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Tbilisi

With its dramatic valley setting, picturesque Old Town, interesting architecture and extraordinary eating and drinking opportunities Tbilisi is the vibrant, beating heart of Georgia and home to more than one third of the georgian population. Add to that the pull of the city’s pop culture, its techno scene and general air of cool, and Tbilisi is confidently sealing its reputation as the South Caucasus most cosmopolitan city. Tbilisi loves you – and you will love Tbilisi.

Tbilisi Georgia Capital City Infos
Tbilisi Infographic © georgia-roadtrip.com

Tbilisi Facts

Tbilisi is the largest Georgian city with 1.4 million residents. It extends over an area of 726 square kilometers in the valley of the Mtkvari River. The center of Tbilisi is laid out in terraces on both sides of the river. The other parts of the city extend over the flat or steep mountains and hills, so that the height difference between the lowest and the highest point is almost 400 meters. Surrounded by the mountains there are favorable microclimatic conditions. The average annual temperature is 12.8 ° Celsius, with January being the coldest (month with a monthly mean of 0.9 ° Celsius) and July being the hottest month (28 ° Celsius and highs of over 42 ° Celsius). It rains most often in april.

With folk festivals, for example the day of the wine, the moderate temperatures and the unique light of the long twilight, September and October are probably the most attractive months to visit the georgian capital.

Most popular districts

Abanotubani

Abanotubani District Tbilisi

The Abanotubani District is the very city center of Tbilisi. It offers a lot of historic and architectural highlights: The Sulfur Baths, Narikala Fortress, colorful buildings a small waterfalland much more.

Avlabari

Avlabari is one of the oldest parts in the city and famous for the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Metekhi Church. The district is less touristy but very close to the city center. That makes it a good area to find a nice hotel or guest house.

Mtatsminda

Funicular Mtatsminda Mountain Tbilisi

Mtatsminda is one of the biggest districts of Tbilisi and named after the mountain Mtatsminda. You can go up the mountain with a Funicular and enjoy an amazing view over the city. The Mtatsminda Park is very popular for families with kids.It’s less touristy and close to the center. But be aware if you book a hotel in this district that it’s hilly.

Vake

street art vake park entrance

Vake is mostly a living district (for higher budgets) with a fancy neighborhood, bars, resturants and shops. As a tourist it’s worth visiting the Vake Park and see some cool street art the the entrance. Accommodations are a bit high priced, even when it’s not very close to the city center.

Things to Do

Tbilisi offers a lot of things to see and do. You should stay at least 2 days in the city to discover the most interesting places. The famous Old Town with its colorful houses and wooden balconies or the Narikala Fortress are just two stops on your way through the capital. In my blog article “(Free) things to do in Tbilisi” I collected a long list of Tbilisis sightseeing highlights. It includes the most popular activities as well as some insider tipps.  

Eat and Drink

Tbilisi has the best restaurants in Georgia and you will eat delicious food here, whether it’s traditional cooking, modern Georgian with an international twist or various other international cuisines. Dive in and enjoy. Tip: Make reservations for the evening whenever possible, as the very best places are nearly always full in the summer month. Besides great restaurants you will find in Tbilisi also a wide bunch of bars and wineries.

If you want to learn more about Food and Drinks in Georgia check out our ᐅ Food and Drink Travel Blog.

best khinkali restaurants tbilisi
Chateau Muhkrani Wine Georgia

Where to stay

Tbilisi is full of accommodations. From super low budget to luxury hotels you can find almost everything in the city. The closer you stay to the city center the more expensive are the hotels and guest houses. But in Tbilisi you will always find a good deal if you look for it, even in the most popular areas. Here on the Georgia Road Trip Website we provide a couple of recommendations for every budget.

Fabrika Hostel and Suites Tbilisi
brooch hotel tbilisi

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