Believe it or not, Tbilisi is one of the most charming, fascinating, and unique capitals of the world. Spread on either side of the glimmering Mtkvari River, Tbilisi offers an exclusive charm that the other, regular capitals of Europe are devoid of, with its eclectic melange of cultures and history. By visiting this magical capital, get ready to be entranced by sublime churches, rustic cobbled alleys, timeless squares and courtyards, medieval houses, and delicious food!
7 Things to Do in Tbilisi
While planning your getaway, here are 7 interesting things to do in Tbilisi!
1. Spend some time at Rustaveli Avenue
For anyone traveling to Georgia and wondering what to do in Tbilsi, then may we recommend that spending some quality time at Rustaveli Avenue is a must! Housing numerous cultural, public, and governmental building, Rustaveli Avenue buzzes with a plethora of cafes, shops, and museums. Some major landmarks located in Rustaveli Avenue are the Tbilisi Opera, the Rustaveli Museum, the Ballet Theatre, the Parliament of Georgia, and more.
2. Admire some beautiful, panoramic views from Narikala Fortress
Narikala Fortress is undoubtedly one of the most impressive landmarks of Tbilisi. A famous 4th century fortress, Narikala was built by the Persians, and offers some of the most mesmerising views of Tbilisi. An interesting thing to do would be to revel in an exhilarating cable car ride from Rike park, hovering over Tbilisi Old Town, before arriving at the ancient walls of the fortress.
3. Explore the alleys and courtyards of Old Tbilisi
If you’re a history buff, you can’t miss out on exploring the narrow, fascinating alleys of the historic district of Tbilisi, known famously as Tbilisi Old Town. Tbilisi is said to have been destroyed and rebuilt over 29 times, however, the layout of Tbilisi Old Town has remained largely intact with its serpentine alleys, and craggy houses built around beautiful courtyards. While traversing the winding alleys here, soak in the old-word charm as you stroll past charming balconies, medieval churches, and quaint shops.
4. Discover the magnificent Sameba Cathedral (Holy Trinity Church)
Known to be the largest cathedral in Georgia, the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, locally know as ‘Sameba’, sits impressively on a hill (Elia hill) in the heart of the city, and is one of the most noticeable attractions of Tbilisi. The Cathedral is perched on Elia hill, which rises above the left bank of the Kura river, and is built in a traditional Georgian architectural style. If you’re looking for interesting things to do in Tbilisi, visiting Sameba Cathedral should surely be on the list.
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5. Unwind with a Sulphur Bath in the Abanotubani District
If you’re looking for an amazing way to relax and unwind while in Tbilisi, the famous sulphur baths located in the Old Town’s Abanotubani district provide ultimate bliss. Most of the sulphur baths in the region are open all day. More than 1,500 years old, these baths have always played an important part in the history of Tbilisi, and have been witness to famous personalities like Dumas and Alexander Pushkin!
6. Feast on some delicious, local Georgian cuisine
Influenced by Middle Eastern and European flavours, the local cuisine of Georgia is insanely delicious, and definitely worth indulging in! Some of the local delicacies that you can’t miss out on include Khachapuri (bread stuffed with egg and cheese), Khinkhali (Georgian dumplings stuffed with meat and spices, or vegetarian ones oozing with potatoes, mushrooms, cheese, and other vegetables), and many more!
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7. Visit Tbilisi’s fascinating museums
Amongst the top things to do in Tbilisi, come the city’s numerous, fascinating museums. While you’re out and about exploring the city and its by-lanes, take some time off and step into some of the most interesting museums like the Georgian National Museum, the Open-Air Museum of Ethnography, Museum of Fine Arts, the State Museum of Silk, Tbilisi History Museum, The National Gallery, and many more. Visiting these museums is a great way to get some profound insight into the history, culture, art, and traditions of Tbilisi and Georgia.