Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Sadu
Line Brew
Favor
Rafè
Babyccinos, cakes, Princess Diana's biography - this place takes Anglophile to a new level.
Rafè II
Fantastic food and drinks on offer at the sleek café-cum-restaurant.
Éclair
A great place to stop in the Left Bank for restorative afternoon tea and pastries.
Café Corso
Décor and clientele don't quite match at this chintzy little establishment with burly vodka slurpers propping up the bar. One for the brave.
Nomadic Travel
This tour agency specialises in homestays with local families.
Sine Tempore
The only decent mall on the Right Bank, this one's good for furs and ice-skating.
Khan Shatyr
The best shopping centre in Astana, head here for beach parties on the rooftop sand. Seriously.
Kazbar
One for late night hedonism, Kazbar has live bands til 1am, followed by a DJ til 5am. Stick around for sunrise.
Fashion
Serious face and dress control apply here. Inside a crowd of beautiful bright young things pack out this Friday night favourite.
Art Gallery
A huge complex, Art Gallery has something to fulfil all hedonistic nights.
Bar Boss
This stylish club's free entrance policy appeals to the cool young crowd, come for creatives and designer babies.
Pizza City
Don't take the exclusivity of this place's name too seriously; with steak, omlette and soup also on offer, Pizza Cirt is a great place for simple lunches.
Coffee Nova
Increasingly popular Left Bank offering Coffee Nova is still quiet enough to get a table - don't miss the opportunity.
Favor Gastronom
Takeaway outlet of the popular restaurant, with all food prepared by the same chef, guaranteeing the excellent quality.
Mindal
Sensational cocktails and kalyans delight a discerning crowd at this vaulted basement bar.
Cinzano Bar
Cinzano has an achingly cool reputation and is considered to be the best cocktail den in Astana.
Pivnitsa
As close to a pub as you'll find in Kazakhstan, this is a great place to hunker down.
Tre Kronor
A Scandinavian feasting lodge with succulent sausages.
Oasis Inn
Simple but smart, with plain but pleasant décor and a nice bar.
Imperia G Hotel
Smart, modern hotel with a good restaurant and bar onsite.
Astana Park
Make like a monarch and stay in this turreted hotel, with gold tiles in the bar.
Kazzhol Astana
Surprisingly smart, Kazzhol's new Astana hotel offers Neo-Classical comfort.

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