Even though there are only a couple of international standard shopping malls in Tbilisi, the city has a vibrant shopping scene. Vintage bazaars, local fashion designer shops, handmade crafts, along with luxury or budget-friendly brands, Tbilisi has it all. So, here we present the best places to go shopping in Georgia’s capital.
Tbilisi Mall was the first proper shopping center that opened in Tbilisi. The mall, located at the western exit of the city, is accessible via several minibuses. This four-story center features more than 130 worldwide brands, restaurants, a hypermarket, bookshop, bank offices, pharmacy, cafés, and a cinema.
Tbilisi Mall, 16th km Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 50 55 56
Another big shopping center, this one located at the eastern exit of the city, East Point has a different concept than a traditional shopping center. It’s designed to look like a small shopping “city” with shops situated along the “streets.” However, the venue is not all about the shopping; East Point is a place for relaxation and leisure. With more than 150 international brands, a bowling center, cafés, a DIY hardware store, and IMAX® cinema, East Point has become one of the most desirable shopping destinations for locals.
Galleria Tbilisi is the newest addition to the Tbilisi shopping mall scene. Situated right in the city center, near Freedom Square, the mall features six floors and offers a wide variety of international brands, cafés, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as other services such as bank offices, a beauty salon, and dry cleaning.
Galleria Tbilisi, 2/4 Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 50 00 40
When the weather in Tbilisi gets warmer, creative individuals who make handmade items come out every other Sunday at Deda Ena Park and participate in a flea market. Here, you can enjoy a sunny day while wandering through displays of hipster items, second-hand clothes, handmade jewelry, bags, handmade soaps, and whatnot. Also, if you get hungry, there are start-up food vendors who provide delicious snacks, sandwiches, cocktails, and soft drinks.
Fabrika is a multipurpose venue that incorporates a hostel, food vendors, co-working space, and a couple of shops. Here, you can shop for a local clothing line at Flying Painter, buy handmade ceramic souvenirs at Ceramic Studio 1300 or purchase other excellent souvenirs and books at Black Dog shop. Funduki features furniture, clothes, and souvenirs. And if you’re looking to add some adventure during your trip, you can buy skates at Margo Skate Shop.
Fabrika, 8 Egnate Ninoshvili St, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 02 03 99
Pekini Avenue is another shopping destination with a wide variety of international and local brand shops spread along the street. The area is also home to some local and international jewelry stores, cafés, ice cream shops, and shoe shops, among others.
Materiel is the premium line of Fashion House Materia, which is the oldest apparel manufacturer and retailer in Georiga, established in 1949. Materiel comprises young Georgian designers who create their own seasonal mini collections for the brand. Today, the fashion house presents the works of three Georgian designers: Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili, Lika Chitaia, and Lado Bokuchava.
Materiel, 22/19 Kote Afkhazi St, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 99 68 18
Located at the railway station, Tbilisi Central is a perfect place if you have some time to spend before your departure. Even though the shops are not as diverse as in other shopping malls around the city, you can still find some of the best international brands, cafés, and electronic stores.
Tbilisi Central, Station Square, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 592 70 57 70
Dots is a concept store and a Georgian fashion brand established under Materiel Tbilisi. The shop offers innovative collections of young Georgian designers. Here, you can shop for clothes, bags, accessories, and shoes, to name a few.
Dots, 22/19 Kote Afkhazi St, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 99 95 30
Merani Shopping Mall
Located on Rustaveli Avenue, in the city center, Merani is a relatively small shopping center compared to others. Even though the venue has four floors, the variety of shops aren’t as great. However, it still is an excellent place to check out and buy something while wandering through the central streets of Tbilisi.
Merani Shopping Mall, Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 99 81 68
Unlike the flea market mentioned above, Dry Bridge flea market is open all year round and offers some of the most extraordinary items you can find in Tbilisi. Antiques, Soviet propaganda posters or medals, jewelry, china, second-hand junk, vinyl, old vintage photo cameras, and VHS cassettes are just some of the items that visitors will find here. Even if you are not a big fan of buying vintage items, a walk through the displays is still worth it. You never know what you will discover here!
Samoseli Pirveli displays traditional Georgian clothes redesigned into modern, everyday style items. Most of the clothes are expensive, but they do have moderately priced T-shirts and accessories.
Samoseli Pirveli, 34 Irakli Abashidze St, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 23 43 63