8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tbilisi Now!

Old Town of Tbilisi - Abanotubani and Orbeliani Baths

8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tbilisi Now!

Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia, is a real gem! The country of Georgia is located between Asia and Europe in the Caucasus region. Because of this situation, Tbilisi used to be a major trading point on the great Silk Road and has always been fascinating! In this article I am giving all the reasons why you should visit Tbilisi now!

This city has many assets: its architecture, its gastronomy, its Sulphur baths, its landmarks and much more! Discover here why Tbilisi needs to be on your travel bucket list! You will love the Georgian capital!

Both Georgia and Tbilisi are still rather unknown in the travel world and worth discovering! Therefore, if you like to travel to less touristy but beautiful destination, Tbilisi is a great option. This is actually one of the main reasons why you should visit Tbilisi NOW! Read below all the other arguments that will make you travel to Tbilisi!

Visit Tbilisi to admire the amazing Architecture

The architecture in Tbilisi is very interesting. On the one hand, it’s a mix of different style that creates something very original! And one the other hand, there is a contrast between old and new. As a consequence, this city will blow you away by its architecture, and that’s one of the first reasons why you should visit Tbilisi!

Given the geographic location of Georgia at the crossroad between Europe and Asia and its multiple invasions history, the architecture in Tbilisi has been influenced by the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Therefore, many buildings in the oldest parts of Tbilisi have a very interesting style.

If you wander around Abanotubani, the district of the sulphur bath houses and one of the most ancient, inhabited neighborhoods of Tbilisi, you will find the influence of the Persian style. The façade of Orbeliani Bath with its blue tiles is the most impressive of all! If you have visited Iran or Uzbekistan, you will find some similarities in the style!

Then if you go in the Old Town, you will stumble into charming colorful pastel houses. Their style is more European, and they date back from the 19th century. Their carved wooden balconies are beautiful!

But Tbilisi also features an important architectural Soviet Heritage. In fact, in 1921 Georgia was declared as a Soviet state. You can see the remains of this period on some places like the Chronicles of Georgia, the Palace of Ceremonies/Rituals or the Archeological museum. They won’t let you indifferent!

Last but not least, Tbilisi has many modern and futuristic buildings. Those stunning structures are made of glass and steel or concrete. The Bridge of Peace, the Music Hall, the Ministry of Internal Affairs or the House of Justice are some great examples!

Visit Tbilisi to enjoy the Sulphur Baths

Bathing in the Sulphur Baths is a century old tradition in Tbilisi. According to the legend, the King of Georgia was hunting with his falcon in the area in the 5th century. The falcon caught a pheasant but both birds fell into a hot spring and died. That’s how the King discovered the existence of the hot springs. He was so amazed that he built a city around them, that would become later the capital of Georgia. As a matter of fact, Tbilisi means ‘warm place’ in Georgian.

Nowadays the Sulphur baths are still one of the best activities to do In Tbilisi, hence it’s one of the main reasons why you should visit here! They have many benefits. The warm water (from 37 to 50 C degrees) is full of natural minerals that have healing properties. They are recommended for things as diverse as the treatment of acne and eczema, arthritis, insomnia or digestive problems.

The Sulphur bath houses are located in the district of Abanotubani. The ones you can visit today dates back to the 16th century for the oldest. Their architecture is Persian and you will usually find them underground. You can enjoy your bath in a public or a private room. Privates rooms are more expensive (from 50 to 500 GEL per hour – 13 to 125 EUR /15 to 150 USD per hour). But you will have the place to yourself and some of them are very nicely decorated. You can also get a peeling or a massage. It’s very relaxing!

Visit Tbilisi to appreciate the yummy Georgian Cuisine

Georgian cuisine is absolutely delicious, and many would say it’s one of the best of the world! As a foodie myself I was pleasantly surprised to discover all the yummy local specialties when I visited Tbilisi. That’s why trying the Georgian cuisine is one of the reasons why you should visit Tbilisi!

In fact, because of the location of Georgia at the crossroad between Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East and Asia, its cuisine has a lot of different tasty influences.

If you are a vegetarian, you will love the food in Tbilisi. Many Georgian dishes are vegan or vegetarian. One of my favorites is a kind of mezze named Pkhali, made with chopped and minced vegetables, made of cabbage, eggplant, spinach, beans, beets and combined with ground walnuts, vinegar, onions, garlic, and herbs.

But the Georgian cuisine will also please the meat lovers. For example you have to try the famous Georgian dumplings called Khinkali. They are filled with meat (usually lamb) and spices. There is a whole process to eat them properly, and they are very yummy!

