Old Town and Beyond: A Tbilisi Silk Road Feast with Culinary Backstreets

12 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 7 hr

As Georgian food culture slowly emerges from its Soviet-era deep freeze, Tbilisi’s chefs are looking beyond their country’s borders while also reviving and safeguarding Georgia’s unique culinary traditions. The open spirit of the Silk Road is back in town, and on this epic day of eating, we’ll get a taste of what it’s all about. Our day begins where Tbilisi got its start millennia ago, by the natural hot springs in the oldest part of the city. Here, a mosque, synagogue and Georgian Orthodox cathedral provide a panorama that tells much about the city’s diversity and its history as an important center of trade and culture and a key stop along the ancient Silk Road. Tbilisi’s strategic location made it a desirable place to occupy, and there’s no shortage of conquerors that passed through: Romans, Byzantines, Mongols, Khazars, Arabs, Persians, Ottomans, Russians and, finally, the Soviets.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Culinary Backstreets Walks

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi

We’ll begin in the atmospheric old town of Tbilisi, where we will visit an underground Azeri tea house.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sioni Cathedral Church

We will make our way to a church-run shop selling products straight from Orthodox monasteries – long-time bastions of artisanal production – here we will sample some stunning treats

Duration: 1 hour

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In the back streets near Freedom Square we will visit an unusual wine bar for a tasting of Georgia's finest small-scale wine producers.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Anchiskhati Basilica

We will visit the oldest church in Tbilisi, an architectural and cultural treasure.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater

Near this famous theater, we will sit down for shkmeruli, a sizzling chicken dish and certpeice of any Georgian feast.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Parliament of Georgia

Near Parliament we will visit a khinkali master and sample her freshly-made dumplings.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Metekhi Cathedral

Another stunning Cathedral we will pass by on our way to an artisanal cheese shop for a tasting.

Duration: 30 minutes
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