You can find cool & fun things to do in Tbilisi at every corner. The city is lively, energetic and vibrant.
Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. There are many things to see in the heart of the country and plenty of cool & fun things to do.
Usually, most of the people will start their Georgian journey in Tbilisi, or Tbilisi will be the only place they will visit in Georgia.
I visited Tbilisi after spending a few days in Kutaisi and Batumi before that. Tbilisi is just one of the reasons why you need to travel to Georgia and now is one of my favorite cities.
Tbilisi is full of life, entertainments and a unique atmosphere!
How to take the most out of it? Simply follow this list of cool & fun things to do in Tbilisi and I guarantee you, you’ll have an amazing time and you’ll fall in love with the city as I did.
Post Updated October 2018.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #1 Explore the Old Town
The Old Town of Tbilisi is a labyrinth of narrow streets in the heart of the city. The Old Town is a mix of old and new architecture and a mix of authentic atmosphere and colors.
Walking through the Old Town is an absolutely pleasant thing to do, both during the day and during the night.
Tip: Go to this restaurant and enjoy a delicious Georgian cuisine while watching the Tbilisi life passing by.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #2 Visit the Botanical Garden
Right next to the Old Town, in the heart of the city, Tbilisi has a Botanical Garden.
The National Botanical Garden of Georgia is huge and you can easily spend a half day walking through it. There is also a small Japanese Garden, which is nothing impressive but it’s ok.
The entrance fee for the Botanical Garden is 2 Lari. (0.70 euro)
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #3 Swim in the Waterfall
Wait! What waterfall? Are you still talking about Tbilisi?
Yes, I am!
Tbilisi has a nice and pretty waterfall, two actually, in the heart of the city. One of them is located in the Botanical Garden and you can even swim in it. The other one is in the Old Town. How cool is that?
The entrance fee to the Botanical Garden covers the waterfall, so you don’t need to pay extra for the swim.
In the hot Tbilisi summer days, a swim in the waterfall is a great idea!
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #4 Walk the Bridge of Peace
They say that you haven’t been to Tbilisi if you haven’t crossed this bridge.
The pedestrian bridge is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city, which connects the Old Town and Rike Park above the Kura river.
The bridge is equipped with lots of LED lights, which in the evening glow as the Georgian national flag.
Fun fact: Locals call this bridge, ”the always ultra bridge” because it looks like a ladies pad.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #5 Watch the Puppet show at the Leaning Clock Tower
Back in 2010, the Georgian theatre and film director, Rezo Gabriadze built this unique and beautiful clock tower right next to the marionette theatre in Tbilisi.
Every hour an angel comes out with a small hammer to ring the bell.
Inside the tower, there is a small puppet theatre. Every day, twice a day, at noon and at 7 pm, you can watch ”The Circle of Life” show.
Also, there is the biggest and the smallest clock in Tbilisi. The biggest is obvious, try to find the smallest. A random local person showed it to me.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #6 Talk with the locals
If a random person starts a conversation with you, don’t run away, talk with the local people.
Even though my Russian is very poor and lots of Georgians don’t speak English, I still enjoyed talking, or sometimes at least trying to talk with them.
Georgian people are very friendly and nice. They will always want to help you, guide you, take you for dinner or whatever. Let them do so and feel the Georgian hospitality.
P.S. Please note that although there are many hospitable and friendly locals in Tbilisi, you might not meet any, but if you travel around the country, you’ll surely do.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #7 Eat traditional Georgia food
Eat a traditional Georgian food, all of it and as much as you can!
Seriously, the Georgian cuisines are delicious! Some of the most famous and tasty dishes are khachapuri, eggplant walnut rolls, khinkali, odjahuri, etc.
Recommended restaurants: Machakhela – Samikitno (the one that I mentioned above, several locations) & Racha Tavern (6 Lermontovi St, Tbilisi, Georgia).
For the best khinkali in Tbilisi, go to Restaurant Pasanauri Rustaveli (Griboedov str 37).
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Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #8 Watch the singing fountains
In the evenings, the fountains in Rike Park start singing, dancing and glowing.
