10 Must See Places In Tbilisi

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Tbilisi is known for many interesting places such as churches, historical sites, amazing views, hiking areas, old town sights and so on... These are my favorite top 10 "must see" places that you would just love in Tbilisi.

1. Narikala Fort Tbilisi

Enjoy great scenic views  from The Narikala Fort Tbilisi.

Narikala Fort Tbilisi nestled in dominance a top of the Tabori Range area overlooking Tbilisi the capital of Georgia, is this ancient fortress that is also often referred to as the Mother Fortress of Tbilisi.

must see places in tbilisi

Narikala Fort Tbilisi nestled in dominance a top of the Tabori Range area overlooking Tbilisi the capital of Georgia, is this ancient fortress that is also often referred to as the Mother Fortress of Tbilisi.

It is one of the best spot for capturing Tbilisi and the Mtkvari River in their prime beauty at the background.

Apart from the Narikala Fortress rustic structures, it is an amazing spot and height to enjoy great scenic views especially at night when the beautiful city lights dazzle up in the horizon so beautifully.

Read more in detail about my first place to visit in Tbilisi, the  Narikala Fort Tbilisi here.

2. Kartlis Deda Tbilisi

Enjoy a tour with an amazing view of the city from The Monument Kartlis Deda Tbilisi.

Famously known as "Mother of Georgia”, Kartlis Deda Tbilisi is a monument perched at the top of Sololaki Hill. It is a colossal structure created in the 1958 by a sculptor Elguja Amashukeli to celebrate Tbilisi's 1500th anniversary.

Kartlis Deda Tbilisi is Colossal Structure Created to Celebrate Tbilisi's 1500th Anniversary

Kartlis Deda Tbilisi is Colossal Structure Created to Celebrate Tbilisi's 1500th Anniversary

The symbol behind the mother of Georgia is just fascinating as she holds up a bowl of wine with one hand paying homage to Georgian wine heritage and to greet those who come as friends and draws a sword with the other for those who come as enemies.

Ensure to visit this monument!

Read more in detail about my 2nd place to visit in Tbilisi, the Kartlis Deda Tbilisi here.

3. National Botanical Gardens of Georgia

Different kinds of beautiful gardens in The National Botanical Garden of Georgia.

The National Botanical Garden of Georgia lies right in the heart of the Old Town, next to the Narikala Fortress and the Mother of Georgia Monument, from where you can enjoy zip line as well.

National Botanical Garden of Georgia was the Garden of the Royal Palace

National Botanical Garden of Georgia was the Garden of the Royal Palace

The gardens were planted in 1845 and served as the Garden of the Royal palace during that time. 

Best time to visit the National Botanical Garden of Georgia is in the morning when it is not very hot.

Inside this beautiful gardens there are several attractions among them the Japanese Gardens, a Bamboo garden, a rose garden, a Cyprus alley, Queen Tamar bridge and an event square for holding performances and events.

Also, ensure to wear good outdoor shoes to protect your feet.

This is one of the most spectacular hikes you don’t want to miss!

Read more about my 3rd place to visit in Tbilsii  the National Botanical Garden Of Georgia here.

4. Rustaveli Avenue Tbilisi

It’s definitely the most beautiful avenue in the capital of Georgia.

Here you will find the most magnificent and important buildings of Tbilisi such as government building, cultural buildings, public buildings, businesses among others.

By just walking around you will explore so many kinds of shops and restaurants.

Rustaveli Avenue Tbilisi is the Central Avenue which according to history was named after the mediaeval Georgian poet known as Shota Rustaveli. It begins at the Freedom Square and goes on for about 1.5km taking a turn into an extension of Kostava Street.

Rustaveli Avenue is just one unmissable place whenever you visit Tbilisi! Make sure to check all the centralized sites it has to offer and the vast variety of delicious foods you will come across as you tour this Avenue.

Rustaveli Avenue Tbilisi is the Central Avenue which according to history was named after Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli.

Georgian people are very friendly and hospitable so feel free to make some new friends.

Read more about Rustaveli Avenue Tbilisi here.

5. The Bridge of Peace Tbilisi

Designed to resemble the shape of a marine animal, this 150m long artistic structure boasts a bow-shaped steel and glass canopy.

The Bridge of Peace Tbilisi is a pedestrians-only bridge that hangs delicately over the Kura River and acts as a link between the Old Town and the modern. 

The Bridge of Peace is definitely one of Tbilisi's amazing attractions you wouldn't want to miss.

The Bridge of Peace is definitely one of Tbilisi's amazing attractions you wouldn't want to miss.

On the bridge you will meet a lot of people offering to take you on a boat ride but for me, the best way to experience the scenic view is to stroll walk along it.

