Madlen is a name known throughout Kazakhstan, with venues not just in Almaty and Astana but in Shymkent and Taraz, too. Interestingly, it takes a slightly different format in each city. Here in Astana, it has a definite coffee house feel. In terms of the venue itself, the décor is in coffee hues – browns, beiges, creams – and the space is more café-sized. But it caters for non-coffee drinkers, too, with freshly-squeezed juice cocktails and a huge variety of teas. There’s also a food menu, which is diverse but not extensive: Italian, Greek, French, Danish, Hungarian, Arabic and Mexican dishes all feature. On the alcohol menu we recommend the BMW – Bailey’s, whisky and Malibu – which the locals can’t get enough of. Our only one gripe is that it’s not always manned by a friendly staff, but other than that it’s a cool, casual place to get a caffeine fix and more.