The Rike Park is nice for evening walks. Above the park, there is a restaurant (expensive one) from where you can enjoy an amazing view of the lights of the city. From there you can watch the fountains, the Bridge of Peace, the TV Tower in Mtatsminda Park and you can also see the Old Town and Narikala Fortress. A beer there is worth it.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #9 Go to the Mtatsminda Amusement Park
The Mtatsminda Park is located on top of Mount Mtatsminda and also has great views over the city. Actually, you can see almost the whole city from up there. One part of the city you can see from the viewing platform in front of the restaurant and the other part where the Ferries Wheel is.
The Park offers lots of attractions, like the wheel and other rides. There are also restaurants and shops and even a wedding place.
Personally, I find the view from up there the best thing to enjoy in the park.
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Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #10 Take the cable car to Mother of Georgia statue
To get up to the Mother of Georgia statue, you can either hike from the Old Town or take the cable car from Rike Park. I did both.
Going up from the Old Town on foot is not a big deal, however, in the summer it could be. Climbing the hill under the hot Georgian sun might not be the best idea. But if you are visiting Georgia in any other season, go for it!
The cable car from Rike Park is also worth the try. The car goes up passing through the rooftops of the houses in the Old Town and the view is very nice.
Once up, no matter if by foot or the cable car, you get the chance to enjoy my favorite view of Tbilisi. You can’t see the whole city from there, but you can see the most beautiful part of it in details. Lovely!
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #11 Dry bridge flea market
If you like old and antique, you can literally spend hours walking around the different stalls around the market.
Before the market was a place where people sell some old stuff so they can earn some extra cash. Nowadays, for some of those people, the market had turned into their main business.
The market is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
On the weekends, the market is usually full of tourists. Prices are negotiable.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #12 Explore and enjoy the views from Narikala Fortress
Narikala Fortress is an ancient fortress on a hill overlooking the beautiful city of Tbilisi.
The fortress is located just a few meters away from the Mother of Georgia statue and also offers great views above its walls.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #13 Swim in the Tbilisi sea
First a waterfall now a sea?
Yep, I know, Tbilisi is amazing, I told you!
Okay, to be honest, it’s actually a reservoir, but the locals call it the Tbilisi sea. It’s good for swimming and sunbathing. A bit rocky, though, but still a great way to refresh yourself in the summer months.
There are 2 pools at the Tbilisi Sea Club but you can also swim in the sea itself, for free.
When going to the sea, if you’re planning to stay there for the whole day, take some water and food as there nothing nearby.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #14 Visit the Memorial of Kings
This place is not well known even by the locals.
The Memorial of Kings or The Chronical of Georgia, call it as you prefer, is an impressive monument on the hill above the Tbilisi sea. There is also a small church near the monument.
I don’t know what is the monument about and there is almost no information about it (if you know something about it, please let me know).
From the monument, there is a very nice view of the Tbilisi sea.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #15 Tbilisi by night
Tbilisi is beautiful by night, especially from above. There’s nothing more I can add to this.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #16 Party
Clubs, bars, events, parties, Tbilisi have them all! All you need to do is to have fun.
A good local bar is Canudos Ethnic Bar (Mikheil Javakhishvili Str. 2 Samaia Square, Tbilisi 0108, Georgia). In the summer, it’s an open bar, very nice and chill. Go there if you want to party like the locals do. Another nice bar is Dive Bar (Mari Brose str).
If you’re into electronic music, then probably you need to check out the Bassiani club. I haven’t tried it myself yet.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #17 Join the free walking tour
I joined the free walking tour on one of my last days in Tbilisi when I already had seen everything the tour covers. However, on the tour, I met some nice people and after it, we hang out together.
The tour, though, is a great way to learn more about the city and its history.
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Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #18 See the preparation of a traditional Georgian bread
The traditional Georgian bread aka puri is an essential component on the Georgian table.
The bread’s a bit salty, but goes along perfectly with all the traditional dishes.
Hint: If you go on the free walking tour, you’ll go to a bakery where you’ll be able to witness this.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #19 Free wine tasting
You probably know that Georgia is famous for its wine and Georgians are very proud of this.
