This historic capital city in the heart of Georgia has been built and rebuilt dozens of times—yet the cobblestone streets of its famed Old Town neighborhood have somehow remained untouched. Travelers can wander the back alleyways passed picture-perfect balconies, through winding streets the loop past ancient churches and tiny shops in what feels almost like a walk through time.
Art lovers will enjoy Tiflis Avenue, where galleries line Old Town streets like King Erekle II. Exhibitions take place on a rolling basis in this part of the neighborhood that’s known for its large collection of contemporary Georgian art. Two of the city’s oldest churches, famed sulfur baths, and incredible views of Narikala Fortress and Mtsasminda are also a part of life in Old Town. Those looking for a bit of nightlife can tuck into a table at the hip Kala café and restaurant—an Old Town staple—for an evening of life jazz and a delicious, traditional Georgian meal.
Old Town Tbilisi is easy to navigate on foot, but the metro, bus and cable car offer alternatives for travelers who prefer to be on the move. Metro tickets are .5 Lari per ride. Minibuses also offer stops just about everywhere on main roads for .8 Lari.