4A Coffee is conveniently located near the TsUM department store, and is perfect for those needing a break from browsing. Down a quiet little alley, which is in itself quite unusual, 4A offers a perfect escape from the frenzied shopping crowds of the Almaty Arbat. Customers are welcomed by a friendly staff and the smell of freshly-ground coffee. The space itself is quite small, but there is usually a free seat for the taking (even if it means at the bar by the window or out on the street). Enjoy a slice of homemade cake or a sandwich: there aren’t many options – tuna, chicken or vegetable – but they’re fresh, delicious and served with a smile. And if you’re looking to while away some time settle in and read a copy of Steppe magazine, the best source of information on Central Asia, or make use of the few chess and blackjack boards they have.