Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

29 Bar
An all-in-one bar, with a great lunch menu and jam-packed party scene at night.
4A Coffee
This cosy coffee house serves mind-blowing sandwiches and fantastic fresh coffee.
Alexander & Svetlana
Gadgets and Soviet memorabilia galore from this couple.
Alpina XXI
Small but comfortable and well-equipped hiking hotels.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.
Arial Golf Club
A decent club for beginner or junior players, with reasonable prices to match.
Assia
The perfect boutique for picking up quality gifts.
Barakholka Market
There's so much going on at Baraholka market it can be hard to know where to look first; it's brimming with goods for both the souvenir-seeking tourist and seasoned local.
Barrel Bar
Live music and cool artwork combine to make this one of Almaty's most popular bars at the weekend.
Big Almaty Lake
A great spot for being at one with nature - and huge amounts of water.
Black & Brown
Busy, friendly little café with great food and live music on weekend evenings.
Butakofka Gorge Stables
Indoor and outdoor lessons available - all-weather riding.
Chekhov
With a nod to the neighbours, this restaurant fuses Russian and Kazakhstani dishes with delicious results.
Chukotka
If you're a little more indie, Chukota's live bands and alternative DJs are a good bet for the young hipster crowd.
Coffeedelia
Jumbo lattes and excellent breakfasts by day, cocktails by night: CoffeeDelia is perennially popular.
Coffeedelia II
If you like a little live entertainment with your jumbo latte, Coffeedelia's younger sister gets glammed up at night.
Cooshy Sushi
Popular with a corporate group as well as the uber-chic Cooshy Sushi is one of Almaty's trendiest spots for lunch or supper.
Copacabana
Break in your dancing shoes at Copacaban's lessons before hitting the floor to flaunt them.
DK
Quirky little café/bar that really works to please its enthusiastic clientele - various entertainments often available.
Ecotourism Info Centre
Community-based tourism.
Entrecôte
Unsurprisingly, steak is the speciality here, and it's excellent, as shown by the dozens of locals dining each day.
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Friday
Out on a group evening? Friday has acres of space and a range of music broad enough to engage all.
Gorky Park Tennis
Twelve courts covering all surfaces are available, alongside English-speaking teachers.
Green Bazaar
Even if you're not buying, the Green provides a wonderful insight into the day-to-day life in Almaty. People-watching opportunities await!
Issyk Lake & Turgen Gorge
Hiking or biking amongst waterfalls cliffs and fir trees is the order of the day at Turgen Gorge a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.
Kabuto
Authentic and original Japanese cuisine, with a wide selection.
KazakhConcert
KazakhConcert stages a mix of classical, jazz and folk concerts featuring local and visiting foreign musicians.
KELT
With English performances twice a year, KELT is popular with expats.
Kok Tobe
Phenomenal views await if you can make it up the holl to this playground wonderland.
Krem Brûlée
Renowned for its delicious lunchtime baguettes, Krem also offers a scrumptious selection of mini pastries.
Krisha
The place for serious partying, this rooftop venue likes it long, loud, and late.
L’Fame
Undeniably cool, this chic lounge bar is a great spot for an after-dinner drink.
Lake Kapchagai
Legendary for it's outdoor parties, Lake Kapchagai rules the summers.
Line Brew
Is it a fire station? Is it a castle? Nobody knows, or cares, with food and beer this good.
Lutece Wine Gallery
Regular free tastings and reasonably priced wine make this a popular stop.
Mambo Italiano
Cuban and Italian themes coexist at this crazy club, and sparks fly.
Mojo
Get your MOJO on!
Namaste
Namaste provides a wonderfully informal Indian dining experience in an authentic environment.

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