had no idea Georgia was so beautiful. My husband is from Georgia the state in the US, so we’ve had Georgia the country on our bucket list for as long as I can remember. I think we would love walking alongside the river and soaking up that skyline! We had no idea there was so much to do and see!

  28. This post gave us a detailed introduction of this glorious city og Goergia! We never knew the city had so much to offer its visitors from architectural to night life! The first picture of Narikala firtress along with the city skyline looks so stunning! We would also love to visit Machakela and relish on some of the local cuisine…

  29. What a stunning place. That bridge definitely is one of the most unusual bridges that I have seen. It looks picture perfect. I would be game for the Sulphur baths too. And with so much history here, I am afraid I might not be able to squeeze in the bath. 😉 Beautiful post, Yukti. Loved reading it

  30. So much information about Tbilisi! I’m completely unfamiliar with this area of the world. Great tip on walking back down from the fortress so that you can see more of the town. I’d love to try the sulfur bath!

  31. I’ve been reading many more articles on Georgia, and about Tbilisi, and would love to visit. The fortress looks so interesting, and I’d say a big yes to taking the funicular to see those views. I’ve never tried Georgian food, nor do I know what it is, so would be stopping off at a few places. Rustevelli Avenue sounds very interesting, I know I’d spend a lot of time there!

  32. I absolutely loved Tbilisi and its vibe. You have actually listed the top sites that even I would recommend to a first timer visiting Tbilisi. Cable car up to Narikala Fortress is an absolute must and I love the street along Rezo Gabiadze Theatre. The Old Town is an absolute pleasure to walk through, the nightlife is amazing in that area and the city is so vibrant and lovely, with the old town feel as well as modern architecture such as the Bridge of Peace. I did, however, like exploring Georgia outside Tbilisi more than I liked exploring the capital city itself!

    1. Yes, I too explored more nearby cities, but as we stayed in Tbilisi, all this we can cover in evenings or in early mornings.

  33. This post makes me visit Tbilisi after reading this post. The place looks absolutely stunning. You have given a comprehensive info which will be very useful.

  34. Tbilisi looks amazingly beautiful, and I love that it has the name of being the “Balcony of Europe” and has influences from both Europe and Asia. The cable car ride to the fortress sounds amazing, I so would love to try that. And how I would love to try Khachapuri at the Machakela restaurant. I have seen so many photos of it and am so curious about how it would taste like. I hope one day I can get myself to Georgia!

  35. Wow! Tbilisi looks stunning! With its historical forts, Soviet styled houses, cathedrals, botanical gardens and amazing views, the city definitely looks like a hidden gem. I love the unique architecture of the Bridge of Peace. Sulphur bath sounds interesting. I would love to try that. The Georgian cuisine looks yummy. Thanks for sharing helpful tips for the first timers.

  36. Wow this is the first I’m learning about Tbilisi but it looks and sounds AMAZING! The views are gorgeous and the various attractions look like its more than enough to keep you occupied for the duration of your stay. My favorite is the gorgeous Cathedral – it’s soooo large and amazing to look at both during the day and night!

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