Forget the mass-produced knickknacks! This guide to the best independent Tbilisi gift shops shows you what to buy in Georgia and where to go shopping in Tbilisi for handmade, authentic and traditional souvenirs.

Like most capital cities these days, Tbilisi is overflowing with souvenir shops. The popular Meidan Bazaar – while atmospheric – tends to be very overpriced, as do many of the shops in the Old Town.

Written for anyone who’s seeking unique and authentic souvenirs and gifts, this guide brings together more than 30+ of the best alternative Tbilisi shops, including my favourite independent retailers and artist studio-boutiques.

For more ideas, don’t miss my round-up of the best Georgian designers and independent labels.


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Different Tbilisi souvenirs.
Clockwise from top: Black Dog, Ceramic Studio 1300, Funduki, Gallery 27.

What to buy in Tbilisi: Authentic Georgian souvenirs

Before we dive into my favourite souvenir shops in Tbilisi, I first want to briefly introduce the sort of items you should be looking to buy.

Here are just a few of my favourite ‘authentically Georgian’ souvenirs – items that carry the country’s heritage of craftsmanship and embody Georgia’s culinary traditions.

You can find lots more ideas of what to buy in Tbilisi in my guide to Georgian products from local designers.

Lurji Supra from Gallery 27.
Lurji Supra from Gallery 27.

Lurji supra

Lurji supra ‘blue tablecloths’ are a traditional textile made by block-printing patterns onto cotton fabric. Traditionally used during supra feasts, they’re an integral part of Georgian culture.

Most brands now machine-print onto polyester – but there is a lurji supra workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts that hand-makes them the old-fashioned way with screenprinting.

Shop large tablecloths and smaller napkins, as well as ceramics and accessories decorated with lurji supra ornaments. Indigo blue and white is the conventional color scheme.

Ceramics from Orkol, Estia, clay ketsi & Hoda.
Ceramics from Orkol, Estia, clay ketsi & Hoda.

Clay pottery & ceramics

Pottery and ceramics made from red and white clay are hugely popular in Tbilisi. Traditional products include wine jugs and shallow drinking bowls, mini clay qvevri (a smaller version of the vessel used to make wine), and clay ketsi dishes and pots that are used for cooking dishes such as shkmeruli and lobio.

There are dozens of contemporary studios in Tbilisi that draw on these traditions to produce modern and traditional tableware and decorative ceramics.

Silk batik scarf from Gallery 27.
Silk batik scarf from Gallery 27.

Silk batik

Batik painting and resist printing on silk is a traditional technique that became popular in Georgia in the 1980s.

It’s used to create beautiful ladies’ scarves, homewares such as cushion covers, and decorative wallhangings.

Enamel jewellery from Ethnodesign.
Enamel jewellery from Ethnodesign.

Cloisonné enamel (minankari)

Cloisonné enamel, known as minankari in Georgian, has been around since the 2nd century AD. Silver/copper enamel jewellery is one of the most popular souvenirs to buy in Tbilisi – you can find handmade pieces in almost every gift shop, and there are several specialty studios around the city.

Just outside Tbilisi, social enterprise Ikorta works with women displaced from South Ossetia to produce enamel rings, pins and pendants.

Kilims from Caucasian Carpets Gallery.
Kilim from Caucasian Carpets Gallery.

Carpets & kilims

Hand-loomed floor carpets and wallhangings are popular throughout the Caucasus region. Most textiles sold in Tbilisi are antique, including beautiful Kakhetian kilims that traditionally depict a pair of animals and were woven to celebrate special milestones like the birth of a child.

The quality and provenance of vintage carpets varies widely so it’s best to go through a reputable dealer if you want the real thing. You can find cheaper versions at most markets, including Dry Bridge.

Felt wallhanging from Gallery 27.
Felt wallhanging from Gallery 27.

Feltwork

Felt crafts are popular in Georgia’s mountain regions (particularly in Tusheti, Svaneti, and Upper Racha).

Today you can shop felt wallhangings and dolls, as well as practical accessories such as cosy felt slippers and felted hats.

Box from Ethnodesign & panduri from Hangebi.
Box from Ethnodesign & panduri from Hangebi.

Woodwork

Georgian panduri and chonguri folk instruments showcase the country’s heritage of woodwork. Hangebi is a reputable shop for buying them in Tbilisi.

