Mega offers the best choice of Western brands in Almaty including Zara, Mexx, Mango, Benetton and recent openings Topshop and Gap. There are also several sports shops, beauty brands and a Ramstor supermarket. Various fast-food joints offer pizza, noodles and hot dogs but American chains like Baskin Robbins ice-cream and Hardee’s burgers have proved a real hit with local teens. Our pick for a shopping pit-stop is the branch of well-priced local chain Assorti, which has a pleasant outdoor terrace with views of the mountains. Leisure time can be spent at the cinema (all films are in Russian), skating rink or arcade. Under construction just next door is Mega 2, which promises to offer more of the same.