Shopping in Kazakhstan

  • Shopping in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

    Sary Arka

    This mall is worth visiting for two stores. Red Carpet features ladies' fashion and accessories by Kazakhstan designers such as Aida Kaumenova, Gulnara Kassym and Aseem Nurseitova. Dresses and accessories at Dinara Satzhan are more outlandish, and there are some beautiful woven wall hangings there as well.

  • Shopping in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

    Empire

    These (mostly) tasteful, high-end gifts include framed traditional silver belt ornaments and necklaces, locally designed crystal goblet sets, chess sets, jewellery boxes, leather wallets and fairly garish, nomadic-themed porcelain. There are four more branches in Nur-Sultan's other main shopping malls.

  • Shopping in Almaty

    Central State Museum

    The ground-floor shop here has a good but pricey selection of Kazakh carpets (60,000T to 80,000T for a 2m-by-3m one) and other Kazakh souvenirs. The museum also hosts excellent Central Asian craft fairs, often on the first weekend of March, June, September and December.

  • Shopping in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

    Talisman

    A mind-boggling array of all things Kazakhstan: felt yurts, hats and booties, replica nomadic objects, such as the phallic-looking vessels for carrying fermented mare's milk, models of the Bayterek Monument, porcelain, wall hangings and more.

  • Shopping in Almaty

    Amanulla Shafii

    Amanulla's little shop has a decent range of reasonably priced Kazakh carpets and dearer ones from Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

  • Shopping in Almaty

    Akademkniga

    Best place in Kazakhstan for hiking, road and city maps; also has dictionaries and phrase books.

  • Shopping in Almaty

    Limpopo

    For sports gear head to Limpopo, with mountain bikes and winter sports equipment.

  • Shopping in Almaty

    Robinzon

    Equipment for hikers, campers, rafters, fishers and hunters.

  • Shopping in Almaty

    Ramstor

    Almaty's burgeoning middle class shops at supermarkets and glitzy malls stocked with expensive, often imported, goods and at international stores such as Zara, Yves Rocher and Benetton, which you'll find dotted all around the city centre.

  • Shopping in Almaty

    Mega Alma-Ata

    The biggest and newest mall with small skating rinks (has a climbing centre too).