Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Issyk Lake & Turgen Gorge
Hiking or biking amongst waterfalls cliffs and fir trees is the order of the day at Turgen Gorge a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Lake Kapchagai
Legendary for it's outdoor parties, Lake Kapchagai rules the summers.
29 Bar
An all-in-one bar, with a great lunch menu and jam-packed party scene at night.
Krem Brûlée
Renowned for its delicious lunchtime baguettes, Krem also offers a scrumptious selection of mini pastries.
Entrecôte
Unsurprisingly, steak is the speciality here, and it's excellent, as shown by the dozens of locals dining each day.
Kok Tobe
Phenomenal views await if you can make it up the holl to this playground wonderland.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
Line Brew
Is it a fire station? Is it a castle? Nobody knows, or cares, with food and beer this good.
Other ski resorts
Smaller, less developed resorts - but you get the slopes to yourselves.
Shymbulak
OK, so you'll undoubtedly have experienced more challenging skiing, and you will almost certainly be used to better facilities, but how often do you get to ski in Central Asia?
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Gorky Park Tennis
Twelve courts covering all surfaces are available, alongside English-speaking teachers.
Ecotourism Info Centre
Community-based tourism.
Butakofka Gorge Stables
Indoor and outdoor lessons available - all-weather riding.
Big Almaty Lake
A great spot for being at one with nature - and huge amounts of water.
Arial Golf Club
A decent club for beginner or junior players, with reasonable prices to match.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.
Alpina XXI
Small but comfortable and well-equipped hiking hotels.
Via del Mondo
A loving selection of the best and rarest wines and fine cigars.
Rakhat
Delicious Kazakhstan chocolates, one of the few brands authentically produced in the country.
Ramstor Trade Centre
The introduction of the mall was met with a great deal of excitement in Almaty with consumers of the boom economy eager to spend.
Green Bazaar
Even if you're not buying, the Green provides a wonderful insight into the day-to-day life in Almaty. People-watching opportunities await!
Lutece Wine Gallery
Regular free tastings and reasonably priced wine make this a popular stop.
Barakholka Market
There's so much going on at Baraholka market it can be hard to know where to look first; it's brimming with goods for both the souvenir-seeking tourist and seasoned local.
Assia
The perfect boutique for picking up quality gifts.
Alexander & Svetlana
Gadgets and Soviet memorabilia galore from this couple.
Panfilov Park
This is the centre point of Almaty and is the city's biggest and most-loved park; home to the gorgeous Ascension Cathedral and a slew of other historically important monuments.
KELT
With English performances twice a year, KELT is popular with expats.
KazakhConcert
KazakhConcert stages a mix of classical, jazz and folk concerts featuring local and visiting foreign musicians.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.
Mambo Italiano
Cuban and Italian themes coexist at this crazy club, and sparks fly.
Mojo
Get your MOJO on!
The Rooms
You could spend hours wandering between Pacha's themed rooms - or just live it up on the dancefloor.
Totsami
One-way mirrors in the ladies', and a bartop reserved for girls only dancing, this club likes it a little raunchy.
Friday
Out on a group evening? Friday has acres of space and a range of music broad enough to engage all.
Krisha
The place for serious partying, this rooftop venue likes it long, loud, and late.
Copacabana
Break in your dancing shoes at Copacaban's lessons before hitting the floor to flaunt them.
Chukotka
If you're a little more indie, Chukota's live bands and alternative DJs are a good bet for the young hipster crowd.
The Noodles
International food combines with Kazakhstan coffee to keep everyone coming back to this busy little café.
Persona Grata
Chic and sophisticated café showcasing local art alongside delicious Italian and local food.

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