There are many nice spots for souvenir shopping in Tbilisi. One of the most extraordinary places to find antiques and rarities is the flea market near Dry Bridge (In Georgian: “Mshrali khidi”) – a place with a history that is still popular even among locals not to mention tourists. Vogue magazine even dedicated an article to Tbilisi’s Dry Bridge flea market calling it “the coolest” in the city.
The bridge was built by the project of Giovanni Scudieri in the middle of nineteenth century. When Georgia regained its independence in 1991, people started to sell their antiques to make a little cash, as there was an economic crisis in the country. Today, Dry Bridge flea market is an informal bazaar – here, most of the things are laid out on the ground, unorganized. If you have some time for wandering in the center of Tbilisi and the forecast says no rain for you, visiting this flea market might become an adventure.
For the vintage aficionado, Tbilisi’s Dry Bridge flea market is a must-visit place. You can find literally everything here: Vintage jewelry, soviet-era accessories, kilims, traditional Georgian clothes, old books, chandeliers, Russian pop music tapes, military medals, pins, tableware, coins and even posters of Stalin. Locals say that it’s getting really difficult to find real antiques here. Most of the items are no more than 40-50 years old and you can even come across with the luxury goods made in the United States or other countries. There is also an art market near Dry Bridge where you can discover paintings of unknown Georgian artists.
Remember: There are no credit card machines. You will need some cash and some patience to haggle as well, as prices are usually inflated, especially for foreigners.