Hg2 : The Hedonist

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Astana

Zhibek Zholy
Silk Road themed restaurant offering Central Asian fare washed down with plenty of vodka.
Why Not
Room for dancing or lounging in this relaxed weekend bar. Saxophone optional.
Vanilla
Gaze over the vast atrium of the mall with a restorative coffee - ideal for spotting your next target.
V Dali Ot
Sexual adventurers might get more than they bargained for at V Dali Ot. How crazy are you?
Uspensky Cathedral
The city's main cathedral, the Upensky is an impressive sight.
Tulpar Horse Club
Riding lessons, followed by dinner in the on-site restaurant. Nomadic bliss.
Tre Kronor
A Scandinavian feasting lodge with succulent sausages.
Tiflis
Authentically themed with all the proper dining etiquette, Tiflis gets our Lari.
Tengri Hotel
A comfortable, well-connected hotel for dining and nightlife.
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.
Sweets and Coffee
Exactly what it says on the tin (with a full menu at lunchtime).
Suntana Aquapark
With temperature-controlled sand flown in from the Maldives, relax here while gazing out at an ice-clad city.
Soluxe
Styled on a Chinese palace, don't let the slightly gaudy exterior put you off, this hotel has treasures within.
SKI, SING AND BE SEEN IN KAZAKHSTAN
Sine Tempore
The only decent mall on the Right Bank, this one's good for furs and ice-skating.
Satti
Excelent Kazakh food is supplemented by a romantic rooftop view in the summer.
Saryarka
More manageable shopping at this smaller venue, though decent brands are still available.
Salvador Dali
Sumptuous, decadent, and a little bit naughty, Dali's is all about the game.
Saken Seifullin Museum
Museum to one of Kazakhstan's great literary figures and freedom fighters.
Saints Konstantin & Elena Cathedral
This small Cathedral is perfect for quieter contemplative moments.
Sadu
Russian Drama Theatre
Rixos Royal Spa
Literally everything you could want in one place, many visitors end up booking into the hotel because they're too relaxed to leave.
Rixos President
Designed for both business and pleasure, this stylish large-scale hotel is the ideal base for major deals to be made.
Revolving Restaurant
With a full rotation lasting an hour, this is a brilliant, leisurely way to see Astana's incredible architecture.
Regine’s
Authentic French dining combines with sumptuous décor (on walls and guests) for a fab night out.
Ramada Plaza
High, if slightly shabby, standards make this hotel a good bet for business travellers on a budget.
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.
Radisson Blu
Prestige Hotel
Eight individual rooms rule the roost at this boutique hotel, whose friendly staff make any staff. One of our top picks.
Presidential Cultural Centre
The ultimate spot for catching up with Kazakh culture.
Portofino
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.
Pivnitsa
As close to a pub as you'll find in Kazakhstan, this is a great place to hunker down.
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.
Palace of Independence
See the city in miniature with the Palace's model of Astana.
Oscar
Red carpets, velvet ropes, head to glamorous Oscar and make like a movie star.
Oasis Inn
Simple but smart, with plain but pleasant décor and a nice bar.

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