Almaty, Kazakhstan Travel Guide

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan, a country in central Asia that is bordered by Uzbekistan and China. The city is a vibrant urban retreat nestled against the beautiful Alatau Mountains. 


Activities
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Just 30 minutes from downtown Almaty, Shymbulak Ski Resort is a premier destination for ski lovers.
  • 640 Gornaya St
  • Almaty, 050020 Kazakhstan

Shymbulak Ski Resort

Just 30 minutes from downtown Almaty, Shymbulak Ski Resort is a premier destination for ski lovers.
640 Gornaya St Almaty, Kazakhstan
Zelyony Bazaar
Tour Almaty’s "Green Bazaar," which features amazing local foods such as dried apricots and fresh pomegranate juice sucked straight from the fruit.
  • 51 Zhibek Zholy St
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan

Zelyony Bazaar

Tour Almaty’s "Green Bazaar," which features amazing local foods such as dried apricots and fresh pomegranate juice sucked straight from the fruit.
51 Zhibek Zholy St Almaty, Kazakhstan

Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton Almaty
This property from one of the most luxurious brands in the hotel business is in close proximity to golf courses, a skating rink and the Shymbulak Ski Resort (30 minutes from downtown).
exterior at night of the Ritz-Carlton in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Photo by Ritz-Carlton Almaty
  • Esentai Tower, 77/7 Al-Farabi Ave
  • Almaty, 050040 Kazakhstan

The Ritz-Carlton Almaty

This property from one of the most luxurious brands in the hotel business is in close proximity to golf courses, a skating rink and the Shymbulak Ski Resort (30 minutes from downtown).
Esentai Tower, 77/7 Al-Farabi Ave Almaty, Kazakhstan

Restaurants & Bars
Uzbechka Restaurant
Kazakhstan has become a mix of different cultures and cuisines, including food from Uzbekistan, which is served at restaurants called "Uzbechka." Among the options offered: lagman, a dish that originated in China and consists of handmade noodles, boiled and quick-fried with vegetables, garlic and hot chili oil.
uzbek, laghman, noodle dish, fried, vegetables, lamb, plate
Photo by Radist / iStock / Getty Images Plus
  • Mamyr Micro District
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan

Uzbechka Restaurant

Kazakhstan has become a mix of different cultures and cuisines, including food from Uzbekistan, which is served at restaurants called "Uzbechka." Among the options offered: lagman, a dish that originated in China and consists of handmade noodles, boiled and quick-fried with vegetables, garlic and hot chili oil.
Mamyr Micro District Almaty, Kazakhstan
Alasha
One of the most popular shashlik joints in town, where you can sample different meats on skewers. 
  • Ospanov str. 20
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan

Alasha

One of the most popular shashlik joints in town, where you can sample different meats on skewers. 
Ospanov str. 20 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone: +7 727-254-07-00

Transportation
Almaty International Airport (ALA)
Roughly 30 minutes from the city center, Almaty International Airport is the major airport servicing Kazakhstan.
Photo by By User:Vmenkov (Own work (own photo)) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 2B Mailin St
  • Almaty, 050039 Kazakhstan

Almaty International Airport (ALA)

Roughly 30 minutes from the city center, Almaty International Airport is the major airport servicing Kazakhstan.
2B Mailin St Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone: +7 727-270-33-33

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