Other wooden souvenirs include jewellery and homewares made with the same carving techniques first developed in Georgia in the 10th century to embellish church doors.

Antiques & vintage.
Antiques & vintage.

Antiques & vintage

Tbilisi is an antiquers paradise, with dozens of flea markets and boutiques dedicated to Soviet memorabilia and retro knick knacks.

Popular souvenirs from this genre include old Russian film cameras and vinyl records, antique Georgian khantsi drinking horns, medals, coins, stamps, and other collectibles.

Poster from Black Dog Studio.
Poster from Black Dog Studio.

Retro posters

Archival film posters, Soviet advertisements and propaganda posters are another popular souvenir to buy in Tbilisi.

There are many contemporary studios including popular Geoposter that design new posters and papergoods inspired by this retro aesthetic.

Slippers from Funduki.
Slippers from Funduki.

Woollen slippers & socks

Chita slippers, a traditional indoor winter footwear, are knitted from Georgian wool and have a soft bottom. Hand-knitted chunky wool socks are also popular.

In Tbilisi, you can find handspun versions made by local grandmas and as well as contemporary brands such as Funduki that reimagine these humble designs.

Suneli brand spices.
Suneli brand spices.

Adjika & spice blends

Traditional Georgian spices and spice blends are the perfect souvenir for your kitchen cabinet. Adjika (a spicy rub or paste from Western Georgia), blue fenugreek, marigold, Khmeli-Suneli (five spice) and Svanetian salt (a spiced salt from Svaneti region) can all be found at markets and supermarkets.

Prepackaged specialty spice blends with the flavours of lobio, kharcho and mtsvadi barbecue are also great to have. I recommend the Suneli brand, which come in an air-tight foil bag.

Churchkhela from Badagi.
Churchkhela from Badagi.

Churchkhela & dried fruit

Churchkhela (walnuts or hazelnuts threaded on a string and coated in sweet fruit roux) is a hugely popular Georgian snack that travels well. Tklapi fruit leather and dried fruits are also good to buy.

Baia's Wine & ChaChaine Chacha.
Baia’s Wine & ChaChaine Chacha.

Qvevri wine & chacha

Georgian wine is a mandatory Tbilisi take-home. Qvevri wine prepared the traditional way in a clay vessel is a great choice, and you can also find European-style wines made in Kakheti and Western Georgia. Amber wine and Saperavi are both popular.

Chacha, hard liquor made from grape pomace, is a good souvenir for the brave.

Tea from Renegade Tea Estate.
Tea from Renegade Tea Estate.

Georgian tea

Not many people realise that Georgia has a burgeoning tea industry. Green and black tea is grown by small farmers in Guria, while contemporary brands such as Renegade Tea Estate in Imereti make artisanal teas.

Herbal and fruit teas (blackberry is a favourite) are also available in Tbilisi.

Vervelevi preserves, sunflower oil & Poka St. Nino Monastery honey.
Vervelevi preserves, sunflower oil & Poka St. Nino Monastery honey.

Honey, preserves & sunflower oil

Homemade fruit preserves, local honey and jams can be found all over Tbilisi at markets, grocery stores – and no doubt at your guesthouse too.

Look out for special regional products such as spruce honey, walnut jam, pinecone jam, and Kakhetian cold-pressed sunflower oil.


Where to go shopping in Tbilisi for handmade & authentic Georgian souvenirs

Now that you know what you’re looking for, here are my favourite gift shops in Tbilisi where you can find all the products mentioned above plus much more.

Most of the shops mentioned here are small and independent and directly support local artisans and makers.

At the end of the list, you’ll find a downloadable Tbilisi Shopping Map to take with you on your retail expedition.

Off to Armenia next? Check out my Yerevan shopping guide.

Overall best souvenirs shops in Tbilisi for variety

Each of these shops has a wide selection of products, including traditional Georgian handicrafts and items from contemporary makers. If you’re short on time, these are the best one-stop shops for both souvenirs and gifts.

Top choice: Gallery 27

Gallery 27 souvenir shop in Tbilisi.
Gallery 27 souvenir shop in Tbilisi.

Run by local creative and patron of the arts Nino Kvavilashvili, Gallery 27 is Tbilisi’s premier gift boutique in my view. Nino makes full use of her small space to curate and showcase works from almost 100 different local artists. In her own words, “We try to put together the works of all artists who create with passion – works of artistic value.”

