1. Meals in Tbilisi can last for days with feasts of aubergines, walnuts and slow-cooked meat.
  2. Crime has all but vanished – residents don’t even lock their cars at night.
  3. The city is full of charm, awash with rich patinas and elegant vignettes.
  4. The younger generations that studied abroad are returning, armed with experience.
  5. There are no meters in the taxis – fares are done on trust.
  1. A dust-down of the airport and more direct international flights.
  2. Better public transport – gridlocked traffic is not fun.
  3. The riverbank is prime for redevelopment.
  4. A clever tourism campaign aimed further afield than the neighbours.
  5. Development of the wine industry – it should be Georgia’s world class export.

Monocle 24

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