Are you keen on exploring a city which has unique architectural excellence, the conglomeration of Asian and European culture, and of course, picturesque scenic beauty with ample tourist attraction? If yes, then you must visit Tbilisi in Georgia. This cobblestone old town boasts of having infrastructure that dates back to the 4th century AD and has influence from the once Persian and Russian rule.
Well, if you have already made up your mind to visit the place, we have streamlined some places and activities which you should never miss while in Tbilisi, Georgia.
1. Visit the Narikala Fortress
The fortress was built back in the 4th century AD, particularly when the city itself got built. While it got the name from the Persian word which meant citadel, some say that the word was derived from the Mongols, which means ‘little fortress.’ Learn the history and the influence of the invaders, which reflects a permanent niche in their civilization.
If you love the place, walk around the 1500 meters trail running from the ridge of the statue of Mother Georgia and ending up to the entrance of the Botanical gardens. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the city, and the neon dazzled spectacle, especially when you climb at night.
2. Discover History at Georgian National Museum
Here you will get an opportunity mapping Georgia’s development and material culture right from the Bronze Age till the 20th century. Be amazed to see the treasury holding artifacts, intricate jewelry wrought in gold and bronze as well as other exhibits whose existence dates back thousand years. Some of the displays also include human remains excavated outside Africa and homo Ergaster fossil found in Dmanisi.
It will cost you just 5 Lari (Georgian currency) for an entry pass.
3. Ride the Cable Car
The cable car is the latest addition to the city attraction of Tbilisi, which commenced in 2012. Connecting Rike Park on the left bank of Mtkvari River and Narikala fort on the right, the cable car is the right mode to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the magnificent city. It also helps you communicate at the least possible time. You can use the Metro card to avail the cable car ride which allows only 5 people at a go.
The alluring ride ends in just a few minutes, allowing you the most enticing experience.
4. Visit the Presidential Palace
Once in Georgia, you must visit the Presidential Palace, which is also known as Avlabari Residence located on the bank of river Kura. The construction of the building which commenced in 2004 almost reached completion in 2009 under the leadership of Italian architect-designer Michele De Lucchi. The palace proudly resembles the German building Reichstag. Appreciate the architecture of the building made from glass dome and a few elements of the Italian renaissance.
Well, if you are curious enough to check out this palace, make sure you drop an application at least seven days before.
5. Explore the Kakheti Wine Region
Visiting the Kakheti wine-producing region of Tbilisi is just a matter of day trip. Surrounded by Caucasian mountain range, the Kakheti region will surely astound you with its bewitching scenery, which produces award-winning wines and brandy. While you take your seat amongst the east tables, listen to the enchanting polyphonic traditional songs.
Enjoy the sight of the historic monasteries which dates back to the 4th, 6th and even 12th centuries. Be proud to step in a land with one of the ancient civilizations.
6. Enjoy a Play at the Opera & Ballet Theatre
This opera is more than 165 years old, and it can accommodate 800 spectators. Various dramas and shows staged here usually talk about countries, revolutions, and wars. The elites of Tbilisi attended the first show that took place in 1951.
Book your seat beforehand to get the flair of the Georgian culture. Enjoy the madness of the crowd and feel yourself to be a Georgian as long as you stay there. It’s worth it!
7. Explore the Ancient Cave City of Uplistsikhe and UNESCO Heritage
You have to spend an entire day for this purpose. You will explore the cave city of Uplistsikhe, which is one of the oldest settlements of Caucasus. Also, you will get to visit and admire the oldest capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, and the two cultural heritage sites of UNESCO.
That’s not all. You will also get a chance to explore the stunning Shio Mgvime monastery before you take a plunge into a sumptuous Georgian cuisine.
8. Shop at Dry Bridge Market
Visit the Dry Bridge market, which is the most celebrated store for stoles, old fur, hats, jewelry, Soviet pins, medals, and not to mention countless books. Don’t forget to check out the clothesline where colorful dresses are put on display.
Negotiate with the sellers, buy and feel the pride of owning the various artifacts of Tbilisi. These will no doubt serve as the plethora of memories once you leave the place.
9. Dine at Barbarestan
Barbarestan is the restaurant owned by the celebrity chef Barbare Jorjadze, who’s famous for the cookbook she authored. She’s the duchess, princess of internet and Georgia’s first feminist. Enjoy her popular recipes like quince soup, pumpkin croquettes, and cakes with grape syrup.
Try the smooth, dry, and citrusy white Georgian wine, Winiveria. Also, make sure you try your hands at this little family-run restaurant, where the taste of food is not just the best, but the service is condescending. Take some snaps of the dishes you enjoy and post them on Pinterest for the maximum likes.
10. Get Entertained at Khidi
If you want to have a feel of the vibrant nightlife while in Tbilisi, then visit Khidi, a club which has a seating capacity of around 1200, and has renowned artists performing and great drinks served. But make sure you follow the rules of the house that include dress code, behavior, and ‘no photography’ policy. You will enjoy one of the best clubs and the most exceptional programs of Tbilisi.
The best time to visit Tbilisi would be May, June, and September as the weather remains cool, dry, and of course, enjoyable. Tbilisi, one of the oldest towns on earth will give you thrills while you visit the heritage sights, or get entertained in the night club. It’s one of the few ancient cities that reflect vibrancy, exhibit shades of life and some exotic places that are worth remembering. Buy a few stuff and make your trip a life-long experience. There is no feat like exploring the unknown and discovering new places.