W magazine called it the ‘coolest city you have never heard of’
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W magazine called it the ‘coolest city you have never heard of’, but it’s clear that is about to change. For Hollywood director David Lynch is about to open a cinema institute in the city, a Design Hotel property has just thrown open its doors and the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week had the fashion pack adding Tbilisi to their New York, London, Milan, Paris calendar.
If that’s not enough, a chiseled-cheeked ex-footballer is now the city’s mayor and he has announced plans to spend USD334 million on transport. But what’s more exciting for the traveller is that not is the designer hotel Stamba just one of new hotels launching in the city, but the ex-Soviet country is still kind on the wallet. For once you arrive, you’ll want to go shopping.
Not only has this happening city already produced the likes of Demna Gvasalia, Creative Director for Balenciaga and Rihanna’s favourite new designer George Keburla, but you’ll also find Situationist loved by supermodel Bella Hadid. There are also lots of unique boutiques to discover, such as More is Love and Chardin One Concept.
The art scene is also catching fire. Tbilisi has just held its inaugural art fair, and contemporary galleries such as Project Artbeat, which has just taken a permanent space in a heritage building, and Patara have been thrilling art lovers with unique pop-ups around the city.
After all that shopping and sightseeing, you can stop by Tbilisi’s first speakeasy. Just step behind the bookcase in a small café and walk into the prohibition-style cellar that is Woland’s Speakeasy. For gourmet eats, look no farther than Restaurant Meama or Brasserie Buvette at The Art House. And whilst you’re there, don’t forget to order a glass of Georgian wine. When in Tbilisi…
DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT…
“Visiting Narikala Fortness and trying the local food before your departure,” says Georgian fashion designer George Keburla.