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Where to Live in Tbilisi – Neighborhoods Guide

With a little over 1 million inhabitants, the Georgian capital is a large city with many different neighborhoods. There are so many different districts that it gets confusing for foreigners. And since the tourist areas only make up for a very small part of Tbilisi, even those who have visited the city will have a hard time deciding where to live in Tbilisi.
We’ve put up this comprehensive guide to help you understand what each area of Tbilisi looks like so you can find the best place to live.

Tbilisi districts simplified map

Tbilisi’s historic center

Tbilisi’s prestigious center

Tbilisi residential center

Tbilisi’s suburbs

Tips to find a place to live in Tbilisi

Tbilisi’s Historic Center

The historic center, also called the Old Tbilisi, is the part of the city that is most visited by tourists. It is a charming place with old Georgian houses, colorful balconies, and artistic doors. It is also the most expensive place in Tbilisi in terms of rent prices.
The buildings in the historic center are mostly low-rises. Although the main streets have been renovated, many smaller streets are still a work in progress.
All in all, living in the Old Tbilisi is a very good choice: it is a walkable area with lots of things to see and do and many public transport options. However, flats are more expensive and it may be difficult to find a modern home in this area.

Historic tbilisi map

Sololaki

Sololaki district Tbilisi

  • Access to public transport:




    4/5
  • Walkability:




    4/5
  • Activities:




    5/5
  • Character:




    5/5
  • Quietness:




    1/5
  • Green areas:




    1/5

Sololaki is the heart of the Old Town. With its many balconies and beautiful facades, it has a lot of character. The Liberty Square metro station is only 10-15min by foot from almost everywhere in Sololaki. The Galleria Mall has a cinema, a bowling alley, a supermarket, and many different clothes and shoe brands. Some of the best restaurants in Tbilisi are also located in Sololaki. The only green area in this neighborhood is the botanical garden, and there’s a 2 GEL fee to visit it.
Pros:

  • Easy access to the metro
  • Great restaurants and bars
  • Historical place with lots of things to see
  • Overall a great and very central place to live

Cons:

  • Gets crowded during the tourist season
  • Hard to find a modern home
  • Can get noisy
  • Few green areas

Mtatsminda

Mtatsminda district Tbilisi

  • Access to public transport:




    5/5
  • Walkability:




    4/5
  • Activities:




    5/5
  • Character:




    5/5
  • Quietness:




    2/5
  • Green areas:




    3/5

Mtatsminda is located on a hill. On top of the hill, the Mtatsminda park offers amazing views on the city and some days up to mount Kazbegi. You can either go up there on foot or take the funicular. Other than that, it is quite similar to Sololaki. It is located between the Liberty Square and Rustaveli metro stations so you should never be very far from a public transport stop. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, museums, and theaters in Mtatsminda. However, the hill is quite steep so if you choose an area farther from the central avenues, expect to have to walk up a bit.
Pros:

  • Easy access to the metro
  • Great restaurants and bars
  • Lots of museums, theaters, and cultural sites
  • Overall a great and very central place to live

Cons:

  • Gets crowded during the tourist season
  • Hard to find a modern home
  • Can get noisy
  • No green area except for Mtatsminda park

Abanotubani

Abanotubani district, Tbilisi

  • Access to public transport:




    4/5
  • Walkability:




    4/5
  • Activities:




    4/5
  • Character:




    5/5
  • Quietness:




    1/5
  • Green areas:




    2/5

Abanotubani is the small and very famous sulfur bath district. Although it is beautiful and charming to visit, it may not be the best place to live as it is very expensive and crowded all year round. The closest metro station is Avlabari, on the other side of the river. Abanotubani is also full of tourist attractions and traps, so it’s not the best area for a long-term stay.
Pros:

  • Lots of historical sites
  • Very central place
  • Beautiful surroundings

Cons:

  • Crowded with tourists
  • Hard to find a modern home
  • Can get noisy
  • Expensive housing

Avlabari

Avlabari district Tbilisi

  • Access to public transport:




    4/5
  • Walkability:




    3/5
  • Activities:




    3/5
  • Character:




    3/5
  • Quietness:




    3/5
  • Green areas:




