Hotel, bar, shopping and dining mecca, co-working space, events hub… Fabrika Tbilisi has it all. Here’s what it’s like to stay at the coolest hostel in the Caucasus.

A huge industrial building covered with graffiti and marked with a yellow sign that says 'Fabrika Hostel'.

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Have you ever spent the night inside a soviet-era sewing factory? I have.

Number eight Egnate Ninoshvili Street, a hulking industrial building located a few blocks from the Marjanishvili metro station in central Tbilisi, was indeed a women’s wear factory in a previous life. When the Soviet Union dissolved in the 90s, the factory was shuttered and the building abandoned.

Decades later, architects from local firm MUA joined forces with the Adjara Group (Rooms Tbilisi, Rooms Kazbegi) to breathe new life into the factory, transforming it into a multi-purpose creative space and hostel/suites.

Fabrika opened to guests in July 2016 and has quickly made a name for itself not only as the best hostel in Tbilisi, but also as a creative hub for locals.

It’s one of the coolest places to visit in the country and a staple stay of any good Georgia itinerary.

A large stone sculpture depicting the signs of the Zodiac surrounded by square glass windows.
An astrological-themed Soviet bas-relief sits above the entrance of Fabrika Tbilisi.

This beautiful relic of Georgia’s soviet past located in one of the city’s oldest districts is now used as a cafe, bar, live music venue, co-working space, artist studio – you name it.

Fabrika is all about fostering fresh ideas and creativity, but it doesn’t deny its history. Original fixtures and salvaged furniture are portals into the building’s past.

Black-and-white prints sourced from Tbilisi’s archives that depict soviet factory scenes are the perfect accessory to a modern interior.

The concept of Fabrika – taking a crumbling building and giving it back to the community as a functional space – is part of a wider trend that’s happening in Tbilisi right now. ‘Every hipster in this city dreams of buying a warehouse and doing it up’, one local told me when I asked her about it.

In an interview in April 2016, the founders of MUA put it this way:

If “the project succeeds…the owners of frozen and nonfunctional buildings will be encouraged to give them a new life. The city will benefit. Such buildings will not be demolished anymore…”

A room filled with colourful carpets and chairs, and leafy plants.
Fabrika Tbilisi is one of the coolest places in the city to hang out and meet people.

The Fabrika Tbilisi lounge

The open-plan lounge on the building’s ground floor is Fabrika’s signature space, with its polished concrete floors, antique kilims, indoor plants and eclectic assortment of colourful vintage and designer furniture.

Natural light pours in through the floor-to-ceiling windows that line three sides of the room. High ceilings and ergonomic work spaces make this a very comfortable temporary office for anyone working from a laptop.

An endless trickle of artists and creative types filter through the lounge every day – meeting, collaborating, creating.

A woman sits at a long wooden table and works behind her laptop.
Co-working never looked so good.

This space is open to the public, as is the nearby Fabrika Tbilisi Bar and Cafe that serves some of the best coffee in Tbilisi alongside light meals.

The Fabrika Hostel buffet breakfast is one of the best in the city – even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth dropping in to try it.

Related: The best cafes and restaurants for breakfast in Tbilisi.

Three cups of espresso on the bar at the Fabrika cafe.
I dream about this espresso – one of the best in the city!
The light-filled dining room at Fabrika Tbilisi.
The light-filled breakfast room is the perfect place to welcome a new day.
Two plates of sandwiches and salad.
Lunch is served!
Two people sit behind a green reception desk at Fabrika Tbilisi.
Another original – the reception desk is a piece of old factory equipment salvaged and re-vamped during the renovations.

The rooms at Fabrika Tbilisi

If you’re lucky enough to be staying the night at Fabrika, the army-green desk on the far left is where you check in. This is the point where Fabrika makes an aesthetic break from the old, with new fittings and clean lines dominating the two floors of accommodation above.

Every element of the hostel/suites is incredibly well thought-out, from the statement pieces (like the bright-red staircase that delivers you from the lobby to the hotel), down to the smallest details, like the typography used to mark out the room numbers and level plans.

Looking down on a bright red zig-zag staircase.
Light and shadows in the lobby at Fabrika Tbilisi.

Fabrika Hostel Tbilisi has 98 rooms in total, including shared dorms at one end of the scale and suites complete with a private rooftop terrace at the other. We stayed in a private double room and found it to be the perfect size for two.

I was pleased to see the clean lines continue into the rooms, which are painted in neutral colours and sparsely furnished with a few select pops of colour.

Looking for something slightly different? Here are more great boutique hostels in Tbilisi.

High ceilings and natural light make the rooms feel larger than they actually are. The devil is in the details here too; I love the exterior wiring that runs on right angles to the bed and ends in some very cool industrial light switches.

A white hotel bed and a red chair.

The Fabrika Yard

This is Tbilisi, so of course Fabrika has an outdoor courtyard. ‘The Yard’ as it’s affectionately known is the heart of Fabrika, and our east-facing room had spectacular views over this common area.

A concrete courtyard with a domed building in the background and bunting flags stretched between the buildings.

The yard is a huge paved area that’s used for outdoor events and socialising. It was a bit quiet on the day we were there; but it must really come into its own during the warmer months.

The sub-floor of Fabrika and the building across the way are both fitted with shopfronts. The Fabrika Tbilisi shops are some of the coolest independent retailers in the city, so this is one of the best places to do your souvenir shopping.

