Tbilisi is the largest city and the capital of the small (but stunning) post-Soviet country of Georgia. Georgia is one of the world's most rewarding destinations nestled between Russia and Turkey in the Caucasus Mountains. The Republic of Georgia may not be the first place to come to mind when thinking of places to go for a hipster scene - but have a hipster scene it certainly does!
Perhaps the best place for the trendy hipster-minded traveler is Fabrika Hostel. "Fabrika" is the word for a "factory" and the hostel has been fashioned out of an old abandoned factory. Travelers who like the hipster places in America (that only hipsters can understand) are likely to feel very much at home in this unusual hostel.
The Hipster Hostel Of Fabrika Tbilisi
The hostel is more of a hotel/hostel hybrid. While most hostels focus on the "hostel vibe" and community, Fabrika Tbilisi is a little different. There is a hostel vibe but it's kinda different (more remote work and chill cafe/bar vibe).
- Hybrid: It is A Hotel/Hostel Hybrid
- Location: Great Central Location
The common area is a large spacious bar/cafe/restaurant fitted out with many old sofa chairs. There are shelves with old books for people to read, a good amount of pot plants, and various nostalgic pieces from the old factory.
- Digital Nomads: It Is A Magnet For Digital Nomads From across The City
- Staff: All Speak English (But Don't Expect An American Level of Service)
It is a popular hang-out space and workspace pulling in the digital nomads from all over the city. It is common to see about half of the patrons busy typing away on their laptops. That being said there is something of a dearth of power outlets - especially one's close to a chair.
Tip: If Coming to Work, Come With One's Computer Fully Charged
The mood is ambient and chill. In the morning the music is slow and dreamy. Pre-pandemic there were live concerts and other events but now there are only free walking tours and yoga classes.
One can immediately see that this is the place to be with the perfect mix of international travelers, ex-pats, and local Georgians that it draws.
One will be greeted with plenty of graffiti and street art and an old rustic elevator one has probably not seen the likes of in the West.
Food And Drinks At The Restuarant:
Fabrika offers cheap accommodation but is also focused on its guests paying for food and drinks at its bar and restaurant. It does have a small kitchen hidden around the back for its guests to prepare their own food but they are not permitted to eat it in the main chill space and should have it in that small room.
- Breakfast: Not Included
- Self Catering: A Small Kitchen Is Provided but Hidden Away And Outside Food Is Not Permitted In The Main Area
- Buffet Breakfast: An Excellent Buffet Breakfast is Available For around $10.00
- Georgian Wine: Is Famous In Post Soviet Countries and Eastern Europe for its Quality
- Georgian Food: Considered some of the Best In The Region
Outside drinks are also not permitted in the main chill area and one is supposed to either drink it in the small kitchen or in their bedroom.
Breakfast is not included in the price, but they do have an excellent buffet breakfast for around $10.00 (coffee included).
Their restaurant serves mostly burgers, salads, and drinks. To order food one just scans the barcodes placed all around on the tables, it redirects to an app where one orders from.
Outside is a courtyard with a range of other dining options. There is traditional Georgian cuisine, Asian food (including sushi), burgers, and even a rather interesting bar/barber venue. That's right! There is a place with a bar on one side and a barber on the other!
- Courtyard: The Courtyard Outside As Several Very Different Dining Options
This is a chill space and it attracts hipsters and ex-pats from around the city. The courtyard is surrounded on all sides by the old factory.
A range of accommodation (listed on Hostelworld) is offered with a choice of dormitory and private accommodation. All prices are for the winter off-season.
- 12 Bed Mixed Dorm: $8.50
- 6 Bed Mixed Dorm: $12.00
- 3 Bed Mixed Dorm: $15.50
- Private Room: $59.00 (Queen Bed With Bathroom)
- Apartment Style Suite: $118.00
For private rooms, they also offer discounts for those staying more than a week. They offer 30% to 60% off.
- Laundry: There Is A Self Laundry Service For around $3.30 Per Load
If one is a penny-counting backpacker traveling on $25.00 a day, then food and drinks here may end up blowing one's budget. But still, Georgia is one of those countries that is completely budget-friendly.