2 Days in Tbilisi, Georgia for Food, Design & Culture

2 Days in Tbilisi, Georgia for Food, Design & Culture

This Tbilisi itinerary is for you if your time is short and you wish to see the best of the city's food, design and culture. Your 2 days in Tbilisi will be filled with unique experiences that capture the spirit of the city.

We cover what to do in Tbilisi in 2 days, from the best restaurants and wine bars to visit to exciting creative hubs to explore.

Overview: 2 Days in Tbilisi, Georgia

  • Where to stay for your 2 days in Tbilisi
  • Tbilisi Itinerary 2 Days
  • Day 1:

    Daytime → Hang out in former Soviet factories turned vibrant cultural hubs and shop for edgy attire at vintage shops.

    Evening → Dine at a Georgian culinary hot spot and discover Georgian wines at unique wine bars.

    Day 2:

    Daytime → Shop for treasures at a historic flea market, enjoy a peaceful brunch at an art-cafe and unwind in thermal baths in Abanotubani.

    Evening → Eat Georgian classics at one of the city's best restaurants and discover Tbilisi's music scene.

  • How to get around Tbilisi

Where to stay for your 2 days in Tbilisi

Stamba Hotel

For your 2 days in Tbilisi, consider staying at a hotel that allows easy baggage drop off in case you arrive early or depart late. We've found this more difficult with Airbnb stays. With just two days in the city, you'll want to explore hassle-free once you arrive.

We recommend staying in the Marjanishvili or Vera neighbourhoods, which have a good local flavour and some of the city's coolest spots.

Avoid staying in Old Town since it's more touristy and difficult to taxi around from with its narrow cobblestone streets.

Our top hotel picks for design and culture:

  • Stamba Hotel ($$$) - a former Soviet-publishing house with brutalist architecture in Vera
  • ROOMS Tbilisi ($$) - has a post-Soviet Wes Anderson look and is connected to its sister hotel, STAMBA. If you stay here, get a room that doesn't face the street since it can get noisy.
  • Unfound Door Design Hotel ($$) - captures the charm of Old Tbilisi in a restored 19th century building in Marjanishvili
  • Fabrika Hostel & Suites ($) - a creative hub set in a former Soviet sewing factory in Marjanishvili.
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Tbilisi 2 Day Itinerary

Day 1


Start your day with brunch at Stamba Cafe

Begin your day with brunch at Stamba Cafe, located in a former Soviet publishing factory turned vibrant cultural hub. The cafe's colourful decor, including pink and teal walls, sea foam-coloured booths and a stunning chandelier, beautifully harmonizes with the building's brutalist architecture. It's a fabulous way to kick off your trip.

Shop for eclectic pieces at vintage shops

As you stroll through Tbilisi, you'll notice locals sporting an edgy look, often clad in black hoodies with their own eclectic twist. This street style isn't far off from what you would see in a Balenciaga campaign. In fact, Demna Gvasalia, the Creative Director of Balenciaga, hails from Georgia and has been inspired by his Georgian upbringing and Tbilisi's street style.

Tbilisi's fashion scene is thriving, with concept stores carrying local designers and vintage shops offering well-curated finds.

Don't miss Chaos Concept Store, The Vintage Seeker and Vintylator Vintage Shop offering high-quality clothing at fair prices. I was excited about all the leather pieces I found.

Hang out at Fabrika, a former Soviet sewing factory turned creative hub

After vintage shopping, head over to Fabrika, one of the coolest creative hubs we've ever been to. The transformation of this former Soviet sewing factory into a hostel and communal space reflects the city's dedication to preserving its architectural heritage. The space attracts both travellers and locals.

By day, it's a cozy spot for coffee and work. By evening, it transforms into a lively gathering space. Don't miss its bustling courtyard filled with restaurants, bars, and boutiques.


Dine at Shavi Lomi, a culinary hotspot

Shavi Lomi, our top restaurant pick, consistently becomes our friends' favourite dining spot in Tbilisi when we recommend it. Just a short walk from Fabrika, this gem is tucked away on a quiet street in the Marjanishvili neighbourhood.

Despite its discreet entrance, marked only by a graffiti-covered door, the restaurant shows off a delightful courtyard and indoor dining area where vintage jazz sets the mood. The elevated bohemian ambiance and inventive Georgian dishes make it one of the hottest restaurants in the city.

🍴Must eat: Shashlik (skewered charcoal roasted meat) and the off-menu Gobi - it's their way of doing Pikhali (Georgian dips). Wash it down with a glass or two of Georgian kisi (amber) wine.