At Gallery 27 you can find batik silk scarves, cotton lurji supra blue tablecloths made the old-school way at the Academy of Arts, wall hangings, knitted items, paintings, ceramics and more.

Lurji supra blue tablecloths.
Georgia’s famous lurji supra blue tablecloths at Gallery 27 in Tbilisi.

Located upstairs at the iconic ‘Kaleidoscope House’, the shop doubles as Nino’s own studio and a workshop space.


Top choice: Ethnodesign

Ethnodesign shop in Tbilisi.
EthnoDesign, another great souvenir shop in Tbilisi.

The Georgian Heritage Crafts Association was established to safeguard the country’s applied arts, including lurji supra. The Association’s flagship store, EthnoDesign, is a treasure trove of specialty crafts sourced from different regions and makers, including felt from Tusheti, ceramics from Western Georgia and woodwork. It’s also a platform for homeworkers and small co-ops to sell their wares in the capital.

They stock Ikorta Enamel Jewelry from the social enterprise studio that trains and employs women displaced from South Ossetia. (As a sidenote, Ikorta’s studio in the IDP settlement near Mtskheta offers hands-on workshops and a chance to shop for traditional cloisonné enamel earrings, pins and pendants directly from the artisans.)

Most items are accompanied by an information card that tells you a bit about the artist. All the products here are top-notch in terms of both design and quality. Proceeds go directly to the makers, and when you purchase a souvenir, you’re also supporting the Association’s work to elevate Georgian crafts on the world stage.

  • Address: Corner of Akhvlediani & Nikoladze Streets (opposite Rustaveli metro)
  • Hours & info

Top choice: Communal Craft

New on the shopping scene in 2021, Communal Craft is part of the Communal Plekhanovi ‘creative complex’, which also includes a boutique hotel and a wonderful restaurant called Weller.

Communal Craft is completely dedicated to Georgian makers. The beautifully curated range of homewares includes printed textiles, delicate ceramics from Gori, art prints, linenwear, stationary, wine, and much more.

The space doubles as a delightful cafe, serving coffee and brunch. You can find a second branch of Communal Craft in Telavi.

  • Address: 54 Egnate Ninoshvili Street (Chugureti)
  • Hours & info

Fabrika Tbilisi

Colourful Funduki slippers.
Shopping for souvenirs at Fabrika.

The yard behind Fabrika Hostel is a one-stop shop for quirky gifts handmade by young and independent Georgian artists and designers. Black Dog Shop stocks a great range of Soviet propaganda and film posters, notebooks and stationary. (If you’ve been to Rooms Hotel Kazbegi and noticed the posters on the walls, Black Dog Shop are the ones who printed them!). They also offer contemporary artworks and collages.

Ceramic Studio 1300 is run by two ceramicist friends who make super-fine hand-painted tableware, and The Flying Painter is a fashion boutique that stocks garments and accessories from local designers. Their own range is sewn on site.

All these shops double as workspaces: Anyone is welcome to drop in and have a friendly chat with the artist while they work.

  • Address: 8 Egnate Ninoshvili Street (Chugureti)

Tbileli’s Karvasla

Now under new management, Tbileli’s Karvasla (a restored Silk Road caravanserai) houses two unique city museums, the Tbilisi History Museum and the Tbilisi Wine Museum, and a wine bar.

The rooms on the lower level have been converted into small shops, each one with a different theme: Antiques and vintage, textiles and carpets, cheeses, honey and cured meats. You can also find original artworks, contemporary women’s wear, jewellery and leather goods.

The different spaces are meant to represent an old-world bazaar, and each one is beautifully decorated. It’s worth going down for a look (and to visit the Wine Museum) even if you don’t intend to buy anything.


Erti Kava Coffee Room

Tbilisi souvenirs for sale at Erti Kava.
Tbilisi souvenirs at Erti Kava Coffee Room.

Not only does Erti Kava serve up some of the best coffee in Tbilisi, this cute little cafe off Rustaveli Avenue has a small gift shop out the back. Lurji supra tablecloths, KK Ceramic coasters, graphic t-shirts, tote bags and all other kinds of Georgia-inspired gifts are on offer.

  • Address: 8 Laghidze Street (off Rustaveli Avenue)
  • Hours & info

In Tiflis

This boutique’s selection of homewares and gifts is slightly more traditional – think crochet, leadlight lamps, felted dolls and silver jewellery. You can also find a big range of cotton lurji supra here, plus wooden charcuterie boards decorated with Georgian ornaments.