The small businesses owners and entrepreneurs who have set up shop here are Fabrika’s permanent residents – they bring a whole lot of life and soul to the yard, and their various projects embody Fabrika’s creative spirit. I was lucky enough to meet a few of them.

The street artist known as Lamb is famous in Tbilisi – you can see his work all over the city, including on the front of Fabrika. The building was painted by local and international artists during Fabrikaffiti, the country’s first street art festival which takes place every June.

Following the success of the festival, some of the participants (including LAMB) set up a shop at Fabrika where they now sell art supplies and host stencilling workshops.

Ceramic Studio 1300 is a working studio/shop where founders Taso Gomelauri and Irine Jibuti make and sell their wares. The hand-painted tableware made from local clay is incredibly delicate, and I really love the clay gemstones and stalactites.

A workbench inside a ceramic studio at Fabrika Tbilisi.
The work bench at 1300 Ceramic Studio.

Taso and Irine used to work from Taso’s apartment before they found this space at Fabrika. With more room to move, they have been able to grow their business and expand their community, bringing on three other ceramicists to share the space.

They also collaborate with Georgian artists including Ssaint Anka, who currently stocks a range of illustrated plates and bowls in the shop.

Next door at The Plant Shop I met Farna, a Tbilisi-born landscape architect who founded his shop with the idea of bringing nature into more people’s lives. He imports tropical and evergreen plants from as far away as Italy and plans to extend his offerings to herbal teas, honey and other plant foods soon. Farna designed all the shop’s shelving as well.

When I asked him what it’s like to have a space at Fabrika, he told me it’s a place ‘where you feel something is changing in the community – people are becoming more open-minded and having new ideas’.

A row of colourful woollen slippers on a wooden bench.
Slippers at Funduki.

Close by, graphic designer Manana Arabuli runs her space, Black Dog Shop. Manana stocks translations of Georgian literature alongside awesome posters re-printed from old Soviet-era designs (read and see more here).

Update: The Plant Shop and Black Dog Shop have since left the Fabrika courtyard and have been replaced with new stores.

The Flying Painter Concept Store

At The Flying Painter, I met Mariam Natroshvil, one of five artists behind this very unique apparel store. Like their counterparts in Yerevan, Mariam and her colleagues Eka Ketsbaia, Bobo Mkhitar, Natuka Vatsadze and Detu Jintcharadze are pioneering the idea of wearable art in Tbilisi, collaborating with other local designers and artists on new collections, most of which are then handmade right here inside the shop.

Considering the building’s past, it’s very poignant to see sewing machines running once again inside The Flying Painter.

Mariam guided me through some of her most recent ranges, including the exquisitely folded and layered Metamorphosis collection by artist Maria Safronova (pictured right) and a range of outerwear cut from recycled carpets by artist and Flying Painter co-owner Natuka Vatsadze.

Remember how I mentioned Fabrika Hotel used to be a sewing factory? Well, some old boxes of clothes were found inside the building during the renovations. The Flying Painter crew came into possession of them and now sell some of the garments alongside their contemporary collections.

Take a look at the awesome retro fabrics and 90s cuts.

Women's clothes hang on a rack with a line of sewing machines in front.
Clothes made in the old factory.

My tour of the Fabrika yard complete, I’d had a little taste of everything this space has to offer: creativity, learning, discovery, relaxation.

It was wonderful to meet some of the business owners who call this space home and hear about their creative projects. Guests at Fabrika are encouraged to meet their fellow travellers too – and you can get to know the local area through a free walking tour of the neighbourhood that runs every Wednesday and Saturday.

Fabrika also hosts regular cultural events and workshops in partnership with Impact Hub Tbilisi, which is located right next door. Check out the current events program here.

Fabrika Tbilisi
8 Egnate Ninoshvili St
Tbilisi 0102
+995 322 02 03 99

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This post is the first in a new series called ‘Sleeping In’, where I’ll be reviewing some of my favourite accommodations. Reviews are not exactly my style – so I only plan to write about hotels, hostels and homestays that fit with this blog’s ethos and have a great story behind them. I couldn’t think of a better place to start than Fabrika!


  1. Hey Elly! Your blog posts are great to get to know Tbilisi, esp. from a digital nomad perspective.
    Here I would like to make a point about this specific place:
    – The cafe on the mezzanine floor does not accept working from a Laptop in more than 95% of the total space – no matter how much you spend on their food&coffee. There are only two tables that can host 10 people at most are allowed to work from.
    – The wi-fi there is on 4 Mbps with huge pings, not enough to work. Just chat, maybe.
    – Weird, but my SIM (international – roaming on MAGTI) provide less than 0.1 Mbps at this location, although it worked perfect the rest of the Tbilisi. It was bad on Batumi-Tbilisi train as well.

    Other than these points, music and noise level, coffee and environment were all great. It just needs some arrangement for better working environment.

    1. Hi Tarik – yes, Fabrika has changed a lot since I wrote this post. I don’t recommend it for coworking any more. There are much better cafes (and certainly much better coworking spaces) now. Satatsuri around the corner is a nice one!

      I have a similar issue with that train – the signal is better if I sit downstairs.

  2. Someone should tell the fabrica people to reduce plastic… Everywhere Plastic cups for everything… just terrible for environment…

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