Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

4A Coffee
This cosy coffee house serves mind-blowing sandwiches and fantastic fresh coffee.
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.
Alma Hotel
Sweet, simple and subtle, with delicious rooftop views.
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.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.
Arasan Public Banya
A real man's spa - flagellate with birch twigs.
Arial Golf Club
A decent club for beginner or junior players, with reasonable prices to match.
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.
Ascension Cathedral
Located in the middle of Almaty's Panfilov Park Ascension Cathedral is a vastly impressive building that you simply must see. Be sure to pack your camera.
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
Astra Hotel
The best-located business hotel in Almaty, with great extras.
Auezov Kazakh Drama Theatre
The home of Kazakhstani theatre, this venue stages national works with Russian subtitles.
Bar Garbage
An underground feel pervades this hip hangout for scenesters.
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.
Big Almaty Lake
A great spot for being at one with nature - and huge amounts of water.
Bolognese
The Kazakhs love Italian, and this restaurant is one of the better ones we've found, with the titular meat sauce to die for.
Camerata of Kazakhstan
The prestigious state classical music ensemble is notable for its performances of pieces by modern Kazakhstani composers.
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.
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.
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.
Cream Café
With it's shaded terrace and Italian scooters, Cream Café's a tribute to the Med.
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.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Gloria Jean’s
Perfect for those who miss their morning Starbucks and free WiFi, this is Kazakhstan's alternative.
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!
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.

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