In the lead-up to the holidays, In Tiflis carries a beautiful range of Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. Everything is handmade locally by Georgian artists.

  • Address: 3 Vashlovani Street (off Rustaveli Avenue)
  • Hours & info

The Why Not Gallery

This contemporary art space on Agmashenebeli Avenue hosts special exhibitions by Georgian painters and sculptors downstairs. Upstairs, the small gift shop is an absolute treasure trove of funky, quirky and alternative products.

The range includes framed and unframed prints, cushions and textiles with contemporary designs, Pinadze brooches, and my personal favourite, brightly coloured candles in the shape of Mother of Georgia.


Galleria Tbilisi

Located adjacent to the Liberty Square Metro Station, this shopping mall houses a number of stalls including Blue Tabla, Beard.ge, Spilow, and a couple of other Georgian-made brands. You can find their stands in the second and third-level atriums.


Tbilisi Mall

Located further out on the road to Mtskheta, Tbilisi Mall is one of the city’s main shopping centres. Along with the usual chain and department stores, you can find a number of independent retailers set up in the mall’s atriums. Georgian Memory (2nd floor) sells beautiful silk scarves decorated with Tbilisi-inspired designs (such as the iconic balconied houses) and more subdued, abstract patterns.

My favourite shop, AlterSocks (ground floor), makes funky socks with khinkali and khachapuri patterns, Pirosmani paintings by the famous Kakheti-born artist and other prints.


Best shops in Tbilisi for posters, books & paper goods

Here’s where to find Tbilisi-inspired posters, postcards and books.

Top choice: Stamba Bookstore & The Shop

Stamba Bookstore, an English language book shop in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Stamba Bookstore.

Located on the ground floor of the famous Stamba Hotel, Stamba’s Books stocks literary related knickknacks and gifts alongside a wide variety of Georgian and English-language tomes. You can also find a big selection of graphic posters plus silk scarves and blue tablecloths by Blue Tabla here.

Next door, The Shop also sells books and guidebooks as well as homewares.

  • Address: 14 Merab Kostava Street (inside Stamba Hotel)
  • Hours & info

Prospero’s Books

This popular bookstore offers a wide selection of English-language books. The regional section is devoted to books about the history, culture and cuisine of the Caucasus. You can also find translated folk tales, Georgian poetry books, copies of The Knight in the Panther’s Skin, and resources for learning Georgian language.

  • Address: 34 Rustaveli Avenue & inside Georgian National Archives
  • Hours & info

Books From Past

This cute cafe-cum-bookstore sells a huge range of art and design books. If you can’t decide, grab a ‘surprise’ bundle of books wrapped in brown paper.

Don’t leave without trying a slice of their amazing carrot cake!

  • Address: 10 Akhvlediani Street (off Rustaveli Avenue)
  • Hours & info

Best gift shops & markets for antiques and carpets

These shops and markets all offer a huge range of vintage and antiques. You never know what you’ll turn up – browsing is half the fun!

Top choice: The Dry Bridge Market

Antique medals, coins and silverware for sale at the Dry Bridge Market in Tbilisi.
Antique medals, coins and silverware for sale at the Dry Bridge Market.

The Dry Bridge Market, Tbilisi’s daily flea market, is without a doubt the best place to rummage for vintage merchandise and collectibles. Stallholders peddle everything from Russian-made film cameras and KGB ID books to Kakhetian kilims, antique chandeliers and brass door fittings.

Underneath the bridge, you’ll find a special section for painters and their easels. New stands were recently built, and more and more designers and artists are setting up shop here every month.

Even if you’re not in the market for anything, it’s great fun to hang out and have a browse. The market is open daily from mid-morning and is always at its biggest and best on weekends. Don’t miss the hidden antiques section.

  • Address: The Dry Bridge & Dedaena Park (near Orbeliani Square)

See my guide to visiting the Dry Bridge Market for more tips.


Top choice: Guga Kot Studio

Antiques for sale at Guga Kot Studio in Tbilisi.
Photo credit: Guga Kot Studio.

For a curated collection of retro homewares and antiques, Guga Kot Studio stocks beautiful furniture and vintage signs plus souvenir-suitable and suitcase-sized items, including carpets and kilims, vintage silver and bronze jugs, ceramics, kimonos, and other items sourced from Georgia and around the world.

