Hg2 : The Hedonist

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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.
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.
Gorky Park Tennis
Twelve courts covering all surfaces are available, alongside English-speaking teachers.
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Ecotourism Info Centre
Community-based tourism.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Krisha
The place for serious partying, this rooftop venue likes it long, loud, and late.
Chukotka
If you're a little more indie, Chukota's live bands and alternative DJs are a good bet for the young hipster crowd.
Cooshy Sushi
Popular with a corporate group as well as the uber-chic Cooshy Sushi is one of Almaty's trendiest spots for lunch or supper.
4A Coffee
This cosy coffee house serves mind-blowing sandwiches and fantastic fresh coffee.
Coffeedelia
Jumbo lattes and excellent breakfasts by day, cocktails by night: CoffeeDelia is perennially popular.
Safran
An authentic Arabic experience Safran is a wonderful place to sample Moroccan, Turkish, and Georgian cuisine.
Namaste
Namaste provides a wonderfully informal Indian dining experience in an authentic environment.

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