Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

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

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