Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Sadu
Portofino
Line Brew
Favor
Rafè
Babyccinos, cakes, Princess Diana's biography - this place takes Anglophile to a new level.
Rafè II
Fantastic food and drinks on offer at the sleek café-cum-restaurant.
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.
Altyn Taga
Hit the hippodRome for racing and traditional sports.
Prestige Hotel
Eight individual rooms rule the roost at this boutique hotel, whose friendly staff make any staff. One of our top picks.
Tulpar Horse Club
Riding lessons, followed by dinner in the on-site restaurant. Nomadic bliss.
Nomadic Travel
This tour agency specialises in homestays with local families.
Khan Shatyr Gym
Astana's sleek, modern and well-equipped gym, complete with running track.
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.
Akmola Tourist
Tour operator, which specialises in sanatoria, but has many other options.
Sine Tempore
The only decent mall on the Right Bank, this one's good for furs and ice-skating.
Keruen
From high end to mass market, there are brands at the Keruen to suit all tastes.
Khan Shatyr
The best shopping centre in Astana, head here for beach parties on the rooftop sand. Seriously.
Saryarka
More manageable shopping at this smaller venue, though decent brands are still available.
Central Concert Hall
A large, modern building hosting numerous cultural events.
Baisetov National Theatre
Over thirty classic operas and ballets are on offer in this beautiful theatre, well worth a visit.
Salvador Dali
Sumptuous, decadent, and a little bit naughty, Dali's is all about the game.
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.
Bar Boss
This stylish club's free entrance policy appeals to the cool young crowd, come for creatives and designer babies.
Sweets and Coffee
Exactly what it says on the tin (with a full menu at lunchtime).
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.
Caramel Coffee
Glossy and chic, Caramel Coffee offers a lot more than just coffee, though it does that very well.
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.
Barhat Bar
Leave the mall behind at this elegant restorative café, with it's well-heeled clientele.
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.
Cinzano Bar
Cinzano has an achingly cool reputation and is considered to be the best cocktail den in Astana.
Graff Lounge Bar
Flamboyantly fun, Graff plays host to Astana's most glittering citizens.

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