Psst, FYI – this post may contain affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission (at absolutely no extra cost to you) and ads keep this blog free for you to enjoy. Thanks for supporting the free content on this site (and for sponsoring more doggy treats for little Albus!)
They say a picture paints a thousand words, and I just could not sum up my trip to Tbilisi, Georgia in words. This city has such a rustic, untouched charm to it that can only be portrayed in pictures. And since I’ve had a bit of writer’s block for a while now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking while I write up my bumper guide on Tbilisi ’cause I just want everyone to be able to experience this stunning country 🙂 I hope you enjoy Tbilisi through my eyes.
Tbilisi Old Town
Tbilisi’s city hall is one of the newer looking buildings amongst the vintage facades in the city, although it went through a refurbishment in the early 1900s.
Due to lack of resources and town funding, the buildings in Tbilisi’s Old Town look like they’re in need of a little sprucing up, but definitely lends to its own unique charm.
The Bridge of Peace and Narikala Fortress
Just across the Bridge of Peace is the cable car station that will take you up Narikala Fortress, where you’ll get a stunning view of the city. Definitely worth a trip especially during sunset.
A visit to Tbilisi is hardly complete without a trip to one of the many sulfur baths dotting the old city. It’s the perfect way to end the day with some much-deserved pampering.
Set in a former Soviet sewing factory, Fabrika houses a hostel and a variety of cafés and shops, perfect for the traveling hipster.
Tbilisi Dry Bridge Market
Chronicles of Georgia
About 20 minutes from the city, you’ll find Chronicles of Georgia, a monument depicting the history of Georgia. Looking like a set straight right from a sci-fi movie, you’ll also enjoy views of the Tbilisi sea.
On the way back to the city, you must stop by Gardenia Shevardnadze, a botanic gardens with a tiny coffeehouse serving up the best khachapuri* we had on our trip! (*Georgian cheese-filled bread)
Tbilisi is one of those under-the-radar cities where you can still wander around the city and stumble upon some amazing gems. Hidden inside inconspicuous buildings and alleyways, you’ll find some of the best treats for your eyes.
I hope these pictures have inspired you to visit this charming old city!
Liked this? Pin it!
MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS & RESOURCES
Here are my top travel tips and resources to help you save money and plan your trips effectively! If you're looking for more tips, head over to my travel tips resource page or my comprehensive guide on trip planning.
- Booking Flights: When it comes to finding great flight deals, I always start my search on Google Flights or Skyscanner. To save some cash, consider flying mid-week or on the weekends, opt for carry-on only with budget airlines, and be open to red-eye or early morning flights. Check out my in-depth guide on how I find the cheapest flights.
- Accommodations: I'm a stickler for finding the absolute best deals on my stays, so I will obsessively oscillate between a few booking sites: Booking.com (in general) and Agoda (for Asian destinations). When it comes to vacation rentals, there's Airbnb or VRBO.
- Travel Insurance: It's always a wise decision to purchase travel insurance for international trips. I can't stress this enough - it's highly recommended! For international travel insurance, I suggest considering World Nomads or SafetyWing. SafetyWing, in particular, stands out as one of the few policies that cover Covid-19. They also offer excellent monthly policies that are perfect for digital nomads and long-term travelers!
- Travel Credit Card: My go-to travel credit card for booking trips is the Wise travel card. I love that there are no foreign transaction fees, so I can pay like a local and never get any surprises at the end of my trip. You can also withdraw cash from the ATMs wherever you are. With Wise, you are always guaranteed the best exchange rate, and I have saved sooo much money just by using this card. Most of the time, I get charged the exchange rate I see on Google, plus or minus a few cents.
- Tours: Most times, I prefer traveling independently but sometimes, getting a guide and a local's perspective makes the experience all the more enriching. When it comes to tour bookings, I trust Viator and GetYourGuide to provide me with excellent options. In Asia, I choose Klook as they are the biggest provider in the region. Plus, you can often get entrance tickets and discounted prices!
- Transportation: To navigate through public transit options and plan my journeys from one place to another, I rely on Rome2Rio. When it comes to rental cars, I compare rental companies and find the best deals through DiscoverCars.
- Connection: It's essential to me to have seamless connectivity wherever I go. I need it to navigate to new places, Google what's around me, and keep in touch with my loved ones. But fumbling around with multiple SIMs has always been a nightmare, which is why I choose Airalo when I travel. No more switching SIMs, just purchase a plan on your phone, on the go, anywhere, and stay connected.
- Luggage Storage: Whenever I need to check out early or take advantage of a long layover, I securely store my luggage with LuggageHero. It's a reliable service that allows me to roam around freely. As a bonus, you can use this link to enjoy your first hour of FREE luggage storage on me!
- What to Pack: I always have packing anxiety once I've left home—you know the phantom feeling that you've forgotten something even though you've checked 372836 times. So I made my own packing list and use it religiously before every trip, and by religious I mean I tick off that list at least 7 times before I zip up my bag. Check out my in-depth packing list here.