Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Zhibek Zholy
Silk Road themed restaurant offering Central Asian fare washed down with plenty of vodka.
Why Not
Room for dancing or lounging in this relaxed weekend bar. Saxophone optional.
Tulpar Horse Club
Riding lessons, followed by dinner in the on-site restaurant. Nomadic bliss.
Tre Kronor
A Scandinavian feasting lodge with succulent sausages.
Tiflis
Authentically themed with all the proper dining etiquette, Tiflis gets our Lari.
Sweets and Coffee
Exactly what it says on the tin (with a full menu at lunchtime).
Sine Tempore
The only decent mall on the Right Bank, this one's good for furs and ice-skating.
Satti
Excelent Kazakh food is supplemented by a romantic rooftop view in the summer.
Saryarka
More manageable shopping at this smaller venue, though decent brands are still available.
Salvador Dali
Sumptuous, decadent, and a little bit naughty, Dali's is all about the game.
Sadu
Regine’s
Authentic French dining combines with sumptuous décor (on walls and guests) for a fab night out.
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.
Prestige Hotel
Eight individual rooms rule the roost at this boutique hotel, whose friendly staff make any staff. One of our top picks.
Portofino
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.
Mukammal Hotel
Personal touches and beautiful furnishings mark out this original hotel, with souvenirs on sale for last minute gifts buying.
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.
Mindal
Sensational cocktails and kalyans delight a discerning crowd at this vaulted basement bar.
Manhattan Hotel
Designed by local Nurlan Kametov, the Manhattan is chic and elegant, and also offers family suites.
Line Brew
Laelia Spa
This new spa has all you could wish for (except a pool).
Khan Shatyr Gym
Astana's sleek, modern and well-equipped gym, complete with running track.
Khan Shatyr
The best shopping centre in Astana, head here for beach parties on the rooftop sand. Seriously.
Keruen
From high end to mass market, there are brands at the Keruen to suit all tastes.
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.
Jimmy’z
A sexy, sophisticated offering above Regine's, Jimmy'z does great cocktails and smooth tunes.
Jelsomino
The classy spot for karaoke (no, we didn't think we'd say that either), Jelsomino rocks it.
Izumi
Small and sophisticated, Izymi is a wonderfully chilled place to enjoy good sushi and quiet conversation.
Imperia G Hotel
Smart, modern hotel with a good restaurant and bar onsite.
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.
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.
Fish Market
This hands-on approach to dining sees customers shoaling from all over Astana.
Favor Gastronom
Takeaway outlet of the popular restaurant, with all food prepared by the same chef, guaranteeing the excellent quality.

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