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Fabrika Hostel, Tbilisi, Georgia – Spot Check

Fabrika Hostel, Tbilisi, Georgia – Spot Check

A big part of why I love to travel is discovery. I explore countries new to me so I can do how the locals do – eat at their fave divey spots, drink at the locals-only joint, explore the hoods that they call home. I don't wanna walk through cities at a distance. And when I leave without a true sense of the culture, it feels like returning home with facts learned from brochures.

Georgians turned out to be a challenge for me. Didn't matter where I puttered, what I tried – there was no gettin’ down with locals. I'll change the game if natural connections aren't happening. I'll join a walking tour or visit a hostel ‘cause they attract people who are generally friendly and enjoy offerin’ tips.

RAD AND HUNGRY: Fabrika Hostel Menu

RAD AND HUNGRY: Fabrika Hostel & Plant Shop

RAD AND HUNGRY: Fabrika Hostel & Flying Painter 1

RAD AND HUNGRY: Fabrika Hostel & Flying Painter 2

And lucky for me, Tbilisi has a dope hostel, Fabrika, located in a converted Soviet-era sewing factory compound. It’s a bright and active space with super friendly staff (food fail again!). The vibe felt familiar – a hipster neighborhood with all the usual suspects. One building houses rooms and apartments. Other buildings house a co-working space, skate shop, graffiti shop, barber shop, plant shop, design studio and bookstore, ceramic studio and store, clothing store, ramen spot, burger joint, cafe and bar, and more.

RAD AND HUNGRY: Fabrika Hostel & Ceramic Studio 1300 1

RAD AND HUNGRY: Fabrika Hostel & Ceramic Studio 1300 1

I didn’t experience anything that screamed Georgian culture, but I totally welcomed the familiar feels. My trip was full of so much wrong that when a local returned my smile – hi-fives and BOOTYCLAPPIN’!

oxxo, Hen


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