Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Zheti Kazyna
Authentic Uzbek, Russian and Japanese cuisine, each in their own rooms.
Winter Fantasy
Exotic high-fashion furs from this designer label.
Wild Asia
One of the most comprehensive menus we've come across, with excellent cocktail-aided atmosphere.
Vobla
If you're in need of a long cool beer to wash down your food, Vobla is the place to find it.
Tumar
A good selection of handmade felts mean there's no need to trawl craft fairs.
TsUM
There are some great textiles being produced and imported in Almaty the best of which can be found on the top floor of the Tsum department store.
Track Tourism
Mountain climbing specialists, with an extensive photographic collection of Almaty.
The Rooms
You could spend hours wandering between Pacha's themed rooms - or just live it up on the dancefloor.
Tengri Umai Gallery
The first private art gallery in Kazakhstan, this minimalist institution hosts a selection of interesting contemporary works.
Telli Café
The ideal spot for health fanatics, Telli offers a range of sensitive services.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
Tamgaly
These rock carvings are a World Heritage Site, and a humbling experience for all culture vultures.
Stan Tours
Turkmenistan tour specialists.
Silk Road Adventures
High-powered exploration, with hang-gliders and helicopters on hand to show off the steppes.
Shock
A treasure trove of Sauvage sale pieces, this is one for those who are more max-it than plastic, and looking for bargains.
Samal Resort
One of Hg2's top Almaty hotels, this luxury retreat ticks all the boxes.
Salta
Rakhat
Delicious Kazakhstan chocolates, one of the few brands authentically produced in the country.
Pomodoro
A taste of Tuscany, Pomodoro combines an exceptionally good menu and fresh ingredients with attractive rustic decor.
Oyu
Soviet and contemporary art line the walls of this quiet gallery.
Otrar
This fabulous time-warp of a hotel - in terms of architecture style and service - is one of the most evocative places to stay in Almaty.
Other ski resorts
Smaller, less developed resorts - but you get the slopes to yourselves.
Oner
Selling mostly paintings and sculptures, Oner also deals in antique furniture and silver. A real treasure trove.
Museum of Instruments
Ask for a demonstration of how these beautifully crafted instruments are played, and listen in wonder.
Museum of Books
A collection of Kazakhstan's literary history.
Mukhtar Auezov House
A cultural hour or two at this famous playwright's preserved house.
Mukanov/Musrepov Memorial
Memorial representing the works of several of Kazakhstan's literary behemoths.
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.
Line Brew Mix
The clue is in the name here, with everything in this restaurant a real mix of flavours, styles and diners.
Line Brew
Is it a fire station? Is it a castle? Nobody knows, or cares, with food and beer this good.
Lermontov Drama Theatre
This Russian theatre translates some Kazakh and English pieces, but focuses on Chekov et al.
La Riya
Sexy and feminine, La Riya offers bold designs for the modern woman.
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.
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.
Kazzhol Hotel
A peaceful small hotel, the Kazzhol is a cheaper alternative for those looking to stay close to all the attractions.
KazakhConcert
KazakhConcert stages a mix of classical, jazz and folk concerts featuring local and visiting foreign musicians.
Kazakh State Circus
The performers here are amongst the best riders in the world, and their astounding stunts are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping at the start of your evening.
Kasteev Art Museum
Art museum with a broad collection of Kazakh and Soviet art from the 1930s onwards.
Kan Tengri
Eco-friendly tour company with a deservedly stellar reputation.
Jibek Joly
Specialists in excursions - Charyn Canyon and Turgen Gorge.

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