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Cost of living in Batumi, Georgia

In the article 5 reasons why Batumi is better than Moscow (or other big city) I specified the low cost of living as the first reason why I moved from Moscow to Batumi. So let’s have a closer look at this topic. Apartment. The middle price of apartments for 1-2 person (about 50 sq. m., studio with separate bedroom) is about 300$. That would be a flat not far from the city center (honestly the city is so small as most living areas would be in 15 minutes from the center), with good design, fully...

5 reasons why Batumi is better than Moscow (or other big city)

Last 10 years I was living in big cities. That time I moved from a small town in Belarus thinking that I need to live in the city with more people and more opportunities. I started from St. Petersburg. After 5 years in the cultural capital of Russia I decided that 5 million people is not enough for me and moved to Moscow. But last year everything changed. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own MailChimp...

Samikitno Batumi Restaurant

Samikitno is a popular restaurant chain across Georgia. We visited this Batumi restaurant in the late evening during our latest trip to the lovely seaside town of Batumi, after discovered that restaurant at hotel we stayed was already closed. See Hotel Sputnik in Batumi. There is a very popular Samikitno restaurant located in the Old Tbilisi. See: Samikitno / Machakhela Restaurant review (Meidan square, Tbilisi) Combo meal at Samikitno Grilled vegetables, rice, sliced onions, meat...

Privet iz Batuma

Privet iz Batuma, literally meaning Hi from Batumi, if translated from Russian is just another cool cafe located in Georgian seaside resort city Batumi. Despite the name, giving a feeling you will be returned to the times of Imperial Russia, cuisine served here is quite modern, I managed to order shaslik with French fries, while my better part even got some American style lemonade. Eclectic, thus cool. Interior at Privet iz Batumi Yes, quite 19th century. Mcvadi with French fries...

Georgian Enamel Souvenir Shop in Batumi

I tried hard, but couldn't locate precise location or name of this Georgian enamel souvenir shop in Batumi. What I know, most probably it's located on Zviad Gamsakhurdia street in Batumi, in the Goodwill shop area. Why I believe it's worth to mention this shop? It's very good souvenir shop filled with interesting Georgian enamel art. We bought here lovely ashtrays and decided to return here one for time to buy some cool Georgian interior elements for our rural house. Georgian...

Sputnik Hotel in Batumi

I now have a new favorite hotel in Batumi - Sputnik hotel.  Surrounded by a garden with tropical plants and trees, this 4-stars Sputnik Hotel & Spa Batumi is nestled in Batumi Hills with a stunning views of the city and black sea. Hotel boasts an outdoor pool and is just 12-minute drive from city centre. There is a restaurant, bars, swimming pool, terraces, and free WiFi at the property. We stayed at Sputnik hotel for three nights at the end of November 2016, and paid about 300GEL (...

16 Things to do in Batumi

At the start of March 2016, after about a two year break I once again visited lovely Black Sea resort town - Batumi. I decided to wrap up a simple things to do list, based on my experience in Batumi. Check out complete All about Georgia guide Click on markers to see more info

Restaurant "Ukrainochka" in Batumi

Restaurant Ukrainochka is located at Batumi Railway Station terminal building, some 3 km from Batumi city centre. Food served here is true masterpieces of Ukrainian cuisine, not to mention blonde and beautiful Ukrainian girls serving your meal here.  We enjoyed our Ukrainian meal here, while waited for train departing back to Tbilisi. Spacious space at Ukrainochka in Batumi Menu at Ukrainochka restaurant Both traditional Ukrainian cuisine and Georgian is served here Traditional...

Batumi Railway Station

Batumi railway station has been recently constructed and opened for public, making travels by train from Tbilisi to Batumi a little bit easier. Prior that, train stopped at Makjinjauri station (some 7 km from Batumi city center) I took a train ride from Tbilisi to Batumi at start of March 2016, and was 100% sure that new station will be located somewhere in Batumi city - I was wrong. The new station is still located some 3 km from city, and to actually get to the city, you must take...

Batumi Botanical Garden

Batumi Botanical Garden is a must have to visit tourism attraction site when in Batumi. Botanical Garden is actually located at the place called Mtsvane Kontskhi ("The Green Cape") in distance of some 10 km from Batumi city on the Black Sea shore, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the former Soviet Union.  You can get here either by hiring a taxi from Batumi (I negotiated price for about 10 GEL .March 2016) or using mini vans (...

Cafe La Brioche in Batumi

Cafe La Brioche is located at Batumi Pizza square on top floor at clock tower - delicious Italian coffee, masterpiece desserts and gourmet food is served here. If being in Batumi you feel an aroma of Italian coffee in the air, bravely follow it because you will be surely led into the heart of the city, on the Piazza Square, in the famous French Cafe “La Brioche”. Entrance doors at Piazza clock tower  Inside interior at Cafe La Brioche Free English newspapers are available here...

Piazza Square in Batumi

Piazza square in Batumi is one of the landmarks of city - square features luxury and boutique hotels, cafeterias and interesting architectural elements. A small Italian renaissance in Georgian sauce.  The visiting - card of Batumi, local peoples and tourists favorite place of meeting. Batumi Piazza was built in 2009 in Old Batumi. Square was designed by famous Georgian architect Vazha Orbeladze and it is a mixture and an unique ensemble of different styles and trends. Clock tower...

