Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Galerie Esthetique
Beauty brands galore at this chic beauty salon.
Salta
Krem Brûlée
Renowned for its delicious lunchtime baguettes, Krem also offers a scrumptious selection of mini pastries.
Caravanserai
Via del Mondo
A loving selection of the best and rarest wines and fine cigars.
TsUM
There are some great textiles being produced and imported in Almaty the best of which can be found on the top floor of the Tsum department store.
Tumar
A good selection of handmade felts mean there's no need to trawl craft fairs.
Winter Fantasy
Exotic high-fashion furs from this designer label.
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.
Top Line
Couture shoes line te walls at Top Line - head here to pick up your Louboutins.
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.
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.
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.
Hediard
Expensive little tidbits and gourmet foodstuffs on offer at this pricey deli.
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.

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