Shopping

Mall in 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 …
Gifts & Souvenirs in 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-t…
Gifts & Souvenirs in 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, porcela…
Market in Almaty

Barakholka

This huge, crowded madhouse is on the ring road in the northwestern outskirts. Uzbeks, Chinese, Uyghurs and others converge here to sell everything from animals and fridges to cars and fur hats, at very good prices.…
Mall in Almaty

Silk Way City

Almaty's burgeoning middle class shops at supermarkets and glitzy malls stocked with expensive, often imported, goods and at international stores like Zara, Yves Rocher and Benetton, which you'll find dotted all aro…
Mall in Almaty

Ramstor

Almaty's burgeoning middle class shops at supermarkets and glitzy malls stocked with expensive, often imported, goods and at international stores like Zara, Yves Rocher and Benetton, which you'll find dotted all aro…
Arts & Crafts 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 th…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Almaty

Kok-Tobe

Souvenir stalls atop Kok-Tobe hill sell some of the city's best selections of kitsch Kazakh souvenirs – fur and felt hats, traditional jewellery, ornamental swords, and miniature yurts, camels and Golden Men.
Arts & Crafts in Almaty

Amanulla Shafii

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

Akademkniga

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