I like to travel and have many friends abroad. Often, when I want to visit them, I buy typical Georgian souvenirs in Tbilisi. I know the place in the city where you can find almost everything together. This is in the underground tunnel shop, where all Georgian souvenirs and local handicrafts are assembled. It is called Meidan Bazaar and is located right underneath the Meidan square (today Gorgasali square). The marketplace used to be here and the souvenir shops space is in the historic part of the old city.
What you can bring from Georgia as a souvenir? Firstly, of course the well-known Georgian wine or Chacha (grappa) and beautiful drinking horns for the wine. Here you can also buy good Georgian tea or honey and Churchkhela. Churchkhela is the sausage-shaped traditional Georgian sweet made from concentrated fresh grape juice and walnuts.
As I already mentioned, here you can find interesting handicrafts: Georgian dolls from each region and enamel accessories. Cloisonné enamel is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments or cells to the gold or silver. These are visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments. Colored enamel is the usual filling for the cells. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then is fired in a kiln. This is the finest handcraft and this jewelry isn’t cheap, but they looks very nice and are worth it.