With a mixture of ancient and modern architecture, Tbilisi is a great place for photography lovers. While there are some iconic landmarks to pose in front of, this post showcases the best secret Instagrammable spots in Tbilisi.
Note: The word ‘secret’ here may refer to less known places as well as popular once which are less photographed for social media
Secret Instagrammable Spots in Tbilisi
Georgia’s capital is slowly gaining popularity among travelers, therefore its famous old town, Abanotubani, is one of the best Instagrammable spots in Tbilisi, dominated by Narikala Fortress, sulfur baths and colorful Orbeliani Bath, the so-called Kaleidoscope house (the stained glass hallway), and typical wooden carved balconies. However, there are many more interesting and hidden gems that are worthy of being published on your Instagram.
Best photo spots in Tbilisi Old Town
Tbilisi Old Town spans from Freedom Square down to the Narikala Fortress, Rike Park, and parts of the Avlabari district. Therefore, the area offers plenty of great locations for your stunning pictures. So make sure to wander through narrow cobblestone streets and peek in courtyards to find secret Instagrammable places in Tbilisi.
View over Narikala Fortress and Abanotubani
The iconic view of Abanotubani with colorful wooden balconies and Narikala Fortress can be enjoyed from various angles; however, my favorite one is from Mirza Shafi street. The whole area looks absolutely stunning from here, but unfortunately, there is construction work underway, so it might be closed for visitors once the building is finished. So be quick to get that shot.
Blue house on 4/9 Ietim (Etim) Gurji Str
This blue hoise is both – famous and less known Instagrammable spot in Tbilisi. I have seen quite a decent number of photos taken here, but as it’s a bit tucked away from the main streets of the Old Town, it still remains a secret spot for many.
1 Irgvlivi Turn, parallel to Samgrebro Str
This little street caught my attention with its charming vintage decoration on its door. How cute is it, right? And of course, the flowers make a perfect addition to this allay.
Georgian balcony at Chakhrukhadze II Turn
What makes Tbilisi so attractive to many travelers is its typical Georgian architecture and wooden carved balconies. The Old Town offers a wide choice of balconies to pose, but this one is hidden away from touristy streets.
Georgian “Hogwarts” on 28 Lado Asatiani Str
Did you know that Tbilisi has it’s own Hogwarts? Just kidding, it’s not a school of magicians, it’s just an ordinary school and the only Gothic-style building in the capital. It used to be a girls-only German school back in the day.
Typical Georgian courtyard on 30 Lado Asatiani Str
Those typical Georgian courtyards make perfect Instagrammable spots in Tbilisi when the tenants hang out their laundry, looking like party bunting decorations.
21 Betlemi Str
I love the pop of color in this red brick walls, doesn’t it look charming? I had this spot on my list for a long time, but every time I passed this place, there was a car blocking the entrance and spoiling the spot for photoshoots. This time we were lucky and even played with neighborhood cats. Can you spot the second one?
Rike Park is a popular relaxation place for many locals and travelers walking down the streets of the Old Town. You can find plenty of spots for your Instagram account, but my favorite ones are the giant chessboard and glass tunnels that stand abandoned for a couple of years already.
Botanical Garden is beautiful in spring and autumn when flowers are in bloom or plants start to change the color. It’s a great place to get away from overcrowded streets in summer and enjoy a bit of shade on hot days.
Spanning on 161 hectares of land, the garden offers a wide range of flowers and plants, both local and brought from abroad. The garden is divided into 16 areas, and to see them all you might need a whole day.
Queen Darejan Palace on Peritsvaleba Str
Queen Darejan Palace is another secret Instagram spot in Tbilisi that slowly gains popularity. Located in the Avlabari district, it was built in the 18th century and is called Sachino. It used to be a summer residence of Queen Darejan, the wife of King Erekle II. Views of the Old Town and Mtatsminda is absolutely gorgeous from here.
Painted Hallway on 18 G.Tabidze Str
Tbilisi hides stunning art in its residential buildings. One of them is the former house of tobacco merchants, brothers Seilanovs. Both the entrance ‘lobby’ and the staircase are hand-painted. Make sure you go up to the last floor.
Former hotel London on 31 Atoneli Str
This is one of my favorite painted hallways in Tbilisi, as the paintings still remain untouched for so many years. What now is a residential building, it used to be a prestigious hotel which even hosted a Norwegian writer and a Nobel Prize winner, Knut Hamsun in 1899.
Street Art Spots in Tbilisi
Street art in Tbilisi is still a new concept, yet very fast developing. There are loads of beautiful pieces scattered across the city, and here are some of my favorite ones.
Beri Gabriel Salosi I Turn (Elektrowerk)
31 G. Mazniashvili Str
56 D. Uznadze Str (corner of D. Abashidze str)
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“Plastic Jellyfish” ⠀ 🧜♀️Plastic pollution in the seas is a drastic problem, we seem to care less. Dozens of marine species die every day. So next time someone hands you a plastic bag in a store, just say no and carry a reusable one 😉 🧜♀️ By @musyaqeburia for @nikomovement ⠀ Location: D.Uznadze str. 56 (at the corner with Dodo Abashidze str)
5 T. Shevchenko Str
Library of TSU (near Maghlivi)
Hero’s Square underground passage
Soviet Architecture Spots in Tbilisi
Tbilisi, much like the whole country, is a perfect place for Soviet architecture lovers. Whether it’s the building structure or the mosaics, we have it all. Some of those Soviet-era buildings have been turned into a multipurpose venue, like Fabrika Hostel or Stamba. Here are my favorite quirky Soviet buildings.