Cheese is also important in the Georgian cuisine. The local cheese masters make different types of cheese from cow, buffalo, sheep or goat. The best dish made with cheese is named Khachapuri. It’s a kind of delicious cheese-filled bread! Depending on where you eat it, it can have a thin or thick crust, and have a different form and size. It can even come boat-shaped with an egg in the middle!

If you have a sweet tooth, you will enjoy the surprising Churchkhela. This local treat has a weird candle-shape! It’s a sort of candy made from grape must, nuts and flour.

Visit Tbilisi to be amazed at the extraordinary Landmarks

Tbilisi features a few extraordinary landmarks! They are all quite different in terms of architecture and they will surprise you! Being able to see those gems with your own eyes is a great reason to travel to Tbilisi! Take also the opportunity to tick them off your list of the Best Things to do in Tbilisi!

Orbeliani Bath

Orbeliani Bath is one of the Sulphur Bath houses in Tbilisi. Located in the area of Abanotubani, it’s the most luxurious ones. Its blue tiles Persian inspired façade is gorgeous!

The Chronicles of Georgia

The Chronicles of Georgia are a breathtaking monument paying a tribute to the heroes of Georgia. Located at the top of Mount Keeni, this dark temple has a stunning brutalist Soviet architecture!

Sameba Cathedral

Sameba Cathedral is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi. Its impressive size (101 meters) makes it also the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world!

The bridge of Peace

The Bridge of Peace was built to connect the Old Town and the New Town of Tbilisi over the Kura River. This amazing pedestrian bridge has a modern structure with a curvy steel and glass canopy top.

The Kaleidoscope House

The Kaleidoscope House got its name from its colorful stained-glass windows. This charming 19th century wooden house also features some pretty carved balconies. You can find it on Betlemi Street.

The Leaning Clock Tower

The Leaning Clock Tower is an enchanting tower built recently by a famous Georgian puppeteer in the Old Town. Twice a day there is a charming puppet theater sharing a show.

Visit Tbilisi to discover its Vibrant side

Tbilisi has an incredible cultural heritage but also a very dynamic, bold and modern side. I am not only talking about the futuristic architecture that you will find in the New Town. In fact, Tbilisi is also a creative hotspot where you can find street-art, talented artists, musical events and great coworking spaces. One of the best places to get those cool vibes is Fabrika, a sewing factory during Soviet times transformed in a multi-functional cultural center. It’s a great place to meet with the locals as well.

Some parts of the city are getting rehabilitated. New Tiflis, a pedestrian segment of the historical Agmashenebeli Avenue, is one of those. It’s the perfect place to shop in local boutiques and enjoy cafes and wine bars.

Talking about shopping, Tbilisi appears also as an emerging fashion capital in Eastern Europe. You should use your visit to Tbilisi to explore the concept stores and find the latest creations from the local designers.

Visit Tbilisi because it’s Budget-friendly

A trip to Tbilisi has a lot of benefits and the price won’t be an issue. In fact, Tbilisi is a budget-friendly destination! This is definitely a very good reason to discover this city!

Firstly, the food is cheap: count around 15 GEL, which is around 5 EUR / 6 USD for a meal in a restaurant. Secondly the drinks are also cheap: around 5 GEL, which is less than 2 EUR / USD for a beer for example.

Thirdly, accommodation in Tbilisi is affordable. Count 60 to 80 euros / 70 to 100 USD for a room for 2 in the center of Tbilisi for a 3 to 4-Star hotel. But you can find entire beautiful apartments to rent on AirBnb in the center for 25 to 40 EUR / 30 to 50 USD. And a bed in a dormitory room hostel is only 6 to 10 EUR / 7 to 12 USD.

In terms of transportation, taxis are economical compared to Europe or the USA. Most of the rides I did Tbilisi costed me around 5 EUR / 6 USD. If you want to take public transports, one way is 0.50 GEL, around 0.15 EUR / USD.

Last but not least, many activities in Tbilisi are free. For example, you can visit most of the landmarks I have shared for free.

Visit Tbilisi to taste the Georgian Wines

Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world! Therefore, if you are a wine connoisseur you should really visit Tbilisi! The South Caucasus where Georgia is located is very fertile and perfect for grapevine cultivation. In fact, this country has been producing wines for over 8,000 years!

Nowadays Georgia is the 17th country in the world for wine export (source: The Association of American Wine Economists – AAWE). In 2018 Georgian wine companies exported more than 86 million bottles of wine to 53 countries around the world.

5 regions of Georgia are well-known for viticulture: Kakheti (Telavi and Kvareli), Kartli, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, and Adjara. Georgia counts 525 grape varieties, red and white ones. Local wine companies are producing sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry, dry, fortified and sparkling wines. The semi-sweet wines are the most popular.

The traditional Georgian wine-making method named Qvevri is ancient and protected by the UNESCO. The Qvevri is a large egg-shaped earthenware vessel in which grapes are fermented. They are then sealed and buried in the ground. This helps ageing and storing the wine. This unique method gives rich, structured, tannic wines.

