Coffee in Almaty I didn’t have much in the way of expectations about the coffee scene in Almaty, but that was a complete misjudgment. There seemed to be cafes everywhere across the city with many that I didn’t have time to try looking like they had a strong commitment to serving good quality stuff. My …

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Ziyafet

Ziyafet Friday night on the means streets of Almaty and horsemeat beckoned. A little Googling suggested Turkish steakhouse Ziyafet might be a good option so I took a stroll in their direction. On my way there it was conspicuous that restaurants were all very quiet. A holiday the following week meant that the following day, …

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Gippo

Gippo On the way to and from Vakhtanguri, my eye had been caught by a burger shack luxuriating in the name Gippo. I didn’t figure I’d find the circumstances to squeeze in a visit, but when I was let down by my original lunch location I took the opportunity to hot foot it to the …

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Vakhtanguri

Vakhtanguri I was keen to try some Georgian food when I was in Almaty, so took a recommendation to check out Vakhtanguri which was a short walk from my home at the Rixos. It’s a plenty large and impressive enough place with an outside terrace and extensive interior dining space. I was shown to a …

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Basilic

Basilic Canteen style places serving hearty grub for a low cost are a staple of the former communist countries of eastern Europe and the old USSR. I’d been tempted by one in Budapest and was hooked in by a mention of a place called Basilic on my second day in Almaty. The place holds several …

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