Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Sadu
Line Brew
Favor
Rafè II
Fantastic food and drinks on offer at the sleek café-cum-restaurant.
Rafè
Babyccinos, cakes, Princess Diana's biography - this place takes Anglophile to a new level.
Éclair
A great place to stop in the Left Bank for restorative afternoon tea and pastries.
Café Corso
Décor and clientele don't quite match at this chintzy little establishment with burly vodka slurpers propping up the bar. One for the brave.
Suntana Aquapark
With temperature-controlled sand flown in from the Maldives, relax here while gazing out at an ice-clad city.
Nomadic Travel
This tour agency specialises in homestays with local families.
Kazakhstan Sport Centre
Get your skates on at this large rink.
Ishim River
Cross/ski down/swim in the iced-over river for a bracing morning.
Burabay National Nature Park
Located in the North of Kazakhstan, Astana is perfectly placed for exploring the steppe; head out for day trips (or longer) to beautiful national parks for walking and nature-watching.
Sine Tempore
The only decent mall on the Right Bank, this one's good for furs and ice-skating.
Khan Shatyr
The best shopping centre in Astana, head here for beach parties on the rooftop sand. Seriously.
Central Park & Ishim River
Wander around the statues in this huge park, and take your time exploring.
Uspensky Cathedral
The city's main cathedral, the Upensky is an impressive sight.
Beit Rachel Synagogue
A large (for Central Asia) synagogue, this maintains a community feel.
Kazbar
One for late night hedonism, Kazbar has live bands til 1am, followed by a DJ til 5am. Stick around for sunrise.
Fashion
Serious face and dress control apply here. Inside a crowd of beautiful bright young things pack out this Friday night favourite.
Art Gallery
A huge complex, Art Gallery has something to fulfil all hedonistic nights.
Bar Boss
This stylish club's free entrance policy appeals to the cool young crowd, come for creatives and designer babies.
Vanilla
Gaze over the vast atrium of the mall with a restorative coffee - ideal for spotting your next target.
Tea Dastarkhan Saryarka
The perfect spot for busy bargain-hunters, TDS offers a classy place to take a break, with stunningly good teas.
Tea & Coffee Garden
Caffeine abounds in the vast selection of this little café chain, with dozens of varieties on offer.
Pizza City
Don't take the exclusivity of this place's name too seriously; with steak, omlette and soup also on offer, Pizza Cirt is a great place for simple lunches.
Coffee Nova
Increasingly popular Left Bank offering Coffee Nova is still quiet enough to get a table - don't miss the opportunity.
Favor Gastronom
Takeaway outlet of the popular restaurant, with all food prepared by the same chef, guaranteeing the excellent quality.
Books & Coffee
A community feel (bring your own slippers if fussy) and plenty of English books in this WiFi loaded café.
Al Fresco
Catering to all tastes, Al Fresco offers great quality authentic dishes with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Mindal
Sensational cocktails and kalyans delight a discerning crowd at this vaulted basement bar.
La Belle
La Belle has many faces, but is best known for its extensive drinks menu.
Cinzano Bar
Cinzano has an achingly cool reputation and is considered to be the best cocktail den in Astana.
Korean House
Korea House provides wonderful authentic food in a fiercely traditional atmosphere.
Pivnitsa
As close to a pub as you'll find in Kazakhstan, this is a great place to hunker down.
Divan
Authentic Turkish cuisine is attested to by the high levels of Turkish expats enjoying meals.
Chili Pepper’s
Fab Italian pizzaeria with a popular bar, this place is much beloved by younger Kazakhs.
Tre Kronor
A Scandinavian feasting lodge with succulent sausages.
Tengri Hotel
A comfortable, well-connected hotel for dining and nightlife.
Oasis Inn
Simple but smart, with plain but pleasant décor and a nice bar.
Imperia G Hotel
Smart, modern hotel with a good restaurant and bar onsite.

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