Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Portofino
Line Brew
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.
Altyn Taga
Hit the hippodRome for racing and traditional sports.
Prestige Hotel
Eight individual rooms rule the roost at this boutique hotel, whose friendly staff make any staff. One of our top picks.
Nomadic Travel
This tour agency specialises in homestays with local families.
Akmola Tourist
Tour operator, which specialises in sanatoria, but has many other options.
Saryarka
More manageable shopping at this smaller venue, though decent brands are still available.
Central Concert Hall
A large, modern building hosting numerous cultural events.
Baisetov National Theatre
Over thirty classic operas and ballets are on offer in this beautiful theatre, well worth a visit.
Fashion
Serious face and dress control apply here. Inside a crowd of beautiful bright young things pack out this Friday night favourite.
Sweets and Coffee
Exactly what it says on the tin (with a full menu at lunchtime).
Favor Gastronom
Takeaway outlet of the popular restaurant, with all food prepared by the same chef, guaranteeing the excellent quality.
Fish Market
This hands-on approach to dining sees customers shoaling from all over Astana.
Mr. Coffee
One of the few places in Astana to offer table service, this perk combined with the elevated white piano as a diva's dream.
Graff Lounge Bar
Flamboyantly fun, Graff plays host to Astana's most glittering citizens.
Fusion
With rooms for each different cuisine, you can have a course on each continent in this funky restaurant.
Pivnitsa
As close to a pub as you'll find in Kazakhstan, this is a great place to hunker down.
Egorkino
An enlarged Russian peasant's house, Egorkino offers an eclectic and extensive menu, with plenty of vodka.
Fahri
For a buzzing atmosphere and wonderful traditional food, in an enormous yurt, go to Farhi.
Bagrationi
Although not exclusively Georgian cuisine, this place makes up for its lack there in themed décor.
Satti
Excelent Kazakh food is supplemented by a romantic rooftop view in the summer.
Tiflis
Authentically themed with all the proper dining etiquette, Tiflis gets our Lari.
Tre Kronor
A Scandinavian feasting lodge with succulent sausages.
Zhibek Zholy
Silk Road themed restaurant offering Central Asian fare washed down with plenty of vodka.
Mukammal Hotel
Personal touches and beautiful furnishings mark out this original hotel, with souvenirs on sale for last minute gifts buying.
Grand Park Esil
One of the nicest hotels in Astana, the Grand Park Esil combines attractive decor with a good location near the old town.
Manhattan Hotel
Designed by local Nurlan Kametov, the Manhattan is chic and elegant, and also offers family suites.
Comfort Hotel
Comfortable, but best value at the weekend when prices cut.
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.
Jelsomino
The classy spot for karaoke (no, we didn't think we'd say that either), Jelsomino rocks it.

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