Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Akmola Tourist
Tour operator, which specialises in sanatoria, but has many other options.
Altyn Taga
Hit the hippodRome for racing and traditional sports.
Art Gallery
A huge complex, Art Gallery has something to fulfil all hedonistic nights.
Astana Golf Club
This 18-hole golf course is expensive, and all about the glam factor.
Astana Park
Make like a monarch and stay in this turreted hotel, with gold tiles in the bar.
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.
Bar Boss
This stylish club's free entrance policy appeals to the cool young crowd, come for creatives and designer babies.
Barhat Bar
Leave the mall behind at this elegant restorative café, with it's well-heeled clientele.
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.
Cafestar
Glamorous décor, with food and staff to match, this is a popular spot with ladies who lunch.
Capri
A delicious dinner menu combines with the Mediterranean décor to keep Astana's elite coming back to Capri.
Caramel Coffee
Glossy and chic, Caramel Coffee offers a lot more than just coffee, though it does that very well.
Central Concert Hall
A large, modern building hosting numerous cultural events.
Cinzano Bar
Cinzano has an achingly cool reputation and is considered to be the best cocktail den in Astana.
Coffee Nova
Increasingly popular Left Bank offering Coffee Nova is still quiet enough to get a table - don't miss the opportunity.
Comfort Hotel
Comfortable, but best value at the weekend when prices cut.
Daulet Tennis Complex
The top tennis facility in Kazakhstan, you can play to (imaginary) thousands on tournament courts.
Diplomat Hotel
Corporation meets architecture at this striking modern hotel.
Duman Hotel
A modern hotel with all the facilities.
Éclair
A great place to stop in the Left Bank for restorative afternoon tea and pastries.
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
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.
Imperia G Hotel
Smart, modern hotel with a good restaurant and bar onsite.
Izumi
Small and sophisticated, Izymi is a wonderfully chilled place to enjoy good sushi and quiet conversation.
Jelsomino
The classy spot for karaoke (no, we didn't think we'd say that either), Jelsomino rocks it.
Jimmy’z
A sexy, sophisticated offering above Regine's, Jimmy'z does great cocktails and smooth tunes.
Kazbar
One for late night hedonism, Kazbar has live bands til 1am, followed by a DJ til 5am. Stick around for sunrise.
Kazzhol Astana
Surprisingly smart, Kazzhol's new Astana hotel offers Neo-Classical comfort.
Keruen
From high end to mass market, there are brands at the Keruen to suit all tastes.
Khan Shatyr
The best shopping centre in Astana, head here for beach parties on the rooftop sand. Seriously.
Khan Shatyr Gym
Astana's sleek, modern and well-equipped gym, complete with running track.
Laelia Spa
This new spa has all you could wish for (except a pool).

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