Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Shock
A treasure trove of Sauvage sale pieces, this is one for those who are more max-it than plastic, and looking for bargains.
Telli
An on-site homeopathic pharmacy complements the high end skincare brands at Telli.
Sauvage
Catering to label-loving men and women Sauvage offers a designer fix in the heart of Almaty. Be sure to pack the plastic.
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.
Oyu
Soviet and contemporary art line the walls of this quiet gallery.
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.
Rush
Home of Sauvage's more avant-garde offerings, Rush offers a mix from Balmain to Tabitha Simmons.
Mega Centre
The biggest selection of Western brands in Kazakhstan, alongside local chains, makes this a popular mall.
Golden Furs
Stylish outerwear and accessories from top brands.
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!
Hediard
Expensive little tidbits and gourmet foodstuffs on offer at this pricey deli.
La Riya
Sexy and feminine, La Riya offers bold designs for the modern woman.
Lui Lei
Stunning eveningwear abounds at the Sauvage's newest recruit.
Lutece Wine Gallery
Regular free tastings and reasonably priced wine make this a popular stop.
Galeria G&G
Top designer brands fly off the rails at G&G, spiritual home of Kazakhstan's wealthiest.
Ganni
A wide range of excellent carpets, sold by an experienced and helpful trader.
Erbol
Hand-made carpets, brought to wherever is most convenient.
Four Rooms
Chic concept store selling beautiful Italian clothes and accessories.
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.
Azat Akimbek Gallery
A stunning collection of art and antiques lie in this gallery, covering years of history.
Bacchus Winery
Wine tours and tastings from these experienced manufacturers.
Armonia
International and Russian names keep the fashionistas happy at Armonia.
Arvest
Modern art, sculpture, ceramics and beautiful traditional jewellery.
Antika
Fine antiques are on sale at this professional gallery.
Alexander & Svetlana
Gadgets and Soviet memorabilia galore from this couple.
Aida KaumeNOVA
Drawing on influences from Brit-born Vivienne Westwood Aida Kaumenova is Almaty's very own version. Snap up an original design.
Aigul’Kassymova
Looking for a Kazah designer whose fashions feature modern twists? Look no further than Aigul Kassymova who can be found at AK Studio.
Museum of Instruments
Ask for a demonstration of how these beautifully crafted instruments are played, and listen in wonder.
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.
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Apart from being striking in appearance St Nicholas Cathedral has been an important part of Almaty's culture for the last century. Be sure to catch a service.
Tengri Umai Gallery
The first private art gallery in Kazakhstan, this minimalist institution hosts a selection of interesting contemporary works.
Museum of Books
A collection of Kazakhstan's literary history.
KELT
With English performances twice a year, KELT is popular with expats.
Kensai Graveyard
Another of Almaty's more fascinating cultural spots, Kensai Graveyard provides awe-inspiring views of the mountains and is something of a moving experience to say the least with headstones aplenty.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.
Kazakh State Circus
The performers here are amongst the best riders in the world, and their astounding stunts are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping at the start of your evening.
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.

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