Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Duman Centre
An oceanarium at the farthest possible point from the sea.
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.
Grillage
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?
Imperia G Hotel
Smart, modern hotel with a good restaurant and bar onsite.
Insomnia
If you'd rather get down than get dressed, Insomnia is rough and ready for you, with no expense spared on the sound system or dancefloor.
Ishim River
Cross/ski down/swim in the iced-over river for a bracing morning.
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.
Kazakh Drama Theatre
Young Kazakh actors perform national works to an enthusiastic crowd.
Kazakhstan Sport Centre
Get your skates on at this large rink.
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.
Keremet Banya
If you like your baths with company, this place offers a huge number of options.
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.
Kokshetau National Park
Another National Park, Kokshetau is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and invigorating weekend.
Korean House
Korea House provides wonderful authentic food in a fiercely traditional atmosphere.
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.
Kulanshi Modern Art Centre
International art works hang alongside classic Kazakh pieces at this modern gallery.
Kyoto Bar
Mixologists delight: Kyoto has cocktails you've never dared imagine.
La Belle
La Belle has many faces, but is best known for its extensive drinks menu.
Laelia Spa
This new spa has all you could wish for (except a pool).
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.
Manhattan Hotel
Designed by local Nurlan Kametov, the Manhattan is chic and elegant, and also offers family suites.

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