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My Favourite Hip Restaurants in Tbilisi

Georgia is an ancient country with a very rich culture – and that includes food! Tbilisi is one of my favorite cities and one reason is the food. There are so many places to eat in Tbilisi. Culinary love is so strong in this country that the best restaurants in Tbilisi can be anywhere. Whether you’re having a meal at a fancy hotel restaurant or a tiny downtown eatery, the flavors will astound you. And when it comes to trendy, hip restaurants in Tbilisi, you have a variety of options. 

Read more about the Georgian capital in my Tbilisi Travel Guide & My Tbilisi Travel Story!

The Famous Baths Tbilisi
The Famous Baths

The best food in Tbilisi is the result of centuries of cultural exchange between Georgians and nearby cultures. Nowadays, that distinct Georgian flavor, heavy on meats and some vegetables, is famous throughout the region. Some iconic dishes include khachapuri (cheese bread), khinkali (big dumplings), pkhali (purees and vegetables) and, of course, local wine! Try as many regional variants as you possibly can: you won’t regret it and you won’t have to eat for a week or so when you come home!

There are so many places to eat in Tbilisi it’s hard to keep track, but here are some personal favorites.

Keto & Kote – Old Meets New!

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 4

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Formerly an old house in Vera, in the Old City, Keto & Kote is among the most hip restaurants in Tbilisi. As it happens often in the Georgian capital, the design here is a mix of old and new. It’s as fascinating as Tbilisi itself!

The renovated house offers a lot of cosy areas, plus plenty of wood and large windows. This, plus the classic balconies and corbels, gives it an upscale and old charm. Once inside, the plants and modern details will bring you right back to the 21st century!

This is the perfect place to try western Georgia food, specifically from the region of Samegrelo.

Khinkali & Khachapuri – My True Favorites!
Khinkali & Khachapuri – My True Favorites!

Lolita – The Super Cool & Hip One!

1. Food: 4

2. Drink: 4

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 5

5. Service: 4

Lolita, a relatively new addition to the growing city nightlife! Another beloved entry on my list of hip restaurants in Tbilisi, I love the super cool and chic vibe here. Outside, the pseudo-Gothic façade is the perfect intro. The inside area feels more like a lounge than anything else, with a lot of strong lights. The backyard offers a kind of chic picnic: cobblestone walls, long wooden tables and a lot of plants. The modern outdoor kitchen, cute B&W floors and hanging lamps finish this picture perfect.

The food is very interesting, mixing international dishes with Georgian sensibilities. It’s right across the street from my favorite hotel, The Rooms Hotel and their Garden Bar and Bar Room are perfect places for a drink!

Burrata in Georgia!
Burrata in Georgia!
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I’m not the only one that loves Lolita!
Garden Bar @Rooms Hotel – Industrial Chic New York Vibe!
Garden Bar @Rooms Hotel – Industrial Chic New York Vibe!

Iveria Terrace – The Place with a View!

1.Food: 3

2. Drinks: 3

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 3

5. Service: 4

Just by the Mtkavi River, Iveria Terrace is one of five restaurants at the local Radisson Blu. Open between May and October, this seasonal eatery doesn’t offer the best food in Tbilisi – and that’s okay. The hook here isn’t so much the dishes but rather the view!

On the second floor of the hotel, this terrace offers a magnificent view of town at any hour. It’s the best place to chill with a drink after a long day of walking around!

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Hello Mountains!
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Hello River!

Culinarium Khasheria – Georgian Hospitality with a Healthy Twist!

1. Food: 4

2. Drinks: 5

3. Atmosphere: 4

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

Among the best places to eat in Tbilisi, the food in Culinarium / Khasheria is undoubtedly Georgian – with a twist. Focused on bringing in organic produce, the cuisine here is experimental and healthy. The flavors are truly unique, and the drinks are just delicious!

The love behind the restaurant’s design makes it look bigger than it really is, and I loved the look. Small, cosy and modern, he blue palette gives the whole place a relaxed and almost beach-like vibe. As it usually happens in Tbilisi, the service was outstanding, in true Georgia hospitality fashion!

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The night isn’t complete with a glass of wine
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They have such a pretty set up!

Fabrika  – The Artsy & Creative Hub!

1.Food: 3

2. Drinks: 3

3. Atmosphere: 5

4. Design: 4

5. Service: 4

If you like street art, then you should cross the river and visit the German hoods and hip Fabrika . Once a soviet sewing factory, now an urban hot spot for locals and travelers looking for a creative and artsy oasis and the perfect brunch spot. We had a healthy lunch, got some well-deserved rest after a long day and left full of inspiration. Loved the cool design in the lobby and the colorful street art in this hood. For sure a must visit for the artsy crowd and one of the best wine tasting places, the Wine Gallery is just some blocks away!

 

Fabrika – The Artsy & Creative Hub!
Found my artsy spot
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A place filled with inspiration
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Yummy brunch!

Enjoy this amazing places to eat in Tbilisi and let me know if you enjoyed the food as much as I did!

If you’re planning a trip to Tbilisi I’m sure my Tbilisi Hotel Review will come in handy. For someone that wants the full 360 degree look at the Georgian capital, check out my Tbilisi Travel Guide. And for something unique to do in Tbilisi, you can’t go wrong with Arthouse Tbilisi.

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