Tbilisi

Tbilisi



How to describe the city better than with Raphaël Gluckmann’s words?

“Walking at night in the silent and muddled streets of Tbilisi is an invitation both to lose yourself and also to love. A princess of another century, draped in the veils of the past and determined to stay young, the city is an enigma,a living paradox. Its streets never lead where you might expect, but instead reveal a surprise with every turn: a movie-scene in a courtyard, a novel on a street corner, a play in a bar. The city dances around you, unrolling a mosaic of old churches, mosques, synagogues, and houses with delicate balconies of wood and metalwork. It is both unknown and familiar at the same time. Is it the Mediterranean, Central Europe or even Persia? No one can tell.”

in Portrait de Ville (see We Read).


  • Essentials :

  • 01

    Public transport. The subway and buses are very cheap. You can buy a card in the metro, upload money on it (1 way trip is 50 tetri = 20 eurocents), and when you will leave Tbilisi, you can give it back and get your deposit. But keep the receipt!

  • 02

    Language. The official language is Georgian. It has its own unique writing system, the Georgian script

  • 03

    Business. The banking system is great and the customer service is excellent. The business set up is very favorable and taxes are reasonable.

  • 04

    Currency. The Georgian currency is the Lari and its currency code is GEL.

  • 05

    Safety. One of the safest countries in Europe (to the extent where people actually leave their cars unlocked). Good common sense applies if you’re walking in the street alone at night, just like any other city in the world, but it’s certainly not worse.

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Shopping :

Main shopping areas

The main shopping streets are:

  • Rustaveli Avenue
  • Aghmashenebeli str. (starts from Marjanishvili metro),
  • Pikini Street
  • Tbilisi Mall (quite remote!)
There are many locals shop at the Train Station Souk or the souk outside of the city “Lilo Bazroba”
 
Then there is also:
  • Meidan Bazaar: a street Market, mainly for the Ethnic Georgian and Caucasian Region handmade items like handwoven traditional carpets. It’s located under the Meidani Square, near Metekhi Bridge.
  • Dry Bridge market: a Flea market, with old as well as the new traditional and modern items: some paintings, Crochet, various kitchen items,…

 

What you should take home

  1. Georgian traditional rugs/carpets (comes in any size) made of natural wood.
  2. If you don’t have the luggage space for a rug, then traditional Georgian hand-woven shawls would be ideal.
  3. One must “take back home” food is traditional Georgian sweet “Churchkhela”, made of various nuts and covered in grape. (ideal for those watching their weight).
  4. Enamel.