Sweets and Coffee
Located just next to the Diplomat Hotel, Sweets and Coffee is another conveniently-placed coffee shop in the heart of the Left Bank. It appears to be more of a bakery on entering, with a seemingly endless counter of breads and cakes thanks to a wall of mirrors, which works to great effect. A counter running along the front window is a good spot for scrutinising Astana’s architecture, the activity of choice in Astana, since the best people-watching can be done in shopping malls. If this is more than a quick stop, a cosy dining room round the back offers a bit more shelter from the outside world. In fact, despite its name, Sweets and Coffee proposes a full menu, probably best enjoyed at lunchtime, with soups, salads and sandwiches (including a wasabi sandwich) on offer. But it does stay true to its name with a menu exclusively for sweets and one exclusively for coffee.