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10 Fun Things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia

April 3, 2017

Tbilisi, Georgia

Going to a city where you have done very little research in advance is sometimes an advantage. This was the case for me in Tbilisi, Georgia because I was going on a student field trip and we had a tour guide. Most of the itinerary was planned by the students and the tour guide.  However, I found joy in learning about everything in the moment. Here are my ten things you should do in Tbilisi, Georgia.

1. Eat a Churchkhela!

Tbilisi, Georgia

This is the traditional Georgian sweet you will see hanging outside of many shops in Tbilisi. It is made of nuts, usually walnuts; then it is dipped in a mixture of grape juice and cornmeal. It sounds a bit strange, but it tastes good. It isn’t too sweet, and it keeps for a long time. I ate mine over three days!

2. Take the cable car

Tbilisi, Georgia

The cable car is meant to take you to the Narikala Fortress, but the view of Tbilisi from the cable car is not to be missed. And this is coming from someone who is afraid of heights! Best of all it is 1 Lari.

3. Climb the Narikala Fortress

Tbilisi, Georgia

For an even better view of Tbilisi, climb the fortress once you are up there. On one side is Tbilisi and the other is the botanical gardens.

4. Visit the Mother of Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

You will see this metal statute from just about everywhere in Tbilisi, and while you are up visiting the fortress, you can walk down the path to see her up close. She was once made of wood.

5. Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi

Tbilisi, Georgia

This ancient looking cathedral was actually finished in 2004! The architecture is amazing, and the inside is still being finished. However, I found the inside fascinating as you can see what is planned and if you stay for awhile, you might be able to see how much progress happens.

6. Try the local wine

Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia is known for having a huge wine culture. It was everywhere. Since I was on student field trip, I could not partake, but I hear it’s great.

7. Walk across the Bridge of Peace

Tbilisi, Georgia

This pedestrian bridge links old Tbilisi to the new district of Tbilisi. It offers great views of the Kura River.

8. Eat a traditional Georgian meal

Tbilisi, Georgia

The food in Georgia was so fresh and most of it homemade. Try the bread they eat for breakfast; I can’t seem to find the name of it. It is a long strip of bread and is baked over a fire. Eat the lobio, which is a bean soup and will probably be called that in English. The Georgians are also whizzes at dishes with nuts and potatoes, get the roasted ones. My favorite thing was the eggplant slices with a walnut filling! If you have a nut allergy, be careful in Georgia as even salads had nuts on them.

9. Explore old Tbilisi

Tbilisi, Georgia

The architecture in old Tbilisi is so odd and interesting. Some building looked like they would fall down at any moment and some, especially the churches, looked like they would last another 500 years. The bricks are also very different from what I am used to seeing and I loved them.

10. Visit Metekhi Church

Tbilisi, Georgia

Sitting across the river from old Tbilisi, it overlooks the whole old city. The view is great, and you can get up close to the statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali.

I am sure there is tons more to see in Tbilisi, but these are the things I really enjoyed. Most of these things were inexpensive or free as well making Georgia a great place to spend an extended amount of time in.

Have you been to Tbilisi? What was your favorite part?

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21 Comments

  • Reply Rachel Morris April 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    We’re headed here in a couple of weeks. My second time. Last time was in a full-on blizzard!

    • Reply Tiffany April 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Oh no! I hope the weather will be better this time. Happy travels!

  • Reply vinneve April 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I almost book a school holiday here 2weeks ago but the winter season put me off… afraid of snow I guess and afraid I may not see a lot in cold weather besides I don’t have enough winter clothes as all was left in NZ. Seeing your post makes me feel like I need to be brave and travel this place I always heard of. They said it is a beautiful place too!
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    • Reply Tiffany April 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      It is very beautiful. It wasn’t too cold in March. I am sure it will be even better in the summer. Hope you get to go.

  • Reply Shikha (whywasteannualleave) April 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Yum to the food – I love nuts so love the sound of a place that put nuts in everything! The aubergine with walnut sounds amazing and I could never have guessed that Churchkhela was a sweet – from a distance, it looked kind of like hanging deli meats! Georgia is a country that has really come to fascinate me of late, would love to go one day!
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    • Reply Tiffany April 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      You would love Georgian food then! I thought the Churchkela was a candle at first. Haha!

  • Reply Caitlin Jean April 4, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Amazing!

  • Reply Parul April 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I remember reading this post. How I wish I wasn’t allergic to nuts. Walnuts and grape juice should be a good combination. The picture are wonderful Tiffany. Georgia has to be on my list.

    • Reply Tiffany April 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Oh no! Just be careful when you go. Nuts are everywhere.

  • Reply Suz Vickery June 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Good for you Tiffany for eating something new, at first sight, I thought they were candles. Nuts and sugar just needed some spice 🙂 Georgia is certainly not one place I have thought of going, never say never!

    • Reply Tiffany June 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Oh I am so glad you thought they were candles too! I never thought I would go there either but it was an interesting place.

  • Reply Emma June 10, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Oh my, so much to do- looks great! I have never heard of Churchkhels’s, very unique!

    • Reply Tiffany June 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

      I hadn’t either. Our tour guide never called them this. Maybe she thought we would never try it if we couldn’t pronounce it!

  • Reply Noelle June 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve never been, but the local sweets and wine in Georgia intrigue me! And the Bridge of Peace sounds do wonderful.
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    • Reply Tiffany June 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      It’s tastes good! Doesn’t it!

  • Reply Josy A June 10, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Wow for the churchkhela! They look amazing!

    Actually this all looks amazing. I would love to explore here. My Grandma is a big fan of Georgia and has told me lots of stories about it, but this is the first time I have seen photos!
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    • Reply Tiffany June 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Is she from there? It was really lovely.

  • Reply Kelsey June 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    From my first impression of your headline, I thought Tbilisi was a small town in Georgia, US. I was like, whoa, I haven’t heard of any of these things, I could easily do a cross-country trip! Then it made sense! This does all look really cool though. Great post!
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    • Reply Tiffany June 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Oh I should have made that clear. Thanks!!

  • Reply Lauren Elliott June 10, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Wow!! My mouth is watering just thinking about some of these foods… Such a diverse culture – I will definitely be sampling some of these if I’m ever lucky enough to visit,

    • Reply Tiffany June 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      The food was probably the best part of this trip! So good. I hope you get to go one day!

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