Top 9 Things to Do in Tbilisi While You’re at the Summit

Top 9 Things to Do in Tbilisi While You’re at the Summit

We all love industry events. 

Networking with local and global brands, garnering invaluable insights into new markets and immersing yourself in the latest technological advancements.

But come on…

…we all know the best part of any industry event, is travelling to new destinations, soaking up the local culture and discovering new places, new foods, and new experiences.

As the second edition of SBC Summit Tbilisi draws near, we wanted to take a moment to reminisce and share some of the incredible places, delicious food, and memorable experiences that the SBC team enjoyed during their stay in Tbilisi last year!

GEORGIAN FOOD

One of, if not the most notable attractions in Tbilisi, is its glorious array of national dishes.

Whether you are tucking into your first Khinkali, relishing in the cheesy goodness of Khachapuri, sharing a loaf of homemade Mchadi or experiencing Pkhali for the first time, there is an abundance of underrated and tantalizing Georgian dishes awaiting your taste buds. 

Yes, Georgian cuisine leans heavily on carbs and dairy (which in our book is never a bad thing), yet at the same time, all Georgian dishes burst with freshness, fragrance and a remarkable depth of flavour.

With so many different stews, soups and vegetable dishes (many meals are naturally vegetable-based), you will never be short of amazing places to eat throughout the city and we guarantee you will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of your very own ‘Georgian Recipes’ cookbook upon your return.

Below is a small selection of some of the restaurants SBC employees and attendees described as highlights of the trip:

Follow this link to an extensive list of the best food and drink offerings in Tbilisi.

GEORGIAN WINE TASTING

Enjoy the finer things in life? Consider yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur?

If you have a spare hour during your time in Tbilisi, make sure you find the time to taste some of the most authentic, and delicious Georgian wine in the country at Karalashvili’s Wine Cellar!

Originating from the scenic Kakheti region of Georgia, the Karalashvili family boasts a heritage steeped in history and tradition. Bestowed with the esteemed title of “Prince” by King George VII of Kartl-Kakheti in the 14th century, the Karalashvili family has been dedicated to the art of crafting exquisite wines since 1396.

Enjoy an incredible selection of carefully selected wines,  including those not available anywhere else, as you discover the rich history of one of Georgia’s oldest wineries in a warm, friendly original Karalashvii cellar.

You can check availability here

Location: Vertskhli Street 19, Tbilisi 0105 Georgia

GEORGIAN NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

For any history buffs out there, make sure to visit the Georgia Museum of Natural History!

In association with the University of Georgia, the museum serves as a hub for all natural history related to the city, region and the wider world. 

The museum is primarily comprised of 11 distinct collections covering Anthropology, Arthropods, Botany, Geology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mammalogy, Mycology, Ornithology and the Zooarchaeology collection.

Additionally, the museum hosts a plethora of exhibits highlighting the physiographic, cultural, and biological diversity of the state of Georgia.

The museum is open Monday – Friday, ensuring there is ample time to widen your knowledge of the rich Georgian natural history.

Click here to find out more.

VISIT THE BATHS OF TBILISI

When you think of famous baths across the world, the first that normally come to mind include the famous Roman baths, the Bathhouse of Haseki Hurrem Sultan in Istanbul or even Gellért Baths and Spa in Budapest.

Yet one of the most beautiful, historical and underrated bathing experiences is right in Tbilisi!

The history of sulfur baths is deeply intertwined with Tbilisi itself, as the city’s location was selected for its warm hot springs. The name “Tbili” even originates from “warm place,” reflecting the significance of these thermal waters.

Located primarily in the Abanotubani district, it was once estimated that there were over 65 bathhouses in the district, however today there are only ten.

The thermal springs in Tbilisi naturally maintain temperatures of 38-40 Celsius (100-104 degrees Fahrenheit). These springs, reputed for their health benefits, are believed to alleviate various ailments, including heart disease and psoriasis.

Tbilisi features both public (communal) bathhouses, offering a more authentic local experience at prices ranging from 10-15 GEL per person per hour, and private baths, which are pricier (from 70 GEL up to 500 GEL per hour) but are typically cleaner and more comfortable.

Check out a full comprehensive breakdown of Tbilisi baths here.

DISCOVER THE ‘CHRONICLE OF GEORGIA’ MONUMENT

Located in the northern part of Tbilisi and overlooking the beautiful Tbilisi coast, the Chronicle of Georgia monument is one of the most stunning and visually impressive spectacles in Tbilisi. 

Sculpted by local artist Zurab Tsereteli in 1985, the monument was commissioned to celebrate 3000 years of Georgian sovereignty and 2000 years of Christianity in Georgia. 

However, due to political tensions and the subsequent fall of the Soviet Union, work on the gigantic 16-pillar structure was never able to be completed. 