Argo Entertainment Center and Cable Car (Viewing Platform in Batumi)

By saying Argo Entertainment Center and Cable car I wanted actually to say - Batumi viewing platform. As this place is located at the other end of Batumi Aerial tram ropeway, and from here a spectacular view towards Batumi bay can be seen.  Cable car station at Anuria mountain in Batumi There is a small lovely church located next to the station building.Inside the building there are small cafeteria. I have headed here especially for taking lovely sunset photography, the...

Cafe - Bar Qaravan in Batumi

If there is a reason to visit Qaravan restaurant in Batumi, Kiev's Cutlet, Olivie salads are just a few of my reasons. First discovered by accident back at the start of 2011, this place has been on my radar ever since.Located next to the Batumi Circus building on Nikoloz Baratashvili street 23. Kiev's Cutlet at Qaravan in Batumi Gosh, the best Kiev's Cutlets here Olivie salads The Bottom Line The interior here at Qaravan bar-cafe is a bit old and neglected, the...

Ali and Nino- The Statue of Love in Batumi

Batumi will never end to surprise you, and so does the Miracle park close to Batumi Bay. Exactly here is located a really cool statue of Love, meet Ali and Nino. I spent a lovely morning at Batumi Miracle park and photographed here a lot, when was turn to photograph Ali and Nino, I had already switched my kit lens to more powerful telephoto lens - got a really cool close ups at the end. Ali and Nino Statue of Love Created by Georgian artist Tamar Kvesitadze (Georgian:...

Chacha Tower in Batumi

Chacha tower is really interesting tourist attraction site in Georgia's Black Sea resort town of Batumi. Originally built in 2012, it was meant to feature Georgian national spirit chacha fountain instead of water.  It has been noted that noted that chacha will flow once a week for 15 minutes. Frankly speaking I have never seen chacha flowing here yet. Chacha Tower in Batumi The tower is surrounded by 4 fountain pools, near which the dispensers ...

Alphabetic tower in Batumi

Alphabetic tower is one of the many skyscrapers of Batumi. The tower symbolizes the uniqueness of Georgian alphabet and people. Located in the Miracle park, Alphabetic tower of Batumi can be considered as one of the main tourist attraction sites in the city.  Alphabetic Tower is a total of 130 meter tall. The structure combines the design of DNA, in its familiar double helix pattern. Two helix bands rise up the tower holding 33 letters of the Georgian...

Batumi Miracle Park

Miracle park located on the shores of Georgian Black sea resort town Batumi, features Alphabet tower, Statue of Lowers, Lighthouse, Ferris wheel and Chacha tower. It is directly connected to Batumi boulevard and Batumi city bay.  Visitors of Batumi city will enjoy unique and really interesting architecture, featuring some of the tallest buildings in country. View towards Batumi skyscrapers When I first visited Batumi back in 2011, there was just one unfinished skyscraper (Radisson...

Batumi Bay and Port

Once in Batumi, take a lazy walk at Batumi bay area, watch ships on anchor and enjoy a cup of tasty Turkish coffee at some of the bay cafeterias.  From Batumi bay you could take an aerial tram and get some really spectacular views towards Batumi. Boulevard at Batumi bay Ship on anchor at Batumi You can climb down from the boulevard and enjoy pebbled shore.  Cargo ships at Batumi port And really spectacular views towards Adjarian mountains,

Plaza Hotel in Batumi

Are you looking for a budget friendly hotel in Batumi? I can highly recommend one -  Plaza hotel, located next to the Batumi bay. Plaza Hotel is located close to Batumi Port and in very short distance from city center. We booked Plaza hotel using local Georgian coupon site - hotsale.ge and got a lovely room with balcony and access to the Olympic swimming pool for just 50 GEL per night (with breakfast included).  We stayed here for two nights at the start of March 2016. It was...

Best 50 Batumi Hotels in Georgia 2015

​Batumi is a vibrant destination in Georgia offering a lot, some heads here to enjoy rocky coastline of Black sea, while others head here to ...play casino's. I haven't tried out (yet) any of Batumi casino's, but I believe much of the city's infrastructure is built to attract gamblers. I might be wrong, but Batumi definitely has many casino's. Either you are traveling to Batumi to try your luck or looking for sub-troop climate this city has many hotels to offer. Starting budget range...

'Hilton Batumi' Hotel Will be Opened in May, 2015

Today looking through Georgian news, I found another interesting new about plans of opening Batumi Hilton hotel in this (2015) May.  I lived for a short period of time in Batumi, back in 2012, and I do remember they had a lot of visionary and ideas around city, including Hilton Batumi hotel. Finaly, seems there is some progress, so enough preface, according to GHN (You can read original here):in May in Batumi city will be opened five star hotel "Hilton Batumi". The opening of the...

History of Tram and Trolleybus systems in Tbilisi and Georgia

Currently (2016) there are no tram or trolley lines in Tbilisi, but not so long ago in history there were plenty of tram and trolleybus lines not only in Tbilisi, but also in Batumi, Kutaisi, Gori, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Poti, Rustavi and even Chiatura.  What have happened to once pretty impressive routes of trams and trolleys in Georgia - I guess the harsh history happened. After Collapse of Soviet Union - Georgia got troubled with civil wars, economic hardships so neither trams or...

16 Best Batumi Beach / Seaside Hotels

Batumi is a beach and resort city in Georgia. Batumi offers great deal of hotels here. If you are into getting some tan at pebbled Black Sea coast beaches, you might like to have a comfortable rest after then. See: 16 Things to do in Batumi Choose your hotel among the best available in Batumi. Price among the best hotels in Batumi will vary starting from 100 GEL ($57/ EUR 42) and will go up to 360 GEL ($205 / EUR 150). From my personal recommendations from Batumi hotels I...