Though Tbilisi has charm aplenty, sometimes all you need is a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to just chill, think, or read a book. If you’re having one of those days when you just want to be alone with your book, you’re in luck – here’s our guide to the top spots in town.
Prospero’s Books and Caliban’s Coffeehouse
Located in a small yard on Rustaveli Avenue, Prospero’s Books is one of the most popular places among foreigners and locals. Despite the fact that its located in the very center of the city, the venue is very peaceful. Come here to have one of the best coffees in town, sit in a small courtyard on warm days or find a place in a comfortable furniture inside. And if you happen to finish the book, you can always find something new.
34 Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 92 35 92
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Book Corner Cafe
Located in Dedaena Park, the Book Corner Cafe overlooks the Mtkvari river and creates a very tranquil environment inside. Designed in a minimalist and colorful decor, the cafe offers a sophisticated menu with salads, appetizers, soups, main courses, and desserts to name a few.
Begemot Coffee Books
Begemot Coffee Books incorporates a cafe and a bookstore for those who love starting a day with a cup of coffee and a book. Here, you can buy a book or swap it. And if you happen to stay here for long and get a bit hungry, their comprehensive menu offers a wide variety of meals to put your hunger at bay.
2 Ivane Machabeli St, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 99 12 27
Located a relative distance from the center, and accessible by bus or by taxi, Lisi Lake is the perfect place for a quiet picnic, relaxation and reading a book, of course. On warm days locals flock to the area to walk, jog, or cycle by the lake, or just enjoy time in nature.
Coffeesta is a local coffee shop chain and its branch on Rustaveli Avenue is one of the cutest places of them all. The second floor of the venue offers very comfortable armchairs, where you can sit and sip some of their famous coffees, or order a homemade lemonade and sink in your book without any distractions.
Fabrika is a multi-purpose complex that encompasses a hostel, shops, co-working space and a barber shop to name a few. It’s one of the most bustling and trendy places to hang out in Tbilisi. The lounge area of Fabrika is a great place to chill, eat some delicious food, work or even read a book. It might be crowded, but everyone respects each other’s space, so you won’t get people distracting you.
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Part of Radisson Blu Iveria, this cafe is another excellent place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Often used for business meetings, the cafe guarantees peace and no distractions. Though it might seem a bit expensive to dine out here or even to have a small bite to eat, when the weather gets warmer, they open up their terrace with beautiful views of the city.
Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 570 50 14 45
If you don’t want to sit in a cafe and prefer to spend your afternoon or a day in nature or a park, Vake Park is a great alternative. The park is big enough to find a spot where you won’t be distracted by locals, kids, or dogs. Pack a small bite, take a blanket and enjoy a warm day here with your book.
New Mziuri Cafe
Located in Mziuri Park, New Mziuri Cafe is another tranquil place where you can enjoy your favorite beverage, decent food, and time to yourself or with a book. The interior of the cafe is very colorful with comfortable seating, and excellent music in the background. On warm days, you can even sit outside and enjoy time soaking up the sun.
Mziuri Park, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 577 68 75 75