In Conclusion…

Non too touristy yet, an amazing architecture, a yummy cuisine and fantastic wines, relaxing Sulphur Baths, extraordinary landmarks, vibrant and budget-friendly : here are all the reasons why you should visit Tbilisi as soon as possible! But you will probably find many more once you will be there!

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49 Comments
  • Lina
    Posted at 11:08h, 30 January Reply

    Tbilisi looks like a really beautiful and interesting city to visit! Your photos are beautiful 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:12h, 30 January Reply

      Thank you for the compliment Alina! Tbilisi is so special, I can only recommend to visit it!

  • Runaway Ann
    Posted at 13:25h, 30 January Reply

    That food looks AMAZING ! I have to go there 😀 thank you for sharing these great places.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:14h, 30 January Reply

      I am glad that reading this article motivated you to visit Tbilisi Ann! You will love trying the local cuisine!

  • Krista
    Posted at 13:28h, 30 January Reply

    This has been on my list of places to visit for a while now. Glad I came across your post so I know some of the main things to do there!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:15h, 30 January Reply

      I hope you will be able to use all my tips soon when you will be able to visit Tbilisi Krista!

  • Elina
    Posted at 13:57h, 30 January Reply

    I have never been to Tbilisi, but I would love to get there when it is possible to travel again! The landmarks you shared look very beautiful, especially the Leaning Clock Tower!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:16h, 30 January Reply

      It’s so nice to read that you are now adding Tbilisi to your bucket list Elina! The Leaning Clock Tower is so charming!

  • galatia savva
    Posted at 15:36h, 30 January Reply

    im officially obsessed! Ive never been to Georgia, and i don’t know if its your photography, but everything looks like it is straight out of a fairytale! Incredible architecture, and that clock tower – wow!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:17h, 30 January Reply

      I can tell you that Tbilisi is naturally highly picturesque Galatia! I hope you can see this magical city by yourself!

  • Emma
    Posted at 17:12h, 30 January Reply

    So many good reasons to visit. I like that it’s currently a little undiscovered. I’m hearing more about Tbilisi and Georgia but still not too much so now might be the time to plan a trip. The food sounds good and I love some of the unique sights like the leaning clock tower

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:18h, 30 January Reply

      The fact that it’s still a hidden gem is a major reason to visit Tbilisi ASAP Emma! I hope you can go there before the crowd!

  • Bella
    Posted at 19:29h, 30 January Reply

    What a fascinating city and your photos are great! I’d never really thought of going to Georgia but I will have to add it to the list!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:18h, 30 January Reply

      What a pleasure to read your comment Bella! Tbilisi deserves to be seen!

  • Helena
    Posted at 19:59h, 30 January Reply

    Tiblisi looks so beautiful! I hope to visit one day, it’s such a colourful city and especially love the Kaleidoscope house! Great to know how budget friendly it is too!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:20h, 30 January Reply

      I was so amazed at all the colorful places I have seen in Tbilisi Helena! The Kaleidoscope House is so pretty!

  • Katja
    Posted at 20:40h, 30 January Reply

    Amazing pictures as always, we had Georgia all planned out for a road trip with our 4WD car, but unfortunatelly haven´t been able to visit just yet. Tbilisi looks like a great place to spend some days in, can´t wait! Thanks for sharing this lovely post 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:22h, 30 January Reply

      I am happy that my article will be useful for your future trip Katja! Do not hesitate to read all the other blogposts I have written about Tbilisi before going there!

  • Taylor
    Posted at 21:07h, 30 January Reply

    Tbilisi looks so beautiful and it is totally one of my top bucket list destinations. All of the architecture there is so gorgeous and the food and wine look incredible. Definitely sign me up! 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:23h, 30 January Reply

      How amazing that you already want to visit Tbilisi Taylor! You will love it even more once you will be there in person!

  • Vanessa Shields
    Posted at 21:13h, 30 January Reply

    Tbilisi looks so charming with gorgeous colors and architecture! You won me over, I’d love to go! Yes the baths look so relaxing. Do they smell like sulfur? The food and wine look so good and something I’d quite enjoy!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:25h, 30 January Reply

      I am glad this article convinced you to visit Tbilisi Vanessa! Yes you can smell the sulphur in the Bath, but you get used to it and it doesn’t spoil the experience!

  • Megs
    Posted at 21:25h, 30 January Reply

    Absolutely! Georgia is so incredible and Tbilisi was such a treat. Thanks for sharing.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:26h, 30 January Reply

      I am happy to read that you also loved discovering Tbilisi and Georgia Megs!

