Hi there, this is the second of a two-part article about what to see in Tbilisi in two days. If you haven’t read the previous post, you can check out what do to on your first day in Tbilisi. Should you plan to be in the city for just one day, you can use part one as a reference.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

Unlike the day before, on your second day you will visit different parts of the city, so you will need to use a taxi or public transport to move around town. You can start your second day on the eastern side of the river, visiting the local market, an interesting place to see locals doing their everyday shopping and to buy some good fresh fruits. It is located near Station Square metro station. There is a huge clothes section, but the food market is definitely the most interesting part. The vendors are all in what seems to be disused train platforms and are very approachable, rarely refusing to pose for pictures.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

From here you should visit the Marjanishvili area, about one-kilometre walk from the market or a 3-minute metro journey. If you want to walk, just go to Giorgi Chubinashvili and walk straight ahead, Gogol Street, turn right when on Kote Marjanshvili, some five blocks away and keep walking towards the metro station, on Marjanishvili square. You will notice an enormous contrast if you compare this area with the previous one. Here the buildings are all very well maintained and you will find many restaurants and cosy cafés around the square. It’s the perfect place to have a nice breakfast and get the energy you will need for the rest of the day. A good cafe I tried and enjoyed is Cafe Inn, right by the roundabout, with great atmosphere, outside seating, wifi and, most importantly, great coffee and cakes!

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

One of the attractions in the area is the Marjanishvili Theatre, one of the two most important theatres in the capital, along with Rustaveli Theatre, however, all spectacles are in Georgian.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

Next, take a cab to the Sameba Cathedral (Holy Trinity), roughly ten minutes drive from here. Built in 2003, it is Georgia’s largest church and one of the most remarkable orthodox churches you will ever see. It rises to an impressive 101 metres high, and its interior comprises 10 churches.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

The bell tower and its gates are also outstanding pieces of architecture in their own right.

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Near Sameba Cathedral is the Presidential Palace, designed by the Italian architect Michele de Lucchi, and finished in 2004. Its main feature is the huge glass dome, visible from almost anywhere in the city. Keep on walking along the avenue that will also offer you stunning views of the city, and you will get to Avlabari Square, where you will see the Ejmiatsin Armenian Church. From here walk down Metekhi rise, with its renovated old houses and you will get to the historical Metekhi Church.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

Perched on top of a cliff by Mtkvari River, it is one of the Tbilisi’s most popular wedding venues. If you are here on a Saturday or Sunday, you will see many newlywed couples and a number of limousines, each one longer than the other. Many historical facts took place here, and the church was destroyed and rebuilt several times, and was even rebuilt by the one-time Muslim king Shakhnavaz and used for gun powder storage until 1690.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

As you descend Metekhi Rise, there are some nice restaurants where you can have lunch. After your meal, you will get to the modern and still-with-a-lot-come Europe Square. The place has quirky touches aplenty, from a giant piano to a giant chessboard, besides half a mile of flowers. Peace Bridge, also the brainchild of architect Michele de Lucchi, is especially hypnotising at night, when its lights flash in a dance-like rhythm.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

This is also where you can board the cable car (only 1GEL per person), which was opened in 2012, to go up Narikhala again. Watching night falling over Tbilisi from up there, with the city lights slowly being lit, is quite a magical sight.

What To See in Tbilisi in Two Days

To end your night, you can go for drinks and dinner at one of the many restaurants on Chardin Street in the Old Town. One of the best choices is Hemingway Cafe, where you can also try some of the best sushi in town.After dinner, and to close your two days in the Georgian capital in great style, you shouldn’t miss a show at the Marionette Theatre, just 10 minutes from here.

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56 Responses

  1. Will

    Cheers for this Pedro. I’m going to Tbilisi next week and I hope this post will help.

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  2. Renjith

    Set to fly on this weekend.. for 2 days.. seems like this will a perfect match for my trip..
    Cheers
    Ren

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    • wilson Dsouza

      Can someone guide on obtaining Georgian visa for Indian national based in the kingdom of Bahrain.

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      • jr

        try evisa. exempted i guess for indians if u have a GCC residence permit/visa. enjoy.

