Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

29 Bar
An all-in-one bar, with a great lunch menu and jam-packed party scene at night.
Zhailjau Golf Resort
Salta
Caravanserai
Nurtau Golf Club
A professional club - Colin Montgomerie challenged the Kazakhstani President here in 2004.
Mukanov/Musrepov Memorial
Memorial representing the works of several of Kazakhstan's literary behemoths.
Grand Hotel
Alasha
A charming Uzbek offering, complete with lush carpets and shisha room.
Eagle Hunting
The most exhilarating (legal) experience in Kazakhstan.
Aquarius Wellness Club
Ultimate bliss at the Royal Tulip Hotel, with a great gym, hammam, and extensive beauty treatments.
Ajar Stud Farm
Hacking on purebred Arabian horses - less highly strung steeds available for the timid.
Asanov Shooting Club
Have a go at marksmanship, with displays and contests to whet your appetite.
Via del Mondo
A loving selection of the best and rarest wines and fine cigars.
Winter Fantasy
Exotic high-fashion furs from this designer label.
Oyu
Soviet and contemporary art line the walls of this quiet gallery.
Meha
French and Italian outerwear, with a popular summer sale.
Oner
Selling mostly paintings and sculptures, Oner also deals in antique furniture and silver. A real treasure trove.
Golden Furs
Stylish outerwear and accessories from top brands.
Hediard
Expensive little tidbits and gourmet foodstuffs on offer at this pricey deli.
Lui Lei
Stunning eveningwear abounds at the Sauvage's newest recruit.
Erbol
Hand-made carpets, brought to wherever is most convenient.
Azat Akimbek Gallery
A stunning collection of art and antiques lie in this gallery, covering years of history.
Arvest
Modern art, sculpture, ceramics and beautiful traditional jewellery.
Museum of Instruments
Ask for a demonstration of how these beautifully crafted instruments are played, and listen in wonder.
Kazakh State Philharmonic
The Philharmonic is home to Almaty's symphony orchestra and puts on classical concerts as well as a variety of other musical performances.
Int’l Jazz Fest
High calibre, traditional jazz is on the cards at this festival.
Kunaev House Museum
A museum to the memory of one of Kazakhstan's most beloved politicians.
Central State Museum
Museum covering the archaeology geology natural history and ethnography of Kazakhstan. A must-see.
Ascension Cathedral
Located in the middle of Almaty's Panfilov Park Ascension Cathedral is a vastly impressive building that you simply must see. Be sure to pack your camera.
Abay Opera House
Come to see well-known and local ballets and operas in the beautiful classical Soviet building with its air of faded grandeur.
Cosmopolitan Bar
Cosmo's lives up to its name with an it-crowd loyal to its promise of a great night out.
Friday
Out on a group evening? Friday has acres of space and a range of music broad enough to engage all.
Copacabana
Break in your dancing shoes at Copacaban's lessons before hitting the floor to flaunt them.
DK
Quirky little café/bar that really works to please its enthusiastic clientele - various entertainments often available.
Barrel Bar
Live music and cool artwork combine to make this one of Almaty's most popular bars at the weekend.
Nirvana Bar
Nirvana Bar is another of Almaty's super-hot destinations for chilled lounge tunes, fierce cocktails and a sophisticated restaurant.
Safran
An authentic Arabic experience Safran is a wonderful place to sample Moroccan, Turkish, and Georgian cuisine.
Pomodoro
A taste of Tuscany, Pomodoro combines an exceptionally good menu and fresh ingredients with attractive rustic decor.
Dali
Situated within one of Kasakhstan's most prestigious golf clubs the Dali Restaurant is a real treasure for the taste buds.
Faccia
A chic, stylish Italian for those with expensive tastes.

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