Tbilisi for Book Lovers: All Things Books in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi for Book Lovers

Tbilisi, Georgia is definitely a city I’d consider living in. There are great restaurants and cafes, a beautiful old town, it’s cheap and it has so many great places for book lovers. So bookworms and literature aficionados rejoice, here are all the wonderful places to browse, read and appreciate books in Tbilisi.

If you're looking for ideas for things to do and eat in Tbilisi check out our full Tbilisi city guide!

Books to Read When in Georgia

I picked up a copy of 'Stories I Stole' by Wendell Steavenson while I was in Tbilisi. It's a really interesting book about an American journalist who moves to Tbilisi during the late 90s. Good for learning a bit of history and reading some interesting anecdotes. 

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books about georgia ali and nino

I also bought a copy of 'Ali and Nino' by Kurban Said which is actually set in Baku but tells the story of a Georgian girl and an Azeri boy who fall in love but can't be together. I've heard it's the Romeo and Juliet of the Caucasus and I'm really looking forward to reading it. 

Bookshops in Tbilisi

We’ll start with the obvious, head to a bookshop. There are a few good English bookstores in Tbilisi where you can find a range of bestsellers, non-fiction and Caucasus literature.

Prospero’s Bookshop and Café

prospero's bookshop tbilisi georgia

This is set in a gorgeous little courtyard off the main street. It has a great range of English books including travel, textbook and children’s sections and gifts. Most books are between 15-30 GEL. The café does brilliant coffee, sandwiches and snacks and is a great place to sit and get some work done or cosy up with a book.

Address: 34 Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi 0108



Parnassus books

Photo: https://www.librarything.com/venue/65204/Parnassus-books

Photo: https://www.librarything.com/venue/65204/Parnassus-books

This is a great bookstore with a large range of English books. It's nice for a browse and is located just off a street with excellent cafes. So pick up a book and find a comfy place to sit and read for a couple of hours!

Address: 22 Ilia Chavcahvadze Avenue


Rare Books

Rare books Tbilisi english book shops

This shop is overflowing with stacks of books of all genres and languages. If you’re like me and get warm fuzzies just from being around large collections of books you’ll get all kinds of good vibes in this place. There are lots of collectors’ items as well as a second hand English section. The books in the English section are quite old but it’s worth a browse.

Address: 77 Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave, Tbilisi


The Book Markets

book markets in tbilisi georgia

Along Rustavali Avenue you’ll find plenty of street vendors who have set up shop with a range of old books. Most of them are in Russian or Georgian but you might find the odd English book. All the same, they are nice to wander through and some of them sell beautiful maps and postcards.


Book Cafes in Tbilisi

There seems to be a thing for book cafes in Tbilisi and obviously I made sure to personally try them all. From gorgeous bookshelves to book-themed décor, these places will make any book lover want to settle in for the day.

Mama terra Cafe

Mama terra cafe tbilisi georgi is a must visit!

Mama terra cafe tbilisi georgi is a must visit!

This gorgeous little vegetarian cafe took over from a previous book cafe and still has a great bookshelf full of English books. You can bring a book to swap or just sit and read in the relaxed environment. The food is freshly prepared from local ingredients and the owner adds her own Mexican flair. 

Address: 2 Ivane Machabeli St

Mama Terra Cafe Facebook page



Book Corner Café

Book corner cafe tbilisi georgia

There are now two of these book cafes in Tbilisi. The first is located on Ivane Tarkhnishvili Lane and is in a house. As a result, it has a really homely feel and is filled with all kinds of literary touches from quotes on the wall and lampshades to the menu printed in a book. They serve really good food (we loved the Ceasar salad and fresh soup) as well as coffee, tea and cakes.

Address: 13 Ivane Tarkhnishvili Lane, Tbilisi


Book corner cafe tbilisi

The second one is located on the river next to the Dry Bridge and has similar décor and the same menu. However, because of the location and new building with views out to the river it has a much more hip and modern vibe. Both cafes are lovely but the first has much more of a cosy, bookish feel.


Café at Rooms Hotel

This is a modern, chic hotel with some amazing decor. If you've got a spare few hundred euro you should definitely get a room there. If you're like us and prefer life on a tighter budget then you can head there for a coffee and enjoy the beautiful cafe with plenty of bookshelves. 

cafe at rooms hotel kazbegi georgia

They also have another hotel in the mountain town of Kazbegi which sports amazing bookshelves and mountain views. 

Address: 14 Merab Kostava Street


Other Activities in Tbilisi for Book Lovers


The National Parliamentary Library

National Parliamentary Library Tbilisi Georgia

This is a beautiful old building which is free to enter. Inside there are books in several language sections including English, German and French. It's definitely worth a look if you're in the area. 


The Book museum

The Book Museum Tbilisi Georgia

This is one of Tbilisi's best hidden secrets. It is meant to be a display of ancient Caucasus literature and antique books and be 'the biggest book museum in the Caucasus and the first in Georgia'. But it is more set up like an ancient reading room with shelves of old books, retro filing systems, ornately painted ceilings and antique furniture. It's a beautiful space that is still being sorted but is truly beautiful. 

Open - Mon-Fri 10-5pm


The Museum of Georgian Literature

Museum of georgian literature tbilisi

This is another thing I'd love to hear about if anybody makes it. We went here on Sunday and it was closed and returned on Tuesday to be told by security that it would be opening at 6pm. This seemed a little weird for a museum and we didn't return in the evening. But for literature lovers with an interest in Georgian literature it might be worth trying! 


Puppet Theatre

puppet theatre tbilisi georgia

This isn't strictly book-related but book lovers tend to also love theatre and stories. In the old town of Tbilisi there is a puppet theatre which shows various performances throughout the year. We were lucky enough to meet one of the crew on the last night of the production who sold us the last two tickets! It was really interesting and entertaining. The play is usually in Georgian with English subtitles. Check out the performance schedule during your visit. 


Reading in the park

reading english books tbilisi georgia

Tbilisi has so many well-manicured green areas including the Botanical Gardens. They make a great spot for chilling on a warm day and reading your book. There's even some reading-themed sculptures to spot in some of the parks around the city. 

Stalin's Secret Publishing house

We didn't hear about this until after we left Tbilisi but you can read all about it and see some pictures here

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Tbilisi for book lovers. Tbilisi also has plenty of appeal for history lovers, foodies and wine lovers. But we'll leave all that to another post! Read: Reasons to fall in love with Tbilisi


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