In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some romantic places to go and things to do in Tbilisi, “the city that loves you”
- Sulfur baths (Abanotubani district). Book a private suite; things are steamy enough as it is, but it’s a good place to relax sans clothes.
- Historic district walks (Sololaki, Ortachala, Mtatsminda, or Vera districts). Walk the quieter side-streets of Old Tbilisi–Odzelashvili, Chonkadzi, Barnovi, Vertskhli, or Asatiani. Neighborhoods like those around Gudiashvili Square and Betlemi Church in Sololaki are both quiet and architecturally interesting.
- Try the wines at one of several “vinotheques” along Leselidze Street–tastings are usually affordable (under 20 GEL) but generous
- Go shopping at Dry Bridge flea market, where you can find everything from antiques and the requisite Soviet kitsch to used books and pirated software.
Restaurants and Cafes:
- Shavi Lomi (The Black Lion). 23 Amaglebi St., Sololaki district. Georgian, dinner.
- Tartine. 22 Abashidze St. (Maidan Square), Sololaki district. French, lunch and/or drinks.
Il Garage. 26 Mosashvili St., Vake district. Italian, dinner.
- Mandari. 11 Mosashvili St., Vake district. Georgian fusion, dinner.
- O Moda Moda. 64 Barnovi St., Vere/Vake border. Georgian cafe, any meal.
- Moulin Electrique. 28 Leselidze St., Sololaki district. Georgian cafe, lunch and/or drinks.
- Gruzbek. Corner of Erekle II St. and Ivereli Lane, Sololaki district. Uzbek dinner.
- Chaikhana. 14 Grisashvili St., Abanotubani district. Azerbaijani cafe, tea and snacks.
- Luca Polare. Leselidze Street (Sololaki district), Pekini Street (Vake-Saburtalo district), Mrgvali Baghi Square (Vake district). Gelato/hot drinks, pastries.
- Puris Sakhli. 7 Gorgasali St (Sololaki-Abanotubani district). Georgian, dinner.
The following scenic locations make nice settings in which to flout Tbilisi’s completely ineffective crackdown on PDA:
- Metekhi platform (across the river, next to the statue of Vakhtang Gorgasali overlooking Maidan Square)
- Betlemi platform garden (next to the churches directly below the Kartlis Deda statue)
- Tbilisi Botanical gardens (up behind Asatiani Street and Narikala fortress), or the hills behind them (up Grisashvili and right on Mirza Shapi)
- Narikala fortress (medieval fortification overlooking Sololaki district)
- Kartlis Deda (Mother Georgia) platform (accessible as of summer 2012 by gondola, which runs fairly late)
- 9 April Park and Aleksandrovi gardens (behind the National Gallery on Rustaveli)