Again, it’s worth a visit just to poke around – this place feels a bit like the props warehouse for your favourite film studio. There is also a small art gallery and workshop space you can browse while you’re there.


Antique Shop on Uznadze Street

A cluttered antique Shop on Uznadze Street in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Antique Shop on Uznadze Street.

Chugureti district (Marjanishvili) is known for its jumble shops, antique stores and vintage clothing outlets. The Antique Shop on Uznadze Street is a huge market where separate shops sell antique ceramics, porcelain, dinner sets, vases and the like – most of it from the Soviet era.

You can find more antique shops nearby around Tsinamdzgvrishvili Street and second-hand clothing stores along both sides of Marjanishvili Street.

  • Address: 2 Dimitri Uznadze Street (Chugureti)

Caucasian Carpets Gallery

Caucasian Carpets Gallery in Tbilisi.
Caucasian Carpets Gallery.

If you have the luggage space, an antique carpet or kilim makes for a wonderful souvenir from the Caucasus. Caucasian Carpets is the best-known and most reputable carpet dealer in Tbilisi, selling authentic Kakhetian kilims and rugs sourced from across the region.

Staff are friendly and knowledgable.


Best shops in Tbilisi for food & drink souvenirs

From chacha and wine to spice blends and artisanal tea, these Tbilisi shops have your foodie needs covered.

Top choice: Georgian Kalata – Aristaeus

Georgian food products for sale at a deli shop in Tbilisi.
Georgian Kalata.

Kalata means ‘basket’ in Georgian – and you’re going to need one when you go shopping here. Part deli, part pantry, this is a one-stop shop for artisanal food products, including all the edible Georgian souvenirs mentioned at the top.

You can find honey from Poka St. Nino Monastery, jams and preserves, a big selection of spices, Stumari wine tea, loose-leaf teas, fresh goat’s cheese from Marleta’s farm in Telavi, wine, chacha, and just about anything else your stomach desires.

If all this has you feeling peckish, you can sit out front with a glass of wine and a cheese board.


Top choice: Bazari Orbeliani

Bazari Orbeliani, a modern food market in Tbilisi.
Bazari Orbeliani.

Having re-launched in late 2021, the top two levels of this historic market hall on Orbeliani Square have been transformed into a specialty grocery store and gourmet food court. On the lower level you can find cheese, cured meats, churchkhela and dried fruits, spices, and other packaged food products – many sourced from rural farmers or produced by social enterprises.

The upper level has a dozen or so fast-food-style outlets serving different regional Georgian and international cuisines. There’s also a bar and a well-stocked wine shop.


Carrefour supermarket

Many Georgian food brands – including Badagi churchkhela and Suneli spices – are stocked at Carrefour supermarkets around Tbilisi and beyond. You can also find jams, preserves, honey, sauces and Kakhetian sunflower oil.

My preferred branch of the supermarket – one of the biggest and most conveniently located – is right underneath the new Bazari Orbeliani on Vekua Street.


Khurjini

Khurjini food souvenir shop in Old Tbilisi.
Khurjini.

Khurjini is an atmospheric little shop with a great range of local food products to choose from. Everything is natural and locally sourced, including spices, local wine and chacha, churchkhela, jams, honey, compote, preserved fruits, cheeses and teas.

  • Address: 15 Anton Katalikosi Street (Old Tbilisi)
  • Hours & info

Badagi

Churchkhela Georgian candy.
The best churchkhela in Tbilisi.

Badagi is one of Georgia’s most popular churchkhela companies and is often name-checked by locals for selling the most reliably delicious rendition of the sweet. When you can’t buy it straight from the source, these pre-packaged versions will do just fine.

Their shop sells individual churchkhela, gift boxes and hampers along with other dried fruit products and tklapi fruit leather.

  • Address: 2 Miminoshvili Street (off Rustaveli Avenue)
  • Hours & info

Bitadze Tea Shop & Museum

Bitadze Tea Shop in Tbilisi.
Drinking tea at Bitadze Tea Shop.

This petite tea shop and museum dedicated to Georgian tea is run by the Bitadze family, who also manage the country’s only tea growers co-op.

Loose leaf green, black and white leaves, plus herbal and fruit teas grown in Guria tea region, Adjara and Samegrelo are all available. If you’re a tea lover, you can even join them for a Georgian tea ceremony on request.