The design of the monument’s 35-meter-tall pillars each depict notable historical events in Georgian history, starting from Saint Nino converting King Mirian III to Christianity. Additionally, the beautiful monument sits beside a small church dedicated to St. Nino, arguably the most important Georgian saint, as she brought Christianity into the country. 

The entrance to the site is free of charge, is open every day of the week, and is easily accessible via metro and bus (number 60 from Ghrmaghele station to be precise), so make sure to take the trip and witness another Tbilisi gem!

A NIGHT AT FABRIKA 

Want to continue the SBC party past the networking events?

Maybe you have a free night in the town and want to immerse yourself in the local nightlife?

Well, Fabrika is the answer to all!


Known as the cultural centre of Tbilisi, Fabrika is without a doubt the coolest place in town.


Once the home of a large old Soviet sewing factory, this transformed multi-functional space is a hub for creatives and nightlife enthusiasts alike.

Not only does Fabrika serve as the biggest hostel in the region, but the space also features artist studios, a co-working space, a selection of cafes and bars and an industrial open courtyard where tourists and locals alike gather to share a drink.

Additionally, Fabrika hosts a variety of events, exhibitions and workshops that are free to attend throughout the year. In the last few months, this has included a candle-making workshop, the Luminous Frames – Film and Photography festival, and a hypnotic animation showcase of Berlin-based visual artist, Pia Graf.

You can learn more about Frabrika’s event listing and facilities by visiting their website.

TSMINDA SAMEBA: TBILISI HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL

Tsminda Sameba, Tbilisi’s holy trinity cathedral was constructed between 1995 and 2004 and stands as the tallest church in Tbilisi and the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world. Recognised by its iconic golden dome rising through Elia Hill, the iconic cathedral can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.

The idea behind the construction of Tsminda Sameba, originated as early as 1989, to commemorate 1,500 years of autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Church and 2,000 years from the birth of Jesus.

The cathedral consists of nine chapels including dedicated chapels of the Archangels, John the Baptist, Saint Nino, Saint George, Saint Nicholas, the Twelve Apostles, and All Saints.

Additionally, the stunning structure is part of a complex that includes a monastery, and a theology school.

Located a mere 12-minute drive from Tbilisi Central railway station, Tsminda Sameba is easily accessible by all modes of transportation and features on the majority of city tours.


CLIMB TO TABOR MONASTERY FOR THE BEST CITY VIEWS

After a full week of networking, top-tier educational content and a bustling exhibition floor, it is nice just to sit back, relax and take in the beauty of nature.

Right?

Well if you are looking for a more relaxing and scenic way to spend your time in Tbilisi, make sure you make your way to the Tabor Monastery and soak up the beauty of the Tbilisi city. 

Now, there are several ways to get to the Tabor Monastery and all of them have their unique advantages and disadvantages.

You can of course reach the monastery, which is a beauty to be held in itself, by various modes of public transport, including trains, busses, funiculars and cable cars. But by far the most enriching is the 40-minute walk from Freedom Square. 

While this ‘hike’ involves a fair amount of walking and numerous steps, the journey is rewarded by several viewing platforms along the way to the monastery. From these vantage points, one can enjoy breathtaking views overlooking Abanotubani, Narikala, the sulphur baths, and the river, making it a sight to behold.

MOUNT MTATSMINDA

Are you seeking a day filled with thrills, excitement, and breathtaking views to wrap up your exploration of Tbilisi?

Your search ends at Mtatsminda Park, where adventure awaits at every turn.

Ascend to the summit of Mount Mtatsminda aboard the funicular, treating yourself to unparalleled panoramas of the city below. But that’s just the beginning.

Mtatsminda Amusement Park, boasting free entry, beckons all thrill-seekers with an array of heart-pounding attractions. Embark on a whirlwind adventure with carousels, water slides, a gravity-defying roller-coaster, a spine-chilling ghost castle, and a towering Ferris wheel that promises unparalleled vistas of Tbilisi’s stunning landscape.

Whether you’re craving adrenaline-pumping escapades or simply yearning to soak in the beauty of Tbilisi from above, Mtatsminda Park is your ultimate destination for an unforgettable day of fun and excitement.

Dont just take our word from it, read the reviews for the trip advisor’s ‘Travellers’ Choice’ winning attraction here


FINAL THOUGHTS

In conclusion, Tbilisi captivates visitors with its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. From exploring ancient fortresses to indulging in delectable cuisine, the city offers a diverse range of experiences for every traveller and promises unforgettable memories at every turn. 

With its warm hospitality and enchanting charm, Tbilisi invites you to immerse yourself in its wonders and discover the magic that awaits in this captivating city. 

So book those extra days off, embark on an adventure, and let Tbilisi captivate your heart and soul.

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