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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Central park - lots of entertainment activities. Great for children all year around.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Big supermodern shopping mall with variety of international garment brands like Zara, Mango, Guess, Bershka, Pool&Bear, Next, jewelery brands, shoe brands. A place for dining and meetings at Costa Coffee, Starbucks, La Tartine, Gloria Jeans, People's Cafe, Roma Cafe. A supermarket, drugstore, dry clean, 10-hall cinema and parking are available at your convenience.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“ The Park is located in the southern part of Almaty and has a spectacular mountain backdrop. The park is the home of the annual music festival called “Almaty – my first love”. The concert is held in front of the semicircular colonnade shown in the images. The amphitheatre atmosphere is highlighted by the fountains and water features to the rear. The park is about 1.5 km from one end to the other with trees and habitats interspersed with features.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Nature
“Here you can skate on the highest in the world ice ring, hike the mountains around, enjoy ultramarine skies, breath clean air, ride horses, make gorgeous pictures, relax in cafe.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“Museum is interesting as an introduction to arts and culture of Kazakhstan.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“One of the many malls of Bishkek. This one has a bowling alley and an arcade which are all non smoking. We frequent here often. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“История города. В парке находится знаменитый Вознесенский собор, открытый в 1907 году.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Beside luxury brands, the mall also has cinema that screens movies in english.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“One of the first super cool malls, as for me. You can go to the cinema (if you know Russian), buy books, eat in restaurants, etc.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Plaza
“Ala-Too Square (20 min walk) The Heart of Bishkek - main square of the city where the biggest flagpole with the sentinels is located. At the northern edge of the square is the State Historical Museum, behind which lies Oak Park. A large pedestal holds a statue of Manas, where previously a statue of Lenin stood. Lenin now stands behind the museum, on the Old Square. Next to Manas is the official flagpole of the Kyrgyz Republic.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan is the largest museum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and one of the largest museums in Central Asia. The museum houses the most significant collection of Kazakh historical, archaeological, and modern cultural and political artifacts.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“An amazing place to be as a Tourist in Kazakhstan. A beautiful spot with a city view and mountains...”
  • 13 locals recommend
Food
“The green bazaar, or rather its then prototype, appeared on the current site more than a hundred years ago, and since then it has remained an important trade point of the whole of Almaty. Green bazaar of our days is a popular place among tourists, it is often included in various excursion programs as a full-fledged landmark of Almaty. Travelers are attracted by the oriental exotics of the market, the opportunity to buy various edible and not only souvenirs, to chat with good-natured affable sellers and get acquainted with the simple everyday life of Kazakhs.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“If you are fan of Snowboarding or Skiing or just a lover of stunning mountain views, this place is for you. The Shymbulak Ski Resort is located 25km outside Almaty city. There are three ski lifts at the resort with the highest going to 3200 meters above sea level. There is also a Hotel located at the Resort, enabling those wishing to ski during the day, have a place to stay at night. The resort is located in the upper part of the Medeu Valley in the Zaiilisky Alatau mountain range. It is popular for its mild climate, large quantity of sunny days and great amount of snow through the winter (from November till May). Almaty hosted the 2011 Asian Winter Games, bid for 2014 Winter Olympics, considered a bid for 2018 Winter Olympics, but decided to bid for 2022 Winter Olympics instead; Shymbulak was a venue for the Alpine Skiing events (both speed and technical), and would have been for the latter.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Perfect for day trips but don't underestimate the altitude and extreme nature of alpine parks. Take plenty of water. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Establishment
“Kazakh State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Abay the first and the brilliant experience of a national search form in the architecture of Kazakhstan.Built in 1936-1941.Architects – N. Kruglov, N. Prost, designer – T. Bassenov. An architectural monument of the Soviet period.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Very popular restaurant within walking distance. Cuisine is mixed - western mainly.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Comfort Food Restaurant
“Supara is the best place close to Bishkek to experience the complete Kyrgyz Culture - food, entertainment, historic culture, architecture and more. Founded by the country's most famous entrepreneur, the creator of the "Shoro" company.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stolichniy Supermarket. This is a decent 24 hours grocery shops, where you could take nice "Baursaks", local pancakes or anything you need. My family love their pastries and cakes.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Actual Japanese owner who knows some Russian. Sushi is really really good. A bit on the pricy side. Plenty of people from the Japanese Embassy come to hang out. Highly recommend. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Кок Тобе - это зеленая сопка в самом центре города, на которую можно подняться по канатной дороге или наземным и специальным транспортом. На сопке расположился парк с прогулочными аллеями, сувенирными лавками, ресторанами национальной кухни, атракционами, минизоопарком. Со смотровых площадок открывается живописная панорама города и гор.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Kazakh national food. Not cheap restaurant. Казахская национальная еда. Недешевый ресторан.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Modern European Restaurant
“The place for tourists. You’ll always hear English here. Food is good but over priced. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Atmosphere and decoration are in national kyrgyz style. Delicious national and european meals that are not expensive. Many people like it. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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