Tbilisi is becoming one of the hottest tourist destinations in Europe – not just because of cheap flights and unique wine. In fact, this multifaceted culture has stood the test of time and has a unique charm unlike anywhere else in Europe.
Now, we might be biased, but I really do believe that everyone should come to Tbilisi and check out what this city has to offer. But when you do, which neighborhood in Tbilisi should you stay in?
There are several different neighborhoods in Tbilisi and each one has its own charm and unique characteristics. Here’s some more info on some of the best parts of the city, so you can choose the right one for you.
The historic heart of Tbilisi, this is the central Old City you’ll see featured in all
The tourism videos of Tbilisi.Sulfur baths, Narikala fortress, a small waterfall, and colorful houses with curved wooden balconies are what you’ll see here.
However, do note that as it’s the most touristic place in the city, the accommodation prices are quite high.
Avlabari is a neighborhood on the left bank of the Kura River, in Old Tbilisi. It’s one of the oldest parts of Tbilisi and it was historically inhabited by Armenians, which lends a multicultural aspect to this side of town.
Some of the main attractions in Avlabari include the Armenian Theater, Rike Park, Metekhi Church and the Sameba (Trinity) Cathedral. Avlabari is also home to Wine Rise, a street lined with wine bars. It leads up from Rike Park and it’s a great place to do an authentic tasting of Georgian wines.
The district is more residential and less touristy, yet very close to the city center.
This is one of the largest districts in Tbilisi. These streets were the main area where the Georgian capital was created back in the day. Mtatsminda is named after the mountain of the same name, one of the iconic sights in the city. The name translates to “Holy Mountain.”
This neighborhood has a lot to offer. There are great restaurants here, friendly coffee shops and lots of cute little local stores. Take a few twists and turns away from the main street of Rustaveli Avenue and explore the smaller streets.This area of town has some of the best examples of Art Nouveau era architecture.
Even though the area is not touristy, the prices for the accommodation can be a bit high because of its proximity to the city center.
It was included on Time Out’s list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world. This area of Tbilisi begins from Freedom Square and stretches up to Mount Mtatsminda.
This peaceful and friendly neighborhood is composed of historical buildings, narrow streets and sidewalk cafes. There are many great spots for enjoying wine, food and beer – as well as cool art galleries and shops.
A lot of the charm of Sololaki is in the authentic historic houses here. Take a peek into the courtyards and you’ll see ornate staircases, marble entrances and beautifully decorative balconies.
Vera is a pleasant, green neighborhood with a central location and lots of quiet gardens and yards. It’s a classic Tbilisi-style neighborhood, with some beautiful architecture that has been unchanged since the turn of the century. If you’re wondering which neighborhood in Tbilisi you should stay in long term, Vera would be a great option.
Vera Park is a peaceful green space where you can stop and relax in the shade – and there are plenty of great cafes in this area. The Tbilisi Concert Hall sits on the main intersection and it’s a great place to see shows.
Saburtalo is a mostly residential district in Tbilisi. If you want to be as close as possible to the historic and cultural sights, this is not the best place for you to stay. However, if you want to stay somewhere quiet and close to plenty of grocery stories, shops and restaurants – it’s perfect.
Pekini and Kostava Streets are the main streets of the district; however, do try to avoid them when looking for an apartment. Do not forget to spend an hour or two beside Lisi Lake, it is absolutely appealing. Also hippodrome park, a natural green park in the heart of the city.
Vake used to be a district where the Georgian elite, politicians, and scientists lived. However, it has changed over time, and today it is a bit of a fancy neighborhood, with posh cafés and bars, shops, and high-priced accommodation options. After Georgia gained independence, Vake slowly became the trendiest area in town. If you like to eat and drink, this is a great Tbilisi neighborhood for you to stay in.
Vake is home to Vake Park, a large green space filled with fountains, cafes, children’s play areas and walking trails. If you keep walking up the mountain, you’ll eventually reach Turtle Lake – a small lake high at the top, surrounded by cafes and restaurants with outdoor patios.
If you love shopping, wine bars and kebabs, you’ll be right at home in Marjanishvili. Located on the Left Bank of the Mtkvari River, this area of town has a large Arabic and Turkish influence. The main street in Marjanishvili is Agmashenebeli Avenue. It’s one of the longest and prettiest streets in the city, with historic buildings decorated with twinkling lights and outdoor patios alive with friendly chatter.
Football fans take note, Marjanishvili is where you’ll find the Dinamo Arena, home to local team Dinamo Tbilisi. Also, this district is home to Station Square. It’s a huge and authentic bazaar packed with stalls selling food, clothing, jewellery, electronics, appliances and much more. You can also stay in the most famous and interesting hostel in the city, Fabrika Or if you have children, enjoy Mushtaidi garden.