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.
7Sky Lounge Bar
Miami comes to Kazakhstan with this tribute to the joys of cabana beach clubs.
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.
Ajar Stud Farm
Hacking on purebred Arabian horses - less highly strung steeds available for the timid.
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.
Almaty Health and Spa Resort
An estate retreat not far from the city, with fabulous facilities.
Alpina XXI
Small but comfortable and well-equipped hiking hotels.
Ambassador Hotel
The closest Almaty comes to boutique, the Ambassador Hotel is an old-school property in the centre of the city with a limited number of rooms and some charm
Antika
Fine antiques are on sale at this professional gallery.
Aquarius Wellness Club
Ultimate bliss at the Royal Tulip Hotel, with a great gym, hammam, and extensive beauty treatments.
Ark Gallery
Kazakhstani artists are shown at this well-curated gallery, stop by for regular exhibitions.
Asanov Shooting Club
Have a go at marksmanship, with displays and contests to whet your appetite.
Assia
The perfect boutique for picking up quality gifts.
Astana Int’l Hotel
Perfect for business travellers, this modern hotel has all of the amenities and services you need for a restful stay.
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.
Barrel Bar
Live music and cool artwork combine to make this one of Almaty's most popular bars at the weekend.
Beirut
A taste of true Lebanon is on offer at the aptly-named Beirut.
Bibliotheque
A truly charming experience; this European restaurant offers good food in a peacefully warm atmosphere.
Biskvit
Popular for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and even a nightcap, Biscvit is an old favourite in Almaty.
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.
Caravanserai
Chekhov
With a nod to the neighbours, this restaurant fuses Russian and Kazakhstani dishes with delicious results.
Coffeedelia II
If you like a little live entertainment with your jumbo latte, Coffeedelia's younger sister gets glammed up at night.
Coffeemania
Stylish new hang-out spot that's popular with the cool kids.
Copacabana
Break in your dancing shoes at Copacaban's lessons before hitting the floor to flaunt them.
Cosmopolitan Bar
Cosmo's lives up to its name with an it-crowd loyal to its promise of a great night out.
Da Freak
Hosting international DJs this is a haven for serious house-music buffs.
Dali
Situated within one of Kasakhstan's most prestigious golf clubs the Dali Restaurant is a real treasure for the taste buds.
DK
Quirky little café/bar that really works to please its enthusiastic clientele - various entertainments often available.
Dostyk Hotel
Luxury apartments with grand country house style wallpaper and wooden sleigh beds.
Erbol
Hand-made carpets, brought to wherever is most convenient.
Esperanza
Popular with local and foreign visitors.
Favor
A little hidden but well-worth the search, Favor does steaks like nobody's business.
Four Rooms
Chic concept store selling beautiful Italian clothes and accessories.
Friday
Out on a group evening? Friday has acres of space and a range of music broad enough to engage all.
Galerie Esthetique
Beauty brands galore at this chic beauty salon.

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