Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

A Club
A quintessential Kazakh experience with colourful, almost kitsch, decoration and unique themed rooms.
Abay Opera House
Come to see well-known and local ballets and operas in the beautiful classical Soviet building with its air of faded grandeur.
Advantour
Akademkniga
For the best maps of hiking in Kazakhstan.
Aksai Gorge
Liberate your soul from material worries and visit the monks in this monastery.
Alexander & Svetlana
Gadgets and Soviet memorabilia galore from this couple.
Almaty Guide
Almaty guru Karlygash Makatova knows and translates everything cool about Almaty.
Almaty Hippodrome
If you prefer to watch horses rather than ride them then in Almaty the HippodRome is the place to be.
Arasan Public Banya
A real man's spa - flagellate with birch twigs.
ArtBatFest
An interactive art festival, ArtBatFest is a great place to wander for flashmobs, photography exhibitions and experimental theatre.
ArtiShock Theatre
Audience participation is often demanded in these challenging and illuminating avant-garde performances.
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
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.
Central Mosque
A true post-Soviet landmark, visit the mosque to see Kazakhstan at it's international best.
Central State Museum
Museum covering the archaeology geology natural history and ethnography of Kazakhstan. A must-see.
Charyn Canyon
Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Charyn are a little smaller, but no less spectacular.
Coffeedelia
Jumbo lattes and excellent breakfasts by day, cocktails by night: CoffeeDelia is perennially popular.
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.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Gloria Jean’s
Perfect for those who miss their morning Starbucks and free WiFi, this is Kazakhstan's alternative.
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!
Ile River
Perfect for a lazy boat ride gazing at the steppes at they unroll to the horizon.
Ile River Delta
A trip to the immense Ile River Delta might not be quick or cheap but it's certainly an unforgettable experience. Certainly it'll make you fall in love with the country hook line and sinker.
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.
Kasteev Art Museum
Art museum with a broad collection of Kazakh and Soviet art from the 1930s onwards.
KazakhConcert
KazakhConcert stages a mix of classical, jazz and folk concerts featuring local and visiting foreign musicians.
Kazzhol Hotel
A peaceful small hotel, the Kazzhol is a cheaper alternative for those looking to stay close to all the attractions.
Kensai Graveyard
Another of Almaty's more fascinating cultural spots, Kensai Graveyard provides awe-inspiring views of the mountains and is something of a moving experience to say the least with headstones aplenty.
Kolsai Lakes
Ever wanted to sleep in a yurt, wake up to views of a sparkling shimmering lake and spend the day riding to your heart's content? Here you are then.
Lermontov Drama Theatre
This Russian theatre translates some Kazakh and English pieces, but focuses on Chekov et al.
Medeu Skating Rink
Skating has such romantic connotations - crisp skies, frosted breath and red cheeks - all come to life at Almaty's Medeo ice stadium.
Mukhtar Auezov House
A cultural hour or two at this famous playwright's preserved house.
Museum of Books
A collection of Kazakhstan's literary history.
Museum of Instruments
Ask for a demonstration of how these beautifully crafted instruments are played, and listen in wonder.
Rakhat
Delicious Kazakhstan chocolates, one of the few brands authentically produced in the country.
Tamgaly
These rock carvings are a World Heritage Site, and a humbling experience for all culture vultures.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
Tengri Umai Gallery
The first private art gallery in Kazakhstan, this minimalist institution hosts a selection of interesting contemporary works.
Track Tourism
Mountain climbing specialists, with an extensive photographic collection of Almaty.

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