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50 Tbilisi pictures that will make you want to visit Georgia

The first time I visited Tbilisi was in autumn 2011, way before low cost flights started serving Georgia. I was freaking out before the trip as it was the first time I set to explore the unknown land that not many have heard or known about.

The fact that just 3 years before Georgia was in the news all over the world due to the war with Russia didn’t really help my confidence. But the curiosity and excitement has taken over and after seeing some Tbilisi pictures online I was more than ready to explore Georgia, a small country at the foot of Caucasus mountains.


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First impressions of Tbilisi

It was love at first sight.

I still remember my first impressions very well: how I didn’t have the change to get myself a bus ticket from the airport to the city but a friendly local man bought it for me, just like that; how on a beautiful Sunday morning I was walking across the empty city, all the way from the train station to the old town (some 5 kms), falling for it with every single step; how my breath was taken away by the view from the Narikala fortress, with the whole city spreading in front of me, so much more spectacular than on Tbilisi pictures; how much joy I had exploring the hidden yards in the Old Tbilisi – part of the city that could as well be the museum, it’s so beautiful!

I was supposed to be in Tbilisi for 2-3 days only then, instead I’ve stayed for a week before heading to Batumi, doing day trips around but always itching to return to the capital. It was pretty obvious Tbilisi has become one of my all time favorite places.

Old Tbilisi disappointment

I return after a long time (for me), it’s been almost 4 years. So much has changed in that time. Low cost airlines started flying to Georgia (not to Tbilisi though), the border was opened to Russian citizens and tourism really has taken off in Georgia. I had a hard time adjusting to the new reality, it broke my heart to see how the Old Tbilisi was falling apart, how it was losing its charm to satisfy tourists. I still loved it but at the same time I had a difficult time finding all the small details and spots that made me fall for Tbilisi in the first place.

Many more returns to Tbilisi

My next visits to Tbilisi, and there were pretty of them by now, were much easier. I already knew what to expect but at the same time it seems like Old Tbilisi is finally going through some renovations and I really hope its unique beautiful architecture and charm can be saved.

Every time I arrive to Tbilisi, either from Kutaisi or from Armenia, I feel a pure joy in my heart. This is my happy place, the one I know fairly well by now yet still keep returning to.

My days in Tbilisi all look the same: wandering around with no purpose, trying to find some new gems (like art nouveau architecture, street art or some new beautiful courtyards), stuffing myself with amazing Georgian food at Racha, having the coffee in one of the charming cafes, wander some more… And even if I know all the places by now, even if I’ve been to Tbilisi so many times every second in the city just makes me super happy. This really is one of my places.

Tbilisi pictures

I know this post is very random but since right now I was supposed to be in Georgia (but I’m not, instead going there next month) I thought I will share my love for Tbilisi. I really can’t wait to be there again and I know I will keep returning there on regular basis, just like I do to Prague, Yerevan, Sarajevo or Lviv (only to name few places).

To show you why I like this city so much here are some Tbilisi pictures you might enjoy too, the collections from my numerous visits there between 2011 and 2016 (if you are observant enough you will see how much the city has changed). And who knows, maybe they will make you want to visit Tbilisi too?

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi cityscape

Tbilisi pictures Metekhi St. Virgin Church

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Europe Square and Presidential Palace

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi St. Trinity Cathedral

Tbilisi pictures Streets of Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Europe Square and Peace Bridge

Tbilisi pictures Mix of styles in Old Tbilsi

Tbilisi pictures Inside Old Tbilisi house

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi view

Tbilisi pictures Mother Georgia

Tbilisi pictures Along river Kura

Tbilisi pictures Vake Park

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi art nouveau

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Bambis Rigi Street

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi architecture

Tbilisi pictures St. Trinity Cathedral and typical Tbilisi architecture

Tbilisi pictures Erekle II street / Sergei Parajanov Monument

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi by night

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi and Mother Georgia

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi and Narikala Fortress

Tbilisi pictures View from Narikala Fortress

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Old and modern Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Inside Upper Betlemi Church

Tbilisi pictures The CouchSurfing house I’ve stayed at

Tbilisi pictures Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater

Tbilisi pictures

Tbilisi pictures Flea market at Dry Bridge

Tbilisi pictures Bank of Georgia headquarters – the gem of brutalism architecture

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi and Narikala Fortress

Tbilisi pictures Streets of Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Another house where I’ve stayed

Tbilisi pictures Vake Park

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi street art

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi architecture

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi corners

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi cafes

Tbilisi pictures Peace Bridge

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi Synagogue

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi baths

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi baths

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi baths

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi views

Tbilisi pictures Tbilisi by night

Tbilisi practical information

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How to get to Tbilisi?

The first time I visited Tbilisi I flew directly from Warsaw with LOT Polish Airlines. They often have good deals so it’s worth checking them out. For past few years low cost airlines also fly to Georgia, to Kutaisi which is some 4 hours away from Tbilisi (but the connections from the airport to the capital are a piece of cake, there is no way you can get lost as everything is organized perfectly at Kutaisi airport).

The cheapest ticket I had was for 20€ for Berlin-Kutaisi return flight. It’s best to check out the deals on SkyScanner (click!) – that’s where I always look for flights too (I especially love their „everywhere” and „anytime” options!).

Where to stay in Tbilisi?

