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11 best things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia

The small Caucasian country of Georgia and its capital Tbilisi is increasing popularity as a tourist destination each year, with more than eight million tourists visiting the nation every year.

And while western tourists are still discovering the capital city, it is quickly becoming a hip European hotspot.

There are numerous cool and interesting things to do in Tbilisi that visitors could easily spend days exploring the city and never get bored.

From family-friendly activities to historical sights, Tbilisi has a ton to offer visitors and a seemingly infinite number of things to keep you occupied.

  1. Scramble over the Narikala Fortress…

This ancient fortress overlooking the Old Town is one of the top sites in Tbilisi, offering amazing views over the city. The original fortress was established in the 4th century, but has been added to and reconstructed many times over the centuries.

To explore this iconic landmark of Tbilisi, make sure you wear proper shoes, because of it’s somewhat ruined state.

  • Ride the cable cabin car to Narikala from Rike Park

To get the best views of the city and to save some energy when visiting the Narikala Fortress, you can take a ride on cable car ride from Rike Park.

Though it is one of the most popular things to do in Tbilisi, the cable car is affordable (1.25$ per ride) and commands excellent views over the city. The ride is particularly beautiful at sunset.

  • Get lost in the Old Town

Tbilisi’s Old Town is the most touristed area of the city, but it doesn’t feel that way at all!

If you venture away from the “I LOVE Tbilisi” sign and wander through the popular streets, you can feel as if you’re in another world.

Take the time to admire the wide balconies, communal courtyards, and quiet charm of this area where locals are still very much living today.

  • Walk through the National Botanical Garden

Located next to the fortress is the expansive beautiful National Botanical Garden.

if you want to escape from the chaotic city life, nice calm walk in the botanical garden is one of the best things to do in Tbilisi.

  • Walk down Rustaveli Avenue

Rustaveli Avenue takes the beginning at the iconic Liberty Square and one of the main street in Tbilisi.

Named after one of Georgia’s most famous poets, Shota Rustaveli, this street is full of restaurants, souvenirs shops and many museums.

  • Enjoy the world famous Sulphur baths

The city of Tbilisi is built on hot water. The name is derived from the Old Georgian word ‘Tbili’ means ‘warm’.

The legend tells that the city was founded by King Vakhtang Gorgasali, the King of Iberia, after he went hunting nearby in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The King’s falcon caught a pheasant after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died.

Impressed by the warm waters and the potential healing of the hot sulphur springs the King built the capital here and named it Tbilisi.

There are numerous bathhouses to choose from and rooms vary in price depending on what you are looking for.

  • Relax from the city hustle and bustle at Lisi Lake

If you want to take the break from the run around the city, then you should make sure to take the time to venture outside of the city centre and explore some more far flung  areas.

Lisi Lake is a perfect place for that. Located in the northern part of Tbilisi, this is a green refuge from the urban centre of the Georgian capital.

  • Go to enjoy the great play in Rezo Gabriadze Theatre.

If you’re an art and theatres lover, you can go to the Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theatre.

This puppet theatre is very unusual  building in the entire city. There is  a clock tower as an attraction in itself,  where every hour when the clock dings there are a few figures that come out to ring the bell.

  • Take a lesson of Georgian cuisine

This is unique and unforgettable experience that you can try in Tbilisi.

There are several cooking schools, which provide the cooking classes. You will learn how to make Georgian traditional dishes. These knowledges you will bring with you!

  • Cross the Mtkvari River on ultra-modern Bridge of Peace

 One of the most famous new architectural wonders is the Bridge of Peace, a pedestrian bridge over the Mtkvari River.

Designed by Italian architect and built in 2010, the Bridge of Peace is an iconic part of the Georgian capital’s modern cityscape.

  • Find the unique souvenir on Dry Bridge Market.

A pleasant shopping on flea market is one of the best things to do in Tbilisi as it you can get almost everything from the modern piece of art till unique antiquaries.

And all this you can get for more than reasonable prices. Don’t forget to negotiate, local people love to talk with foreigners, so  your negotiation can finish with inviting for a glass of home wine.

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