Almaty, Kazakhstan

What to do in Almaty


Kazakhstan might not be the first place you think of when you’re planning your holidays, but it’s one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world. The city of Almaty is especially a place where you can easily spend a few weeks in. There’s tons of things to do in this vibrant city, both in the city center and outside. So if you’re by any chance planning on going here, here’s what you must do when in Almaty.


Visit the Big Almaty Lake


The most famous lake in perhaps the whole Kazakhstan is situated just about an hours drive away from the city of Almaty. It’s only 30 km there, but the road winds up in the mountains so it usually takes a while to get there. Once you arrive to Big Almaty Lake, you’ll get an unforgettable view of one of Kazakhstan’s most precious gems. The lake is usually turquoise but changes during the seasons. So if you want to come when it’s really bright blue, try to come during summer and autumn. In winter time, the lake is usually frozen and covered with snow. But it doesn’t make it any less fantastic! It’s very easy to get to Big Almaty Lake and you can do it as a day trip.


Go cafe hopping


Almaty is home to some of the nicest cafes. If you’re a digital nomad and want to find a place to work in, there’s tons of them. Some favorites amongst expats include “Daily Coffee”, “Cafeteria” and “Big Apple Coffee”, all in the same area. The WiFi tends to be a bit weaker here in Kazakhstan, but you could easily do a bit of work. Otherwise, just sip on some coffee and enjoy life in Almaty!


Go shopping


There’s tons of nice shopping malls here with all the famous brands such as Zara. But there’s also some local shops like Sportmaster, where you can get all your hiking gear for example. Don’t forget to swing by the Green Bazaar too for some dried fruits and nuts. Yum!


Visit Sharyn Canyon


Although not exactly in Almaty, it’s about a 2 hours drive, depending on traffic. It can easily be done as a day trip from Almaty though. Some people say Sharyn Canyon is like the little brother of Grand Canyon. It’s that’s actually true, you have to decide. But one thing’s for sure – it’s spectacular!


Have a beer at a bar


… they even have craft beer here! Go to one of the many bars in the city, grab a beer for 50 cents and immerse yourself in this pulsating city. It’s the best way to end a day of walking and sightseeing.


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