Taste Georgian wines at wine bars

Did you know that Georgia has the world's oldest known winemaking technique? Georgians have been fermenting grapes in a Qvevri (earthenware vessel) for over 8,000 years! One of the best ways to dive into Georgia's wine scene is by exploring its wine bars. They each have a unique approach and style.

Our favourite wine bars in Tbilisi

Vino Underground - offers an affordable tasting experience with generous pours, a grungy atmosphere with alt-rock music and attentive staff providing explanations for each wine you try.

8000 Vintages - one of Tbilisi's top wine bars with three locations, their one-hour tasting experience includes 4 Georgian wines with charcuterie and is guided by a sommelier.

Dadi Wine - has a sophisticated atmosphere and offers tastings of three wines paired with food. You choose from either a white, amber, or red wine tasting.

Tsitska Wine Shop - offers a laid-back atmosphere for wine tasting with a large communal table and standing room. 90s hip-hop played when we were there and our server poured us a glass of wine based on our preferences and their recommendation.

Day 2


Shop for treasures at the Dry Bridge Market

Find treasures at the Dry Bridge Flea Market, showcasing everything from traditional handmade jewelry to obscure Soviet memorabilia.

The bustling market has been a Tbilisi staple since the early 1990s and sprawls beyond Dedaena Park. I was so excited to find three coloured cordial glasses to add to my bar collection.

Bartering is accepted here - our best advice is to pay what something is worth to you, and remember to compare prices with other vendors.

Enjoy a peaceful brunch at Cafe Linville

Tbilisi is dotted with charming art cafes, some of which even turn into dance parties by night.

Celebrate your vintage finds with a relaxing lunch at Cafe Linville. Linville is my favourite spot for a peaceful brunch, with its whimsical decor and various rooms adorned with unique vintage furnishings and wallpaper. It reminds me of something from Alice in Wonderland.

See our full list of design-forward cafes and restaurants in Tbilisi.

If you have time, walk from Cafe Linville to The Clock Tower and Bridge of Peace, two interesting architectural sights.

Unwind in thermal baths in Abanotubani

"Tbilisi," means "warm place" in Georgian, reflecting the city's sulphur springs that run underneath.

In Georgia, the tradition of curing hangovers involves sweating them out in the sulphur baths of Abanotubani, known as the bath district.

Chreli Abano is the best bathhouse to visit, offering easy online reservations and cozy private rooms. Room N1, with its circular hot pool, cold plunge pool, and sauna, is our favourite. Book a one-hour session and unwind even further by adding a massage for after. It was so relaxing!

✔️ Top Tip: enhance your experience with a 10-minute traditional Georgian exfoliation treatment, leaving your skin feeling baby-smooth.

Not a spa person? Instead go on a walking tour to learn more about the city's history and cuisine. Viator offers many highly-rated walking tours. We like how most tours have free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.


Eat Georgian specialties at Salobie Bia

Discover Georgian classics at Salobie Bia, a cozy yet sophisticated space adorned with eclectic artwork. Although it's renowned for its lobio (bean stew), this hot spot also serves up other Georgian specialties, like satisfying Megrelian khachapuri - pizza-shaped bread stuffed and topped with melted cheese.

Discover Tbilisi's music scene

Tbilisi has one of the world's best electronic music scenes, where techno has transcended into a powerful form of political expression, advocating for freedom of speech and challenging societal norms.

Even if techno isn't your scene, you'll find a diverse array of music styles and a vibrant community of music lovers. Going out to nightlife spots is also a great way to meet locals.

For electronic music check out events at: Bassiani, Horoom, TES, Mztkartve or Left Bank (Space Two) and Cafe Gallery.

For alternative types of music and a chill atmosphere check out: Dedaena Bar and Left Bank (Space One).

✔️ Top Tip: see what events are on by browsing Resident Advisor - look up the artists that are playing and see what music resonates with you.

See our Tbilisi nightlife guide.

How to get around Tbilisi


The best way to get around Tbilisi is by Bolt, a ride-sharing service like Uber, costing around 4-8 GEL (~$1.50 - $3 USD) to almost anywhere in the city.

For our arrival at the airport, we hired a private driver through Welcome Pickups for a smooth transfer to our hotel. This was handy since we had a very early arrival. Our driver met us in the arrivals section with a sign, ensuring a hassle-free start to our trip. Our hotel quoted us double the price as Welcome Pickups for a private transfer.

Enjoy your 2 days in Tbilisi!

Get started on planning your trip to Tbilisi

  • 🌃 Book your accommodation: Booking.com is our go-to for finding places to stay. Sort by top reviewed.
  • 🚖 Book your airport transfer: with WelcomePickups
  • 🍷 Browse walking tours with local guides: through Viator
  • ✈️ Track flight prices: with Hopper

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