Hg2 : The Hedonist

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Almaty

7Sky Lounge Bar
Miami comes to Kazakhstan with this tribute to the joys of cabana beach clubs.
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
Aida KaumeNOVA
Drawing on influences from Brit-born Vivienne Westwood Aida Kaumenova is Almaty's very own version. Snap up an original design.
Aigul’Kassymova
Looking for a Kazah designer whose fashions feature modern twists? Look no further than Aigul Kassymova who can be found at AK Studio.
Akademkniga
For the best maps of hiking in Kazakhstan.
Aksai Gorge
Liberate your soul from material worries and visit the monks in this monastery.
Akzhol Travel
Great tour providers for those looking to get to grips with Kazakhstani culture.
Alasha
A charming Uzbek offering, complete with lush carpets and shisha room.
Alexander & Svetlana
Gadgets and Soviet memorabilia galore from this couple.
Almaty Guide
Almaty guru Karlygash Makatova knows and translates everything cool about Almaty.
Almaty Health and Spa Resort
An estate retreat not far from the city, with fabulous facilities.
Almaty Hippodrome
If you prefer to watch horses rather than ride them then in Almaty the HippodRome is the place to be.
Alpina XXI
Small but comfortable and well-equipped hiking hotels.
Antika
Fine antiques are on sale at this professional gallery.
Arasan Public Banya
A real man's spa - flagellate with birch twigs.
Ark Gallery
Kazakhstani artists are shown at this well-curated gallery, stop by for regular exhibitions.
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.
Assia
The perfect boutique for picking up quality gifts.
Azat Akimbek Gallery
A stunning collection of art and antiques lie in this gallery, covering years of history.
Bacchus Winery
Wine tours and tastings from these experienced manufacturers.
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.
Bellagio
Offering a wonderful escape from the bustle of the city, Bellagio has introduced an exclusive Italian menu to Almaty.
Caravanserai
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.
Chekhov
With a nod to the neighbours, this restaurant fuses Russian and Kazakhstani dishes with delicious results.
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.
Da Vinci
An entire club devoted to karaoke, with draped tables for the self-conscious.
Dali
Situated within one of Kasakhstan's most prestigious golf clubs the Dali Restaurant is a real treasure for the taste buds.
Eagle Hunting
The most exhilarating (legal) experience in Kazakhstan.
Erbol
Hand-made carpets, brought to wherever is most convenient.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Ganni
A wide range of excellent carpets, sold by an experienced and helpful trader.
Gloria Jean’s
Perfect for those who miss their morning Starbucks and free WiFi, this is Kazakhstan's alternative.

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