Since I moved here in 2013, I notice more and more people who come to Tbilisi not just to experience the Georgian version of “hakuna matata”-lifestyle, but also to work and create.
Of course, a hotel room or an airbnb flat is not always the most inspiring place, so the questions about convenient spots for freelancers started to pop up more often. As you might guess, I also work on my official weekends, spending my time with laptop and notepads in various locations all around Tbilisi, drinking dozens of cups of coffee and tea, and making up a list of those locations for digital nomads like you.
Having spread all around the world, from Athens, Berlin and Vienna to San Francisco, the international co-working Impact Hub set its flag in Tbilisi too. It is a relatively affordable and very convenient platform for soldiers of creative industry. You can rent a workspace once or buy a package – the price varies from approximately 10 to 160 USD.
I have organized a meeting for travel enthusiasts about unusual tours around Georgia there, and the experience was very positive!
Address: 8 Ninoshvili str., at the territory of “Fabrika”
Obviously decorated in urban loft style, this co-working space not just gives you a place to work, but a fair opportunity to distract yourself from your tasks, if they are too stressing. Chill out in a comfy couch, have a snack or a drink, play Xbox or PSP… You can basically live there, if you are really burning with your ideas and don’t want to lose time. The only minus for me is the fact that smoking is partially allowed.
The membership price varies from 12 to 200 USD.
Address: 3 Khorava str.
State-funded incubator of innovative ideas and startups is located on Mtatsminda mount in Tbilisi. But even if you are not a Georgian startup owner, you can rent a space for work or conducting seminars and meetings. In order to do this, just contact the guys from Tech Park by facebook: they obviously speak very good English.
I had an experience of organizing a meet-up for travel startupers there, and it was very good.
Address: Innovations str. 7, Okrokana village (on the way to Mtatsminda park)
Located in Vake park, one of the biggest green zones of Tbilisi, Mediathek offers hilarious membership price of 15 lari a year. You can always find a place for work there. Mediathek also hosts various lectures and seminars for adults and children.
Address: 76 Ilia Chavchavadze avenue.
A meeting point for all friends of nature and social activists, “Kiwi” is offering its space for free. If the deadline is near and there are a lot of things to do, you might stay longer without ordering another coffee out of politeness. Of you can – to help the guys maintain the café.
Address: 4 Machabeli str.
Book shops Prospero’s – another good spots to have your things done, being surrounded by books and quiet people. You can charge yourself with cookies, cheesecakes, fresh pressed juice or strong coffee.
Address: 34 Rustaveli avenue, 1 Vazha Pshavela avenue (in the building of National Archive)
Basic Italian dishes, coffee and a big book shop nearby. Pleasant atmosphere for those who need to write or read something.
Address: 7 Ilia Chavchavadze avenue, 47 Vazha Pshavela avenue.
Third wave coffee, cakes and sandwiches for healthy people, sunny side of the avenue and a little park around. As for me, Coffee Lab is one of the best coffee shops in the city, because of its menu and the atmosphere. I love writing there!
Address: 27 a. Kazbegi avenue
Founded by the Russians, Double B was the first coffee shop in Tbilisi to serve flat white, raf, aeropress and v60. Light snacks and energy bars will help you concentrate and very central location is good for those who prefer to combine working and sightseeing.
And if you feel like exploring the city from zero, I can recommend you to download a handy app with my guides at Favoroute. It’s a big piece of content I am responsible for, and I will be happy if it helps some of you to navigate around the city!