Top things to do

Top Choice Indian in Almaty

Tandoor

This authentic Indian restaurant is well worth seeking out. Sultry decor and crimson ceilings combined with such classic northern Indian dishes as bhuna gosht (meat curry) and aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes) ma…
Top Choice International in Almaty

My Cafe

Yes, this place is self-consciously trendy, with pulsing ambient music, hip young staff and decor comprising giant steel feathers, but the food is imaginative and excellent. The okroshka (cold summer soup) is the be…
Top Choice International in Almaty

Line Brew

This branch of the popular nationwide microbrewery attracts the carnivorously inclined with stone-cooked meats, an assortment of steaks, some of the juiciest shashlyk in the region and a supporting cast of salads an…
Top Choice Museum in Almaty

Central State Museum

Almaty’s best museum takes you through Kazakhstan’s history from Bronze Age burials and nomadic culture to WWII sacrifices, telecommunications and the transfer of the capital to Astana, with many beautiful artefacts…
Top Choice Hill in Almaty

Kök-Töbe

This 1100m hill on the city’s southeast edge is crowned by a 372m-high TV tower visible from far and wide, and affords great views over the city and the mountains, plus an assortment of attractions at the top. The e…
Top Choice Museum in Almaty

Kazakhstan Museum of Arts

This is the best art collection in the country, with Kazakh, Russian and some Western European art and a room of top-class modern Kazakh handicrafts, with much explanatory material in English. Particularly interesti…
Top Choice Club in Almaty

Chukotka

Good rock bands from around 9pm and DJs spinning house, soul, hip hop and disco after midnight make sure the dance floor is never still at this ever-hip Almaty nightspot inside Panfilov Park. The crowd is open-minde…
Top Choice Museum in Almaty

Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments

In a striking 1908 wooden building (designed by cathedral architect Zenkov) at the east end of Panfilov Park, the city’s most original museum is a must for musicians. As well as a fine collection of traditional Kaza…
Top Choice Russian in Almaty

Gosti

The owners of this restaurant decided on a 19th-century Russian-country-mansion theme and then ran with it a few kilometres. Expect lots of samovars, chintzy curtains, a menu full of refined Russian standards, such …
Top Choice Cultural in Almaty

Nauryz

The big spring festival, celebrated throughout Central Asia, sees colourful parades in the city, and horse racing and often kokpar (buzkashi; the traditional Central Asian pololike sport played with a headless goat …