  • Ellie
    Posted at 21:47h, 30 January Reply

    I love your pictures! I have never really considered visiting Georgia, but it is definitely on my list now! Pinned to come back to later

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:28h, 30 January Reply

      Awesome Ellie! Tbilisi is a destination that 100% worth the visit!

  • Alexandra B.
    Posted at 22:27h, 30 January Reply

    I have never been to Georgia but your post is definitely making me reconsider! I am so glad I came across your post — thank you for your insight!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:30h, 30 January Reply

      It’s great to read that Georgia is attracting you after reading this article Alexandra! I am happy to share more info about Tbilisi as I loved visiting it!

  • Hannah
    Posted at 22:36h, 30 January Reply

    I’d love to visit Tbilisi! It looks absolutely stunning! The leaning clock tower looks so pretty! What a fun landmark! The Chronicles of Georgia and the Kaleidoscope House look incredible too! Thanks for the great guide! I hope I get a chance to visit one day!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:31h, 30 January Reply

      I also wish that you can enjoy Tbilisi by yourself Hannah! All the landmarks are so stunning!

  • Stefanie
    Posted at 22:37h, 30 January Reply

    Wow! I’ve never been to Georgia, but I love Georgian feed. Have tasted it for the first time in Kiev. Definitely a city you would love, too.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:32h, 30 January Reply

      Georgian cuisine is so good Stefanie! I hope you can try it directly in Tbilisi one day!

  • Emma
    Posted at 23:40h, 30 January Reply

    These photos are stunning! I don’t know much about Georgia, but now I definitely want to go and experience it. Particularly loved reading about the cuisine there as I had absolutely no idea about all the yummy goodness in Georgia!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:43h, 31 January Reply

      I am so pleased to make you discover this destination and the local cuisine Emma! Tbilisi and Georgia deserve to be known!

  • Sharyn
    Posted at 01:33h, 31 January Reply

    I’ve heard such great things about Tblisi and your post confirms it. I’m looking forward to getting there one day.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:45h, 31 January Reply

      Glad to know that Tbilisi was already under your radar Sharyn! I can you it’s even better in real!

  • Kirsten Wendlandt
    Posted at 02:41h, 31 January Reply

    Ophélie this post is so thorough.! I had actually never heard of Tbilisi before but now you’ve made me want to go so bad. Beautiful post

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:47h, 31 January Reply

      It’s my biggest pleasure to make you discover the beautiful and surprising Tbilisi Kirsten! I am super happy to know I managed to convince you to visit it!

  • Anuradha
    Posted at 04:01h, 31 January Reply

    Have always been wanting to visit Tbilisi especially for its old town charm. Would definitely like to visit the country and explore them!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:48h, 31 January Reply

      The Old Town of Tbilisi is so enchanting Anuradha! I also would love to see more of the country!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 05:06h, 31 January Reply

    What a quirky and super interesting city. Would love to visit once things go back to normal. Dying to check out the kaleidoscope house and that leaning clock tower.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:49h, 31 January Reply

      Tbilisi is so charming Kelly! I cannot wait for better days so that you can get the opportunity to visit this city!

  • Jade
    Posted at 05:29h, 31 January Reply

    Each time I see photos of Tbilisi I grow more and more envious! I’d love to visit so badly. When I first arrived in Europe with my dog last January, I was planning routes via train because he’s so afraid to fly. I actually contemplated taking a boat from Varna to Batumi because I wanted to get to Georgia so bad! Alas, the pandemic happened, but there’s always next year! I always love your photos and blogging style, thank you for sharing this gem.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:55h, 31 January Reply

      So sad to read that your previous plans to visit Tbilisi and Georgia failed Jade. The good thing is that you can read all my articles about Tbilisi before going there and be perfectly prepared for your next trip!

  • Marguerite
    Posted at 06:47h, 31 January Reply

    Tbilisi looks so funky and eclectic. Plus, I love all the colours and can picture some great Instagram photoshoots 🙂 I also love that it’s a wine region! So much to discover. Thanks for sharing!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:56h, 31 January Reply

      Tbilisi has so many assets Marguerite! I loved visiting it and I wish you can enjoy this destination by yourself!

  • Katy
    Posted at 12:25h, 31 January Reply

    Tbilisi is really high on my post covid list. I love the east meets west vibe and the architecture looks amazing. The food looks great too!

  • Curls en Route
    Posted at 20:02h, 31 January Reply

    I actually considered going last year but COVID…. I’ll definitely save this for later inspo 🙂

  • Ummi Nadrah
    Posted at 05:47h, 01 February Reply

    Ohhh I’ve always been curious about this part of the world but haven’t had a chance to visit yet. The architecture looks great and so does the food. And I love trying out the local bathhouses when I travel. Will definitely try to make it here once it’s safe to travel.

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