The Dezerter Bazaar

Walnuts and legumes for sale at the Dezerter Bazaar.
Walnuts for sale at the Dezerter Bazaar.

Fresh spices and herbs, huge wheels of Sulguni cheese and homemade adjika and chacha are just some of the offerings available at Tbilisi’s main central food market. Most people come here for grocery shopping, but all these items make for wonderful edible Tbilisi souvenirs – locally made and straight from the source.

For spices and cheeses, head into the building on the right-side of the market. Herbs and tea can be found outside.


Top choice: 8000 Vintages

Bottles of Georgian wine stacked on a shelf inside 8000 Vintages shop in Tbilisi.
Buy your Georgian wine at 8000 Vintages.

8000 Vintages is one of the best-stocked wine shops in Tbilisi. There are three branches around the city that double as wine bars, hosting formal wine degustations (a must-do activity for anyone interested in wine).

The shop stocks a monumental array of Georgian wines from Kakheti and beyond, plus chacha and wine accessories. They even have a special section dedicated to small-batch family wine cellars for anyone looking to support the little guys.


Chacha Corner

Georgia’s first chacha specialty shop carries more than 200 varieties of locally made liquor, ranging from potent homemade distillations through to fancy modern concoctions such as ChaChaine’s ginger-infused chacha.


Where to buy Georgian ceramics & tableware

Ceramics Studio 1300 at Fabrika (mentioned above) is my top choice for tableware and hand-thrown ceramics. Here are a few more options.

Top choice: Ceramic Room

The female artists behind Ceramic Room are responsible for hand-crafting and painting the ornate street signs on restored Gudiashvili Square and Atonli Street. They also installed the decorative steps that lead from Rustaveli up to the Art Academy, a must-see in Tbilisi.

Hand-painted tiles and house numbers with traditional ornaments are sold alongside contemporary pottery, plates and vases at their shop in Vera. I adore their entire range. My dream is to build a house and cover it with Ceramic Room tiles from ceiling to floor!

They also have small stand inside Bazari Orbelliani and a workshop space in Mtatsminda.


Estia Handmade Arts

I love the range of Georgian ceramics at Estia Handmade Art, especially the blue and white tea sets with concentric motifs inspired by lurji supra designs. As well as teapots and saucers, you can find hand-painted beer steins and small souvenirs, such as ceramic magnets.

The space is also used to host art classes and workshops.

  • Address: 60 Tsinamdzgvrishvili Street (Chugureti)
  • Hours & info

White Studio

This Georgian ceramics studio in the trendy Vera neighbourhood makes porcelain tableware, painted Easter eggs and Christmas ornaments. Aiming to revitalise traditional pottery techniques, the artists behind WHITE Studio use faience and red clay, and decorate their creations with hand-painted designs.

Most of the ceramics here are big and might be tricky to transport home. (If you literally have room in your suitcase for everything including the kitchen sink, they have a beautiful range of hand-painted ceramic basins.) The second White Studio on Rustaveli Avenue is a gallery space where you can admire their larger-scale works.

  • Address: 22/26 Simon Janashia Street (Vera) & 17 Rustaveli Avenue
  • Hours & info

Tepshi Studio

Tepshi Studio specialises in earthy, organic ceramic tableware that is hand-thrown onsite. They also offer workshops, and stock a small collection of felted slippers and gifts from social enterprise, My Sisters.


Specialty shops & artist studios

Here’s where to buy designer jewellery, leathergoods and textiles. Some of these shops double as artist’s studios. Many also offer hands-on workshops for adults and kids.

Top choice: Khoperia Studio

A colourful artist's shop-studio in Tbilisi.
Photo credit: Khoperia Studio.

Irma Khoperia’s studio in Vera doubles as a gift boutique where you can shop the artist’s range of batik on silk wallhangings and scarves and sublimation printed cottons. I challenge you to find a more colourful, cheerful creative space in Tbilisi!

Message or call Irma a day in advance to organise your visit.


Papanaki

Traditional Georgian costume from Papanaki souvenir shop.
Photo credit: Papanaki.

Georgia’s national costumes, Chokha, are among the most splendid in the region. At Papanaki, you can shop handmade outfits and wedding attire as well as modern garments, scarves, bags and other accessories inspired by traditional designs. The luxe fabrics and hand-embroidery are something to admire.

If you need an outfit for a special occasion (such as a Georgian wedding), Papanaki also offers a rental service.


