No wonder that Tbilisi and Georgia can be found more and more often on the travel bucket lists: Something is happening in Tbilisi. As a tourist you can somehow arrange yourself with overcrowded and hyped city destinations like Berlin or Barcelona by going there during off season. But the whole thing looks different for the ever-increasing number of nomadic freelancers and artists. Berlin and Barcelona have always been prototypes for energetic, international cities in which people could spontaneously live and work well for reasonable prices. But that’s just it: That was once upon a time. Coworking Spaces are no longer these small office communities you can spontaneously book yourself into – in the meantime they have become a real industry in which big players become more and more important. With increasing prices. For artists, finding a suitable studio space has not become easier either. And somehow, at least in Berlin, this is also affecting the mood in the city. Everything has become a little less creative, less spontaneous, less innovative. As a tourist, that doesn’t matter at first, but a creative, vibrant environment influences the atmosphere of a city. After all, that’s exactly what’s making cities interesting, isn’t it? Like Fabrika in Tbilisi.
Fabrika Tbilisi – Tbilisi’s urban hotspot
Fabrika in Tbilisi is such an exciting place. Formerly a large textile factory, it is a kind of cultural hotspot of the city. The heart of the complex is the large building at the street: where sewing machines used to rattle in Soviet times, now hipsters from all over the world sleep in the Fabrika Hostel. The lobby: An old hall with metre-high windows, furnished with comfortable sofas and pinball machines.
Next door is the adjoining restaurant with good cuisine.
In the backyard, there are more bars and restaurants, as well as artists’ studios with a sales corner and a large coworking space. And all sorts of little gimmicks: fire walls, full of the most beautiful murals, a converted VW bus as a photo booth and an old Lada as a photo spot.
The Fabrika Hostel offers private double rooms as well as the usual bunk-bed dorms.
Sandra from Tracks and the City and I have been invited to this trip to Tbilisi by the Tourism Development Department of Tbilisi City Hall.