I travelled to Tbilisi for a business trip and decided to stay for a few extra days to explore the historical Georgian city. For its natural landscapes and rich architecture, Georgia and its cultural epicenter Tbilisi are greatly understated. Everywhere you turn your head, you see a bookshop and an art gallery. The people are so kind and welcoming. It’s also one of the cleanest cities that I’ve ever been to.
Tbilisi is known for its history, food, art, architecture, pottery, and nature. We walked for hours every day to explore the beautiful city. The restaurants are Michelin-star quality and there’s something to satiate every palate. Each restaurant has its own charm and beautiful interiors.
We stayed at Stamba Hotel, which is located in an area that’s similar to SoHo in Manhattan, New York. The neighbourhood is known for its art galleries, concept stores, street art and book stores. In fact, Stamba Hotel used to be an old Soviet Union publishing house.
The 5* hotel houses two sensational restaurants. When you enter the lobby, you feel like you’re in an old library with a retro-chic aura. The rooms are specious and beautiful.
Tbilisi is surrounded by beautiful mountains and stunning sceneries. On day one, we drove up to the mountains and hiked, whilst soaking up views of the historical monuments. As it was winter time, it wasn’t very green, but it’s supposed to be even more picturesque when flowers bloom in the summer.
Tbilisi’s old town is magical. The old cobblestone streets, small coffee shops, and restaurants are lovely. They’re also known for their Friday markets where you can buy anything from art to antique furniture.
If you’re looking for a quick getaway in an ethereal setting, I highly recommend Tbilisi. Below are few of my recommendations.
Restaurants: Iasamani, Keto & Kote, Barbarestan Lolita, and Café Stamba
Activities and landmarks: Mountain hiking, old town visits, hot air balloon ride, Narikala Fortress, and Mother of Georgia
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