Expo Georgia on 118 Akaki Tsereteli Ave
Expo Georgia is a big exposition center built in 1961 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of Tbilisi with the huge industrial exhibition. As a result, the area has 11 pavilions, decorative pools, and a greenhouse.
During to Soviet-era, the venue showcased a permanent exhibition of agricultural and industrial achievements of the Soviet Republic.
Former Museum of Archeology on 5 Motsikulta Stsori Nino Str
This is one of the bizarre yet fascinating buildings in Tbilisi, which stands abandoned for more than a decade now. Unfortunately, you can’t get inside, but you can explore it from the outside and ‘enjoy’ the views of a very residential district of Tbilisi with its Soviet-time apartment houses.
Abandoned Cable Car on 52 Rustaveli Ave
The cable car building was used to take citizens from Rustaveli Avenue to Mtatsminda Park. But in 1990, the cable broke, resulting in 42 injured and 19 dead. Since then, it stands abandoned. There is no entrance, you need to sneak inside from a broken window, but be careful as glass is sticking out of the iron frames.
Abandoned Cable Car at Noe Ramishvili Str
I am not sure of the history of this building. I assume it stopped working after the collapse of the Soviet Union and our Civil War. You can quickly go inside, but there’s a horrible smell, and the stairs are full of garbage.
Instagrammable Cafes in Tbilisi
The cafe scene in Tbilisi is very diverse; however, most of them don’t offer beautiful decorations to make them Insta-worthy. I managed to track down a few, that I think will make a perfect Instagram spot that not many people know about.
Laduree Georgia on 21a I. Abashidze Str
Feel the French vibes in Laduree Georgia, and try some of their delicious macarons.
American Diner on 2 I. Machabeli Str
Any 60’s or 50’s lover out there? The American Diner features the style of a typical dinner of the 50’s, making it a perfect Instagrammable cafe in Tbilisi. Plus, they have milkshakes served in typical-American-dinner-glasses.
Otakhi on 6 Dzmebi Zubalashvilebi Str (near the Parliament)
This small takeaway coffee joint will blow your mind! Everything here is handmade. The decorations feature second-hand or household items, like washing machine door! There are so many cute little details that we spent more than 30 minutes on taking pictures.
L’eclair De Genie on 12 O. Taktakishvili Str.
What makes L’eclair De Genie an Instagrammable cafe in Tbilisi, is the Flamingo wall and its beautiful eclairs that you pity to eat.
Gala Restaurant & Bar on 1 G. Tabidze Str
To be honest, I can’t say anything on their menu. I just had a takeaway tea and a quick shoot at its floral wall.
Other Instagrammable Spots in Tbilisi
“Lace House” on 52 Rustaveli Ave
The so-called “Lace House” is tucked behind the souvenirs laid out on the stairs of Georgian National Academy of Sciences. This turquoise house has an almost tragic history: when the Soviet government wanted to expand Golovin Prospect (today Rustaveli Ave), they planned to demolish this house. Luckily, the family had strong ties with Joseph Stalin, who ordered to keep this house untouched. The same family owns still owns the house.
Red Bridge at Maglivi TSU Building
This bridge connects Tbilisi State University buildings with Tskneti district, and in my opinion, makes a great Instagram spot in Tbilisi
Art Nouveau building on 12 M. Kostava Str
This used to be a former residential building of Michael Aramiants, a famous merchant of the 19th century Tbilisi. He was involved in textile, silk, and wool business, but he found the most fortune in the oil business.
Aramiants played a huge part in Tbilisi’s development. He is the one who financed the construction of the first hospital in Tbilisi, which even today carries his name. He also built Hotel Majestic, current Tbilisi Marriott, and Palace Hotel, what today is the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University.
Courtyard of Youth Palace
For many years, this courtyard was closed for the public. It opened only a couple of years ago and makes a perfect spot to unwind during your busy days of exploring the city. This particular staircase has a historical significance: after Georgia declared its independence in 1918, the celebratory photo was taken here.
Into the woods at Lisi Lake
Lisi Lake is a favorite place for many locals to have a relaxing stroll on weekends. In hot summer days, it gets quite packed with families, couples and a group of friends who enjoy nice weather either by walking around the lake, riding a bike, or simply having a picnic.
Chronicles of Georgia a.k.a Georgia Stonehenge
This might not be a secret Instagrammable spot in Tbilisi, but many still don’t know about it.
Located in the outskirts of Tbilisi, Chronicles of Georgia showcases significant scenes from the Georgian history. Created in 1985 by famous Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, his massive monument features 16 pillars of 30-35 meters in height.
Vaso Godziashvili Park
The government recently renovated the park and added some cool monuments inside.
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