Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Akmola Tourist
Tour operator, which specialises in sanatoria, but has many other options.
Alasha
Altyn Taga
Hit the hippodRome for racing and traditional sports.
Astana Nur
Fantastic grills and kebabs served in beautiful dining rooms. A real find.
Astana Park
Make like a monarch and stay in this turreted hotel, with gold tiles in the bar.
Astanart Hotel
With sport poker facilities and a Chinese medicine centre, this is an interesting boutique offering.
Atameken Ethno-Memorial
A monument to those who died at the hands of Soviet repression.
Bagrationi
Although not exclusively Georgian cuisine, this place makes up for its lack there in themed décor.
Baisetov National Theatre
Over thirty classic operas and ballets are on offer in this beautiful theatre, well worth a visit.
Baiterek Monument
The symbol of the capital, climb this imposing tower to see it spread beneath your feet.
Beit Rachel Synagogue
A large (for Central Asia) synagogue, this maintains a community feel.
Books & Coffee
A community feel (bring your own slippers if fussy) and plenty of English books in this WiFi loaded café.
Burabay National Nature Park
Located in the North of Kazakhstan, Astana is perfectly placed for exploring the steppe; head out for day trips (or longer) to beautiful national parks for walking and nature-watching.
Business Hotel
Perfect for groups who want to book out a house, or quieter types, this sweet little boutique has only seven rooms.
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.
Central Concert Hall
A large, modern building hosting numerous cultural events.
Central Mosque
Comfort Hotel
Comfortable, but best value at the weekend when prices cut.
Cross-Country
If you've ever been tempted to try your hand (or legs?!) at cross-country skiing then this could be the perfect opportunity; head out into the wilds for a proper adventure.
Duman Centre
An oceanarium at the farthest possible point from the sea.
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.
Fashion
Serious face and dress control apply here. Inside a crowd of beautiful bright young things pack out this Friday night favourite.
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.
Fusion
With rooms for each different cuisine, you can have a course on each continent in this funky restaurant.
Graff Lounge Bar
Flamboyantly fun, Graff plays host to Astana's most glittering citizens.
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.
Has Sanat Gallery
The home of much of Kazakhstan's most inspiring artwork - not to be missed.
Ice City
Enormous ice sculptures of famous landmarks, with built-in slides. What's not to love?
Ishim River
Cross/ski down/swim in the iced-over river for a bracing morning.
Jelsomino
The classy spot for karaoke (no, we didn't think we'd say that either), Jelsomino rocks it.
Kazakh Drama Theatre
Young Kazakh actors perform national works to an enthusiastic crowd.
Kazzhol Astana
Surprisingly smart, Kazzhol's new Astana hotel offers Neo-Classical comfort.
Keremet Banya
If you like your baths with company, this place offers a huge number of options.
Kokshetau National Park
Another National Park, Kokshetau is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and invigorating weekend.
Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve
Birds of many kinds of feather flock together in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve and it is worth going for them alone, though also watch out for rare antelope.
Line Brew
Madlen
Coffee, juices and innovative drinks combine with a diverse food menu to keep visitors interested.
Malinovka
A moving tribute to the wives of political prisoners.

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