It was a surprise to me to discover that Almaty has a very vibrant coffee culture. In fact, the Kazakh capital is dotted with dozens of cafes of great taste, frequented by the younger fringe of the population - are, so to speak, the backbone of the city's cultural scene. Not by accident, Almaty is often dubbed the "cultural capital of Kazakhstan"
During the days I was in town, weather conditions did little to help. It rained a lot, and this was the perfect excuse to meet many of the best coffee in Almaty. It is this little list that I share here - with the exception that it is not, of course, a top of the Almaty cafes; only and only my choices, among the cafes I visited, based on my experience.
Note also that most of Almaty's cafes are not specialty coffee (or special coffee if translated literally).
See also Things to do in Almaty.
Cafés & Coffee Shops in Almaty
Spectacular and captivating, with an elegant and well-designed design, the Daily Coffee is currently the fashionable café in Almaty. It's a coffee on the line. hipster of many European capitals, with a varied menu, delicious food and very good coffee - all framed with a decoration hipster-check but without exaggeration.
It is, most likely, the best coffee in Almaty (in terms of decor and space). Absolutely recommended.
Bowler Coffee Roasters Almaty
Surely one of the temples of Almaty's coffee, much to "the fault" of a Dutch barista who settled in Kazakhstan, Bowler Coffee Roasters Almaty is a tiny place, especially intended for coffee lovers.
Unlike the others on this list with the best coffees in Almaty, it is not so much geared towards socializing or studying (even for its small size). In the Almaty Bowler Coffee Roasters, the focus is even on the drink. If you want to take a call specialty coffee, the Bowler Coffee Roasters is the ideal location.
The Urban Coffee is a curious mixture of modernity and rustic that, I believe, is not to the liking of everyone. But it's worth the visit. I do not have much to say - I visited Urban Coffee just once - except it has a very nice terrace and the employees are friendly and helpfull. Oh ... and especially liked the Cappuccino. It's just down the street from Social Coffee.
Social Coffee is a very interesting coffee, but for some reason, I did not like the employees when I approached them and so I did not try the coffee. That said, it is one of the busiest cafes in Almaty - well worth a try. For me, you will have to stay for a possible return to Almaty.
United is a strange case in Almaty's coffee scene. Seen from the outside, and despite an original façade painted in a flashy blue, the apparent darkness of the interior pushed me away at first impulse. When I decided to come in, it was a surprise.
Even today I can not say that I loved United Coffee; but the truth is that the space is decorated in a very original way. I ended up having lunch there, and I liked it a lot. And the espresso was very good. In short, I can not say that it is my favorite coffee in Almaty, but it is certainly worth the visit.
... and the coffee Nedelka
Cheaper than its competitors, I ended up spending a lot of time at Nedelka to work on the rainy days Almaty received me. It has a very young atmosphere, good food and very friendly staff. It is the reference.
Map: cafes of Almaty
Where to stay
It is, of course, the guesthouse D'Rami; but if I can stretch the budget a bit, I highly recommend the excellent Renion Park Hotel e Renion Residence Hotel (both of four stars). If you prefer, there are also well-appointed studios Opera Apartments (excellent choice).
You can see all the details about accommodation in a text that I wrote entitled where to stay in Almaty; or search all hotels using the link below.
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