There is also a clean and beautiful nice Park where you can relax and enjoy the view of the flowing water or people taking boat rides Under the Bridge in case you are not up for a stroll.

Read more about The Bridge of Peace here.

6. The Dezerter Bazaar Tbilisi

Experience the real Georgian culture.

The Dezerter Bazaar Tbilisi is basically a big market in Tbilisi where you find everything and anything at excellent prices.

This market is known to offer a wide range of cheap clothes, toys, vegetables, fruits and so much more. You can buy local products, for example Georgian cheese, which is very tasty and I love it.

You can sample Georgian natural fruits, vegetables as well as Georgian spices which are quite a broad range. That is why I highly recommend a visit here for any traveler who is keen enough to know and experience the real Georgian Culture.

The Dezerter Bazaar Tbilisi is basically a big market in Tbilisi where you find everything and anything at excellent prices. It is Tbilisi's largest open-air fresh food market comprising of about 2000 m2 and countless stalls trading different varieties of products from Georgia.

For me this place is like one big house that gives you an exclusive all-in-one experience of Georgia in every way.

Read more about The Dezerter Bazaar Tbilisi here.

7. Lisi Lake Tbilisi

Variety of different birds and animals in Lisi Lake Tbilisi.

Lisi Lake is a small lake in Tbilisi, Georgia resulting from the Kura River valley.

The area around the lake is an excellent place to go biking, running, jogging or just to spend a good time unwinding. Also if you wish you could do a picnic near the lake area.

Lisi Lake is a small lake in Tbilisi, Georgia resulting from the Kura River valley. The landscape around this lake is a bit rocky and dry with shrub vegetation and plots of steppe. The beach is a bit rocky and not your usual kind of beach with fine sand.

There are various avian species as well as various animals such as turtles, foxes and hares. This makes place much more exciting to hang out around chirping birds. The relaxing environment is evident near Tbilisi.

You will notice, that Lisi Lake is also a favorite place for locals to hang out and spend a weekend together.

I would mostly recommend to visit Lisi lake Tbilisi during Summer time or on a nice weather day during Spring or Fall.

Read more about Lisi Lake Tbilisi here.

8. Tsminda Sameba Cathedral

Tsminda Sameba Cathedral is One of the Largest Churches in the World

Tsminda Sameba Cathedral is also known as the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

You will find it on a hill in the historically famous Avlabari District.

Tsminda Sameba Cathedral is also known as the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Tsminda Sameba Cathedral is also known as the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The tall building rises in three levels and at the topmost is a beautiful and hard-to-miss golden dome. A golden cross sits on top of the dome.

Inside the foundations of this impressive structure, there were buried items brought from Holy sites in the 'Holy Land' in addition to the stones collected from the tombs of Saints from Monasteries throughout Georgia.

This is definitely one of the amazing places I would recommend you visit on your trip here.

Read more about Tsminda Sameba Cathedral here.

9. Abanotubani Tbilisi

Abanotubani Tbilisi meaning "bath district" is an ancient district known for its sulphur baths.

Take a walk in this area and you will discover the real charm of Tbilisi City.

Abanotubani Tbilisi meaning "bath district" is an ancient district known for its Sulphur baths. Take a walk in this area and you will discover the real charm of Tbilisi City.

Proudly located at the Eastern bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Narikala fort, Abanotubani forms an important part of Tbilisi because according to a legend in Georgia, the King Vakhtang Gorgasali's falcon fell resulting to the discovery of the hot springs and the founding of a new capital.

There is also plenty of restaurants and bars, countless souvenir shops and stalls in front of the baths selling pomegranate and orange juice among other things to choose from.

Read more about Abanotubani Tbilisi here.

10. The National Gallery Tbilisi

The gallery has all sorts of art collections from prehistory to stunning works in gold dating from over 2,000 years ago, in addition to a fascinating account of early gold mining in Georgia.

Here you will also find long, ancient and fascinating Georgian history demonstrated for instance a cart from 2,400 BCE, a powerful account of the nation’s suffering under communist rule and so much more. 

Surprisingly, there is a great art collection of the Georgian primitivistic painter Niko Pirosmani (Pirosmanashvili 1862-1918).

The National Gallery Tbilisi has All Sorts of Art Collections From Prehistory to Stunning Works in Gold Dating

The National Gallery Tbilisi has All Sorts of Art Collections From Prehistory to Stunning Works in Gold Dating

In addition, the museum also focuses on other Georgian painters, as well who do modern art.

The National Gallery is not big and you could be done in about an hour or two depending on your interest in understanding the history.

Read more about The National Gallery Tbilisi here.