    1/5

Avlabari faces Sololaki and Mtatsminda on the other side of the river. It has not yet been as much renovated as the rest of the Old Town, which means many streets are still in a damaged state. This does not have an effect on life or traffic in these streets, but it makes them less beautiful. Also, there are not as many cafes and restaurants in this part of the city, but thanks to its closeness to Sololaki and Mtatsminda it is generally not a problem. It is worth noting that Avlabari is the cheapest area in the historical center in terms of rent prices. Avlabari is also less crowded with tourists than the rest of the Old Town.
Pros:

  • Very close to Sololaki and Mtatsminda
  • Cheapest area in the Old Town
  • Easy access to the metro
  • Overall a great and very central place to live
  • Cons:

  • Hard to find a modern home
  • Some streets are not renovated yet
  • No green area except for Rike Park
  • Chugureti

    Chugureti district Tbilisi

    • Access to public transport:




      4/5
    • Walkability:




      5/5
    • Activities:




      5/5
    • Character:




      4/5
    • Quietness:




      2/5
    • Green areas:




      2/5

    The Chugureti district is mostly known for its main avenue (Aghmashenebeli Avenue) and Marjanishvili square, where the metro station is located. Chugureti is a great district to live in: there are lots of great restaurants and bars, but also gyms and coworking spaces. The Fabrika hostel and its lively yard full of bars and restaurants is also located in Chugureti.
    Pros:

    • Easy access to the metro
    • Lots of restaurants, hip bars, and shops
    • Low-rise buildings with beautiful facades
    • Overall a great and very central place to live

    Cons:

    • Very little green areas
    • Can get crowded and noisy, especially during the tourism season

    Tbilisi’s Prestigious Center

    Just next to the historic center are the “prestigious” districts. These districts are the hippest and most expensive of Tbilisi. It’s where the richest people live and have lived historically. That’s also where many expats live.

    Tbilisi prestigious center map

    Vera

    Vera district, Tbilisi

    • Access to public transport:




      4/5
    • Walkability:




      4/5
    • Activities:




      5/5
    • Character:




      3/5
    • Quietness:




      1/5
    • Green areas:




      1/5

    Vera is the area surrounding the beginning of Rustaveli avenue. Its central location and closeness to the metro is its biggest advantage. However, it is very polluted as it is crossed by very large avenues. There are several coworking spaces, cafes and a few restaurants. Grocery stores in the area are small even if more and more are popping up over time.
    Pros:

    • Easy access to the metro
    • Central area

    Cons:

    • Very little green areas
    • Pollution and noise from cars

    Vake

    Vake district, Tbilisi

    • Access to public transport:




      1/5
    • Walkability:




      4/5
    • Activities:




      5/5
    • Character:




      2/5
    • Quietness:




      2/5
    • Green areas:




      3/5

    Vake is considered the most prestigious area in all of Tbilisi. The main avenue has just been completely renovated and the neighborhood is full of restaurants, cafes and coworking spaces. New high-rise buildings are being built everywhere in Vake and it’s easy to find modern apartments. At the end of Vake, there’s a very big park where families and couples like to wander. From there, you can also go up to Turtle Lake, a peaceful place to go to when you want to escape from the busyness of the city. Mziuri Park is located halfway between Vake Park and Rustaveli and is also a nice place to walk and get some fresh air.
    However, Vake has one big downside: it has no metro line. Because of that, the streets are full of cars (which increase the pollution levels) and traffic jams are frequent. Living in Vake is best when all your activities take place there and you don’t have to or want to leave the district often.
    Pros:

    • Many restaurants and shops
    • Walkable
    • Modern apartments
    • Two big parks

    Cons:

    • No metro line
    • Traffic jams and pollution
    • Takes a long time to get anywhere in Tbilisi
    • Apart from the 2 parks, there’s no greenery in Vake

    Tbilisi’s Residential center

    The residential center is made of only one district: Saburtalo. There’s not much to see in terms of historical or cultural places in Saburtalo, but it has everything needed for day-to-day life and it’s less expensive than the historic and prestigious centers.

