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Astana

Uspensky Cathedral
The city's main cathedral, the Upensky is an impressive sight.
Palace of Peace & Reconciliation
Designed to cause a stir, this Norman Foster-designed building resembles something out of a science fiction movie. Stare in wonder.
Presidential Cultural Centre
The ultimate spot for catching up with Kazakh culture.
Saken Seifullin Museum
Museum to one of Kazakhstan's great literary figures and freedom fighters.
Malinovka
A moving tribute to the wives of political prisoners.
Kulanshi Modern Art Centre
International art works hang alongside classic Kazakh pieces at this modern gallery.
Central Concert Hall
A large, modern building hosting numerous cultural events.
Beit Rachel Synagogue
A large (for Central Asia) synagogue, this maintains a community feel.
Has Sanat Gallery
The home of much of Kazakhstan's most inspiring artwork - not to be missed.
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.
Baiterek Monument
The symbol of the capital, climb this imposing tower to see it spread beneath your feet.
V Dali Ot
Sexual adventurers might get more than they bargained for at V Dali Ot. How crazy are you?
Salvador Dali
Sumptuous, decadent, and a little bit naughty, Dali's is all about the game.
Oscar
Red carpets, velvet ropes, head to glamorous Oscar and make like a movie star.
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.
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.
Azure Chill Out Bar
Weekend code is 'rich and beautiful', so make an effort for this glamorous club.
Bar Boss
This stylish club's free entrance policy appeals to the cool young crowd, come for creatives and designer babies.
Chocolate Room
With its red-rope policy, well-known DJs, and fabulously chic decor Chocolate is hands down the hottest place in Astana.
Tea Dastarkhan Saryarka
The perfect spot for busy bargain-hunters, TDS offers a classy place to take a break, with stunningly good teas.
Vanilla
Gaze over the vast atrium of the mall with a restorative coffee - ideal for spotting your next target.
Sweets and Coffee
Exactly what it says on the tin (with a full menu at lunchtime).
Tea & Coffee Garden
Caffeine abounds in the vast selection of this little café chain, with dozens of varieties on offer.
Madlen
Coffee, juices and innovative drinks combine with a diverse food menu to keep visitors interested.
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.
Fish Market
This hands-on approach to dining sees customers shoaling from all over Astana.
Caramel Coffee
Glossy and chic, Caramel Coffee offers a lot more than just coffee, though it does that very well.
Books & Coffee
A community feel (bring your own slippers if fussy) and plenty of English books in this WiFi loaded café.
Barhat Bar
Leave the mall behind at this elegant restorative café, with it's well-heeled clientele.
Al Fresco
Catering to all tastes, Al Fresco offers great quality authentic dishes with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Why Not
Room for dancing or lounging in this relaxed weekend bar. Saxophone optional.
Mindal
Sensational cocktails and kalyans delight a discerning crowd at this vaulted basement bar.
Mr. Coffee
One of the few places in Astana to offer table service, this perk combined with the elevated white piano as a diva's dream.
Kyoto Bar
Mixologists delight: Kyoto has cocktails you've never dared imagine.

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