Istoriali

Specialising in fine jewellery inspired by traditional Georgian motifs, mythology and unearthed artefacts, Istoriali looks more like a museum than a shop. Fine gold and enamel accessories carry traditional Colchian forms and symbols and are very contemporary at the same time.


Qisa Bags

Artist Kato Ramishvili hand-makes gorgeous leather and suede bags at her workshop-boutique in Tbilisi’s Vake district. Her style and craftsmanship is inspired by traditional Georgian qisa, leather pouches used by Old Tbilisi’s merchants to carry tobacco and coins.


17 Kvadrati

Tucked away in the courtyard near Sofia Melnikovas restaurant, behind the Rustaveli Theatre, 17 Kvadrati sells leather bags and clutches made on-site by the owner/artist and other Georgian makers.

The name 17 Kvadrai (’17 squared’) is taken from the tiny room the store started out in. As the space has expanded, so has its offerings – now you can also shop a range of leather shoes, soft kids toys, ceramics, clothes and jewellery from other young, local designers.

  • Address: 8 Chanturia Street (off Rustaveli Avenue)
  • Hours & info

Babale

Another social enterprise shop, Barbale works with children and adults with Down Syndrome to creative clothing and homewares with imaginative, whimsical designs.


Where to shop for Georgian fashion designers in Tbilisi

Most local designers have their showrooms in Vake, Vera and Saburtalo districts. Here are a couple of my favourite retail stores that sell a wide range of Georgian labels.

Top choice: I E R I Store

Racks of Georgian designers fashion at IERI Store at Wine Factory N1.
IERI Store at Wine Factory N1.

Tbilisi’s premier clothing store, I E R I is located on the upper floor of Wine Factory N1. They stock a beautiful range of tailored garments for men and women from Georgian designers Situationist, Chubika, George Keburia, and others.


Co.Lab

Co.Lab has a similar range of contemporary Georgian fashion including everyday wear by young independent designers.


Bonus: Pop-up markets for Tbilisi souvenirs

In the warmer months, vendors set up shop along Rustaveli Avenue. This is a good place to find second-hand books. There is also a small handicraft market daily on the stairs in front of Coffeesta where you can buy original artworks, Svan hats and knitted socks, and other cute souvenirs. It’s a bit touristy but worth pausing for a look if you happen to be walking by.

In late summer and fall you’ll often see pop-up handicraft markets on Rustaveli Avenue. Dates and times can be found here on the STALL Facebook Page.

Come December/January, Christmas Markets appear in Dedaena Park, Orbeliani Square and on Rustaveli Avenue. See this guide to Christmas in Tbilisi for more details.

Must-read: 9 best markets in Tbilisi.


Tbilisi Shopping Map

To help you plan your visit to Tbilisi, I’ve created an interactive map with all the shops, markets and studios mentioned above marked out.

Click here to view the map and save a copy to your device.

Map of the best souvenir shops in Tbilisi.
Screenshot via Google Maps.

What to bring with you when you go shopping in Tbilisi

When you’re shopping in Tbilisi, remember to carry a reusable tote bag or string bag to avoid using plastic.

If you plan on buying a few bottles of Georgian wine to take home, these leak-proof bottle protector sleeves are extremely handy.

I always carry a set of reusable silicone food bags for carrying edible souvenirs home – especially fresh spices, so they don’t infuse my entire suitcase!

Check out my Georgia packing guide for more handy tips.


Shopping beyond Tbilisi

For more great shops around Georgia, check out my city guides:


Georgia essentials

Here are some of the websites and services I use when I’m planning a trip to Georgia and the Caucasus. Remember to check out my full list of travel resources for more tips.

– Find affordable flights to Tbilisi, Batumi or Kutaisi on Kiwi.com, a booking site that mixes and matches airlines to find the best route (there’s a money back guarantee if you miss a connection).

– Use iVisa to check if you need a tourist visa for Georgia and apply for an expedited visa online.

– Pre-book a private transfer from Tbilisi Airport to your hotel or from Kutaisi Airport to Tbilisi with my preferred partners at Friendly.ge.

– Get a great deal on a rental car in Georgia by using MyRentACar to find a local agent.

– Buy your tickets for the Tbilisi to Baku or Yerevan sleeper train online in advance through my partners at Geotrend (get a discount when you use the code in this post).

