Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Advantour
Tour agency providing comprehensive itineraries.
Ak Tilek
Chic, somewhat grand restaurant offering both European and Kazakh dishes.
Akku Hotel
A secluded hotel in a great spot on the Right Bank, surrounded by some of Astana's best restaurants and cafés.
Akmola Tourist
Tour operator, which specialises in sanatoria, but has many other options.
Al Fresco
Catering to all tastes, Al Fresco offers great quality authentic dishes with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Alasha
Altyn Taga
Hit the hippodRome for racing and traditional sports.
Art Gallery
A huge complex, Art Gallery has something to fulfil all hedonistic nights.
Astana Golf Club
This 18-hole golf course is expensive, and all about the glam factor.
Astana Nur
Fantastic grills and kebabs served in beautiful dining rooms. A real find.
Astana Park
Make like a monarch and stay in this turreted hotel, with gold tiles in the bar.
Astanart Hotel
With sport poker facilities and a Chinese medicine centre, this is an interesting boutique offering.
Atameken Ethno-Memorial
A monument to those who died at the hands of Soviet repression.
Azure Chill Out Bar
Weekend code is 'rich and beautiful', so make an effort for this glamorous club.
Bagrationi
Although not exclusively Georgian cuisine, this place makes up for its lack there in themed décor.
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.
Bar Boss
This stylish club's free entrance policy appeals to the cool young crowd, come for creatives and designer babies.
Barhat Bar
Leave the mall behind at this elegant restorative café, with it's well-heeled clientele.
Barhat Lounge
Romantic little restaurant with delicious cocktails and armchaired corners just made for lovers trysts.
Beit Rachel Synagogue
A large (for Central Asia) synagogue, this maintains a community feel.
Books & Coffee
A community feel (bring your own slippers if fussy) and plenty of English books in this WiFi loaded café.
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.
Business Hotel
Perfect for groups who want to book out a house, or quieter types, this sweet little boutique has only seven rooms.
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.
Cafestar
Glamorous décor, with food and staff to match, this is a popular spot with ladies who lunch.
Capri
A delicious dinner menu combines with the Mediterranean décor to keep Astana's elite coming back to Capri.
Caramel Coffee
Glossy and chic, Caramel Coffee offers a lot more than just coffee, though it does that very well.
Central Concert Hall
A large, modern building hosting numerous cultural events.
Central Mosque
Central Park & Ishim River
Wander around the statues in this huge park, and take your time exploring.
Chili Pepper’s
Fab Italian pizzaeria with a popular bar, this place is much beloved by younger Kazakhs.
Chocolate Room
With its red-rope policy, well-known DJs, and fabulously chic decor Chocolate is hands down the hottest place in Astana.
Cinzano Bar
Cinzano has an achingly cool reputation and is considered to be the best cocktail den in Astana.
Coffee Nova
Increasingly popular Left Bank offering Coffee Nova is still quiet enough to get a table - don't miss the opportunity.
Comfort Hotel
Comfortable, but best value at the weekend when prices cut.
Cross-Country
If you've ever been tempted to try your hand (or legs?!) at cross-country skiing then this could be the perfect opportunity; head out into the wilds for a proper adventure.
Daulet Tennis Complex
The top tennis facility in Kazakhstan, you can play to (imaginary) thousands on tournament courts.
Diplomat Hotel
Corporation meets architecture at this striking modern hotel.
Divan
Authentic Turkish cuisine is attested to by the high levels of Turkish expats enjoying meals.

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