  3. Nashwa

    Hi pedro ,
    Really it is very intersting topics speacialy iam planing to visite georgia next september . Of course i will take your tbilisi plan as a guide ☺
    Iam very exciting to visite kazbegi and i donna want miss it but i have concerns because of that time could be cold and mountain not green .. do you recommend to going that time ?

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  4. Pedro (The Author)

    Hi Nashwa, I’ve only been to Kazbegi in summer. Depending on what part of September you’ll be there, you will get the beginning of autumn, which is one of the best times to be in Georgia. With the trees changing colour, it’ll be beautiful, so don’t refrain from going for that reason. Since you’ll be going uphill, just take a jacket with you and you’ll be fine.

    Have fun!

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  5. Elcid mendoza

    Hi. I really like your 2 days itinerary in Tbilisi. I am planning to visit Tbilisi for 4 days in early September,surely my 2 days will be as your detailed wonderful adventure. Can you suggest where I can spend my 2 more days there in georgia? I want to see a great nature and historical places near tbilisi.

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    • Pedro (The Author)

      Hi Elcid, thanks for your visit! In only two days, I’d recommend a trip to David Gareja monastery and a day trip to Kazbegi. If you go to Kazbegi, make sure you go very early morning (7am, 8am). It’s a bit of a stretch, but totally worth it. I wrote about these two places here on the blog.

      Stay tuned, as I’m also writing a few more things about Tbilisi.

      Thanks!
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      • Elcid mendoza

        Oh thank you so much! I just read it and it is really wonderful trip. I will print this so in case i don’t have internèt i have hard copy guide. I have 2 more questions, is early September good to visit Georgia? Is it raining during that time? I will be there on 30.Aug to 03.Sept.

  6. Renjith

    I’ve been to tbilisi 2 times this year. Such a wonderful place. Willing to do a third trip during Christmas with a group of friends. Any recommendations?

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  7. Azade

    Thanks for advices needed them so much)

    But U visited Georgia and didn t come to Azerbaijan?! We are so close:))

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  8. Dina

    Hi Pedro! I’m visiting your blog for sometime and this actually convinced me to go to Georgia! I’m flying next month September to Tbilisi and I got your blog to guide me..Thank you! Cheers!

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  9. Joey

    Thanks for sharing your travel experience, Pedro! I’m gonna use it as a guide for our upcoming trip to Georgia! Cheers!

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  10. eugene joy

    thanks for the ideas Pedro, we will be in Georgia for 2 days on November and these gonna be a big help for us. Thank you!

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  11. Joyce

    Dear Pedro, thank you very much for your enlightening and informative picture-perfect introduction to Georgia.
    Would u advise on travelling in mid November 16-20 and going on the sightseeing route to Ananuri, Gudauri, Kazbegi, Mtskheta ? Which includes a night in a guest house in kazbegi’s guest house? Would it be a night of freezing in that guest house ?!

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  12. Ali

    Hi Pedro !
    Thanks for your advices and information . I chose Georgia (Tbilisi , sukhumi, kutaisi and batumi ) for Christmas and new years and your blog is adding so many interesting places to visit in Tbilisi during the day . And , Is it recommended to go for Batumi in Winter . Thanks again Pedro!

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Ali, I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts about Georgia. Batumi is an interesting city in its own right, but it’s more popular as a beach destination. If that’s what you’re expecting, don’t go, it gets quite cold. But if you just want to see the main sites and enjoy the food and hospitality, I recommend you go. It’ll be cold, but it’s a nice city.

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  13. elizabeth

    Hi there Pedro,

    Your blog made me more excited to reach Georgia asap.
    Will be travelling there on 31st Oct for my 4-day Birthday tour 🙂
    I have prepared a few jackets cause it’s gonna be cold and I’m not used to cold weather.
    I would like to try the river rafting, would it be a good idea this time?

    Thank you and keep blogging about other places…

    Liz

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  14. zair

    hi Pedro,
    it’s good information for us as me and my friend planned move to 2 days trip to Tbilisi on Nov,15.
    Thanks

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  15. Dileep Sugathan

    Hi Pedro your travellogue about Tbilisi is really informative. I am travelling to Tbilisi on Dec 1st week for 3 days we will stay in Tbilisi want to go for wine tour. Please give ur suggestions and one day we are going to Kazbegi, please give your valuable opinion.