– Find the best Georgia hotel deals on Booking.com, book a Georgia hostel, or find a unique Airbnb.

– Find the best city tours and day excursions in Georgia.

– Compare mobile providers and pick up a local Georgian sim card.

– Order a copy of the new Lonely Planet Caucasus guidebook (published July 2020).

Over to you! Have you been to Tbilisi and picked up a special souvenir? What did you buy, and where did you find it? Leave your recommendations for other great gift shops in Tbilisi in the comments!


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16 Comments

  1. Hi.

    In the first picture on your page is one from the Meidani Bazaar in Tbilisi. Looking directly at it on the wall is a wooden carving of a St.Nino’s cross. I would love to purchase one of those. Do you have an contact email or something where I can ask if they will ship to the US? Thanks Loren

    1. Hi Loren!

      Yes that’s right. I don’t have a contact (and I don’t think they’re open just now), but if you can wait a couple of weeks I will go there myself when I get back to Tbilisi and get a business card for you.

      I’m about to re-photograph/re-research this post, so I can keep an eye out for something similar at another store as well.

      I’ll reach out soon 🙂

  2. Hi Emily,

    I’m genuinely impressed by thoroughness of your wonderful articles. I absolutely enjoy reading them.
    Thank you kindly,
    Antoana.

  3. Oh wow what a beautiful set of souvenirs! I really like getting old knickknacks like antique jewellery bits and bobs when I’m abroad, so it’s really nice to see this list of unique places to check out for something a little bit different. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Hi,

    I just bought one of those clay carafe/flask thingies they sell at the souvenir stalls here. I wonder though: as there is not glazing on the inside, are these actually suitable to serve wine from?

  5. Hi:
    I want to buy a map of the country of Georgia that is more than a map. Textile or any other medium, colourful, whimsical, artistic….these are the adjectives that would describe what I am looking for. Eventually, I would frame this map. Do you know of any place in Georgia that produces / sells this kind of thing?
    Thanks
    John

    1. Hi John,

      What a nice idea. I can’t say I’ve seen anything like that for sale in Tbilisi. I just got back from another trip and revisited a lot of shops, but sadly no maps. If I were you, I’d get in touch with Nino at Gallery 27. She is incredibly helpful and ‘tuned in’ to the artistic scene, I bet she could recommend a suitable artist or product.

      Good luck in your quest! Please do let me know if you find what you’re looking for.

  6. Hi,
    I am a keen weaver and am travelling to Georgia next week, is it possible to buy Georgian spun yarn that I could weave when I get home? I am not sure what it is even called in Georgian,
    love the website, very very helpful

    1. Hi Lydia!

      Glad you’re finding the site helpful. I did see spun yarn being sold at markets and gift shops, although I’m not sure if it’s locally produced. Best ask.

      Good luck and enjoy Georgia!

  7. Hi i would like to know where can i buy souvenir necklace from Georgia please.I had got one as a gift unfortunately I lost it.And would like to buy one.

    1. Hi Lovelene—I’m not sure what specifically you’re after (it sounds like something very particular), but you could try any of the boutiques mentioned here. Perhaps if you have a photo or sketch or description, you could try sending it to Gallery 27 via Facebook or email. Staff are very kind and I’m sure they could try to help you out.

      Good luck!

  8. Hello,
    I am looking for a traditional Georgian hat (papakha), do you know where I can buy one in Tbilisi ?
    Thank you !

    1. Hi Flo! I saw these for sale in the Meidan Bazaar and at tourist shops around Abanotubani and the old town. I’m not sure about the providence or quality. It might be worth reaching out to Gallery 27 for tips on where to find an authentic one.

      If you do find a nice one, please circle back and let us know where!

  9. Hi, I just came back from Tblisi and was very disappointed that I was not able to buy the traditional blue Georgian tablecloth with birds imprinted on it. Can you please tell me how I can buy one & have it sent to the United States? I want the tablecloth to be made of natural materials (not polyester) and be 2.5 to 3 meters long. Thank you.

    1. Hi Cynthia,

      Sorry to hear that you missed out! The tablecloths made by Tinatin Kldiashvili at the Academy of Arts are the most authentic being produced in Georgia right now. They are indeed printed on cotton, and some have bird designs. I’m not sure how you can purchase them online, though. I would recommend contacting EthnoDesign, one of the stockists: https://www.facebook.com/ethnodesignsocielshop/about/

      Good luck and please let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.

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