Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve
Birds of many kinds of feather flock together in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve and it is worth going for them alone, though also watch out for rare antelope.
Russian Drama Theatre
Portofino
Grillage
Alasha
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.
Tulpar Horse Club
Riding lessons, followed by dinner in the on-site restaurant. Nomadic bliss.
Kokshetau National Park
Another National Park, Kokshetau is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and invigorating weekend.
Daulet Tennis Complex
The top tennis facility in Kazakhstan, you can play to (imaginary) thousands on tournament courts.
Astana Golf Club
This 18-hole golf course is expensive, and all about the glam factor.
Sine Tempore
The only decent mall on the Right Bank, this one's good for furs and ice-skating.
Saints Konstantin & Elena Cathedral
This small Cathedral is perfect for quieter contemplative moments.
Presidential Cultural Centre
The ultimate spot for catching up with Kazakh culture.
Kulanshi Modern Art Centre
International art works hang alongside classic Kazakh pieces at this modern gallery.
Malinovka
A moving tribute to the wives of political prisoners.
Kazakh Drama Theatre
Young Kazakh actors perform national works to an enthusiastic crowd.
Atameken Ethno-Memorial
A monument to those who died at the hands of Soviet repression.
Baisetov National Theatre
Over thirty classic operas and ballets are on offer in this beautiful theatre, well worth a visit.
Jimmy’z
A sexy, sophisticated offering above Regine's, Jimmy'z does great cocktails and smooth tunes.
Kazbar
One for late night hedonism, Kazbar has live bands til 1am, followed by a DJ til 5am. Stick around for sunrise.
Art Gallery
A huge complex, Art Gallery has something to fulfil all hedonistic nights.
Madlen
Coffee, juices and innovative drinks combine with a diverse food menu to keep visitors interested.
Cinzano Bar
Cinzano has an achingly cool reputation and is considered to be the best cocktail den in Astana.
Regine’s
Authentic French dining combines with sumptuous décor (on walls and guests) for a fab night out.
Egorkino
An enlarged Russian peasant's house, Egorkino offers an eclectic and extensive menu, with plenty of vodka.
Ak Tilek
Chic, somewhat grand restaurant offering both European and Kazakh dishes.
Astana Nur
Fantastic grills and kebabs served in beautiful dining rooms. A real find.
Tiflis
Authentically themed with all the proper dining etiquette, Tiflis gets our Lari.
Zhibek Zholy
Silk Road themed restaurant offering Central Asian fare washed down with plenty of vodka.
Satti
Excelent Kazakh food is supplemented by a romantic rooftop view in the summer.
Ramada Plaza
High, if slightly shabby, standards make this hotel a good bet for business travellers on a budget.
Grand Park Esil
One of the nicest hotels in Astana, the Grand Park Esil combines attractive decor with a good location near the old town.
Soluxe
Styled on a Chinese palace, don't let the slightly gaudy exterior put you off, this hotel has treasures within.
Comfort Hotel
Comfortable, but best value at the weekend when prices cut.

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