All over the Old Town, you will find wine stores that offer free wine tastings. Hop from one to another and try as many sorts as possible.
My honest opinion is that Georgian wine is good, indeed, but not that good as they are labeling it. The Bulgarian wine is way better (just saying / my opinion).
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #20 Use the public transport
The public transportation system in Tbilisi is surprisingly good. The metro is very convenient to get around with and the stops are being said in English, too.
A single ride on the metro or on the bus costs only 0.50 tetri, which is less than 0.20 euro.
Another way to get around the city is by taxi. If you wish to do so (sometimes a taxi is the only way to get somewhere or to get back from somewhere) use the Taxify App.
Taxies are also inexpensive.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #21 Take the zip line
The zip line goes from the Narikala fortress to the Botanical Garden of Tbilisi. The distance between stations is 270 meters and it takes only 30 seconds to slide down the wire.
If you take the zip line, you’ll be able to see the Botanical Garden from 30 meters height.
The zip line will cost you 30 Lari.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #22 Tbilisi 9th April Park
Quite small park in the heart of Tbilisi, just a few meters away from the famous Rustaveli Avenu. 9th April Park is one of the oldest parks in the city and it’s known with its old plane and pine trees.
Personally, I really enjoyed this park as it’s quite relaxed and perfect for reading a book.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #23 Gallery 27
A must see! Beautiful handmade artwork, located in an old building that you’ll never assume is hosting a gallery inside it.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #24 Visit the Sulphur baths of Tbilisi
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #25 Go on a day trip to Mtskheta
The formal capital, Mtskheta, is one of the oldest cities in Georgia.
A day trip is a must because the city is very pretty, it’s easy to get there and it’s only 20 km away from Tbilisi.
In Mtskheta is located the Jvari Monastery, who is one of the most important monuments of Georgian Chrisitan architecture. The Monastery is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Jvari Monastery stands on the top of a hill, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, where the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers are confluence.
The only way to get to the monastery from the town is by taxi. The taxi will usually ask for 20 Lari per person, which is way too expensive. All you need to do is to bargain. We managed to reduce the cost from 20 Lari per person to 12 Lari for two, so 6 per person.
How to get from Tbilisi to Mtskheta: Take the metro to Didube station and from there take the marshrutka to Mtskheta. The ticket costs 1 Lari.
Or, you can just hitchhike. We went with the marshrutka and got back hitchhiking.
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Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #26 Try Georgian sweets
Churchkhela, traditional Georgian candy.
The churchkhela is a mix of flour, sugar and grape juice from outside and it’s filled with walnuts or hazelnuts.
They are being sold anywhere on the streets.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #27 Go to the Turtle Lake and have fun
Turtle Lake is another place where you escape from the city and where you can also have fun and party.
On the weekend (or might be not only on the weekends) they make parties near the lake and they even play electronic music. Apparently, the Georgians are fans of electronic music.
And no, unfortunately, there are no turtles there. I know, that’s so sad!
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #28 Stroll down the Rustaveli Avenue
The Rustaveli Avenue is the central avenue in Tbilisi.
Along the way of the avenue, are located many governmental, business and cultural buildings. Some of them include The National Opera & Theatre, Georgian Academy of Science and etc. Don’t miss out to check the Georgian architecture along the way.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #29 Tbilisi Street art
In Tbilisi, street art is a relatively new trend, but today is part of the modern urban culture of the city.
Cool & Fun Things to do in Tbilisi: #30 Rent an apartment and stay for a while
Let’s get back to the beginning of my stay in Tbilisi.
In my first day in the city (actually, it was my second, but I don’t really count the first one) I met Slavek (btw, he’s also a travel blogger – check his blog, Travel Surf Repeat).
It was Slavek second time in Tbilisi. The first time he had spent two months in the city and now he was there for one month. He knew a lot of places and actually, he showed me most of the city.
Thank you Slavek for being my guide!
Because Tbilisi is now one of my favorite cities, I would definitely love to rent an apartment there for a while one day. Actually, another friend and travel blogger at kashkaval tourist did that just a while ago.
I’m sure that there are many other cool & fun things to do in Tbilisi and I can’t wait to discover them next time when I visit the city!
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