Tbilisi in detail


Tbilisi has the best restaurants in Georgia and you'll eat superbly here, whether it's traditional Georgian, modern Georgian with an international twist or various other non-native cuisines. Dive in and enjoy, but in general make reservations for the evening whenever possible, as the very best places are nearly always full in the summer months.

Tbilisi Food Markets

The upwardly mobile like to shop in the supermarkets that are sprouting all around Georgia, and they tend to think of the traditional market (bazari) as a not-too-hygienic place for older generations. But these are where most of Georgia buys the raw materials of the meals that appear on its tables, and a visit to one of them tells you a lot about what makes Georgia tick. The quantities of varied, colourful produce, most of it freshly arrived from the countryside, are a feast for the eyes – piles of great round cheeses, sacks of different-coloured beans, entire counters of walnuts, little mounds of colourful spices, bowls of pickles, rows of plucked chickens, home-made sauces in recycled bottles, big bunches of herbs and greens, piles of shiny fish, tubs of honey, every kind of fruit and vegetable that's in season, and of course plenty of home-made wine.

Markets Outside the Centre

There's a big daily market outside Akhmetelis Teatri metro station in the far north of the city, and what are called markets, but are really collections of small shops and pavement-clogging street stalls, outside other metro stations such as Didube (where they're jumbled up with the city's main marshrutka terminal), Samgori and Ghrmaghele. These too work every day but are quieter on Sundays.