    Tbilisi residential district map

    Saburtalo

    Saburtalo district Tbilisi

    • Access to public transport:




      4/5
    • Walkability:




      4/5
    • Activities:




      5/5
    • Character:




      1/5
    • Quietness:




      2/5
    • Green areas:




      1/5

    Saburtalo is probably the district where the highest number of expats live. It is not beautiful or charismatic, but it has everything you could wish for in your daily life: a metro line, large grocery stores, shopping malls, clinics and dentists, restaurants, cafes, coworking spaces, libraries, and more. New buildings are being built all the time and many beautiful and modern apartments are available. Real estate is also cheaper than in Vake or Sololaki. However, some parts of Saburtalo are very polluted and full of traffic jams. If you choose to live in Saburtalo, make sure to rent a place close to the metro.
    Pros:

    • Many restaurants, shops, and commodities
    • Modern apartments
    • Metro line

    Cons:

    • Traffic jams and pollution
    • Little green space
    • Takes time to get anywhere else in Tbilisi when you don’t live close to a metro station

    Tbilisi’s Suburbs

    The suburbs of Tbilisi are where most Georgians live. The flats there are old, outdated and not comfortable. There is often not much to do in terms of restaurants, cafes and other activities in the suburbs. Moreover, they are full of communist buildings and look very ugly. They are also much less “Europeanized” than the central parts of Tbilisi and not very walkable. That’s why very few expats live in the suburbs, despite the attractive housing prices.

    Tbilisi's suburbs

    Southern Suburbs

    Tbilisi southern suburbs map

    The “southern suburbs” are the suburbs located south of the Old Town. Here are the biggest of these districts and what they look like:

      Ortachala: Ortachala is located next to the Abanotubani district. There is no metro line there.
      Samgori: Samgori is located around the metro station with the same name. There are grocery stores and a few shops, but not much more.
      Isani: Isani is located next to the Avlabari district and has a metro station.
      Varketili: this is the last district of the suburbs that has a metro station. The huge “East Point” mall is located just a few minutes from there.
      Krtanisi: Krtanisi is located on a hill. It is calmer and a bit remote. You will need a car to live there.
      Africa: Africa is one of the most remote districts of Tbilisi. It owes its name to its desertic landscape and distance from the city center.
      Ponitchala: Ponitchala is at the very end of the municipality of Tbilisi, at the start of the Telavi Highway.

    Tbilisi’s suburbs (northern part)

    Tbilisi residential district map

    The “northern suburbs” are the suburbs located north of Vera. Here are the biggest of these districts and what they look like:

    • Nutsubidze: Nutsubidze is different from the other suburb areas. It is located on a hill above Saburtalo and has a lake, a green park and its own sulfur bath. A group of great residential buildings and houses has been built there in the past few years and it can be a very nice area to live in if you have a car and are looking for a calm, quiet place with a lot of greenery.
    • Nadzaladevi: Nadzaladevi is just 2 metro stations away from Marjanishvili. It can be a good area to live if you’re looking for a cheap place and are not too picky.
    • Didube: Didube is a very busy district crossed by several large avenues. It is famous for its bus station, the biggest in the city. From Didube, you can catch a mini-bus to almost everywhere in Georgia.
    • Temka / Zghvisubani: literally meaning “the district by the sea”, Zghvisubani (also called Temka by the locals) is close to the Tbilisi Sea. The air is fresher than in most parts of the city due to its elevation. The metro station in Temka is called “Sarajishvili”.
    • Digomi: There’s no metro station in Digomi, which makes it a remote area. Digomi has are a few restaurants and a big park.
    • Gldani: Gldani is the last district that has a metro station. It is one of the most crowded districts in Tbilisi. It has a shopping mall and a few restaurants. There are lots of new buildings there, but they’re often low quality.
    • Mukhiani: Mukhiani is quite remote and there are no metro stations leading there.
    • Avchala: Avchala is located after Gldani. There is no metro station there.
    • Zahesi : Zahesi is the most remote northern micro-district, at the beginning of the highway that goes towards Mtskheta.

    Where to live in Tbilisi – Things to Keep in Mind

    When deciding on where to live in Tbilisi, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

    • Tbilisi is not like other European cities. It does not have a single center, but several ones: a historic center, a residential center, and a prestigious center.
    • Tbilisi is quite spread out and distances are often larger than what they look like on the map. Make sure that you live close to a metro station if you don’t have a car.
    • If you work in a specific district or want your children to go to a particular school, make sure to include this parameter in your search.

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