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The Jvaris Mama Church has been a church since the 5th century...
An expat-favourite Irish-American pub that shows lots of TV sport and serves damn good burgers. It’s always bustling and the welcoming staff speak perfect English...
Vegetarian & Vegan
This vegetarian canteen is one of the best places for lunch on the run in Tbilisi. It’s cheap, cheerful and delicious, and the menu includes vegetarian versions of traditional Georgian meat dishes and oriental fare.
Health & Wellness
Much luxurious and modern (and expensive) is the beautiful 50m indoor pool at Vake Swimming Pool & Fitness Club . The pool is heated to a constant 28°C. Admission includes use of a state-of-the-art fitness club.
Rafting is growing in popularity on rivers such as the Pshavis Aragvi, Tetri Aragvi, Mtkvari and Rioni. A day’s outing from Tbilisi can cost as little as US$20 per person. A recommended rafting outfit is Jomardi Club .
The only Mexican restaurant in Kakheti...
At research time Batumi’s passenger ferry terminal stood idle – apart from furnishing information about sailings to Sochi in Russia from Hopa in Turkey, 30km from Batumi – after the Batumi–Sochi ferry was suspended ...
Conveniently sited where many marsh-rutky arrive from the east, and overlooking the harbour, Samikitno is a bright, cheerful place for Georgian meals and Georgian wine, with Georgian folk music and ballads in the ev...
This hugely popular Georgian folk festival tours the country and culminates with several days of music (including trademark ethno-jam sessions), cooking, arts and crafts at Tbilisi’s Open-Air Ethnographic Museum in J...
This friendly little place serves good Georgian dishes such as ostri (spicy meat in a tomato-based sauce), mtsvadi, khachapuri and mushroom dishes. In good weather it’s lovely to sit outside facing Svetitskhoveli.
This pleasant, brick-arched place does good khachapuri and other dishes including trout and kubdari (a khachapuri -like pie with minced-meat filling). Popular for ice cream, too. Look for its red-neon name sign.
For a satisfying full meal with friendly, efficient service, look no further than this atmospheric cellar-like place. A full range of Georgian and Russian dishes is on offer and there’s an English-language menu.
Universities & Schools
The elegant, neoclassical main building of Tbilisi State University, Georgia’s biggest educational institution, stands near the start of Chavchavadzis gamziri. It was built in 1906 as a school for the nobility.
If you think puppets aren’t your thing, think again. The shows at this little theatre, directed by Rezo Gabriadze, are awe-inspiringly original and moving. English subtitles appear on a screen. Book ahead.
Run by local artist Sandro Antadze, this relaxed cafe-bar is popular, unsurprisingly, with Tbilisi’s arty crowd. There are regular exhibitions and tango classes, and most weekends see parties of some kind.
The fine Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum has interesting exhibits including a 16th-century manuscript of Rustaveli’s The Knight in the Tiger Skin and a large collection of Caucasian carpets.
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