Red tiled roofs and stony churches are juxtaposed with futuristic bridges and structures in Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi. With an old town that was founded around 400 AD, this metropolis has a long and storied past and an even brighter future. The glittering steel-and-glass Bridge of Peace is one of the city’s distinctive icons, along with stately buildings like Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre and the ancient Narikala fortress. With a humid subtropical climate and a multitude of places to see and discover, Tbilisi is one of our favourite places to visit in southeast Europe.
The city of Tbilisi is a foodie’s paradise, especially if you’re a fan of dumplings (or khinkali, as they’re known here). Head to Khinkali House for a popular take on the dish, which is typically made with a mixture of meats, spices and herbs. (You’ll also find vegetarian versions filled with cheese and potato).
To eat it like a local, sprinkle your dumplings with black pepper, grab one by the dough nub at the top, bite a hole in the side to suck out the juices and then eat the rest. Then wash it down with a shot of vodka for good measure!
Opened in 2012, the Tbilisi cable car will take you on a thrilling ride over the Mtkari River from Rike Park up to Narikala Fortress. A one-way journey takes just a few minutes and costs 2.5 Lari (75p). They also accept Metro cards.
The cable car is open daily from 12:00 to 14:00.