Astana, formerly known as Akmola, became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997. Since then, the city has experienced a boom in restaurant openings, ranging from fine dining venues to quirky restaurants and cafes serving regional dishes. Here are ten places to dine out in while you’re here.
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A recent newcomer to Astana’s restaurant scene, Marrone Rosso is one of the few European-style cafes and restaurants in the city. With a sister branch in Almaty, Marrone Rosso specializes in light meal options such as sandwiches, salads, and delicious pastries and cakes. The restaurant also offers a large variety of fresh coffees, ranging from simple cappuccinos to strong Turkish brews, a rarity in a country where almost everyone religiously drinks instant coffee.
Marrone Rosso, Inside Keruen Shopping Centre, Ground Floor, Near the Baiterek, Astana, Kazakhstan, + 7 727 261 39 54
The elegant Barley restaurant is beautifully decorated with chandeliers, silver egg chairs, Buddha statues, old fashioned photographs and art pieces. It has two floors, with a stage for a live band and a dance floor situated on the first and a fine dining seating and lounge on the second. Here it serves up contemporary international and European cuisine, from juicy grills and steaks to fresh Thai salad, as well as several traditional Russian and Kazakh dishes. The restaurant also holds regular karaoke nights.
Barley, Amangeldi Imanov St 20, Astana, Kazakhstan, +7 717 294 6060
A fine-dining restaurant and meeting place for diplomats and Kazakh politicians, Cafe Star is a beautifully decorated restaurant featuring contemporary international cuisine, from European-style grills to Asian noodles and stir fries. The crystal chandeliers, mezzanine lounge and the velvet purple seating contribute to the ambience of a glamorous old-world bistro.
Cafe Star, Nursaya Complex, Astana, Kazakhstan, +7 7172 79 54 12
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