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Dileep, if you’re going independently to the wine region, I recommend going to Sighnaghi, it’s a very beautiful town. But since harvest season’s gone, you may just want to go on a wine tour with any agency in Tbilisi. For Kazbegi, make sure you’ve got very warm clothes, since it’s at the foot of the Caucasus and gets very cold in December.

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  16. Rena

    Hi,do you think end of December or beginning of Jan is a good time to travel . Which is a good area to book a hotel in which is centrally located in Tbilis .

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Rena, it can get around 0 to 10 Celsius in Tbilisi, and much colder in the mountains. Rustaveli Avenue, in Tbilisi, is very central, but the best area is the Old Town. There are many hotels near Meidani square and Abanotubani, the thermal bath district.

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  17. Efren de Guzman

    Hi Pedro, I like your Tbilisi blog and found it very useful. Me and my colleague planning to visit Georgia after Armenia for the first time by April 2016, but til now were still confused on our itinerary. Were on a tight budget so we prefer to explore inside and outside Tbilisi using public transportation. May we ask your expertise on this matter pls? if you can provide us 6-7 days itinerary? Do we need to stay a week in a hotel in Tbilisi or we can have it also outside the city? Any help you can suggest are very much appreciated. thanks in advance.

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    • Pedro Richardson

      Hi Efren, you’ll see Tbilisi, like the rest of Georgia, is a very cheap place to visit. If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider staying at a hostel. There are plenty of them around, try Konka Hostel, which is cheap and well located. Public transport is also very cheap, the metro in Tbilisi costs around 0.20USD. I’d recommend 3-4 days in Tbilisi with side visits to Mtskheta and David Gareja. One day in Sighnaghi, in the wine region, and another day around Kazbegi. If you don’t mind a longer journey, 2 days in Batumi, by the Black Sea, is an idea as well.

      I hope that helps!t

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  18. MJ Aggabao

    Hi Pedro, these information is such a help. Me and my friends are travelling to Georgia this coming weekend for a week. And i happened to pass by your blog and i was astound how beautiful Georgia is. Can’t wait to visit all the beautiful places you recommended. I will again post a comment here after i travel from Tbilisi. Cheers

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  19. Carah

    Hi pedro,

    Id like to know if it could be cheaper for us to hire a cab or just commute on our own to get through those spots? Were 5 in the group. And can you reccomend one good chill out for us to experience the legit georgian way.

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    • Pedro

      Hi Carah,

      A cab won’t be too expensive, but doing it independently you’ll definitely enjoy much more. If you’re looking for a place to chill out for a couple of days, you can go to Kazbegi (see my post about the Georgian Military Highway) or to Sighnaghi, a cute sleepy town in the wine-producing region.

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  20. Avon

    Hi,Pedro. I am planning a solo trip to Tbilisi between end of January to Early February 2017 as it is the only time I can get Vacation. I have not been to any country where there is snow so I am excited go to Georgia. Would it still be easy to go around for sight seeing during that period? By the way, I am grateful you shared information about Georgia. I am truly excited. It will be my 4th solo adventure. Thank you.

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    • Pedro

      Hi Avon, I was just back in Georgia last week and it did snow in one of the destinations. You’ll still be able to travel around – give preference to train journeys, if possible. Have fun, Georgia is a fantastic country!

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  21. JINU JOSEPH

    Pedro

    Im visiting Georgia 1st week feb, kindly advise
    if we take train journey where we wanna see rsome mountain with snow which wiil be right and best place to go.
    Jinu

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    • Pedro

      Hi Jinu, you can go to Ananuri, a ski resort, and Kazbegi, further north. But you’ll have to go by private taxi or minibus. Trains won’t go to that area.

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    • Pedro

      Hi Jinu, wine is by far the best. Try saperavi, a dry wine. Brands like Tbilvino or Chateau Mukhrani are the best. Also, try chacha, the local spirit, similar to vodka.

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  22. Jully

    Many thanks, Pedro. I’m having a trip to Tbilisi in a month, so I will use the list above.

    Reply

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