By now I have a favorite street where I always look for accommodation – Tabidze street. It forks off Freedom Square, is only few minutes away from the metro station and in the heart of the Old Tbilisi. Also it’s just few steps away to Racha – the best restaurant you will find in Tbilisi.

Recently I’ve found the most perfect apartament there – Daniel’s Apartment. It had literally everything you might need (including toys for kids, umbrellas or sewing kit), the location couldn’t be better and I know in future I won’t need to look for any other place to stay in Tbilisi, this one is just the top choice! Also when my flight was 24 hours delayed the owners rebooked my stay easily without any extra fees! Check out the prices and more details of Daniel’s Apartment here!

There are over 2000 accommodation options in Tbilisi so I’m sure everyone will find something for themselves. Check the best deals here!

Where to eat in Tbilisi?

First of all – Georgian food is to die for! It’s one of the reasons why I keep returning there, really!

In Tbilisi the best place to get authentic, delicious and crazy cheap food is Racha – a low-profile restaurant where you sit at the small stool, the menu is on the loose printed pages and the smell of the dishes fills the place. You can find it at the corner of Lermontov and Dadiani streets.

Another good option is Machakhela, opened 24/7 in few location (at Freedom Square and in front of Metekhi Bridge are the most popular ones).

Further read

My personal favourite guide to Georgia is by Bradt. They are the best when covering off the path destinations. Click here to read more about the book and check the prices!

I always read a lot about the destination I’m visiting to find out about the history, culture and customs. Georgia is still not widely covered but there are some books you might find interesting: (click on each link to read more!)


Don’t travel without a travel insurance! I’ve learnt my lesson that you never know what might happen and I don’t leave the house without being insured. Click here for more info and best rates on travel insurance at World Nomads!


If you’re looking for articles about any place in particular this map with posts might be useful for you. Or just take a look at the „destinations” page.


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13 Mar '17

There are 16 Comments.

  1. Phil and Davina
    21:18 13/03/2017

    Hi
    Fantastic pics. We have been considering visiting Georgia this year and after looking through these pics. its now a definite.
    Me and the wife really enjoy reading your travel pages, keep it up, please.
    We have just come back from a fantastic trip on the trans-mongolian railway. Have you done this yet?

    • kami
      10:54 23/03/2017

      Thank you! You definitely should visit Georgia, it’s a stunning country with everything: mountains, sea, incredible monuments and amazing food! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it there!
      Unfortunately I haven’t been to Russia yet but it’s very high on my dream list, especially trans-siberian and trans-mongolian train!

  2. Your photos are gorgeous, as always! I’ve planned a whole itinerary for a 2-week trip across Georgia, all I’m waiting for is some budget-friendly flights. The whole country seems so fascinating to me, I can’t wait to explore it.
    Thanks for the useful article, I’ve bookmarked it for when the trip solidifies. :)
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    • kami
      10:55 23/03/2017

      Thank you for your nice words! Wizzair has some cheap flights to Kutaisi every now and then, I hope you will find some soon! You will love Georgia for sure, no doubts about that!

  3. Hey, nice post. I wanted to comment about restaurants though. Racha ( the one you have mentioned above) is hardly a best place to go for Geo food. I would recommend you – https://www.facebook.com/www.kakhelebi.ge/?hc_ref=SEARCH this restaurant.

    Also I could not understand your disappointment purpose. The city is booming with tourists and many things have been done to strengthen the old buildings. I’ve been working there and I know it. And last but not the least, have you checked new Aghmashenebeli Avenue? A must see

    • kami
      08:36 21/06/2017

      So sorry for my late answer, I must have overlooked your comment. I, and many other people, find Racha to be really authentic and the food there is the best value for money, not to mention it’s really delicious.
      Yes, the city is booming and slightly improving but there was a time few years ago when the tourism got carried away a little bit. Fortunately now it’s going more in a good direction. And I get it, tourism brings easy money but it also needs to be done in a smart way. You know, some things look different from the local, tourist and frequent visitor perspectice and this must be the case.
      And yes, I’ve been to Aghmashenebeli Avenue but to be honest I’m not a big fan, it’s a little bit overdone…
      Regards!

  4. Jay (from Vancouver, Canada)
    17:21 14/03/2017

    Hi Kami,

    You are like a history teacher I wish I had growing up – love the pictures and your insight on this hidden gem. Thank you for sharing :-)

  5. Mateusz
    11:36 15/03/2017

    So nice pictures! You have a big talent! Congrats! :) I love Georgia, love place.

  6. I had no idea Tbilisi was so charming. I love the mix of influences in the architecture, so interesting and beautiful!
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    • kami
      14:46 29/03/2017

      It is really beautiful! And the mix of architecture makes it even better!

  7. Szkoda, że już nie zobaczę tego starego Tbilisi o którym piszesz, ale cieszę się że w ogóle zobaczę Gruzję już w lipcu:)
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    • kami
      14:55 29/03/2017

      sporo jeszcze się uchowało, ale dość szybko się jednak zmienia. Na pewno coś zobaczysz!

  8. 06:56 05/04/2017

    Lovely pictures, but somehow still I do not have a feeling for Tbilisi :) Maybe I would have to visit it again to change my mind :)
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    • kami
      19:47 17/04/2017

      You definitely should give Tbilisi a second chance! Or maybe it’s not your kind of the city. After all it would be boring if all the people like the same things!

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